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Cat Osterman Softball Clinics for RBI Austin

RBI Austin Softball Clinics with Cat Osterman & Texas State Softball

Did you know that 331 (32%) of RBI Austin players are girls?

Our softball program has come a long way since the start of RBI Austin in 2011 when we had no softball teams. In 2013 RBI Austin – with the help of Cat Osterman – introduced its first girls-only softball division and since then softball has steadily grown in numbers from year to year.

This year RBI Austin offered its players two softball clinics led by four-time All-American, University of Texas softball player, and Olympic gold medalist, Cat Osterman. Osterman, now an assistant softball coach at Texas State University, brought several of her star Bobcat softball players with her to serve as instructors at the clinics. The first clinic focused on hitting and defense, allowing RBI Austin’s softball players to get an edge up in this aspect of their game. The second clinic focused solely on pitching which allowed for plenty of personal instruction from Cat and a few of her top Texas State pitchers.

Although Cat and the Texas State players did an excellent job demonstrating why they were leaders on the field, the added treat came when we learned how they lead off the field. Osterman made a point to open and close the clinic in prayer, while also praising her players on being admirable women of the Lord. This was clearly displayed by Texas State outfielder, Christiana McDowell, who shared with the RBI Austin softball players in attendance her testimony of coming to know Christ, and how that has changed her life.

 

Thanks to Cat and her Texas State softball players, both clinics were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities exclusively for the girls of RBI Austin.  We’re looking forward to continuing to watch softball grow and positively impact young women throughout our organization and our city.

Fall Ball

If you are looking for an opportunity to continue developing your softball skills and love for the game this fall, a couple of our partner leagues host fall softball leagues. Below are some registration details:

GEAYA (Greater East Austin Youth Association)/Mabson Field
Boys & Girls ages 5-14
Registration Deadline: August 25th
Price: $50 per child (T-Ball is $40/child)

NAO (North Austin Optimist)
Boys & Girls ages 4-14
Registration Deadline: August 31st
Price: $75 per child

Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies + Triple-A for a Day on August 12th!

Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies + Triple-A for a Day on August 12th!

“Triple-A for a Day” Returns for Fifth Year

Express to bring Dell Diamond’s Game Atmosphere to Austin Baseball Nonprofit

 

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Express are once again teaming up with RBI Austin to bring Dell Diamond’s lively atmosphere to their 12U baseball and softball championships as part of the fifth annual “Triple-A for a Day” event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 12.

New in 2017, the championship games will be held at North Austin Optimist. First pitch for the softball game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the baseball game is set for 7:30 p.m.

RBI Austin will recognize league MVPs and other award winners during Closing Ceremonies between the two contests. Triple-A for a Day is open to the public and free to attend. All are invited to enjoy the festivities.

“The efforts RBI Austin has made over the last five years to further engage inner-city youth through the games of baseball and softball and empower them to lead the transformation within their communities has been awe inspiring. With the game as their vehicle and mentorship as their passion, the RBI Austin team continues to create a lasting impact throughout our community. Needless to say, we are very proud to be part of it,” Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson said.

Fans attending Triple-A for a Day will recognize many unique elements from Dell Diamond’s gameday atmosphere, including “the fastest chickens in Texas” racing in the Chicken Race, inflatables, prize giveaways and much more.

This year’s Triple-A for a Day event is included in the Covering Home initiative, a joint effort between the Express and the United Heritage Charity Foundation to give back to the community. Volunteers from both organizations will be on hand during the championship games. The Express aim to provide RBI Austin athletes, their families and the community with the opportunity to watch baseball in a fun and unique setting they would not normally experience.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with RBI Austin and the Triple-A for a Day program into a fifth season,” Jackson said. “We get to experience professional baseball every day, so to bring that atmosphere and excitement to RBI Austin athletes and families is special for us.”

For more information on the Express, visit www.RoundRockExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

About RBI Austin – Launched in 2011, RBI Austin exists to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth athletically, academically and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities. RBI Austin is the only Austin affiliate of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (RBI) and is part of local non-profit The For the City Network. RBI Austin serves over 1,000 inner-city boys and girls through low-cost baseball and softball leagues, free clinics and year-round mentoring. For more info, visit www.rbiaustin.org and follow RBI Austin on Facebook and Twitter.

About Round Rock Express Baseball – Round Rock Express Baseball Club is in its 18th season and its seventh as Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The franchise was founded by Ryan Sanders Baseball – an ownership group spearheaded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and is now led by CEO Reese Ryan. The Express began as the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros in 2000 and moved to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2005, remaining an Astros affiliate through the 2010 season. Round Rock has established numerous attendance records at Dell Diamond and has remained in the top five in total attendance in all of Minor League Baseball 16 of the past 17 seasons. The Express won the 2011 PCL American Southern Division title and the 2015 American Conference championship.

About Covering Home – Covering Home was initially launched in early 2016 to offer Express staff, coaches and players organized opportunities during the work week to give back to the community. By choosing a new cause with whom to partner each month, employees can participate in volunteering that is important to them. With the help of United Heritage Credit Union’s nonprofit arm, United Heritage Charity Foundation, the Express have been able to make an even bigger impact on the Central Texas community and beyond.

 

Again, here are the details:

What: Triple-A for a Day (including Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies and 12U Softball and 12U Baseball championship games)
When: Saturday, August 12th — Closing Ceremonies at 6:30pm in between the 12U Softball Championship @ 5:00pm and the 12U Baseball Championship @ 7:30pm
Where: North Austin Optimist (NAO) —  1105 Morrow St., Austin, TX 78757
Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends!
Why: To celebrate the end of the season!

See you at NAO on Saturday, August 12th!

Meet the Team: T-Ball Royals

Meet the Team: T-Ball Royals

Player: Kiyan

  • TEAM: T-Ball Royals
  • TIME with RBI: First season
  • SCHOOL: Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary
  • CAREER DREAMS: What do you want to be when you grow up? A Disney actor
  • LOVE OF THE GAME: What’s your favorite part about playing baseball? It’s awesome!
  • FAVORITE POSITION: Center field
  • FAVORITE PLAYER: Who is your favorite baseball player? The girl, Mo’ne Davis
     

 Parent: Amanda

  • RBI KIDS: One son, Kiyan.
  • TIME with RBI: This is our first season.
  • PERSONAL VALUE: What do you think Kiyan gains the most from being involved with RBI off of the ball field? The friendships and teamwork. 
  • BASEBALL PARENT: What’s the hardest part about being a baseball parent? The heat!
  • FAVORITE PART OF THE GAME: What is your favorite part of the game of baseball? Watching the kids play. They’re so cute!

 

Coach: Allie

  • TIME with RBI:This is my second year coaching with RBI! 
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: Seeing some of our smallest players develop into kids that can throw, hit, and run super confidently.
  • PARENTS and PLAYERS: What do you think families and players gain the most from being involved with RBI? Community, friendship and just learning how to play sports. You learn a lot through team sports and parents get to grow as they get to watch their kids and learn from them. It can be very encouraging.
  • FAVORITE BASEBALL MEMORY: What’s your favorite baseball memory? One of our kids who was going to be placed on a different team this summer, ended up being placed with us again. He’s been hitting home-runs for us left and right. It’s incredible to be able to see the amount of confidence he’s gained and just how much he has grown since last year.