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Phillies Rookie League
Volunteer with the Phillies Rookie or RBI Leagues and help children play baseball and softball! For more info email fandev@phillies.com.

Rookie League
Baseball season begins in Philadelphia
Rookie and RBI League season kicks off!

Noticing the dwindling number of children from inner city areas involved with baseball, the Phillies decided to take action and created the Phillies Rookie 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 Rookie Leagues benefited 400 children. Since that time the program has grown to encompass over 4,000 boys and girls playing both baseball and softball in more than 40 locations throughout Philadelphia, 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 Rookie 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 Rookie League participation and thus the RBI League was born.

Rookie Leagues receive:
 • A Phillies Rookie 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


Rookie and RBI League Chairman Chase Utley

For the past five years, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been the Rookie and RBI League Chairman. Chase loves working with the children and has met with members of the Rookie 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 Rookie League participate in various events.

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 Rookie League 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 Rookie League is sponsored by Citizens Bank. Photo gallery

Clinic
Sixth Annual Coaching Clinic
Fifty plus coaches from the Phillies Rookie and RBI League program came together at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center - a Phillies Rookie/RBI League site - for the sixth Annual Rookie and RBI Coaches Clinic. Juan Namnum, head coach of the Frankford High School Pioneers , instructed coaches on the fundamentals of baseball. RBI/Rookie Coaching Clinic photo gallery

Umpire Clinic
The Phillies hosted their first umpire clinic for coaches and volunteers. During the clinic, coaches of the various Rookie and RBI Leagues had the opportunity to ask questions about how to call a play. Instructors helped explained the different hand gestures that signal different calls, such as a strike call. They even discussed the proper field position an umpire should be in to call a play at a base.

Citizens Bank Field Clean Up & Glove Drive
To kick off the 2008 Rookie League season, Rookie League sponsor Citizens Bank held a field clean up at one the local Rookie league facilities to help prepare them for baseball. Volunteers from local Citizens Bank branches, the community, Phillies front office and Phillies broadcasters came out to help groom the field.

Citizens Bank continues to help support the Rookie Leagues by collecting gently used gloves at their kiosk in Ashburn Alley during every Phillies home game. They also held an exclusive "Day at the Park" event at Citizens Bank Park. Guest participated in the Games of Baseball and they were able to run the bases and participate in a self guided tour into the Phillies dugout and clubhouse.

Negro League Exhibit - Philadelphia Stars
Rookie League sponsor Citizens Bank helps to make the Rookie Leagues special and for this, members of the Rookie League help us say thank you with a special on field presentation.


CRSF Clinic
Members of the Phillies Rookie and RBI program in West Philadelphia were treated to a baseball clinic run by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.



Attending a Phillies game
Each year the Phillies provide tickets to the children and coaches of the Rookie 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.


Phillies Rookie and RBI Phun Day
In recognition of July's mid-summer classic the Phillies held their own festivities for their Rookie and RBI program. Players joined Phillies staff for some "phun in the sun" as they took part in various baseball themed games and activities. Those attending were treated to a visit from the Phillie Phanatic, gift bags from Citizens Bank and Turkey Hill Dairy products.

Rookie League Recognition Night
The Phillies appreciate the commitment of each Rookie league leader and coach. Their dedication helps children from their neighborhoods play baseball and softball. In recognition for their efforts, the Phillies invite all the league leaders and special guest to a Phillies game and Rooftop party filled with food. In addition, Rookie League sponsor Citizens Bank was presented with a special thank you from members of the Rookie League during a special on field presentation. Also honored on the field was the 2008 Rookie League's Coach of the Year Robert Baldwin of Zeihler Playground.

PLAY Clinic
Members of several Rookie and RBI league were invited to Citizens Bank Park to participate in PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth). The program was run by the Phillies trainers and focused on how to live a healthy life. Included was a focus on nutrition and strength and conditioning.


Qualifications

To qualify to be a Phillies Rookie 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.


Rookie 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 Rookie League, Philadelphia
 • Chester Rookie League, Chester, PA
 • Columbus Square, Philadelphia
 • Cruz Rookie 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 Rookie League, Philadelphia
 • Holy Terrors, Philadelphia
 • Hunting Park, Philadelphia
 • I.C.B.A. , Philadelphia
 • Ivy Hill, Philadelphia
 • J. Finnegan, Philadelphia
 • Jardel Athletic Association, Philadelphia
 • Kendrick Rookie 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 Rookie 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 Rookie Leagues or to see if your organization qualifies, e-mail fandev@phillies.com or call 215.463.1000.