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At Bat in our Community

Phillies Jr. RBI League

The Phillies Rookie Leagues are now the Phillies Jr. RBI Leagues. While the name has changed, the program benefits have not!
Volunteer with the Phillies Jr. RBI or RBI Leagues and help children play baseball and softball! For more info email fandev@phillies.com.

Jr. RBI League

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 6,000 boys and girls playing both baseball and softball in more than 50 locations throughout Philadelphia, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

The success of the program lies in its noncompetitive nature. Children learn that winning is not the most important aspect of the game, rather they are encouraged to learn the rules, proper techniques and to have fun while playing while at the same time being a good teammate and displaying good sportsmanship. But as the Jr. RBI League children entered their teen years, we decided that it was time to implement a program that would include the children who had already become hooked on the game through their Jr. RBI League participation and thus the RBI League was born.

Jr. RBI Leagues receive
  • A Phillies Jr. RBI League Banner
  • A uniform, T-shirt and hat for each participant
  • Catcher's equipment
  • Bases
  • Batting helmets
  • Bats
  • Batting T (T-ball only)
  • Pitching machine

Jr. RBI and RBI League Chairman
Utley

Chase Utley is back as the Jr. RBI/RBI Chairman for the sixth straight year.

Chase loves working with the children and has met with members of the Jr. RBI and RBI Leagues on several occasions to give baseball tips, answer questions, sign autographs and help hand out gloves to those in need.

Events

Throughout the course of the year, the members of the Phillies Jr. RBI League participate in various events.

PLAY

On August 10 members of the Phillies Jr. RBI and RBI Leagues were invited to Citizens Bank Park to take part in the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) a public awareness campaign developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004 to combat child obesity. Through a series of fitness programs at all 30 MLB ballparks, PLAY was designed to encourage youth throughout the country to be active, eat right and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Phillies Head Trainer Scott Sheridan and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Dong Lien taught participants how to stretch and warm-up their bodies and ran them through a number of exercise used by the Phillies players. Brad Lidge took time to speak to the participants about the importance of exercise and eating properly and shared with them his work with the Food Trust which helps to bring healthy food options to local schools and corner stores throughout Philadelphia.

Junior RBI Classic

During the All-Star break a team composed of 6 players from Whitman Park in Camden, New Jersey and 6 from Overbrook A.A. 51 in Philadelphia represented the Phillies Jr. RBI program as they traveled to St. Louis to play in a friendly competition tournament - the Jr. RBI Classic presented by KPMG - against 15 teams from across the country. In addition to playing games, they explored Fan Fest, enjoyed the Futures Baseball Game at Busch Stadium, met with St. Louis' own Nelly and took in the Home Run Derby at a special viewing party hosted by Darryl McDaniel's better known as DMC of Run DMC. The Phillies Jr. RBI League is sponsored by Citizens Bank. Photo gallery

Clinic
Phillies host RBI coaches clinic

The Phillies helped kick off the 2014 RBI season with an annual coaches clinic for local RBI coaches and volunteers.
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Umpire Clinic

The Phillies annually host an umpire clinic for coaches and volunteers. During the clinic, coaches from various Jr. RBI and RBI Leagues learn how to call a game. Instructors explain the different hand gestures that signal different calls, such as a strike. They also discuss the proper field position an umpire should be in to call a play at a base.

Citizens Bank Glove Drive

During every home game fans can donate new and gently used gloves at the Citizens Bank Kiosk to benefit members of the Phillies Jr. RBI Leagues. Jr. RBI gives children 12 and under from disadvantaged areas the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

Attending a Phillies game

Each year the Phillies provide tickets to the children and coaches of the Jr. RBI Leagues. Many of the children have never been to a professional baseball game and this helps motivate them to continue to play the game they love.


Citizens Bank "Day at the Park"

Citizens Bank hosted Jr. RBI participants in July for an exclusive "Day at the Park" event at Citizens Bank Park. Jr. RBI players enjoyed playing the Games of Baseball, were able to run the bases and participated in a self guided tour into the Phillies dugout and clubhouse.


Jr. RBI League Recognition Night

The Phillies appreciate the commitment of each Jr. 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. In addition, Jr. RBI League sponsor Citizens Bank was presented with a special thank you from members of the Jr. RBI League during a special on field presentation. Each season we honor a Jr. RBI Coach of the Year. In 2010 Tyrone Young of Heritage Youth Baseball was presented with this honor.


Qualifications

To qualify to be a Phillies Jr. RBI League, you must be located in an area that serves children who are unable to afford to play in an organized baseball league without assistance, you must have dedicated personnel to organize and run the league. A league is made up of a minimum of four teams of the same age level. You may have more than one league at your location, for example, 7-8 year old league and a 9-10 year old league for a total of at least eight teams.

