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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!

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!

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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What a summer!

What a summer!

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson and President Chris Almendarez, and Olympian Cat Osterman congratulate our Jr. RBI League MVPs on a great summer season during Closing Ceremonies at Triple-A for a Day!

The 2016 RBI Austin Summer Season has wrapped up, and it was one to celebrate! With 819 kids playing on 59 teams (up from 656 kids on 47 teams in 2015), this was our biggest summer yet. Overall, the summer comprised of 375 games and we cannot thank enough our amazing RBI parents, partners, and 348 volunteers for their crucial role in this season’s success!

In addition to the summer league and playoffs for Jr. RBI (girls ages 4-14, boys ages 4 – 12) and RBI (boys ages 13-18), many relationships were formed among players, parents, families, coaches, and mentors.

Jr. RBI Recap

Our 45 Jr. RBI teams enjoyed a fun summer on and off the diamond. The season ended on Saturday, August 6th with six teams being crowned 2016 Jr. RBI Champions, capped off by our Closing Ceremonies at the annual Triple-A for A Day festivities at Mabson Field. Mayor Steve Adler and Olympian Cat Osterman recognized our Team and League MVPs, and the Round Rock Express brought their game day entertainment to the final two championship games.

Make sure and check out our latest Facebook albums for photos of RBI Austin Day at Dell Diamond, Triple-A for A Day, Jr. RBI Championship Games, and Team Photos.

Congrats to all the Jr. RBI kids and coaches for a wonderful season of baseball and softball, and big thanks to the families, volunteers, and league partners for your wonderful involvement and support this summer!

We’ll be back in action with baseball and softball clinics in the spring! If you’re interested in your child playing baseball or softball this fall, check out these local leagues.

RBI Recap

Our 2016 RBI division consisted of 14 teams playing at 10 local high school fields. Growing in skill, character, and forming lasting relationships, the summer season was a great success for our high school players.

On Saturday, July 9th, the RBI Austin 15U and 18U championship games took place with the RBI Mavericks winning the 15U championship and the RBI Thunder taking home the 18U crown. Check out the RBI Championship photos here.

This summer, RBI Austin’s 15U & 18U Regional teams competed in local select tournaments and then in the MLB RBI Southwest Regional tournament in New Orleans from July 14th-17th. 2016 marked the first year of the RBI Southwest Regional taking place in New Orleans.

The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy hosted the tournament, and our RBI Austin teams competed with some of the top talent in the Southwest. Highlights included our 15U team’s 7-5 victory over Baton Rouge RBI and our 18U team’s 13-5 victory over Northwest Houston RBI.  Check out photos from the RBI Southwest Regional tournament here.

Major League Baseball hosts the MLB RBI National tournament every year with regional champions earning a berth to the RBI World Series. Since 2013, there have been more than 40 RBI players selected in the MLB Draft, more than half of whom have played in the RBI World Series.

While the cleats are hung up for the summer, several of our players will be participating in our Prospect Development Program this fall. For more information about the Prospect Development Program, please email Michael Galvan at michael.galvan@rbiaustin.org.

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Sincere thanks to all the kids, families, and volunteers who made this summer a great one! We are grateful for the RBI Austin family and look forward to seeing you around!

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Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies & Triple-A For a Day on August 6th!

Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies at Triple-A for a Day on August 6th!


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Round Rock Express and RBI Austin Team Up for Fourth Annual “Triple-A for a Day”

Express to bring Dell Diamond’s Game Atmosphere to Austin Baseball Non-Profit

ROUND ROCK, Texas –For the fourth year in a row, the Round Rock Express are set to team up with RBI Austin to present “Triple-A for a Day,” bringing Dell Diamond’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere to RBI Austin’s 14U softball and 12U baseball championships.

The pair of games will be held on Saturday, August 6 at Downs Mabson Field in East Austin. The 14U softball game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. while the 12U baseball game will follow at 8:00 p.m. RBI Austin will recognize league MVPs and other award winners during Closing Ceremonies between the two contests, complete with special guest Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Triple-A for a Day is open to the public and free to attend. All are invited to enjoy the festivities.

