About Play Ball

On June 20, 2015, Major League Baseball and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) launched a new Play Ball initiative, which will focus on the sport of baseball and encourage sustained participation in the sport for years to come. Play Ball will serve as a platform to connect with those who are currently involved in the game, while also providing alternative ways in for those looking to get involved, with a specific focus on youth participation.

From April to September of 2019, with the help of mayors across the country, “Play Ball” Events will be held with the goal of energizing communities and generating support and love for baseball and softball. To increase the mayoral youth impact, we are encouraging mayors to consider hosting mayoral events with their local Boys and Girls Clubs.

Mayors will engage citizens, families and their respective city departments to organize individual and community “Play Ball” events. These mayoral events will not only create a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the game, but will also serve as an opportunity to strengthen family and community bonds. Mayors are encouraged to request Play Ball incentive t-shirts and banners for mayoral events.

As a 2019 Play Ball City the mayor will:

  • Conduct Play Ball event(s) during April to September 2019 in my city.
  • Participate in Major League Baseball Opening Day on March 28, 2019.
  • Issue a “Play Ball” proclamation and present it during an official mayoral event
  • Register and Promote mayoral Play Ball event.

For more information contact:

Jocelyn Bogen
jbogen@usmayors.org 

Jared Aronowitz
jaronowitz@usmayors.org