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Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinics

 

Before anything, click HERE to watch a two minute video about Chevy Youth Baseball clinics.

Participating dealership groups (LMAs) will provide one or more
1/2-day instructional clinics in their area.  These clinics give participants from sponsored Chevy Youth Baseball leagues the exclusive opportunity to receive FREE fundamental training from experienced instructors.

 

Clinic instruction will be provided by current or former MLB/MiLB players and coaches or the Ripken Baseball professional staff.  Information on signing up for the clinics is sent to participating dealerships and leagues, and the schedule will be posted online.  Clinic spots will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

For Dealerships and Leagues Associated with a Major or Minor League Team, your clinics will be held at the team’s park and instruction may be provided by current or former players and coaches.

 

For Dealerships and Leagues Associated with Ripken Baseball, your clinics will be held in a central-LMA location at a community park and instruction will be provided by professionals trained in “The Ripken Way”.

 

The Ripken Way™

Ripken Baseball instructional programs combine the wisdom of Cal Ripken, Sr., and his teachings with the 33 years of major league experience accumulated by both Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken, creating memorable baseball experiences for youth players and coaches alike.

 

Keep it Simple
Young baseball players must crawl before they can walk and walk before they can run. Teaching that is too complicated is difficult to remember and can result in frustration.

 

Make it Fun
Learning doesn't have to be tedious. Drills and instruction are structured so players enjoy themselves while learning.

Celebrate the Individual
No two players are alike, so why should they be treated as if they are? Each player has his or her own comfort zones, strengths and style.  Individualism is promoted as long as certain fundamental approaches are followed.

Explain Why
"Why" is a young person's favorite question. Young players have an innate need to understand the reason behind the teaching. Lessons that make sense will stick with them.

 

Ripken Way™ camps are designed to introduce campers to all facets of the game of baseball. Learning all of the skills required to play all of the positions on a baseball field not only helps make for a better all-around player, but also adds to a player's overall understanding of the game. Every player needs to understand proper throwing mechanics, which are discussed in the pitching station. Every player will catch a ground ball at some point; the fundamentals of fielding ground balls are covered in the infield station. Every player needs to be able to catch a fly ball, which is taught in the outfield station. And every player should learn the fundamentals of hitting.

Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic Partners

 

If you would like more information on any of our program partners, please click the links below to visit their websites.


Atlanta Braves

Carolina Mudcats
Chattanooga Lookouts

Chicago Cubs

Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Daytona Cubs

Detroit Tigers

Fayetteville Swampdogs

Greensboro Grasshoppers

Houston Astros

Indianapolis Indians

Iowa Cubs

Jacksonville Suns

Kansas City Royals
Lexington Legends
Louisville Bats
Memphis Redbirds

Miami Marlins

Midland RockHounds

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins
Mobile BayBears
Nashville Sounds

New Orleans Zephyrs

Normal Cornbelters

NW Arkansas Naturals

Oakland A's

Oklahoma City RedHawks
Omaha Storm Chasers

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Peoria Chiefs

Richmond Flying Squirrels

Ripken Baseball

Round Rock Express

San Antonio Missions

Stockton Ports

Tampa Bay Rays

Texas Rangers

Wausau Woodchucks  

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Instructional Clinics
 
We are not affiliated with a Cal Ripken Baseball League; may we still attend the Ripken clinic?
Of course!  All yout baseball/softball players (ages 6-14) that are interested interested in learning how to be a better player may attend the Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinics.  It is important to know that the staff of instructors are from Ripken Baseball, not from the Cal Ripken League. Players from all leagues are welcome to attend this fantastic clinic. Here is a little history on Cal Ripken Leagues and Ripken Baseball Inc.:
 

Babe Ruth Baseball – Cal Ripken League:

The Babe Ruth league, a non-profit, educational organization, named after one of the greatest baseball players of all time – George Herman “Babe” Ruth. In the Summer of 1999, the Babe Ruth League, Inc. renamed its largest baseball division from “Bambino” to “Cal Ripken Baseball” in honor of Cal Ripken, Jr. Once Cal retired from the game of baseball, he opened Ripken Baseball, Inc. While they share the common name, the Cal Ripken League is not part of Ripken Baseball, Inc.  
 

Ripken Baseball, Inc.:

Following their retirement from Major League Baseball, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken founded Ripken Baseball, Inc. to continue their father's mission to grow the game of baseball worldwide, The Ripken Way. Today, the company owns three Minor League Baseball teams, designs and manages the development of remarkable athletic facilities across the country, and operates world-class camps and tournaments at two state-of-the-art youth baseball complexes in Aberdeen, MD and Myrtle Beach, SC. Each year more than 30,000 players participate in Ripken Tournaments in Aberdeen and Myrtle Beach, where they play on scaled replicas of real major league parks. The Ripken Baseball group also oversees the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation – a non-profit that helps children in stressed communities develop rewarding life skills through the game of baseball. 

 

Should the campers bring their own equipment?

Each Major and Minor League Baseball camp is different.  Some teams allow campers to wear cleats on their fields while others do not.  Some teams ask campers to bring bats in addition to gloves, while others require only gloves.  Please review the information for your camp online or contact Chevy Youth Baseball with questions.

 

Ripken Baseball provides all necessary equipment for each player except a glove. The group will provide bats, helmets and all other equipment at all of the instructional stations.
  

How early should I arrive at the clinic?

Typically, clinic check-in begins one hour before the scheduled clinic start time. You will not need to arrive prior to this time as many facilities do not have the gates open until the scheduled check-in time.

 

Will water/refreshments be provided during the clinic?

Many clinic dates occur during the late spring and summer months, so it can get hot out there! However, water will provided for all participants at each clinic site. “Water breaks” are scheduled into each clinic.

 

Even though water will be provided for the participants, parents and spectators are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks along!

 

Will a meal be available for parents and spectators?

A post-clinic snack will be provided free of charge at clinic sites for clinic participants. Depending on the clinic site and turnout, parents may be able to purchase meals and/or other concessions for themselves, if desired.

 

What is a typical clinic menu?

At most MiLB/MLB clinic sites, ball park fare (hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, etc.) is served. Meals at Ripken Baseball clinics are typically donated by local restaurants, and usually consist of pizza, sandwiches/subs, etc.

 

What is your rainout policy?

Unfortunately, no clinics will be re-scheduled due to rain-outs. Some clinic facilities, especially MiLB/MLB parks, have sheltered batting cages/pitching areas where instructors are able to continue a modified version of the clinic.

 

Many minor league clinics occur on game-day mornings as well. Instructors and groundskeepers at MiLB/MLB parks reserve the right to move the clinic off the field if they feel it may be damaged due to wet conditions.