Category Archives: Gear Up

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.)