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SPOTLIGHT: 10U Baseball Cubs

RBI Austin Spotlight: 10U Baseball Cubs

You know what time it is!

Meet this week’s spotlights: Blaise, Ricky, and Travis from the 10U Baseball Cubs!

Travis and Blaise have been a part of the RBI Austin family for 3 years now and have experienced the “comradery” that the game of baseball provides.

Coach Ricky mentions that the kids are what made him come back for his 2nd summer coaching. See more below!

Blaise Kizer

9 yrs old
10U Baseball Cubs
3rd Year with RBI Austin

Q: How long have you been playing with RBI Austin?

Blaise: This is my 3rd year! I started playing when I was in t-ball.

Q: What keeps you coming back?

Blaise: I like the game of baseball, it makes me happy. Every year I get to learn more and get better and better.

Q: What do you hope to learn this year?

Blaise: I want to get better at catching and hopefully hit more balls.

Q: What is something that you learned from your coach or teammates?

Blaise: I learned to hit, catch, and to always have fun!

Q: Who is one person that’s influenced your life the most?

Blaise: My coaches and parents. My parents always take me to baseball, and my coaches are always pushing me to be better.

Q: Why do you think its important to be on a team sport?

Blaise: I think it’s important so that you can make friends and have fun.

Ricky Epps

10U Baseball Cubs Coach
2nd year with RBI Austin

Q: How long have you been coaching for RBI?

Ricky: This is my second year coaching. I returned this year because I love the kids. They make my life a little bit better. They bring joy in my life a lot. When I’m stressed out they make me more happy.

Q: What made you decide to coach last year?

Ricky: I had a lot of opportunities when I was younger to play, so I don’t want to waste my talent. I want to teach these young boys how to play baseball. I played when I was younger, and my dad played major league baseball for the Cincinnati Reds.

Q: Who is the biggest influence on your life?

Ricky: My wife and my kids. They are the ones who make me enjoy life in the morning. I was never a morning person until I married my wife. They make my life perfect.

Q: What is the best part about coaching the 10U Cubs?

Ricky: They are coachable. They listen. They learn. It’s “yes sir/no sir” on the field. They are very disciplined and show up to practice and games. We don’t have to do a lot of yelling at these kids. We aren’t lacking much. I coached six of these kids last year, so I decided to coach 10U baseball this season to stick with them.

Q: How do think baseball betters the player #BeyondtheField?

Ricky: Baseball teaches discipline and respect. It teaches you how to grow. It teaches you the world of life. Sometimes you fail, sometimes you don’t fail. Some things are going to be easy, and some things are going to be hard.

Travis Kizer

Father of Blaise Kizer
10U Baseball Cubs
3rd year with RBI Austin

Q: Since you are a returning RBI Austin parent, what keeps you enrolling Blaise?

Travis: He keeps wanting to play and he has played with several of the RBI kids for years.

Q: What is one thing you hope Blaise will learn, whether it is baseball skills or non-baseball skills?

Travis: I hope that he continues to keep playing well, and I hope that the team keeps building and getting to know each other better so that they have that comradery.

Q: What is your favorite thing about having Blaise play baseball?

Travis: I love watching him play and I love that he loves it!

Q: Why do you think it’s important about having team sports?

Travis: It builds comradery and a unique community. Even as a whole, RBI Austin has a baseball community. I recognize players and parents on several other teams.

SPOTLIGHT: 12U Baseball Astros

RBI Austin Spotlight: 12U Baseball Astros

This week, we’re jumping into the 12U Baseball Astros’ dugout! Meet Bruce, Travis, and Christina.

Bruce Gusman

Q: With this being your first season with RBI Austin, what do you hope to learn this season from your coach or teammates?

Bruce: I hope to learn about the different positions and specifically I want to learn and get better in the outfield.

Q: Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Bruce: The biggest influence in my life is my mom because she is always encouraging and supportive even when they lose games.

Q: What’s the best part about playing baseball/softball? What do you look forward to about playing for your RBI team?

Bruce: I love getting to meet new friends through RBI and learning more about the game of baseball.

Travis Gauntt 

Q: With this being your first RBI Austin season coaching, why did you decide to coach this year?

Travis: I grew up in baseball family & played baseball growing up so I love the sport. Additionally, I just moved to Austin and am finishing up my MBA at Texas so I had some free time to coach.

Q: Who has influenced your life the most?

Travis: My dad was the greatest influence in my life. He was an incredible role model, played baseball and was able to coach me. He is an incredible man professionally, personally, spiritually. He has helped shape who I am today.

Q: What’s the best part about coaching? Is there anything in particular that you look forward to during the week about getting to coach?

Travis: My favorite thing about coaching is that I get to make a difference in these kids’ lives and give back to them. I especially enjoy practices because that’s where I get to coach and teach and get to know the kids.

Christina Gonzalez 

Q: Why did you decide to enroll your child in RBI baseball/softball this summer? What do you hope they will learn besides baseball/softball skills?

Christina: Bruce’s friend from school told him about RBI and he came home and pulled it up on the internet and asked me to register him for the RBI summer league.

Q: What is your favorite part about having your kids participate in RBI?

Christina: RBI is so good for the boys and they really enjoy it so far. I love how organized RBI is. Everything is run smoothly, and I haven’t had any issues yet. I love that the boys get to make new friends and that he has good influences in his life.

