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SPOTLIGHT: 12U Baseball Astros

RBI Austin Spotlight: 12U Baseball Astros

This week, we’re jumping into the 12U Baseball Astros’ dugout! Meet Bruce, Travis, and Christina.

Bruce Gusman

Q: With this being your first season with RBI Austin, what do you hope to learn this season from your coach or teammates?

Bruce: I hope to learn about the different positions and specifically I want to learn and get better in the outfield.

Q: Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Bruce: The biggest influence in my life is my mom because she is always encouraging and supportive even when they lose games.

Q: What’s the best part about playing baseball/softball? What do you look forward to about playing for your RBI team?

Bruce: I love getting to meet new friends through RBI and learning more about the game of baseball.

Travis Gauntt 

Q: With this being your first RBI Austin season coaching, why did you decide to coach this year?

Travis: I grew up in baseball family & played baseball growing up so I love the sport. Additionally, I just moved to Austin and am finishing up my MBA at Texas so I had some free time to coach.

Q: Who has influenced your life the most?

Travis: My dad was the greatest influence in my life. He was an incredible role model, played baseball and was able to coach me. He is an incredible man professionally, personally, spiritually. He has helped shape who I am today.

Q: What’s the best part about coaching? Is there anything in particular that you look forward to during the week about getting to coach?

Travis: My favorite thing about coaching is that I get to make a difference in these kids’ lives and give back to them. I especially enjoy practices because that’s where I get to coach and teach and get to know the kids.

Christina Gonzalez 

Q: Why did you decide to enroll your child in RBI baseball/softball this summer? What do you hope they will learn besides baseball/softball skills?

Christina: Bruce’s friend from school told him about RBI and he came home and pulled it up on the internet and asked me to register him for the RBI summer league.

Q: What is your favorite part about having your kids participate in RBI?

Christina: RBI is so good for the boys and they really enjoy it so far. I love how organized RBI is. Everything is run smoothly, and I haven’t had any issues yet. I love that the boys get to make new friends and that he has good influences in his life.

RBI Austin Uniform Shop — 6/9

RBI Austin Uniform Shop

Still need to purchase pants, belts, and socks for your player? The RBI Austin Uniform Shop will be open THIS Saturday, June 9th. See details below:

WHEN: Saturday, June 9th from 9am-12pm

WHERE: The For the City Center (500 E. St. Johns Ave, Austin, TX 78752) in the Ridgetop Room

WHAT: RBI Austin Uniform Shop where you can purchase pants, belts, and socks for your favorite RBI Austin player. Prices are below:

  • Pants ($10)
  • Belts ($5)
  • Socks ($5)
  • All Three Combo ($15)
  • RBI Austin Parent T-Shirt ($10)

Players will receive a team jersey and cap from their coaches at their first game. However, children are responsible for providing their own pants, belts, and socks.



Meet your team at Jr. RBI Opening Day 6/2

Jr. RBI Opening Day – Meet Your Team!

Saturday, June 2nd at The For the City Center

Did you register your child for the 2018 Jr. RBI Summer League?! Wondering what’s next and when things are going to start?

Join us at next Saturday’s Jr. RBI Opening Day at The For the City Center (find your check-in time below). At Opening Day you will meet your coaches + team, get practice location and time, and have the opportunity to purchase belts, pants, and socks for your child. 

There will also be food and entertainment because we’re celebrating the kickoff to the 2018 Jr. RBI Summer League!

Please review important details below.

Jr. RBI Opening Day Details
Meet your coaches/team and enjoy food, fun, and festivities to kick off the 2018 Jr. RBI Summer League!

DATE: NEXT Saturday, June 2nd


  • 10:00 – 11:30am (check in at 10:00) — Group 1: 12U Softball, 9U Coach Pitch Softball, and T-Ball
  • 12:00 – 1:30pm (check in at 12:00) — Group 2: 12U Baseball, 10U Baseball, and 8U Coach Pitch Baseball

To make the check-in process quicker, we are hosting two check-in times based on division as shown above. Players will only be able to meet their coaches/teams by attending their assigned time.

LOCATION: The For the City Center (500 East St. Johns Avenue, Austin, TX 78752)

Questions? Call us at (512) 381-7137 or email

Can’t wait for this season with you and your family!