RBI Locations Past and Present
  • 48th and Woodland Playground, Philadelphia
  • Academy Sabres, Philadelphia
  • Athletic Recreation, Philadelphia
  • Marion Anderson Monarchs, Philadelphia
  • Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Bridesburg Cougars, Philadelphia
  • Bustleton Bengals, Philadelphia
  • Cecil B. Moore Jr. RBI League, Philadelphia
  • Chester Jr. RBI League, Chester, PA
  • Columbus Square, Philadelphia
  • Cruz Jr. RBI League, Philadelphia
  • District 7, Philadelphia
  • East Poplar, Philadelphia
  • Edward O'Malley Athletic Association, Philadelphia
  • FAJR 2 ISHA, Philadelphia
  • Federal Yards Baseball, Philadelphia
  • Feltonville Boys and Girls Club, Philadelphia
  • FJ Myers, Philadelphia
  • Gambrel's Recreation Center, Philadelphia
  • Germantown Wolverines, Philadelphia
  • Grays Ferry, Philadelphia
  • Granahan Monarchs, Philadelphia
  • Hank Gathers, Philadelphia
  • Harrogate B.C. Developmental, Philadelphia
  • Heitzman Jr. RBI League, Philadelphia
  • Holy Terrors, Philadelphia
  • Hunting Park, Philadelphia
  • I.C.B.A. , Philadelphia
  • Ivy Hill, Philadelphia
  • J. Finnegan, Philadelphia
  • Jardel Athletic Association, Philadelphia
  • Kendrick Jr. RBI League, Philadelphia
  • Kingsessing, Philadelphia
  • Lanier Playground, Philadelphia
  • Lee Cultural Center, Philadelphia
  • Liberty Bell, Philadelphia
  • Martin Luther King Recreation Center, Philadelphia
  • Mayfair Athletic Club, Philadelphia
  • McAlpin Playground, Philadelphia
  • Mc Veigh, Philadelphia
  • Moore A.A. , Philadelphia
  • Mount Airy Baseball, Philadelphia
  • Mt. Airy/Germantown Boys & Girls Club, Philadelphia
  • Mullin, Philadelphia
  • Muslim Baseball League, Philadelphia
  • Newark Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Nicetown Assocation, Philadelphia
  • Norris Square, Philadelphia
  • North Hills, Philadelphia
  • North Light/Venice Island, Philadelphia
  • North Philly Baseball League, Philadelphia
  • Northeast Peanut League, Philadelphia
  • Northwest Philadelphia, Philadelphia
  • Northwest Raiders Baseball, Philadelphia
  • Oak Lane, Philadelphia
  • Olney Midget and Teen League, Philadelphia
  • Olney Recreation Center, Philadelphia
  • Overbrook Athletic Association, Philadelphia
  • Overbrook Park Athletic Association, Philadelphia
  • Palmyra Riverton Athletic Association, Philadelphia
  • Parents of Carmella Youth Association, Philadelphia
  • Passyunk Homes, Philadelphia
  • Pepper Playground, Philadelphia
  • Pleasant Panthers, Philadelphia
  • Port Richmond, Philadelphia
  • Rivera Recreation Center, Philadelphia
  • S.P.Y.L, Philadelphia
  • Samuel, Philadelphia
  • Sayre/Morris, Philadelphia
  • Shepard Jr. RBI League, Philadelphia
  • Shot Tower, Philadelphia
  • Simons, Philadelphia
  • Simpson, Philadelphia
  • South Philadelphia Girls Softball, Philadelphia
  • South Philadelphia Sabres, Philadelphia
  • Southwest Philly Baseball, Philadelphia
  • Tabor Rams, Philadelphia
  • The Lighthouse, Philadelphia
  • Tioga, Philadelphia
  • Tioga United, Philadelphia
  • Tomlinson, Philadelphia
  • Torresdale Boys Club, Philadelphia
  • Vare Recreation Center, Philadelphia
  • Vogt C.A. , Philadelphia
  • W.E.M.A. (Delaware) Youth League, Middeltown, DE
  • West Kensington Boys & Girls Club, Philadelphia
  • West Mill Creek, Philadelphia
  • West Oak Lane Stars, Philadelphia
  • West Philadelphia Youth Association, Philadelphia
  • Whitman Park Youth Association, Camden, NJ
  • Ziehler Playground, Philadelphia
For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Phillies Jr. RBI Leagues or to see if your organization qualifies, e-mail fandev@phillies.com or call 215.463.1000.