SPOTLIGHT: 16U RBI Softball Rangers

RBI Austin Spotlight: 16U Softball Rangers

Our RBI Austin Spotlights are back!

Every week during the summer season, we spotlight a player, coach, and parent in our summer league. Spotlight players exemplify sportsmanship, character, hustle, and coachability. Spotlight coaches are consistent, prepared, humble, and spirited. Spotlight parents are encouraging, supportive, present, and devoted.

Our spotlights this week represent what RBI is all about. We seek to go beyond the field to develop and transform the kids in our program so that they can be the change in their communities. We are pleased to announce our spotlights for this week below:

Juliana Lopez
15 yrs old
16U Softball Rangers
1st year with RBI Austin

Q: With this being your first season with RBI Austin, what do you hope to learn this season from your coach or teammates?

Juliana: “I’m a new player. I just want to get better as a player, and with the extra practices and games, I feel like I can achieve that.”

Q: Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Juliana: “The person who has influenced me most is my dad because he is always there for me. Always at every game, pushing me to do my best.”

Q: What’s the best part about playing baseball/softball? What do you look forward to about playing for your RBI team?

Juliana: “What I look forward to each week is getting better as an individual and as a team. It is a team effort so if we work hard together then we can take on any win.”

Mariah Alderman

16U Softball Rangers Coach
1st year with RBI Austin

Q: With this being your first RBI Austin season coaching, why did you decide to coach this year?

Mariah: “I am a new coach, and I decided to coach because I love softball and I love Jesus.”

Q: Who has influenced your life the most?

Mariah: “My young life leader from high school, Hillary Brenner.”

Q: What’s the best part about coaching? Is there anything in particular that you look forward to during the week about getting to coach?

Mariah: “Softball is just great to be around. It’s an all-around thing, because softball includes girls. I miss playing it so much, and it’s fun to see the girls get to live their glory days.”

 

Jerry Lopez

Father of Juliana Lopez
16U Softball Rangers
1st year with RBI Austin

Q: Why did you decide to enroll your child in RBI baseball/softball this summer? What do you hope they will learn besides baseball/softball skills?

Jerry: “We got the info from her coach at Akins high school, and she’s [Juliana] the one who told me about it so she [Juliana] wanted to come play this summer, to keep her skills and get ready for next year. Basically, I hope she learns friendship and teamwork because she needs a little more of that. And hopefully, the skills she’s learning here are making her a better player.  RBI builds them up and gets them ready for the next level.”

Q: What is your favorite part about having your kids participate in RBI?

Jerry: “My favorite part is to see her have fun out here with all the girls and you know, pick up her teammates and all that. Friendship is a major key.”

RBI Austin Uniform Shop — 6/9

RBI Austin Uniform Shop

Still need to purchase pants, belts, and socks for your player? The RBI Austin Uniform Shop will be open THIS Saturday, June 9th. See details below:

WHEN: Saturday, June 9th from 9am-12pm

WHERE: The For the City Center (500 E. St. Johns Ave, Austin, TX 78752) in the Ridgetop Room

WHAT: RBI Austin Uniform Shop where you can purchase pants, belts, and socks for your favorite RBI Austin player. Prices are below:

  • Pants ($10)
  • Belts ($5)
  • Socks ($5)
  • All Three Combo ($15)
  • RBI Austin Parent T-Shirt ($10)

Players will receive a team jersey and cap from their coaches at their first game. However, children are responsible for providing their own pants, belts, and socks.

 

 

RBI Austin Parent Workshops

RBI Austin Parent Workshops

This Saturday, you are invited to our RBI Austin Parent Workshop (see flyer for more information) led by the Positive Coaching Alliance! It will be from 10am-Noon at The For the City Center.

Before and after the workshop, our RBI Uniform Shop will be open for anyone who would like to purchase pants, belts, socks, or parent t-shirts.  By attending the Parent Workshop, you can purchase an RBI Austin parent t-shirt for 50% off ($5 instead of $10)!

We also have a second workshop / uniform shop date scheduled for June 14th. See below for all the details.


WHAT: RBI Austin Parent Workshop & Uniform Shop

WHERE: The For the City Center (500 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin, TX 78752) in the Ridgetop room

WHEN:

  • OPTION 1
    THIS Saturday, June 9th from 10am-12pm (Uniform Shop opens at 9am)
  • OPTION 2
    NEXT Thursday, June 14th from 6:30pm-8:30pm (Uniform Shop opens at 5:30pm)

HOW: RSVP at https://rbiaustin.wufoo.com/forms/positive-coaching-alliance-workshop/

BONUS: Attend one of these workshops and get 50% off of our RBI Austin parent t-shirt (Original Cost: $10, You Pay $5).


RBI Austin Uniform Shop

Still need to purchase your player’s belts, pants, and socks? The RBI Austin Uniform Shop will be open on Saturday, June 9th from 9am-12pm in the same room as this workshop.

At the Parent Workshop, we will focus on player and parent development through:

  • Learn how to help your athletes get the most from the youth sports experience
  • Learn how to establish and maintain a positive competitive environment inside youth sports
  • Develop skills to manage failure on and off the field
  • Understand how to help your athlete be the best version of themselves and compete with integrity

We hope to see you there!