Monthly Archives: June 2017

7/6 RBI Softball Pitching Clinic with Cat Osterman!

7/6 RBI Softball Pitching Clinic with Cat Osterman!

Softball legend Cat Osterman and her Texas State softball pitchers are coming back to town next Thursday, July 6thto put on a pitching clinic exclusively for our RBI Softball pitchers!  Here are the details:

What: RBI Austin Softball Pitching Clinic

Instructors: Cat Osterman & Texas State softball pitchers

When: Thursday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Where: Mabson Field (2812 E. 12th St, Austin, TX 78702)

Who: all RBI Softball pitchers and coaches

Cost: Free for all RBI Softball players *Please wear your full RBI uniform!

 

See you on Thursday, July 6th at Mabson!

Meet the Team: 15U Softball Royals Team Spotlight

Meet the Team: 15U Softball Royals

Player: Elesia Zarzoza

  • TEAM: 15U Softball Royals
  • TIME with RBI: First season
  • WALK-UP SONG: This is how we do it
  • SCHOOL: Westwood (Round Rock)
  • COLLEGE DREAMS: Do you want to go to college? Where? What do you want to study? I want to go to Texas State and study abroad in Barcelona. I want to double major in Dance Education and Business Management so I can own my own dance studio.
  • FAVORITE SOFTBALL MEMORY: I got to meet my best friend, #12, through RBI. She’s really close with my cousin so if she’s close with my family then she’s close with me.
  • SEASON GOALS: What are you looking most forward to this season? I’m looking forward to getting to the championship with some of the best people I know.

 

Parent: Stacie Cooks

  • RBI KIDS: One daughter, Elesia, is 15 years old. 
  • TIME with RBI: This is our first year playing with RBI. Her cousin has been playing for RBI for about 5 years and she wanted to join her.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think your child gains the most from playing with RBI? Sense of community and being able to fit in which isn’t always easy at 15. She’s enjoying just being on a team and the girls she plays with are like her family. The coaches really look out for her and she feels like she can trust them.
  • PROUD PARENT: Tell us about a time you were most proud of Elesia.  I’m most proud when I see her participating on a team. I think all of us should be working together for the greater good, so being on a team really helps because they’re all separate parts working together. Renee has a huge heart and being on a team really brings that out.
  • BEING A SOFTBALL PARENT: What’s the hardest part about being a baseball/softball parent? The hardest part is helping my daughter identify healthy ways to respond when the team doesn’t do well or when she feels she didn’t do well. It’s hard to see your child upset. Being able to cope with loss and framing it in a constructive way has been the hardest but is a good life skill.
  • GAMEDAY MUST-HAVE: What’s something you always have to have with you when you’re watching a game? It’s only my second game, so I’m learning, but I’d say some type of sun-protection, a lawn chair so I can move my seat to the shade, and snacks since I’m coming straight from work to the game.

 

Coach: Kentrell Thomas

  • TIME with RBI: This is my third season.
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: My kids’ first season playing with RBI was also the first time they played organized baseball/softball. They won the championship that year.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think players and/or families gain the most from being involved with RBI? Meeting new friends, meeting new people, having fun, learning the game, and being shown that people care about them.
  • PERSONAL VALUE: What experiences that you’ve gained from being involved with RBI do you value the most? Learning the game. Really learning the game and learning how I can use what I know to help the kids. If I can help one, I’ve helped a lot.
  • BACKGROUND: Tell us about yourself. Did you play sports growing up?
    I’m from New Orleans. I played football and baseball but mostly I was in the band. I played trombone. The reason I got involved with RBI is my kids. I’m more of a fan but if I can help with coaching, why not? I also head coach a t-ball team that my youngest daughter is on. I have three kids: a 15-year-old, a 13-year-old, and a 5-year-old.

RBI Softball Clinic with Cat Osterman 6/27

RBI Softball Clinic with Cat Osterman  on Tuesday, June 27th

Cat Osterman RBI Softball Clinic

 

Softball legend Cat Osterman and Texas State softball players will be coming to town this coming Tuesday to put on a softball clinic exclusively for our RBI Softball teams! Here are the details:

What: RBI Austin Softball Clinic (hitting, pitching, defense)

Instructors: Cat Osterman & Texas State softball players

When: Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Mabson Field (2812 E. 12th St, Austin, TX 78702)

Who: RBI Softball teams

Cost: Free for all RBI Softball players *Please wear your full RBI uniform!

No registration or RSVP required! See you Tuesday night at Mabson!

Top Coaching Apps

#03: Top Coaching Apps

With summer season underway, and teams getting into the routine of practice and games, you may be looking for some ways to stay organized and to better help develop your baseball and softball players. Below are a few of our favorite coaching apps.

