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2019 Regional Recap

For the Second Year in a Row, RBI Austin’s 18U Baseball Team Wins Bid to MLB RBI World Series in Vero Beach

[WATCH THE FINAL OUT] RBI Austin defeats Houston Astros RBI 8-0, earning a bid to the MLB RBI World Series in Florida

This past weekend, Austin’s MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities affiliate — RBI Austin — hosted the MLB RBI Southwest Regional for the second year in a row. Teams from five organizations across the Southwest Region — El Paso RBI, Houston Astros RBI, New Orleans RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, and RBI Austin — competed for the opportunity to advance to the 2019 MLB RBI World Series in Vero Beach, Florida. The Regional included three divisions: 15U Baseball, 18U Baseball, and 18U Softball, and this was RBI Austin’s first year to have an 18U Softball team participate.

The tournament took place around the city of Austin at Concordia University, St. Edward’s University, and the Round Rock Express’ Dell Diamond. This year’s RBI Southwest Regional champions are New Orleans RBI (15U Baseball), RBI Austin (18U Baseball), and Houston Astros RBI (18U Softball).

RBI Southwest Regional Champions

RBI Austin’s 18U Regional Baseball team defeated Houston Astros RBI 8-0 on Sunday, July 21st at Dell Diamond to win the tournament.

RBI Austin’s 18U Baseball Regional team defeated Houston Astros RBI 8-0 on Sunday, July 21st at Dell Diamond to win the MLB RBI Southwest Regional tournament! 

After earning a spot in the championship game with a 3-1 record in pool play, the Austin boys pulled off a dominant 8-0 victory over Houston to punch their all-expenses paid ticket to Vero Beach in August. At the RBI World Series on August 4th-9th, RBI Austin will compete against six other U.S. regional champions and one World regional champion for a chance to earn the program’s first RBI World Series title.

In Sunday’s championship game, RBI Austin faced University of Oklahoma commit Aaron Calhoun starting on the mound for Houston. RBI Austin hitters methodically worked Calhoun into deep counts, executed small ball to near perfection, and had timely hits to eventually knock Calhoun out of the game in the 4th inning.

At the plate for RBI Austin, catcher Walker Kohler (LBJ/LASA H.S. Class of 2020) went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and a walk, and second baseman Marc Juarez (McCallum H.S. Class of 2020) went 1 for 2 with a bases loaded RBI single and a walk.

Meanwhile, RBI Austin pitcher Nico Romero (Akins H.S. Class of 2020) used just 85 pitches to throw a complete game gem with 5 strikeouts, scattering 4 hits and 1 walk over 7 shutout innings. In its fifth game of the weekend, RBI Austin’s bullpen was thin by Sunday, making Romero’s complete game shutout a key ingredient to securing the Regional championship.

RBI Austin Softball Regional Team Makes Debut

In addition to securing an 18U Baseball Regional championship, this was a significant year for RBI Austin as it was the first time that Austin has had a softball team compete in the Regional. 

RBI Austin’s 18U Softball Regional team competed against solid competition from New Orleans RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, and 2018 MLB RBI World Series Softball Champions Houston Astros RBI. 

MLB RBI World Series

The 27th annual MLB RBI World Series will be hosted by Major League Baseball in Vero Beach, Florida on August 4th-9th and includes tournament games, scout workout days, banquets, community service events and more. 

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).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants as they are exposed to such a high, professional level of the game that only Major League Baseball could provide. Blessings to RBI Austin’s 18U Regional Baseball team as they prepare for Vero Beach!

Top Three Reasons 2019 will be the Best Southwest Regional Yet

Top Three Reasons 2019 will be the Best Southwest Regional Yet

For the second year in a row, we’re hosting the MLB RBI Southwest Regional! This weekend, RBI Austin’s 15U Baseball + 18U Baseball AND 18U Softball Regional teams will compete with New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, and El Paso RBI to earn a bid to the RBI World Series in Florida! Here are a few reasons why we can’t wait!

#1 First-ever RBI Austin Softball Regional Team

The time has finally come! For the first time ever, we will have an 18U Softball Regional team participating in the Southwest Regional! We cannot wait for these ladies to represent RBI Austin and are celebrating the growth and depth of our softball program. Thank you for investing in these young ladies.

Our 18U Softball Regional players served our 9U & 12U Softball girls this summer as umpires and scorekeepers! You are investing in young women who are becoming leaders and role models for younger girls in our program!

#2 Welcoming friends new + Old

The Southwest region is vast – God bless Texas! – and we are excited for the opportunity to welcome both returning friends and new friends from RBI programs across the region. This year, we’re hosting the Houston Astros RBI, Texas Rangers RBI, New Orleans RBI, and El Paso RBI. This is El Paso’s first year joining us, and we’re excited for the opportunity to welcome them to our city!

#3 Increased Hospitality Opportunity

With one year of hosting under our belt, we are expectant to see how the Lord will use us to show radical hospitality to the players, coaches, and families of the participating programs. Last year was our first time hosting the Southwest Regional, and this year we hope to make this an even better experience for all involved.


