Dodgers RBI, is a comprehensive, urban youth baseball program for boys and girls, ages 5-18. Working together with local organizations, parents, coaches, and volunteers, Dodgers RBI was built on the joint pillars of LADF, offering youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy the games of baseball and softball, while also emphasizing education, recreation and healthy habits for young people. The goal of Dodgers RBI is to promote greater inclusion, participation and interest in baseball and softball, with special efforts steered towards increasing the declining African American youth participating in baseball and the number of girls playing softball. In addition the program utilizes sport to promote academic achievement, healthy lives, and overall values youth can learn through sport. Dodgers RBI is part of an international Major League Baseball initiative, which today encompasses more than 200 cities and over 200,000 youth, helping them to grow on and off the field.
In its first season (2014), Dodgers RBI consisted of 2,700 youth, 9 divisions of play including baseball and softball with more than 165 teams across South Los Angeles, Compton, and Venice. In season two, Dodgers RBI expanded to serve 4,000 youth, with more than 200 teams across 33 locations and once again included 9 divisions of play: Jr. RBI (T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Minors, Majors), RBI (Jr. and Sr.) and Softball (Jr. and Sr.). Season three is set to launch March 1st. The 2016 season LADF will grow to serve 6,000 Dodgers RBI players, with 475 teams across 35 locations.
Goals of Dodgers RBI:
The vision of the Dodgers RBI Program is to create a sustainable, scalable model that includes 10,000 youth over a 3 to 5 year period. The target age group will remain 5-18. Particular emphasis will be placed on youth ages 13-15 to address the significant drop off at this age. Efforts will be steered towards increasing the declining African American youth participating in baseball and further emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of girls playing baseball and softball.
City of Los Angeles Dept of Rec & Parks
County of Los Angeles Dept of Parks & Rec (East)
County of Los Angeles Dept of Parks & Rec (South)
Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club
Hollywood Indies Little League
City of Inglewood Department of Parks, Recreation and Library Services
Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice
MLB Urban Youth Academy