Major League Baseball is set to host the third annual Jr. RBI Classic July 8-11 in Scottsdale. The event is designed to provide hundreds of young Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) baseball and softball players an opportunity to participate in MLB All-Star Week.
The tournament will consist of teams from across the country, including Joplin South Little League, whose players were impacted by the recent tornados in Joplin, Mo.; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community RBI, featuring the first team in Jr. RBI Classic history whose entire roster is of Native American descent; and two new RBI leagues from Chattanooga, Tenn., and San Francisco RBI, which launched in 2011 to reach at-risk local youth in disadvantaged areas.
The friendly round-robin tournament of 11- to 12-year-olds in the Jr. RBI playing divisions from around the country will be at Chaparral Park (softball) and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (baseball).
The Jr. RBI playing divisions, established in 2010, provide opportunities to play baseball and softball to young people ages 5 to 12 and serves as a feeder program to the 13-18 age playing divisions of the RBI program.
MLB will be supplying the teams with uniforms, equipment and All-Star apparel.
Additionally, the athletes will have the opportunity to attend many All-Star events such as MLB All-Star FanFest, All-Star Futures Game, the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, the Home Run Derby and a skills clinic provided by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Jr. RBI Classic players will also get the chance to meet MLB All-Star players and celebrities.