#1 Game Changer

Our first app suggestion is one that is already being used by numerous RBI coaches. In the words of Jason Kile, RBI’s management intern who has spent countless hours getting acclimated with the game changer app,

“The Game Changer app allows you to set your team rosters, lineups, and schedules and see your players’ individual stats. In addition to this, you have the ability to send out messages to your “team community”, which is anyone that follows your team online (parents, players, volunteers, sponsors, etc.) The app also includes a function that allows you to set up schedules and practices. Game Changer’s main feature is to help scorekeep any game you want in a way that’s more convenient than keeping score by hand. Finally, the app also allows you to follow other teams if you’re interested in keeping up with league info.”

 

#2 USA Baseball Mobile Coach app (mentioned in RBI coaches training)

After downloading this app to try it out for ourselves, we can confirm that the USA Baseball Mobile Coach app is simple to use and easy to navigate. The app itself is free but a couple of the functions are limited until you create a USA Baseball account rather than signing in as a guest. The USA Baseball Mobile Coaching app includes skill modules, practice plans, drills, and strength and conditioning workouts. A plethora of USA Baseball approved drills and practice plans exist within the app but users also have the ability to add their own drills and assemble practice plans from scratch.

Finally, the app incorporates a Pitch Smart section which allows coaches to track their pitchers and their individual pitch counts. This includes Pitch Smart guidelines that explain what a player’s maximum number of pitches should be based on their age and how long players need to rest depending on how many pitches were thrown.

#3 Slow Motion Video Apps

Baseball and softball are fast-paced games. While there are significant periods of downtime, the action happens in a matter of seconds. Because of this, slow motion video apps can be extremely helpful as a means of analyzing pitching motions and bat swings. There are several apps that allow you to slow down videos, draw on individual frames, and calculate angles.

Without further ado, here are a couple highly recommended slow motion video apps:

 

Do you have any apps or resources that you have found extremely helpful as a coach? Let us know what’s worked well for you!

Jr. RBI First Game Checklist

#02: First Game Checklist

Jr. RBI’s first summer games are coming in hot! Does your kiddo have everything they need for a fun-filled season? Check out our First Game Checklist to make sure you’re prepared for Saturday!

First Game Checklist

  • Uniform
    • Jerseys and hats will be handed out by your coach on game day.
    • Pants, belts, and socks will be available for pick up and purchase at Fiesta Gardens (2201 Riverview St, Austin, TX 78702) from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday!
  • Know your game location and time
  • Pack water
    • Coaches should have water in your dugout but it couldn’t hurt to come prepared and do a little pre-game hydration!
  • Confirm that you have paid by logging on to your account on the RBI LeagueApps website.
    • Payment is required before your child can play!
    • If you wish to pay by cash or check, you can pay an RBI staff member onsite.
  • Be aware of weather so you know if you need to pack sunscreen or your favorite umbrella!
  • Come ready to have tons of fun!!

RBI Uniform Shop + Where to Buy Equipment

#01: RBI Uniform Shop + Where to Buy Equipment

The RBI Uniform Shop will be floating around throughout the season, so follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for updates! In addition to player’s gear, parents can also purchase team shirts and RBI swag at the shop. If you ordered the optional uniform add-on package (pants, belt, socks) and still need to pick them up, come to the RBI Uniform Shop!

RBI Uniform Shop Location

  • Saturday, June 24 – North Austin Optimist (1101 Morrow Street, Austin, TX 78757) from 8am – 2pm.
  • Saturday, June 17th – Fiesta Gardens (2201 Riverview St, Austin, TX 78702) from 8am – 2pm.

Caps & Jerseys

Coaches will hand out team jerseys and caps at the first game. Contact your coach for further directions.

Pants+Belt+Socks Combo

Parents can pick up their previously purchased belts/socks/pants at the RBI Uniform Shop if they did not do so at Opening Day. We still have plenty of pants, belts, and socks in stock if you have not purchased any for your favorite baseball player!

RBI Uniform Shop Pricing

  • Pants Combo ………………$15
  • Pants ………………………….$10
  • Belt ……………………………$5
  • Socks …………………………$5

These prices are discounted and should be the best deal around town!

Available New & Used Equipment

If you choose to not purchase our discounted pants combo, you still have a number of options to get your players all set with baseball/softball gear. Looking for baseball gear can be difficult and expensive, so here’s some places we recommend to make it easier for you!

  1. Play It Again Sports (This is a great option for previously used equipment in good condition!)
    • North Austin location
    • South Austin location
  2. Academy Sports & Outdoors
  3. Dick’s Sporting Goods
  4. Walmart Sports Department
  5. REI (Recreation Equipment Inc.)

Jr. RBI Game Schedules and League Information

Jr. RBI Game Schedules and League Information

If you attended Jr. RBI Opening Day, thanks for coming!! If you weren’t able to attend and are looking for some league information, you can find schedules, rules, and sponsorship information at www.rbiaustin.org/jr-rbi-league/

 Upcoming Key Dates

  • June 5th – First week of practices
  • June 17th – First day of games
  • Aug 1st-12th – Jr. RBI Playoffs

Opening Day Photos

For more photos from Jr. RBI Opening Day, visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rbiaustin/