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Please note the RBI for RBI Scholarship and criteria are currently being revamped to go completely digital. We know that these changes will provide scholars with increased educational and career opportunity as they progress through their pursuit of higher education. In addition, these adjustments will assist MLB in the scholar selection process moving forward. The current RBI for RBI Scholarship eligibility requirements will not be affected by the new launch of the digital application platform.

Thank you for your patience throughout this process. We look forward to hearing from each of you once the application goes live.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to:

  • Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth
  • Encourage academic participation and achievement
  • Increase number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues
  • Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
  • Teach the value of teamwork

The RBI program features educational and life skills components. Local RBI programs have the opportunity to conduct a variety of courses, including:

Breaking Barriers: In Sports, in Life, a multicultural character education program developed by Major League Baseball

BGCA's SportSMART! program, a condensed version of BGCA's award-winning SMART Moves program designed to assist young people in learning how to resist alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and premature sexual activity

Partnership for a Drug-Free America programming such as Time to Talk, Play Healthy, and Not in my House, character education programs aimed at preventing and handling drug and alcohol abuse

Taylor Hooton Foundation, Hoot's Chalk Talk raises awareness and provides education on the subject of the use of PEDs

For information on how to join RBI, or how your program can become an RBI program, please contact:

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities:
Major League Baseball
Phone: (212) 931-7800

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 ages typically begins in late July with Regional qualifying tournaments for advancement to the RBI World Series in early August.

RBI World Series