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Boys and girls take part in the Minnesota Twins Youth Clinic

Boys and girls got out their catcher's mitts Friday for the Minnesota Twins Youth Clinic at the Apollo Complex.

Created in 1961, the clinic program gives kids the chance to enhance their baseball and softball skills.

The free clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 16.

The participants focus on hitting, fielding, and throwing.

They also hear positive messages about staying in school and away from drugs and alcohol.

For some of the kids, this was their first time learning the baseball basics .

Besides, meeting the coaches, the participants were excited to get out on the field.

Minnesota Twins Baseball Clinic Participant Zachary Cariveau said, "it's a really fun game, and I like to hit and I like to pitch a lot."

Minnesota Twins Youth Clinic Participant Caleb Danielson said, "baseball camp is fun, but I haven't done it before but it seems pretty fun so far and I can't wait to hit at the end."

Since the program's beginning, more than 8 hundred thousand youth have taken part in Twins Clinics.