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.

Triple-A for a Day: August 12th

Triple-A for a Day

Saturday, August 12th

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!

We’re getting pumped about the Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies (with award presentations for every division and championship games) at Triple-A for a Day on Saturday, August 12th.

The Round Rock Express is bringing their gameday crew, fun, and entertainment to make the Jr. RBI Austin Closing Ceremonies and 12U softball and 12U baseball championship games an event for the whole RBI Austin family.

ALL players are invited and EVERY team will be recognized during the Team MVP Awards at the Closing Ceremony (6:30 p.m.). So whether you’re playing in one of the championship games or joining us in the stands, there will be fun for every player, family, and fan!

8/12 Championship Game Lineup

  • 10U Softball Championship: 9:00 a.m. (NAO #5)
  • Coach Pitch Championship: 5:00 p.m.(NAO #3)
  • 10U Baseball Championship: 5:00 p.m. (NAO #4)
  • 12U Softball Championship: 5:00 p.m. (NAO #5)
  • 12U Baseball Championship: 7:30 p.m. (NAO #4)
  • 15U Softball Championship: 7:30 p.m. (NAO #5)

Have questions? Email us at info@rbiaustin.org.

Meet the Team: 8U Coach Pitch Royals

Meet the Team: 8U Baseball Royals

Player: Beckett

  • TEAM: 8U Baseball Royals
  • TIME with RBI: Third season
  • SCHOOL: Laurel Mountain Elementary
  • CAREER DREAMS: What do you want to be when you grow up? An inventor. I would invent a hover car and they’re going to come in bright colors.
  • LOVE OF THE GAME: What’s your favorite part about playing baseball? Being able to play with my friends
  • FAVORITE POSITION: Catcher
  • FAVORITE PLAYER: Who is your favorite baseball player? I don’t know. I don’t really like baseball. My favorite team is the Express so my favorite player is probably Spike. I’ve been to his dog house 25 times.
     

Parent: Alyssa

  • RBI KIDS: One son, Beckett.
  • TIME with RBI: This is our third season.
  • PERSONAL VALUE: What do you think Beckett gains the most from being involved with RBI off of the ball field? Sportsmanship, being part of a team, and being part of something bigger than himself. He also gets to cheer on his teammates.
  • PROUD PARENT: When is a time you were most proud of Beckett? I’m most proud of him when I see him being compassionate to other people. He’s very aware of all the homeless people on the side of the road. He wants to know all about them and help them. Any time he thinks of other people first, I’m proud of him.
  • BASEBALL PARENT: What’s the hardest part about being a baseball parent?It’s a time commitment. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but people are working and living all over the city so it’s definitely a big time commitment. Well worth it, though. 
  • GAMEDAY MUST-HAVE: What is something you have to have with you when you are watching a game? Every game I bring a squirt bottle and I spray all the players to keep them cool. It’s very popular.

 

Coach: Brian

  • TIME with RBI:This is my 5th year involved with RBI but my first year with coach pitch. Beckett is my son so I’ve just moved up through age groups as he’s gotten older.
  • BACKGROUND: Did you play sports growing up? I played sports, but I was from a really small town and we didn’t have a lot of money so I didn’t play baseball. I played soccer, basketball and some softball and I always enjoyed it.
  • LEARNING FROM THE KIDS: What’s something you’ve learned from Beckett? Resilience and keeping focused. He has cystic fibrosis so putting on weight and muscle and everything about sports is hard for him. We try to push him towards sports to help him with that, but it’s always a struggle. When he was struggling to get a hit last season, he was really determined. He said he wanted to go out and practice 20 minutes a day every day until he got a hit. Getting to cheer him on is awesome.
  • PARENTS and PLAYERS: What do you think families and players gain the most from being involved with RBI? I think RBI is a family. We talk about cheering on each other, and I think it brings out a commonality. All of these parents drive so far and put in so much time and effort so getting all of the players together is really special. A couple games ago a few of our players said they were glad their coaches didn’t yell at them so we try to always be positive and encouraging for our players, even when we’re correcting them.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think you gain from being involved with RBI? The relationships with the players and seeing them all growing up from season to season. Seeing them remembering the value of teamwork and knowing that they always have people around them who they can lean on.

Meet the Team: 10U Baseball Royals

Meet the Team: 10U Baseball Royals

Player: Marlin

  • TEAM: 10U Baseball Royals
  • TIME with RBI: First season
  • SCHOOL: Menchaca Elementary. I was in 5th grade, about to go to 6th.
  • CAREER DREAMS: What do you want to be when you grow up? Probably a doctor or something.
  • LOVE OF THE GAME: What’s your favorite part about playing baseball? Just having fun, yeah.
  • FAVORITE POSITION: Pitcher. But I play other positions.
  • FAVORITE PLAYER: Who is your favorite baseball player? Of course, Babe Ruth. 

