Supporters hard at work to prepare RBI Austin for upcoming year

What your work in the off-season is making possible

In the world of sports, we know that a lot of work happens behind-the-scenes in order for the game to be played. You are part of this behind-the-scenes, hard work that makes life-changing relationships possible for our 1,312 RBI Austin kids. 

Your amazing generosity during our year-end giving and at our annual benefit Now at Bat has set RBI Austin up for success in 2019. 

Check out three very tangible ways that your support over the past few months is allowing RBI Austin kids to be part of the something life-giving. 

Increased longevity of relationships

Because of your support, we are able to continue providing programs for our 1,312 kids. This is HUGE since we believe that positive, consistent relationships in a child’s life are so powerful. This means more coaches and kids are returning, spending time together, and are being given the opportunity for their relationship to deepen. 

Softball program expansion

Because of your support, our softball program has taken huge strides in growing and deepening these past couple of years. We launched our first softball player development academy, and 2019 will be the first year when we are able to offer a league for 18U softball! 

Increased volunteer investment

There’s no doubt about it, we are a volunteer-led organization. Without our 518 volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to serve our 1,312 RBI Austin kids. Because of your support, we are able to increase our investment in volunteers through things like strategic coach and mentor trainings, program boards and committees, and volunteer socials.

Donors, supporters, and partners, we are so grateful for you!

Why Intern with RBI Austin?

Why Intern with RBI Austin?

Humility. Program Management. Leadership. Time Management. Serving like Jesus. Delegation. Newly Found Interests. God’s Character. Marketing Tools. Conflict Resolution. Communication Skills. 

These are just a few of the hard and soft skills that our previous summer interns have shared that they gained from their time with RBI Austin. 

If you are looking for an opportunity to gain hands-on, real-world experience in sports management, nonprofit management, and/or communications and marketing, we’d love for you to consider applying for one of our summer internships. Read below to hear a few takeaways from some of our past interns and also to see about application details!

From our past interns

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: I learned a lot about how much effort and work has to happen behind the scenes to make an organization run. I had no idea how much it took to run a summer league this size. I now feel like I’m better prepared for other roles in life — not just in the workplace — because of the time management skills and people skills I had to learn to use during my summer internship.

TIME MANAGEMENT: With all of the different tasks and responsibilities during my management internship, I learned a lot about time management and also how to work with other people.

GOD’S CHARACTER: I’ve always considered myself a Christian, but through some of the spiritual development opportunities available during my internship, I actually learned more about who Jesus is. I learned that God is not a God in some far off land, but He is real and present.

NEWLY FOUND INTERESTS: I learned new skills related to my major that I didn’t even know that I liked. As a communications intern, I had the opportunity to be in charge of some photography and content collection this summer. I didn’t really realize how much I enjoyed it until getting to practice and having it as one of my responsibilities.

MARKETING TOOLS: During my communications/marketing internship, I learned some significant marketing tools and systems that will help me moving forward in my school work and in future internship or job opportunities — tools that help making branded graphics, schedule social postings, and creating blog schedules.

ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY: A major takeaway that I gained during my RBI Austin internship was the importance of accepting responsibility. There were situations that arose where someone on our team dropped a ball or where a parent or coach was unhappy. Through my supervisor, I was taught that people respond much better to a mistake being made if someone takes responsibility for it. 

SERVING LIKE JESUS: I learned to serve like Jesus calls us to serve…with humility — Some of the summer responsibilities were not the most glamorous or exciting. But in order to make the summer program happen and to fulfill my responsibilities as part of the RBI Austin team, I had to suck it up and get it done. Jesus served those around him with humility and I really do think this is an invaluable thing I learned this summer — to serve those around me with humility.

DELEGATION: I really did feel like I was part of a team with the other RBI Austin interns, staff, and volunteer leaders. With this, I learned how to lean on my team and to delegate. All the tasks assigned to me where not necessarily mine to execute, but they were mine to get done, either myself or through delegation. I think this is huge in learning how to function in a professional work environment moving forward.

MORE THAN A RESUME BUILDER: I went into this summer thinking that this would mainly be another thing to add on my resume. However, with the amount of responsibility I was given, it was impossible to not grow in ways well beyond what I imagined. It was impossible not to fail and it was impossible not to learn. It wasn’t just another thing to add to my resume. It provided real, hands-on experience to make me a better future employee. 