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.

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!

SPOTLIGHT: 9U Softball Nationals

RBI Austin Spotlight: 9U Softball Nationals

Meet this week’s spotlights from the 9U Softball Nationals!

 

Nyah Muckerson

8 Years Old
1st Year with RBI Austin
9U SB Nationals

Q: Is this your first year playing with RBI?
Nyah: Yes. It is my first year playing RBI, not first time playing softball.

Q: How did you hear about RBI
Nyah: From my mom!

 

Q: What do you hope to learn this season in softball or skills outside of baseball?
Nyah: How to slide and stuff like that. My mom said if you don’t know how to slide and you don’t slide into home then it’s an out, and I don’t want to get out.

Q: Do you really like it?
Nyah:Yeah, it’s my favorite sport! I want to play forever.

Q: Who is one of the biggest influences on your life?
Nyah: Jackie Robinson. He was the first black person to play baseball.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to play on a team sport?
Nyah: Because if you’re not playing on a team you don’t necessarily have the experience of softball or a sport.

Q: What do you like most about having teammates?
Nyah: They cheer on for you.

Q: What’s one of your favorite things about the summer league? Practices or games?
Nyah: Both!

 

 Jacquelynn Dolly

 Mother of Nyah Muckerson
1st year with RBI Austin
9U SB National
 

Q: How did you hear about RBI?
Jacquelynn: A friend of a friend.

 

Q: Why did you decide to enroll her in RBI?

Jacquelynn: She just started playing in the spring, and I wanted her to get more experience. I heard good things about it so we enrolled!

 

Q: What is one thing that you hope Nyah will learn this summer?
Jacquelynn: I’m hoping she advances her softball skills and also just how to be a team player, like a real team player where she communicates with her team and hopefully a team leader.

 

Q: What do you think a team leader looks like? What qualities do they have?
Jacquelynn: She’s a positive role model, she cheers the team on, cheers her teammates on and shows them how the game is played.

 

Q: What is the best thing about having Nyah play softball?
Jacquelynn: I like that she gets to meet a lot of people from all kinds of backgrounds and hopefully she’s able to advance with them. Lifelong friends is what I’m hoping for and maybe they’ll play together in high school.

 

Q: Why do you think it’s important to play on a team sport?
Jacquelynn: They learn things that you cannot learn at school or at home. Working as a team versus being selfish and wanting to get the shine, I just think it’s important. Everything in life, when you go to work or school you have to do things as a team.

 

Q: How do you think the sport of softball prepares the player #BeyondtheField?
Jacquelynn:  Well with my child, I think it helps her think quicker. She has to be able to move and think and react. I don’t know about softball being a sport that teaches teamwork differently than any other sport. What I like about softball is that it’s with girls and it’s her first team sport where it’s just girls and you know they get to act like a girl and do girly things.

 

 

Rebecca Poulos 

9U SB Nationals Coach
2nd year with RBI Austin

 

Q: How did you learn about RBI last year?
Rebecca: I’ve been going to the Austin Stone community church for about eight years and RBI is talked about there because of For the City and the connection and how they work out of the same building. I did a women’s development program and they had a section where they talked about For the City and talked a lot about RBI.

 

Q: What made you come back this year?
Rebecca: I would say just because of how much joy it brings to coach a team. I got to coach a coach pitch team last year with the Benjamin family and there’s no greater joy than getting to play baseball during the summer with a bunch of 7 or 8 year-olds and getting to share my faith and tell them about Jesus. It’s an added bonus and probably the best part.

 

Q: What is something that you hope these kids will learn this summer?
Rebecca: Gosh, I think if anything how to play softball. I think the skills that they learn and just as a team, working together with other people and other girls that they may not know. Getting to know them and cheering each other on and I think at the end, just knowing that they’re known and loved, and that somebody cares for them, and that they can do anything.

 

Q: Who is one of the biggest influences on your life?
Rebecca: My parents. I love them, and they’ve done a lot for me and sacrificed a lot for me to get me where I am today. Loved me well and provided for me.

 

Q: Why did you want to coach this age group?
Rebecca: I’m a teacher for 3-5 year-olds so I’m not really around the older kids, but I think part of it is that after t-ball they kind of start developing skills and they’re pretty independent and so you’re just teaching them those skills. There is something about 7-8 year-olds and they’re fun to coach. They’re an enjoyable age group and bring a lot of joy. I think they’re able to communicate and they don’t necessarily need their mom and dad right behind them.

 

Q: How do you feel the game of softball improves players #BeyondTheField?
Rebecca: Well it motivates them, and it makes them push themselves to get out of their comfort zone and learn that they can do a lot of different things they may not have thought of before. It makes them work hard and develops something inside of them to try new things.

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

TIME:

  • 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 info@rbiaustin.org.

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 https://rbiaustin.leagueapps.com/login
  • 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 info@rbiaustin.org or call 512.381.7137.