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Chevy Youth Baseball

 

What are Chevy Youth Sports clinics?

Local Chevrolet dealers in select markets across the country provide EXCLUSIVE instructional clinics for America’s favorite pastime, Baseball. To see if there is a Chevy Youth Sport clinic near you, please visit www.youthsportsclinics.com. Events are typically posted 4-6 weeks prior to when they occur. Please keep in mind that baseball clinics typically occur between March and August.

Chevy Youth Baseball

Players will break out into age groups and rotate through stations to learn the essentials of hitting, fielding, throwing, and more! Instruction is provided by former or current Major or Minor League players and coaches, Ripken Baseball or MLBPAA professional staff.

CYB clinics with Major or Minor League Teams

In 2018, Chevrolet partnered with 41 Minor League and 17 Major League Baseball teams to allow CYB Clinic Participants to play in professional stadiums around the country!

CYB clinics with 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, in The Ripken Way. Today, the company owns three state-of-the-art facilities located in Aberdeen, Maryland, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosting more than 70,000 players & coaches each year, The Ripken Experience facilities bring a Big League atmosphere to each and every participant that walks through the gates. In 2001, Cal & Bill founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father, and have since helped children in stressed communities develop rewarding life skills through the game of baseball.

We are not affiliated with a Cal Ripken Baseball League; should we still attend a Chevy Youth Baseball clinic led by Ripken Baseball?

Of course! Chevrolet & Ripken welcome all baseball and softball players (ages 5-14) that are interested in learning the fundamentals behind becoming a better player. It is important to know that the instructors from Ripken Baseball, Inc., are not affiliated with or recruiting for the Cal Ripken Division of the Babe Ruth League.

Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)

The MLBPAA was formed in 1982 in order to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images and protect the dignity of the game through former players. A nonprofit organization, the MLBPAA establishes a place where a player's drive for excellence and achievement on the field can continue long after they take their last steps off the professional diamond.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the MLBPAA's membership currently has more than 6,500 members composed of former and current Major League players, umpires, managers, coaches, front-office personnel and fans.

Registration

How do I register for a Free Chevy Youth Sports clinic?

Online Registration is Easy!

  • Start at www.chevrolet.com/youthsports.
  • Then, click the gold “Clinic Registration” box on the right side of the screen.
  • Select the market nearest you in the drop-down menu.
  • Enter the registration password from the event invitation  and click "Submit". If you did not receive an event invitation or cannot find your registration password, please reach out to questions@gmdealerprograms.com.
  • Click “Register Now” for desired session and enter registration information. Click “Add Attendee” on the next screen to add players.
  • Click the gold “Complete Registration” button at the end of the page to submit your registration!
  • Don’t forget to download the participation waiver (from the website OR your confirmation e-mail!). Each child must bring a completed waiver to the check-in desk on the day of the clinic!

How do I know if my child is registered for the clinic?

Upon completing the online registration process you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email contains the details of the clinic along with your registration information.

What does it mean to be on the waitlist and how will I know when I am off?

Once a clinic is at full capacity, additional registrants will be added to a waitlist for the event. If any spots become available before the clinic date, waitlisted registrants will be notified via email anywhere between three days and three hours prior to the clinic.

Day of the Clinic

What should the participants bring to the clinic?

  • Each participant should have a completed and signed participation waiver!
    There will be a few blank copies available on site if you do not have access to a printer; however, it helps the check-in process run much smoother if the waiver is completed ahead of time.
  • Water bottle, with the name of the participant on it.
  • A baseball glove with the name of the participant on it – see below for more details:

Chevy Youth Baseball Clinics

Each Major and Minor League Baseball camp is different. Some teams ask participants to bring bats in addition to gloves, while others require only gloves. Clinic-specific information will be emailed to you two days prior to your clinic.

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

Will there be additional waivers on site?

Yes, there will be additional waivers on site, however, the registration process moves much more quickly if you have your clinic participation waiver signed and in-hand upon arrival.

What should clinic participants wear?

Clinic participants are encouraged to wear uniforms or practice gear to the clinic, and any protective gear he/she would typically wear (cup, face mask, mouth guards, etc.). Metal cleats and open-toed shoes are never allowed at Chevy Youth Clinics. Rubber cleats may also be prohibited at some clinics depending on the location, and this will be specified in the information emailed to you two days prior to your clinic. Should cleats be prohibited, please wear tennis shoes. Cleats are not allowed at any MLB stadium.

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 the scheduled check-in time as many facilities do not have the gates open until check-in is scheduled to begin.

Where should we park? Where should we enter?

Parking varies at each facility. Please refer to the clinic registration email sent two days prior to the clinic for specific instructions or email questions@gmdealerprograms.com with questions specific to your event .

Can parents/guardians and coaches stay to watch the clinic?

Parents/guardians and coaches are encouraged to stay and watch! Should you decide to leave, please be aware of the time you must be back to pick up your participant (at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled end time) and verify the on-site Chevy Youth Sports staff members have your emergency contact information. Keep in mind, weather, low attendance, or other issues outside of our control may cause a clinic to end earlier than planned.

Parents/guardians will not be allowed on the field during clinic rotations.

Will water/refreshments be provided during the clinic?

Water will be provided for all participants at each clinic site. "Water breaks” are scheduled into each clinic. Even though water will be provided for the participants, we still encourage each child to bring their own water bottle also. Parents and spectators are welcome to bring refreshments along for themselves!

Will refreshments be available for parents and spectators?

A post-clinic snack will be provided at clinic sites for clinic participants only. At a few select locations, parents and spectators may be able to purchase concessions for themselves, if desired. Parents and spectators are welcome to bring refreshments along for themselves!

What is a typical "post-clinic snack”?

The post-clinic snack can vary widely from clinic to clinic. For example, at some clinic sites, such as those in professional stadiums, ball park fare (hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, etc.) is served, whereas snacks at other clinics are typically crackers and juice boxes.

Food Allergies: Unfortunately, our clinics are not structured to account for individual children’s allergic needs, and we cannot guarantee that the environment will be allergen free or that other individuals present at the clinic will not have been exposed to any allergens such as nuts. Furthermore, on site staff is trained for basic first aid as related to the athletic activities, and we cannot guarantee that the staff will be able to recognize or treat an allergic reaction. Knowing this, if you decide to have your child attend, a parent or legal guardian must be present to account for your child.

Additional Questions

What is the age range of players eligible to participate in a Chevy Youth Sports clinic?

Boys and girls ages 5-14 of all skill levels are invited to attend a Chevy Youth Sports Clinic!

What if my child is disabled?

If your child is a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Chevy Youth Sports Coordinator (using the contact information located on the event invitation or at questions@gmdealerprograms.com). Please provide as much detail as possible so that we can speak with the appropriate clinic administrator to ensure your child can be safely accommodated. Please note, we may ask that a parent or legal guardian accompany your child on the field throughout the event, if accommodations can be made. If any parent desires to accompany his/her child on the field throughout the event, they must first complete a participation waiver for themselves, in addition to the one for their child.

What will happen if weather or something else affects a clinic we are scheduled to attend?

Registrants will be notified via email and phone if any changes or cancellations must occur to their event. Please plan on attending an event as scheduled unless you are otherwise informed by a Chevy Youth Sports representative.