Application Details

More details about our internship program, including internship descriptions and application steps, please visit www.rbiaustin.org/internships/. Our application deadline is Friday, March 15th.

If you have any questions, please email lauren.witt@rbiaustin.org.

Registration Open: 2019 RBI Austin High School Summer Leagues

REGISTRATION OPEN

RBI Austin Baseball + Softball High School Summer Leagues

As High School baseball and softball seasons are starting to get into full swing, RBI Austin is officially opening registration for our RBI Baseball and Softball High School Summer Leagues (Ages 13-18)!

REGISTER TODAY

Players will get the opportunity to play local competitive games around the city of Austin.  Teams will have 1 practice and 1 game night (doubleheader) per week.

The fee to play for the summer is $60 for players who attend an RBI School and $200 for those who do NOT attend one of the RBI Schools.

If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out me (Michael.galvan@rbiaustin.org).


2019 RBI Baseball + Softball High School Summer League Details

  • What: RBI Baseball Summer League (15U & 18U) and RBI Softball Summer League (15U & 18U)
  • Who: Players ages 13 – 18 (age as of April 30th). Please note that registration for Jr. RBI (ages 4-12) will open in April.
  • Where: Fields throughout Austin
  • When: May 13th – July 21st – Two (2) nights a week including: one team practice and one weeknight doubleheader
  • Player Fee: $60 per player (from RBI schools)* Cost for players from other schools is $200. To apply for financial assistance, complete the financial assistance application here.
  • How: Click here to register.

We look forward to another great RBI Season this summer and can’t wait to see you at the ballpark!

The first kid to call me “coach”

He was the first kid who called me “coach” when I stepped on to the field to serve with RBI Austin.

Meet Harold and Ian — These two kicked off their new mentoring relationship in September, after spending a summer together on the Coach Pitch Marlins. 

Harold shares a little bit about Ian, his mentee, and why he chose to become an RBI Austin Next Level Coach. 

Ian is really passionate. He is all over it in celebrating when our team does something good. 

Similarly, when he makes a mistake, he is really hard on himself. 

I thought that committing to being a Next Level Coach and stay in his life beyond the summer season was something that would provide consistency for Ian. And over time, I may be able to help him develop a little more composure and how to navigate his feelings as he grows. 

Whether it develops into a baseball career or something completely different, I hope that in our interactions he develops in his character — some composure and how to handle his emotions and feelings. 

Hopefully from our interactions and relationships, he will get a clearer perspective on how to handle those moments and feelings. And in those moments, pointing back to “what would Jesus do…” 

I hope he has that kind of a response to things.

Turning challenging things into learning opportunities.

Hopefully in our interactions, I am a role model to him and set an example for him. And that in turn helps him be more successful in whatever he ends up pursuing — on or off the field. 

As our baseball and softball program have been growing, we want to increase opportunities for coaches and players to build deep, consistent relationships even when the summer is over. 

One opportunity is through our new initiative Next Level Coaching — where a coach commits to walking alongside one of their players for the next 12 months. 

Pursuing even when it’s hard

Pursuing, Even When It’s Hard

 

Jessica and Mariah were matched two years ago and their relationship is stronger and deeper than ever!

In November 2016, Jessica and Mariah were matched through RBI Austin’s mentoring program. A year later, they’d built some rapport and moved past the initial, be-on-your-best-behavior stage. 

Being one of nine siblings with a father who had been incarcerated, Mariah comes from a full house with many inconsistencies.

Jessica came to find that while Mariah was quiet and reserved, she carried a hard, cautious attitude and could pack a powerful punch with her words. 

Last fall, when her father was released from prison and returned back home, she was on a particularly steady streak of being rude and disrespectful. 

I knew she was experiencing some hard things at home with her dad and in school with her friends, so I was trying to remember that these actions were a result of a deeper hurt and because of some inconsistency in crucial relationships,” shared Jessica.

One day, after many unsuccessful attempts to redirect Mariah’s hurtful behavior, Jessica’s patience ran out and she told Mariah, “We can’t hang out anymore today. You can call me when you think you are ready to be kind and want to hang out again.

