The City of Waterloo Leisure Services, in collaboration with the US Conference of Mayors and the National Baseball Leagues will host a Play Ball clinic for youth in Waterloo. The Play Ball initiative is baseball’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to engage in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play. These events often coincide with key dates on the MLB’s calendar.
Waterloo’s Play Ball clinic will take place on Thursday, August 11, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. This is the same evening as the Field of Dreams baseball event in Iowa. Youth ages 6-10 years are encouraged to attend. No registration is required. The first 30 participants will receive a free tee-shirt. All equipment is provided.
Leisure staff and West High School athletes will guide players through fun challenges to help introduce the basic concepts of the game. The session will culminate with everyone participating in a game of Whiffle Ball.
“Waterloo has outstanding baseball and softball programs which attract players from across the Cedar Valley,” says Mayor Quentin Hart.
For more information about Waterloo’s Play Ball clinic, contact the Alex Hildman at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex by calling 319-291-0165.
ABOUT PLAY BALL
PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, especially on key dates throughout MLB’s Championship Season and through the Postseason & World Series. PLAY BALL events demonstrate the positive way the game can serve as an outlet for physical activity, fun with friends and learning how to play the sport at its most basic levels.
PLAY BALL also serves as the League’s youth umbrella in which all associated programs and events derive from the initiative’s consistent, simple message: However You Play Ball, PLAY BALL! PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and The United States Conference of Mayors. PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, LA Angels of Anaheim Manager Joe Maddon, and Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore, among others.