Final Chance to Pay In Person

Final Chance to Pay In Person
THIS Wednesday and Thursday

Because of Sunday’s rainout, we are offering two final chances to pay for the 2018 RBI Austin Summer League this Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th.

You can complete payment in one of two ways:

  • Pay online by logging into your account at
  • Pay in person at one of the onsite payment days below:
    • Wednesday, May 23rd from 5pm-8pm at the RBI Austin Office, 313 E. Anderson Lane, Bldg 3, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78752.
    • Thursday, May 24th from 5pm-8pm at Mabson Field, 2816 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702.

In order to guarantee your child’s spot on a team, you will need to complete your payment either online or at one of these two onsite payment days.

If you have any questions, please email or call 512.381.7137.

Top Five Immediate Needs

This Spring’s Top Five Immediate Needs

As a donor, your partnership holistically contributes to RBI Austin spanning departments, programs, or projects. You have a unique perspective into our organization that others may not, and we’re grateful for the ways in which you support the various facets of RBI Austin.

We currently have a number of immediate needs across various departments of our organization.  

  1. Summer Volunteers
    We need summer coaches, mentors, umpires, scorekeepers, sound system operators, and concession stand assistants. Another practical way to help with is need is to provide an introduction to your church so we can announce RBI volunteer opportunities at a service.
  2. Referral to a concerete company willing to provide us a deal
    We are planning to install a new batting cage at one of our fields!
  3. Referral to a scoreboard company willing to provide us a deal
    We are hoping to install some new scoreboards!
  4. Storage Space
    We are seeking 500 – 1,000 sq ft of storage space for RBI equipment. Ideally this space will be located in proximity to 183/35 intersection
  5. Team Sponsors 
    We have 2018 Jr. RBI Team Sponsorships available. This is a great opportunity get your corporation, employer, or personal business connected to what is happening on the ball field this summer. View 2018 Jr. RBI Team Sponsorship information.

If you have possible leads for any of the above, please email

Why RBI Austin? Q&A with Curtis Thigpen

Q&A with Curtis Thigpen

The city that I love, the game that I love, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Meet Curtis Thigpen and his family. The Thigpens have been faithful donors and champions for RBI Austin over the past 8 years. Hear how Curtis describes what we do and what it means to him.

  • Share with us a little bit about yourself (hometown, college, careers, family).
    I’m from Forney, Texas and attended the University of Texas.  I’ve been married to Natalie for 9 years and we have two daughters, Landon (7) and Elin (5).
  • When and why did you first give to RBI Austin?
    I’m not positive when exactly I first gave to RBI Austin. It was probably in 2010 through either a monetary or an equipment donation.
    I do know I decided to give to RBI Austin because it was a program created to engage with and help develop underprivileged kids in Austin (the city that I love) through the game of baseball (the game that I love) with an approach that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    There couldn’t be an organization that better aligns with my personal interests!!
  • Why have you continued to give to RBI Austin?
    I’d like to think that this is a mission that I would have continually given to regardless of the “success” that RBI has had over the last 8+ years.
    First, I’ll say that I consider RBI Austin to be an extremely successful organization not by the amazing year-over-year growth of players and money raised, but by the fact that the mission, passion, and heartbeat of the leaders of RBI Austin has not changed since inception. That is a big part of why I continue to give.  Plenty of organizations grow quickly, but very few maintain the level of quality like RBI Austin has.

  • How would you describe our mission? What does it mean to you?
    Engaging with, caring for, and helping support and develop kids, parents, coaches, and volunteers through the game of baseball. Organized sports, in this case baseball and softball, can provide amazing life experiences and can open up so many doors for everyone involved.It’s such a privilege to help provide an opportunity to those who wouldn’t ordinarily have one.
  • What’s your favorite thing about Austin? 
    My favorite thing about Austin is how well-rounded of a city it is…maybe the most well-rounded in the country!  No matter what you are into or what you enjoy, you can likely find it here!  


We’d love to hear your RBI story! How did you get involved with us? Why have you been involved? Stories of hope and encouragement? Stories of seeing the Lord change hearts? Stories about how your time with RBI has shaped or changed you?

The Lord has given us all a story, and we want to hear how He’s used RBI — no matter how small of a part — in yours!

Share your RBI Austin story!

Team Sponsorships Summer 2018

Team Sponsorships


Great Sponsor Perks

Team Sponsorships are available NOW. From having your name printed on the back of an RBI Austin team jersey to receiving a framed team photo, there are some great perks for sponsors. And you’ll have a chance to win Houston Astros tickets, too!