A few days later, Jessica came across a passage in the Bible that reminded her about how Jesus pursues us.

I started thinking, I mess up all the time and Jesus still pursues me! Part of my role in loving Mariah like Jesus is that I get to pursue her again and again,” Jessica recounted.

Two years after their match date, Jessica and Mariah’s relationship is stronger and deeper. They are now regularly meeting with another RBI Austin mentor-mentee pair to study the Bible together. 

One of the ways Mariah loves studying the Bible is by drawing what she’s learned.

It has been so encouraging to see how excited the girls are to read the Bible,” Jessica shared. “It is really cool to see these two girls become friends and to be excited to learn about the Word of God together.

Thanks to your support, Mariah has a godly woman investing in her life year-round.

 

Relationships Over Programs: Why in the World (Series)?!

Relationships Over Programs:
Why in the World (Series)?!

After spraining his ankle three days before the RBI Southwest Regional, Oscar Zamorano feared that his spot on the RBI Austin 18U Regional team was in jeopardy.

If he wasn’t on the regional roster and RBI Austin advanced, he’d be ineligible for the MLB RBI World Series.

Oscar had been loyal to the team all summer long, faithfully showing up to practices and games on time, and always supporting his teammates.

Instead of replacing Oscar with someone who could compete that weekend, the coaches decided to keep Oscar on the roster.

Why in the world would they do that during such a competitive tournament?

After not having pitched in almost three weeks, Oscar threw 3 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball before giving way to a reliever during RBI Austin’s first game at the RBI World Series against Arizona RBI. 


Oscar, a first-generation American citizen from Del Valle, is intelligent, hardworking, and a little on the quiet side. 

Sometimes feeling caught in between two worlds — his family speaks Spanish at home, while Oscar speaks English everywhere else.

Oscar’s family did not have the resources to afford an expensive, high-level select baseball program, but after being discovered in RBI’s summer league in 2017, he was chosen to participate in RBI’s Fall Player Development Academy.

This following spring in his senior season, Oscar was named a 1st-Team All-District Pitcher.

He was then chosen to represent RBI Austin in the RBI Southwest Regional, where he would compete against Houston Astros RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, and New Orleans RBI.

Over the course of the summer, Oscar established himself as one of the top pitchers on the RBI Austin regional team and even received his first offer to play at a junior college!

Since both of Oscar’s parents work Monday to Friday and were sometimes unable to get off work, RBI Austin Coach Mark Price would pick him up in Del Valle, and together they’d drive to the team’s pre-regional warmup tournaments in Waco and San Antonio.

“At first I thought Oscar was just a quieter kid, which in some ways he is, but as the miles wore on, I learned about Oscar’s bicultural daily life and how that impacts his demeanor and relationships.

We also talked about the generational differences in country music (Del Valle is out in the country…) and how two-stepping is a fun, natural way to strike up a conversation with a girl,” shared Coach Mark.

Coach Mark meets with the umpires and Arizona RBI coach before the first World Series game at Target Field. 


You don’t get these kind of opportunities to know someone — to be let into someone’s life — by caring first and foremost about a baseball program or about winning a game. 

Conversations about pitching techniques and batting stances are helpful on the field, but they alone don’t produce trust, rapport, or depth in a relationship.

These opportunities come in the unplanned, out-of-the-way drives up and down I-35, in the airplane rides to Minnesota, in the extra spaces when coaches go out of their way to spend time with their players and to ask them questions.

In the conversations about two-stepping, financial burdens, cultural disparity, country music, language barriers, insecurities, and dating — this is where trust is built, where relationships are made, where rapport is established, and where young men get to look up to older men for advice, wisdom, and guidance. 

In choosing to invest in a player beyond just what he can produce for your team, in caring about the character of a young man — this is where kids are engaged and developed into game-changers in their community.

Because of Coach Mark, Oscar was shown that perseverance, dedication, selflessness, teamwork, and sacrifice are an imperative complement to skill, strength, and technique. 

2019 Now at Bat Host Committee

BIG NEWS!

We have some stellar individuals joining RBI Austin’s
Now at Bat Host Committee!

