The Phillies appreciate the commitment of each Jr. RBI/RBI League leader and coach. Their dedication helps children from their neighborhoods play baseball and softball. In recognition for their efforts, the Phillies invite league leaders to a Phillies game and Rooftop dinner party and honor a Jr. RBI/RBI Coach of the Year. In addition, Jr. RBI League sponsor Citizens Bank and 2018 RBI League sponsor Turkey Hill Dairy are presented with a token of appreciation from members of the Jr. RBI/RBI Leagues during a special on field presentation.
Helping to Revive Baseball in Inner Cities
Noticing the dwindling number of children from inner city areas involved with baseball, the Phillies decided to take action and created the Phillies Jr. RBI League program in 1989. Geared toward children aged 12 and under in areas that had not housed an organized baseball league in almost 20 years, the Jr. RBI Leagues benefited 400 children. Since that time the program has grown to encompass over 5,000 children playing both baseball and softball in more than 60 locations throughout Philadelphia, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Jr. RBI employs a noncompetitive nature where children learn that winning is not the most important aspect of the game. Instead, they are encouraged to learn the rules, proper techniques and to have fun while being a good teammate and displaying good sportsmanship. The Jr. RBI League is sponsored by Citizens Bank.
The Phillies RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program began in 1993 as a part of Major League Baseball's international RBI campaign, which today encompasses more than 200 cities and as many as 120,000 male and female participants a year.
The RBI Leagues focus on baseball and softball instruction and also have a competitive nature. Participants have the opportunity to capitalize on their learned skills during true game situations. In addition to the traditional RBI Leagues, the program supports three All-star teams - a Junior (13-15 years) and Senior (16-18 years) boys baseball team and a girls softball team (15-18 years). These teams travel and compete in MLB sponsored local and regional RBI competitions for the opportunity to play in the RBI World Series held each year in August. The Phillies RBI League is sponsored by Turkey Hill Dairy.
Volunteer with the Phillies RBI Leagues and help children play baseball and softball! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RBI All-Star Teams
Out of the RBI Leagues, three All-Star teams - a Junior (13-15) and Senior (16-18) Baseball team and a Softball team are selected to compete in MLB's RBI tournaments.
2018 RBI Mid-Atlantic Regionals
The RBI Softball and Baseball teams participated in the 2018 RBI Mid-Atlantic Regionals. This year it was held in Philadelphia, PA at local RBI league fields which included the baseball and softball fields at the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy. Over 300 baseball and softball players participated in this regional tournament from RBI programs from Washington D.C., Reading (PA), Baltimore (MD), Prince George's County (MD), Durham (NC) and Norfolk (VA).
Both the Junior and Senior boy's baseball team won their respective divisions to advance to the MLB RBI World Series in Minnesota, MN.
Jr. RBI and RBI Leagues Details
2018 RBI and Jr. RBI locations
- Born To Play
- Bridesburg Cougars
- Bustleton Bengals
- Elmwood Park
- Leon McClain
- Liberty Bell
- Mayfair AC
- Mitchell Playground
- Morris Estate
- MVP 360
- North Camden
- Olivet Boys & Girls
- Pal Riv AA
- Parkwood Youth
- R&R Mejia
- Stenton Park
- Urban Sports Zone
- Vogt C.A
- Whitman Park