Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to:
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, New Balance, Pitch in for Baseball, Majestic, Outdoor Cap, Wilson, Louisville Slugger, and Rawlings are supporters of the RBI program.
RBI programs have been started in more than 200 cities worldwide, and annually provide more than 200,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball. The Jr. RBI playing divisions for baseball and softball players ages 5-12, has more than 90,000 younger boys & girls participating in the RBI program.
Typical RBI leagues operate from May to August and provide five divisions of local league play for older participants: Freshman Boys (13-14 year olds), Junior Boys (15 - 16 year olds), Senior Boys (17 - 18 year olds) and Softball (14-and-under and 18-and-under). Tournament play for these divisions typically begins in late July with Regional qualifying tournaments for advancement to the RBI World Series in early August.
MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program and all 30 Major League Baseball Clubs have supported RBI programs.
Since the inception of the RBI program in 1989, MLB Clubs have drafted more than 170 RBI participants, including 5 players selected overall in 2011.
RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2011 season included, Carl Crawford (Red Sox), Covelli "Coco" Crisp (Athletics), James Loney (Dodgers), Jimmy Rollins (Phillies), CC Sabathia (Yankees), Yovani Gallardo (Brewers), Justin Upton (Diamondbacks), and James McDonald (Pirates).
The RBI program features educational and life skills components. Local RBI programs have the opportunity to conduct a variety of courses, including: