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/

Jr. RBI Opening Day on Saturday, June 3rd

Have you registered for Jr. RBI??

AWESOME!!! We can’t wait for a great summer! Join us for Opening Day on Saturday, June 3rd! Meet your coaches/team, get your schedule, and enjoy food, fun, and festivities to kick off the 2017 Jr. RBI Summer League!

  • Date: Saturday, June 3rd
  • Time: 10am – 1pm
  • Location: The For the City Center (500 E. Saint Johns Ave, Austin, TX 78752)
  • Details: Check-in begins at 10am to receive team assignments/game schedule and meet your coaches!
  • Payment: Please submit payment in LeagueApps OR by cash/check/money order at Opening Day THIS Saturday.
  • Questions? Call us at (512) 381-7137 or email info@rbiaustin.org
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Upcoming Key Dates
  • June 3rd – Opening Day (see above)
  • June 5th – First week of practices
  • June 17th – First day of games
  • Aug 1st-12th – Jr. RBI Playoffs

How to Register for 2017 Summer League

How to Register for 2017 Summer League

  1. Go to http://rbiaustin.leagueapps.com/leagues.
  2. Select the appropriate League division for your child.
    • For example, if you have a 4 year-old boy or girl, choose 6U T-Ball. If you have a 9 year-old girl, choose 10U Softball.
  3. Select Register.
  4. Create or log in to your Parent Account–   once a Parent Account is created, you will be able to register for the Summer League and other RBI events and programs.
  5. Child Info: enter your child’s information.
  6. Register: Enter discount code (if applicable), additional player info, check off online waiver.
  7. Payment Details: if choosing to pay online, enter payment info. Or click “Pay Later”.
  8. Once you have completed these steps, you will be directed to a final screen where you can either add another child or finalize your registration.

If you have any questions, please email daniel.reyna@rbiaustin.org or call 512.905.1300.

That’s it – let’s play some ball!

Winter Camp Recap

Winter Camp Recap

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Future big leaguers, scouts, and front office executives…

On Saturday, December 10th, RBI Austin held its third annual Winter Camp at Concordia University Texas. This event brings together talented high school players, college baseball coaches, and MLB scouts for a day of learning and competition.

Winter Camp emphasizes the importance of higher education and helps provide opportunities for youth to maximize their potential in baseball and life. The event included defensive skills work, bullpens, 60-yard dash, hitting, live game scrimmage along with instruction on college readiness, career opportunities in baseball, and faith.

This year’s camp featured 88 top high school players, including our top RBI Austin players, Astros RBI players, and players from as far south as Corpus Christi and as far north as Belton.

Nine collegiate programs and three MLB clubs were represented at Winter Camp. Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez, Hendrix College Baseball Coach and former St. Louis Cardinals prospect Collin Radack, and Chicago Cubs Scout Kevin Ellis gave inspirational messages to the players.

Huge thanks to the players, college coaches, MLB scouts, and Concordia University Texas for making this day a great success!

Check out the 2016 Winter Camp photos
More info about Winter Camp

Special Announcement — 2017 RBI Austin Benefit

Special Announcement — Augie Garrido to be recognized at 2017 RBI Austin Benefit

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We’re pleased to announce that Augie Garrido — Longhorn Legend and the winningest coach in college baseball history — will be recognized at the 2017 RBI Austin Benefit, Now at Bat.

Accumulating 1,975 wins as a coach since 1969 — including 20 years at the University of Texas — the five-time National Champion coach has left a legacy in the sport. We are thrilled to recognize Coach Garrido and the great impact he has had on baseball in Austin and around the country.

Will you join Coach Garrido, Reckless Kelly, and other special guests in support of our RBI kids on January 19th at the JW Marriott?

Event Details HERE

Buy Seats, Table, or Sponsorship View 2017 Sponsorship Brochure

Launching Going, Going, Give!

Today we launch Going, Going, Give — our year-end giving contest to support our RBI kids!

Have you ever wondered what your support goes to? Each dollar given to RBI Austin goes to support kids in inner-city Austin.

Kids like Jalen, Victoria, and Walter. Watch HERE

Today marks the kick-off of Going, Going, Give — a time to raise money to support even more RBI Austin kids! You generously gave last year, enabling us to grow to:

  • 853 kids (684 last year)
  • 62 mentor/mentee matches (35 last year)
  • 59 baseball/softball teams (47 last year)

This year’s Going, Going, Give goal is $68,957, and we’re asking for your help to meet that goal by December 31st. Your support will enable RBI Austin to eclipse 1,000 kids for the first time next year!

Learn more about Going, Going, Give (including the prizes!) here or by downloading this PDF.

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