Parent: Tommy

  • RBI KIDS: One son, Marlin.
  • TIME with RBI: This is our first season.
  • PERSONAL VALUE: What do you think Marlin gains the most from being involved with RBI off of the ball field? He’s learned camaraderie and developed some friendships and some basic skill sets like discipline. 
  • PROGRAM VALUE: As a parent, what do you like most about being involved with RBI? I like how RBI is set up. This is our first year, and I think it’s a great organization with what y’all are doing with the mentorship — and of course the home runs!
  • BASEBALL PARENT: What’s the hardest part about being a baseball parent? The heat! The summer heat!
  • GAMEDAY MUST-HAVE: What is something you have to have with you when you are watching a game? I always have to have my smartphone for the snap shots!

Coach: Kyle

  • TIME with RBI: This is my fourth season with RBI.
  • BACKGROUND: Did you play sports growing up?Yes. I played football, basketball, baseball, soccer growing up.
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: Do you have a favorite RBI memory so far? Probably two years ago, we were on this same field for the 3rd place game and it went into extra innings. One of our kids hit the game winning home run — his name was Angel.
  • PARENTS and PLAYERS: What do you think families and players gain the most from being involved with RBI? RBI Austin is a great, positive, encouraging environment. RBI Austin is very beginner-friendly for baseball, but players also have many good, positive influences from the coaches and volunteer staff. It’s a good place to come in the summer.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think you gain from being involved with RBI? If I ever leave Austin — no matter what I was doing work-wise — I will look back on my time with RBI and that’ll be what I miss the most. It’s very rewarding. It’s a lot of time, but it’s time well spent. I’ve gotten to know these kids for 4 years and it’s great.

RBI Austin Night at Dell Diamond (7/30) — FREE tickets!

RBI Austin Night at Dell Diamond (7/30) — RSVP by 7/27 for FREE tickets!

What: RBI Austin Night at Dell Diamond
When: Sunday, July 30th; gate opens at 5 p.m.; game starts at 6:05 p.m.
Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock, Texas 78665
Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends
How to get tickets: RSVP by Thursday, July 27 and then pick up tickets at the 1st base gate.

***Please RSVP for the number of FREE tickets you would like for your family.***

Event details

  • Parking: You will need to pay to park at Dell Diamond, so be sure to carpool with family and friends!
  • Ticket Pick Up: You can pick up your tickets at the 1st base gate starting at 4:45 p.m.
  • Kids activities, like inflatables, will be outside the main gates starting at 5 p.m.!
  • All kids get to run the bases after the game!

Have questions? Email us at info@rbiaustin.org.

Round Rock Express Game 7/17 (FREE for RBI families)

FREE Round Rock Express Tickets for Monday, July 17th

Superhero Night with $1 Hotdogs and $1 Sodas

The Round Rock Express is offering our RBI Austin players, families, volunteers, and friends FREE tickets on Monday, July 17th!

It’s Superhero Night with $1 hotdogs and $1 sodas, so be sure to dress up in your favorite superhero costume and get ready for a fun night at the ballpark!

What: Round Rock Express game featuring Superhero Night with $1 hotdogs and $1 sodas

When: Monday, July 17th; game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock, Texas 78665 (*ticket pickup is at the 1st base gate*)

Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends

How to get your tickets: go to the 1st base gate at Dell Diamond when you arrive, find the Express booth, and tell them you’re with RBI and how many tickets you need.

It’s going to be a blast – RSVP at https://forms.rbiaustin.org/rsvp by this FRIDAY at 5 p.m.!

See you at Dell Diamond!

Meet the Team: 12U Softball Aggies Team Spotlight

Meet the Team: 12U Softball Aggies

Player: Samantha

  • TEAM: 12U Softball Aggies
  • TIME with RBI: First season
  • SCHOOL: Wayside Elementary
  • CAREER DREAMS: What do you want to be when you grow up? A softball player. I’d play centerfield.
  • TEAMMATES: Who’s your best friend on the team? Brittany. She’s my best friend because she’s nice.
  • FAVORITE POSITION: Outfield. It’s my favorite because that’s where most of the balls go.
  • BEST ADVICE: What is something that you’ve learned from your coach? When I get out, I shouldn’t cry because there is still a lot more softball to go.

Parent: Tommy

  • RBI KIDS: Two daughters, Samantha and Hayley.
  • TIME with RBI: This is actually our first season with RBI. I coached for 4-5 years and this is the first year I’ve been more of a parent than a coach.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think Samantha and Hayley gain the most from being involved with RBI? They’ve learned and developed a lot. They still take the game a little too seriously, so I have to remind them to have fun and go out there and be a kid. They need to remember to mentally and physically rest. So RBI has really given them a chance to have fun.
  • PROUD PARENT: When is a time when you were most proud of your daughters? Just academics in general. They’re A and B students. They work hard on the field and they’re good at transitioning that into the classroom. They’re quick to do their homework as soon as they get home because they know they have to make good grades to play. Their teachers all tell me that they’re leaders in the classroom so I’m really proud of that.
  • BEING A SOFTBALL PARENT: What is the hardest part about being a softball parent? The hardest part is when they lose because you have to help pick the girls up. They try so hard and sometimes they get down on themselves. I remind them that even when they leave it all on the field, they’re not always going to win. They’re still learning, so I have to tell them that and remind them that winning isn’t everything.