In an effort to replicate the game atmosphere at Dell Diamond, the Express will bring many fan favorites to Mabson Field, including “the fastest chickens in Texas,” rowdy time and much more. Olympian and four-time All-American athlete Cat Osterman is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

For the first time in the event’s history, Triple-A for a Day will be included as an official MLB Play Ball function. Play Ball is a nationwide partnership between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to encourage everyone to get out and play.

The Express hope this game will 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 so excited to continue the Triple-A for a Day program in 2016. To be able to offer an once-in-a-lifetime, big-league experience to the RBI athletes and their families is special for us,” Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson said. “What RBI Austin has developed over the last five years has been truly amazing. From their mentor programs to their passion for the game of baseball, the impact they’re making in Austin will be long lasting and we are proud to be part of it.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

Here’s a look at “Triple-A for A Day” from previous years: Triple-A for A Day!

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 800 inner-city boys and girls through low-cost baseball and softball leagues, free clinics and year-round mentoring.

About Round Rock Express Baseball – Round Rock Express Baseball Club is in its 17th season and its sixth 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 15 of the past 16 seasons. The Express won the 2011 PCL American Southern Division title and the 2015 American Conference championship.

Again, here are the details:

What: Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies at Triple-A For A Day with big league entertainment from the Round Rock Express! Award presentations, championship games, special guests, and fun for the whole family!
When: Saturday, August 6th from 5 – 10pm
Where: Mabson Field, 2812 East 12th Street, Austin, TX
Etc.: Admission is free, and any and all are invited!

See you at Mabson Field on Saturday, August 6th!

2016 Jr. RBI Player Rates

2017 Jr. RBI Player Rates

Summer is right around the corner, and RBI Austin registration is now open! We are excited for another fun summer of baseball and softball!

Like last year, we are pleased to announce RBI Austin’s partnership with Austin ISD and how this partnership will benefit AISD students this summer.

Since RBI Austin began in 2010 as part of of Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program, we have strived to focus on the area that the RBI acronym suggests: the inner city! This focus has directed our mission of engaging and developing inner-city youth through baseball, softball, and long-term mentoring, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities. RBI Austin has grown from 22 kids in 2010 to 853 kids last year, and as we continue to expand our reach, we want to ensure that our primary focus remains!

Because of this and in partnership with AISD, we have created a new Jr. RBI fee structure with two rates effective for the summer season: a player rate for Austin ISD students and a player rate for other students.

Player rate for Austin ISD students: For Austin ISD students, the rate will be $10 for Jr. RBI participants (boys and girls ages 4 – 12).

Player rate for other students: For students not attending an Austin ISD school, the rate will be $100 for Jr. RBI participants (boys and girls ages 4 – 12). If a family wishes to be considered for the AISD player rate, an application can be completed by clicking here (awarded based on financial need and availability).

As always, we will continue to welcome children and families from around the area who want to be a part of reviving baseball and softball in inner-city Austin. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at amanda.jackson@rbiaustin.org or 512-537-7105.

Thanks for your continued support of RBI Austin. We look forward to another great year of reviving baseball and softball in inner-city Austin!

2016 Benefit Banquet — Auction Items

2016 Benefit Banquet — Auction Items

We are excited for this Friday’s sold-out Benefit Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Austin, featuring A.J. Hinch, Huston Street, and other special guests — all to benefit our RBI Austin kids!

This year we will have silent and live auctions. To whet your bidding appetite, here is a sneak preview at a few of our auction items:

Live Auction Featured Items

  • All-Inclusive Stay at Travaasa Experiential Resort
  • Roger Clemens Autographed Yankees Jersey
  • UT Football Ultimate Tailgate with Huston Street and MLB players
  • Four Nights at Beautiful Lake Austin Waterfront Estate
  • Boston Red Sox / Fenway Park VIP Experience
  • Grammy Award-Winning Reckless Kelly VIP Artist Experience + Round Rock Express Owner’s Experience

Silent Auction Featured Items

  • Austin City Limits Music Featival Three-Day Passes
  • Tapatio Springs Two-Night Stay + Round of Golf
  • Cabo Bob’s Catered Taco Bar for 20
  • Frio River Cabin Two-Night Stay
  • James Avery Jewelry
  • Austin City Limits Live Bonnie Raitt Concert Tickets
  • Movie and museum passes
  • Gift certificates and autographed memorabilia

These are just a selection of the great items available!

Happy bidding — see you Friday!