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Dodgers RBI

Dodgers RBI is a baseball and softball youth development program that aims to: increase participation in the sport and use sports participation as an engagement tool to increase access to education, literacy, health, wellness and recreational resources in underserved communities. Dodgers RBI is bigger than baseball and focuses on youth development as it engages communities and families in programming.

View 2017 Impact Report

Dodgers RBI Goals

1. To increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among under resourced youth with an emphasis on increasing participation amongst African American youth, girls, and youth ages 13-18.

2. To use the sport as an engagement tool in order to increase access to educational resources and increase positive attitudes toward educational opportunities among program participants.

3. To use the sport as an engagement tool in order to increase access to health resources and increase positive attitudes towards exercise and healthy habits among program participants.

4. To provide a safe and fun atmosphere for play while promoting positive character development among program participants.

In 2018, Dodgers RBI aims to serve over 10,000 youth across 68 locations in Los Angeles county. Communities served include, Compton, East Los Angeles, Northeast Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Harbor City, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, South Los Angeles, Long Beach and Lynwood. Dodgers RBI is part of an international Major League Baseball initiative, which today encompasses more than 200 cities and over 230,000 youth, helping to grow on and off the field.

Outcomes

Sports-based youth development: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) believes in the power of sport to change lives and teach life skills. Each year Dodgers RBI implements a full program measurement and evaluation process. This system is multifaceted and directly informs LADF of best practices and the impact made in communities and in participants' lives. The evaluation system includes: pre- and postseason participant surveys, parent focus groups, coach focus groups, park staff interviews, special event feedback surveys and process evaluation interviews with partner organizations.

Building social support: In 2017, 59 percent of Dodgers RBI players reported feeling supported by the adults, coaches and mentors in their program. Positive adult to youth relationships are a key factor is positive youth development.

Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship can be defined as positive peer-to-peer conduct and positive social/emotional regulation. In 2017, 66 of Dodgers RBI players reported an increase or maximum level of understanding in sportsmanship.

Teamwork: Teamwork is a life skill that involves listening to others' ideas, working inclusively with diverse groups and accomplishing goals together. In 2017, 57 percent of players reported an increase or maximum level of understanding in teamwork.

Self-confidence: Sports participation can build resilience and a positive sense of self. In 2017, 53 percent of players reported an increase or maximum feeling of self-confidence.

As one Dodgers RBI parent explained: "Due to being a part of the Dodgers RBI program, our sons learned about teamwork, sportsmanship and having a good work ethic. In their own words: 'Dodgers RBI has made an impact on us. We have autism, and this is the first time that we have played baseball with a team. It is hard for us to make friends and follow directions, but we are doing our best to be a part of the team. We practice every week and play every game, hoping to do better each time. Every win we make as a team brings a smile to our faces. Our teammates accept us. We're proud to be Dodgers.'"

Locations

City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks

  • Algin Sutton Recreation Center *
  • Baldwin Hills Recreation Center*
  • Central Recreation Center
  • Denker Recreation Center*
  • Evergreen Recreation Center*
  • Harbor City Recreation Center*
  • Highland Park Recreation Center**
  • Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center
  • Lincoln Park Recreation Center
  • Montecito Heights Recreation Center*
  • Normandie Recreation Center*
  • Pecan Recreation Center*
  • Rancho Cienega Sports Complex **
  • Rosecrans Recreation Center
  • Ross Snyder Recreation Center
  • St. Andrews Recreation Center

County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation (East)

  • Belvedere Park**
  • Obregon Park
  • Salazar Park
  • Saybrook Park

County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation (South)

  • Alondra Park  
  • Athens Park**
  • Bethune Park*
  • Campanella Park* 
  • Del Aire Park
  • East Rancho Dominguez Hills
  • Enterprise Park
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Park*
  • Helen Keller Park
  • Lennox Park*
  • Mona Park*
  • Ted Watkins Park*
  • Victoria Park

Boys & Girls Clubs

  • Los Angeles Boys & Girls Clubs*
  • Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley*

Hollywood Indies Little League

  • Jesse Owens Park**

City of Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Library Services Dept.

  • Darby Park**
  • Rogers Park
  • Edward Vincent, Jr. Park

MLB Youth Academy

  • MLB Youth Academy in Compton

City of Long Beach Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Marine

  • Banroft Middle School
  • Bixby Park
  • Chavez Park
  • Cherry Park
  • Coolidge Park
  • El Dorado Park
  • Heartwell Park
  • Houghton Park
  • King Park 
  • Orizaba Park
  • Pan Am Park
  • Ramona Park
  • Scherer Park
  • Seaside Park
  • Signal Hill Park
  • Silverado Park
  • Somerset Park
  • Stearns Park
  • Veterans Park 
  • Wardlow Park
  • Whaley Park

City of Hawthorne Recreation and Community Services Department

  • Holly Park
  • Jim Thorpe Park 

City of Lynwood Recreation and Community Services Department

  • Lynwood Park

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles/Cudahy Park 

*Indicates a location with a Dodgers Dreamfield
**Indicates a location with two Dodgers Dreamfields
(29 Dodgers Dreamfields will be home to a Dodgers RBI League in 2018)

Program Resources, Elements and Special Events

Program Resources

  • LADF staff support
  • Grants to offset umpires and field maintenance costs
  • Online registration, communication device, data collection, and league organization tools
  • Uniforms
  • Equipment
  • Program participation giveaways and trips to Dodger Stadium
  • Recruitment support
  • Marketing support

Program Elements

  • Sports + Recreation
    •  Player Development
      •  Baseball and softball clinics
      •  MLB RBI Regional Tournament
      •  Player Development Practices
      •  LADF Tips
    •  Coach Development
      •  Coaches Training
      •  Coach of the Year Awards
      •  Coach Development Practices
      •  Trauma Training Workshop
      •  LADF Tips
  • Education + Literacy
    •  Financial Literacy Seminars
    •  College and Career Accelerator
      •   College Tours
      •   Career Panels
    •  Dodgers Reading Champions Challenge
    •  Bilingual Reading Subscription
    •  Recycling Education
  • Health + Wellness
    •  Eye Screenings, Exams and Glasses
    •  Fitness Clinics
    •  Nutrition Education
    •  Concussion Awareness

Special Events

  • Dodger Days
  • PlayerFest
  • MLB Events
  • Suite Nights
  • First Pitch Opportunities
  • Pregame Ceremonies