We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Now at Bat Host Committee!

These men and women are champions of RBI Austin’s 1,312 kids and expectant to see our youth lead the transformation of their communities!

They believe in our kids, our organization, and our mission, and are playing a vital role in ensuring RBI Austin’s continued success through Now at Bat.

View 2019 Now at Bat Details

Have any questions about Now at Bat?! Want to get involved in this year’s event? Interested in sponsorship opportunitiesContact Amanda Terry at amanda.terry@rbiaustin.org or (512) 537-7105.

This is one of our favorite nights of the year, and we’d love for you to be a part of it. 

View 2019 Now at Bat Sponsorship Opportunities

 

We hope to see you on January 24, 2019 at the JW Marriott!

Partner Leagues: Fall Ball Information

Fall Ball Information

Did your child love summer ball and wants to continue playing?

We encourage you to sign your kid(s) up for a fall baseball/softball team to continue developing their skills and love for the game.

Two of our partner leagues host fall baseball/softball leagues on the same youth fields you played on this summer!  Below are registration details:

GEAYA (Greater East Austin Youth Association)/Mabson Field 

Ages: Boys & Girls ages 5-12
Price: $50 per child
Registration Information: The deadline is register is September 1st. Register your child in-person from Monday-Thursday 6pm-8pm OR on Saturdays from 12-2pm at 2816 E 12th Street, Austin, TX 78702.

NAO (North Austin Optimist) 

Ages: Boys & Girls ages 4-14
Price: $80 per child (6U is $50/child)
Registration Information: The number of teams will be capped on August 26th so be sure to register soon! Games begin September 8th.

We hope you all have a great fall season!

Austin’s MLB Reviving Baseball In Inner-Cities 18U Team Wins Bid to RBI World Series in Minneapolis

Austin’s MLB Reviving Baseball In Inner-Cities 18U Team Wins Bid to RBI World Series in Minneapolis

Baseball is very much alive in Austin, Texas.

This past weekend, Austin’s MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities affiliate — RBI Austin — hosted the MLB RBI Southwest Regional where teams from four organizations — Houston Astros RBI, New Orleans RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, and RBI Austin — competed for the opportunity to advance to the 2018 RBI World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Regional included three divisions: 15U Baseball, 18U Baseball, and 18U Softball.

RBI Southwest Regional Champions

RBI Austin’s 18U Regional team defeated Houston Astros RBI 4-0 on Sunday, July 29th at Dell Diamond to win the tournament.  After securing three wins in the previous games over the weekend, the Austin boys pulled off this final victory to land them an all-expenses-paid trip to Minnesota to compete against other RBI teams from around the United States as well as Uganda, Curacao, and Puerto Rico.

Eric Worden (McCallum High School ‘18) pitched a complete game shutout on Sunday, leading RBI Austin to its 4-0 Regional championship game victory. Outfielder Harrison Lee (LBJ/LASA High School ‘18) competed at the plate throughout the weekend with three triples. First baseman Aidan Martinez (Hays High School ‘19) set the tone in the first game of the Regional with a walk-off single in extra innings over Houston.

Prior to RBI Austin defeating Houston on Sunday to earn its first 18U RBI Regional championship in program history, Houston had won the 18U RBI Southwest Regional championship in 10 of the past 11 years. Houston Astros RBI alumni include MLB players Anthony Rendon, Chris Young, Carl Crawford, and James Loney.

MLB RBI Regionals + World Series

Over the past several weeks, more than 110 RBI baseball and softball teams competed in Regional tournaments across seven U.S. regions and one World region.

The 26th annual RBI World Series will be hosted by the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 5-10 and includes tournament games, workout days, banquets, community service events and more. During this five day competition, the RBI Austin team will participate in a showcase where they can further demonstrate their skills.

The MLB RBI program is designed to promote the games of baseball and softball to young men and women in underserved and diverse communities where, often times, sports programs and initiatives are lacking or unobtainable.

MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants throughout the program’s 30-year history, and many others have been given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. RBI currently serves young men and women in over 300 programs in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $40 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues (https://www.mlb.com/news/more-than-110-baseball-softball-teams-in-to-compete-in-rbi-regional-tournaments/c-286514254).