Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

2013 Jr. RBI Classic - July 12-15

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Major League Baseball hosted the fifth annual Jr. RBI Classic during All-Star Week 2013 in New York City. Eight baseball and four softball teams comprised of youth ages 11-12 participated in a friendly 36-game tournament.

Jr. RBI consists of playing divisions for young people ages 5 to 12, and serves as a feeder program for the 13 to 18 playing divisions of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). RBI gave hundreds of young baseball and softball players from around the United States and Canada an opportunity to participate in several 2013 MLB All-Star Week events.

Players attended and participated in MLB All-Star Week events like T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, FanFest Legends Clinics, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, Chevrolet Home Run Derby, and a skills clinic by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

Event Partners

Thank you to the New York Mets, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and Harlem RBI.

Playing Fields and Schedule

The Opening Ceremonies were held on July 12 at Hinton Park, 114th Street and 37th Avenue in Queens, NY.

Baseball Fields

College Point Fields (1 & 2)
Ulmer Street between 26th Avenue and 25th Avenue

Cunningham Park (1 & 5)
196th Street off Union Turnpike

Softball Fields

Alley Athletic Playground (1 & 2)
Winchester Blvd. between Union Tpke and Grand Central Parkway

Lodging and meals were provided at St. Johns University.

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Participating Teams and League Summaries

BASEBALL TEAMS
Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse RBI - Syracuse, NY:
The Boys and Girls club of Syracuse has 200 youth participants from the age 5-18 and has been with RBI since 2004.
City of Norfolk RBI - Norfolk, VA:
The City of Norfolk RBI has over 350 youth ages of 5-18 and has been affiliated with RBI since 2004.
Los Angeles Recreation & Parks RBI - Los Angeles, CA:
The city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks has nearly 8,000 youth players from the age of 5-16 in both baseball and softball. They have been a member of RBI since 2012.
Mayor Mike Peters RBI - Hartford, CT:
Mayor Mike Peters RBI from Hartford CT has over 450 players, ages 5-18. 2013 is its first year with the RBI league.
Newark RBI - Newark, NJ:
The Roseville Sports Group of North Newark (Newark RBI) has been a member of the RBI program since 2009. Over 750 youth participants ranging from the ages of 5-18 participate in the league in both baseball and softball.
Newtown Baseball - Newtown, CT:
The team participates in the Newtown Baseball league, which serves approximately 675 youth, ages 5-18, and has been operating out of Newtown since 1948.
Prince George's County RBI - Greenbelt, MD:
Prince George's County Boys & Girls Club is located in Greenbelt Maryland, near Washington D.C. They have been affiliated with RBI since 2012. The program carries over 1,000 participants ages 5-18 in Baseball and Softball.
South Central Sportz/St Monica Youth Ministry RBI - Houston TX:
South Central Sportz Inc. and the St. Monica Youth Sports Ministry RBI program have been members of the RBI program since 2010/2009 respectively. Combined, the leagues have over 500 participants ranging from the age of 5-12.
SOFTBALL TEAMS
Colorado Rockies RBI - Denver, CO:
The Colorado Rockies Baseball club has supported an RBI league in Denver since 1995. The program has 600 players from the ages of 5-18 in both baseball and softball.
Detroit PAL RBI - Detroit, MI:
The Detroit PAL has been a member of RBI since 1993. The league has over 1,000 youth baseball and softball participants in their program ranging from the ages of 5-18.
Harlem RBI - New York City, NY:
Harlem RBI has been a member of the RBI program since 1991. They have 650 youth members, ages of 5-18, participating in baseball and softball.
Olivet Boys & Girls Club - Reading, PA:
Located in Reading Pennsylvania, the Olivet Boy and Girls Club RBI has over 300 members from the ages of 5-18 in baseball and softball. Their first year with RBI was in 1999.

Jr. RBI Information, History and Impact

In 2009, Major League Baseball launched the Jr. RBI playing divisions of the RBI to provide opportunities for young people ages 5 to 12 in underserved communities to play baseball and softball. The RBI program is designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, teach the value of teamwork and encourage academic success.

With the addition of Jr. RBI and the continued growth of the overall RBI program - together equaling increased opportunities for underserved youth around the world. In 2013, over 9,500 youth ages 5-12 will participate in Jr. RBI baseball and softball programs.