Coach: Kyle

  • TIME with RBI: This is my first season with RBI.
  • BACKGROUND: Did you play sports growing up?I played baseball, football, track, and basketball. I’ve always had the best coaches and I felt called to coaching. So far I’ve coached junior high sports, and when I heard about RBI through the Austin Stone I was eager to get involved.
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: Do you have a favorite RBI memory so far? Last week we played against the Bears, and I’m pretty sure they were the #1 seed. We took them out with only 6 players. Our girls worked really hard for it and it was a huge jump from the 2nd week to the 3rd week.
  • PARENTS and PLAYERS: What do you think families and players gain the most from being involved with RBI? I’d say they can come here knowing that we love their child more than we love winning the game. When we show up, we’re here to make sure their child gets better physically, spiritually, and mentally and that’s more important than winning.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think you gain from being involved with RBI?I’ve gained so much. I’ve learned how to communicate with kids and how to be patient. I’ve never been great with words, but when you coach girls, you learn you have to affirm them and tell them good job. I’m learning to be more gentle and tactful in the way that I coach.

Meet the Team: 12U Baseball Nationals Team Spotlight

Meet the Team: 12U Baseball Nationals

Player: Jamie Naumann

  • TEAM: 12U Baseball Nationals
  • TIME with RBI: Fifth season
  • SCHOOL: I go to a private school called Redeemer Lutheran. It’s for babies through 8th grade.
  • CAREER DREAMS: What do you want to be when you grow up? A major league baseball player. I would want to play outfield or 2nd base. Probably left field.
  • TEAMMATES: Who’s your best friend on the team? Gio. Gio and Braelyn. Braelyn is #9.
  • FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER: I have two. Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve. Aaron Judge plays right field for the Yankees and Altuve plays 2nd base for the Astros.
  • BEST ADVICE: What is something that you’ve learned from your dad? Hustle a lot in any sport. Coaches notice that. Like when you sprint to your position they notice that you’re working hard.

Parent: Jimmy Naumann

  • RBI KIDS: One son, Jamie, is 12 years old. 
  • TIME with RBI: I’ve known Matt since before RBI started. I’ve always coached, and I’ve been on the board a little. This is my first season not coaching. He’s played since he was 7 so this is probably our 5th season with RBI.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think Jamie gains the most from being involved with RBI? He goes to a private school so it’s pretty small pool of people. It’s awesome for Jamie to get to meet all different kids and know them for years and play with them through different seasons. The baseball side is good but socially RBI is fantastic for him.
  • PROUD PARENT: When is a time when you were most proud of Jamie? To be completely honest, there was a time when he was getting picked on and I told him to solve it by beating the kid up. He kept saying no, and when I asked why he wouldn’t, he said ‘Jesus wouldn’t want that.’ It was really eye opening because he’s right and I got to learn from him in that situation. That was awesome for me because we read these bible stories every night and go to church but I got to see it in action right in front of me.
  • FAVORITE BASEBALL MEMORY: Do you have a favorite baseball memory? I never thought I would have a son because I was a little bit older when we had him so everything we’ve done together is so special to me. He’s an only child and since he was 2 years old we spend tons of time together just hitting in the cage or at home. I found a pendant that has bats shaped like a cross and it says I swing for him. That means a lot to me because that’s what we’ve done. We hit, we pray, and it’s been unbelievable for me. It’s something I never thought I’d have so I try to stop regularly and thank God. It’s great when he has a great game but just our time working out together is so special to me.

Coach: Ricky Gomez

  • TIME with RBI: This is actually my first season with RBI. So far it’s good. The kids are great, they have great attitudes, and they love baseball. I got involved with RBI because baseball was a big part of my life growing up and I really wanted to get involved in something like this.
  • BACKGROUND: So you played sports growing up? I did. My dad was my coach and I’m not as hard on them as he was on me, but it was a bond that I remember to this day. It taught me a lot of values and a lot about life and I wanted an opportunity to give back to the kids and have some fun with it too. My hidden talent is actually bowling. I was the captain of the bowling team and we won four city championships.
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: Do you have a favorite RBI memory so far? I did today. Today, for the first time, I passed out a game ball to someone that I thought really demonstrated the RBI values, uplifted his teammates, and gave it his all. I gave it to Ty and when I gave it to him, he had the biggest smile on his face. It meant a lot to see that and see how much these kids care. With baseball, a lot of kids get down on themselves and he had a rough start but he kept his head in it and pulled it together.
  • LEARNING FROM THE PLAYERS: What’s something that you’ve learned from Jamie? Jamie is the nicest kid I’ve ever met. After each game and practice, he comes up to me and says “thank you.” With little things like that, you realize that everyone’s watching you. He reminds me to just be kind to people. Sometimes as a coach, it gets to be a little difficult, but watching Jamie is a reminder to be kind no matter what.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think you gain from being involved with RBI? Definitely getting better with kids. You also cherish things and appreciate things a little more. After my first game, I called my parents to thank them. As a kid you don’t realize everything your parents do for you and although I’m not a parent, it’s given me the value of being appreciative and supportive. You never know whose life you can impact. In just 3 weeks, RBI has already given me something that will stay with me forever.