Team Rewards

Even more exciting, teams that participate will be able to win some great Team Rewards.

How to participate?!

You can download and print/email the Sponsorship Brochure and the Team Rewards information. Please begin spreading the word to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, local businesses, etc., and if you have any questions, please email

View RBI Austin Team Sponsorship Form
Sponsor a Team Now!
View Team Rewards

April 8th Clinic & Summer Registration Kickoff Day

RBI Austin Spring Clinic and Summer Registration Kickoff Day!

Summer registration for Jr. RBI Baseball/Softball (ages 4-12) and RBI Softball (ages 13-16) opens NEXT week on Monday, April 2nd! We are looking forward to another fun summer of baseball and softball!

To get everyone in the summer spirit, we are hosting an RBI Austin clinic and summer registration kickoff day on Sunday, April 8th from 2-4pm at Mabson Field! Sign your kids up for the clinic and invite your friends to join as well!

Here are the details:

What: RBI Austin Spring Clinic + Summer Registration Kickoff
Who: Players ages 4 – 14 (Baseball & Softball)
Where: Mabson Field (2812 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78702)
When: Sunday, April 8th from 2-4pm
Cost: FREE
How: Click here to register your player for the clinic

Sign up for the 4/8 clinic today!

Other key important dates and details:


  • Monday, April 2nd: Summer League registration opens for Jr. RBI Baseball/Softball (ages 4-12) and RBI Softball (ages 13-16)! We’ll email you the registration information on Monday or you can register in person on April 8th.
  • Sunday, April 8th: RBI Austin Clinic + Summer Registration Kickoff Day at Mabson Field for baseball and softball players ages 4-14 years.
  • Saturday, June 2nd: RBI Austin Opening Day at The For the City Center — meet your coach and your team!

We can’t wait for another summer at the ballpark with our RBI Austin family! Hope to see you next Saturday!

P.S. For boys ages 13-18, summer registration opened last week! Click here to register for the RBI Baseball Summer League.

Sign up for the 4/8 clinic today!

Registration Open: RBI Baseball Summer League 15U/18U

It’s time to play some baseball!

Spring break is behind us, and the countdown to summer baseball is on! Registration is NOW OPEN for RBI Austin’s 15U and 18U baseball summer leagues so register today to secure your spot and join in on the fun at the ballpark this summer.

Register today!

Here are the details for the 2018 RBI Summer League:

What: RBI Baseball Summer League (15U & 18U)
Who: Players ages 13 – 18 (age as of April 30th)
Where: Fields throughout Austin
When: May 22nd – July 19th – 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.

Important dates

  • Saturday, May 19th – RBI Regional Player Evaluations: We are hosting RBI Regional Evaluations for players seeking to earn a spot on our 15U or 18U RBI Regional teams. CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for this exclusive opportunity!
  • Monday, May 14th – First official RBI Summer League practices
  • Tuesday, May 22nd – Opening day of games!
  • July 16th – 19th – RBI High School Playoffs (15U & 18U)
  • July 26th – July 29th – RBI Southwest Regional Tournament in Austin, Texas (competing against Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, El Paso)
  • August 5th– 10th – RBI World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota

If you have any questions about our RBI Baseball Summer League (15U or 18U), contact Michael Galvan at or 361.207.5921.

See you at the ballpark!

Thank you, Coach Garrido. You will be missed.

He believed in RBI Austin before we had launched. When asked to speak at the inaugural RBI Austin benefit banquet in 2011, Coach Augie Garrido cheerfully accepted, noting his friendship with John Young, the founder of the original RBI program in South Central Los Angeles. Under Coach Garrido’s watch, Cal State Fullerton hosted one of the first ever RBI World Series in 1994.

At the 2011 and 2017 RBI Austin benefit banquets, Coach Garrido spoke about his journey growing up as an inner-city kid. He spoke to the challenges inner-city kids face, and the hope that caring coaches – or “teachers” as he liked to call them – could bring these kids through the game of baseball.

Coach Garrido got it. He understood why inner-city kids need consistent, enduring relationships with people who care about their life even more than their batting average.

We are thankful for Coach Garrido’s life and his indelible impact on others, and pray for the close ones he has left behind.

Thank you, Coach Garrido. You will be missed.