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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

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: 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.

7/6 RBI Softball Pitching Clinic with Cat Osterman!

7/6 RBI Softball Pitching Clinic with Cat Osterman!

Softball legend Cat Osterman and her Texas State softball pitchers are coming back to town next Thursday, July 6thto put on a pitching clinic exclusively for our RBI Softball pitchers!  Here are the details:

What: RBI Austin Softball Pitching Clinic

Instructors: Cat Osterman & Texas State softball pitchers

When: Thursday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Where: Mabson Field (2812 E. 12th St, Austin, TX 78702)

Who: all RBI Softball pitchers and coaches

Cost: Free for all RBI Softball players *Please wear your full RBI uniform!

 

See you on Thursday, July 6th at Mabson!

Meet the Team: 15U Softball Royals Team Spotlight

Meet the Team: 15U Softball Royals

Player: Elesia Zarzoza

  • TEAM: 15U Softball Royals
  • TIME with RBI: First season
  • WALK-UP SONG: This is how we do it
  • SCHOOL: Westwood (Round Rock)
  • COLLEGE DREAMS: Do you want to go to college? Where? What do you want to study? I want to go to Texas State and study abroad in Barcelona. I want to double major in Dance Education and Business Management so I can own my own dance studio.
  • FAVORITE SOFTBALL MEMORY: I got to meet my best friend, #12, through RBI. She’s really close with my cousin so if she’s close with my family then she’s close with me.
  • SEASON GOALS: What are you looking most forward to this season? I’m looking forward to getting to the championship with some of the best people I know.

 

Parent: Stacie Cooks

  • RBI KIDS: One daughter, Elesia, is 15 years old. 
  • TIME with RBI: This is our first year playing with RBI. Her cousin has been playing for RBI for about 5 years and she wanted to join her.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think your child gains the most from playing with RBI? Sense of community and being able to fit in which isn’t always easy at 15. She’s enjoying just being on a team and the girls she plays with are like her family. The coaches really look out for her and she feels like she can trust them.
  • PROUD PARENT: Tell us about a time you were most proud of Elesia.  I’m most proud when I see her participating on a team. I think all of us should be working together for the greater good, so being on a team really helps because they’re all separate parts working together. Renee has a huge heart and being on a team really brings that out.
  • BEING A SOFTBALL PARENT: What’s the hardest part about being a baseball/softball parent? The hardest part is helping my daughter identify healthy ways to respond when the team doesn’t do well or when she feels she didn’t do well. It’s hard to see your child upset. Being able to cope with loss and framing it in a constructive way has been the hardest but is a good life skill.
  • GAMEDAY MUST-HAVE: What’s something you always have to have with you when you’re watching a game? It’s only my second game, so I’m learning, but I’d say some type of sun-protection, a lawn chair so I can move my seat to the shade, and snacks since I’m coming straight from work to the game.

 

Coach: Kentrell Thomas

  • TIME with RBI: This is my third season.
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: My kids’ first season playing with RBI was also the first time they played organized baseball/softball. They won the championship that year.
  • PROGRAM VALUE: What do you think players and/or families gain the most from being involved with RBI? Meeting new friends, meeting new people, having fun, learning the game, and being shown that people care about them.
  • PERSONAL VALUE: What experiences that you’ve gained from being involved with RBI do you value the most? Learning the game. Really learning the game and learning how I can use what I know to help the kids. If I can help one, I’ve helped a lot.
  • BACKGROUND: Tell us about yourself. Did you play sports growing up?
    I’m from New Orleans. I played football and baseball but mostly I was in the band. I played trombone. The reason I got involved with RBI is my kids. I’m more of a fan but if I can help with coaching, why not? I also head coach a t-ball team that my youngest daughter is on. I have three kids: a 15-year-old, a 13-year-old, and a 5-year-old.