Sports & Recreations
Sports & Recreation Programs help develop physical fitness, reduce stress and promote a positive use of leisure time, appreciation for the environment and interpersonal skills.
ALL STARS is an organized league sport and fitness program for Flag Football, Basketball, and Soccer teams for youth ages 6-18. ALL STARS is funded by Buffalo Wild Wings and aims to increase opportunities for physical activity, social interaction and recognition through organized sports programming for youth.
Triple Play, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Since the Triple Play initiative was introduced in 2005, more than one million Club members have participated in fun fitness activities. The Triple Play initiative, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and The Anthem Foundation, nurtures the minds, bodies and souls of Club members.
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball initiative with a mission to increase urban and inner-city young people’s interest and participation in baseball and softball by re-introducing, reviving and rebuilding America’s pastime in underserved communities. RBI provides training to Boys & Girls Clubs that wish to start or expand boys’ baseball and girls’ fast-pitch softball leagues for ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 18. RBI teams representing Club leagues are eligible to participate in clinics, eight regional tournaments and a national championship tournament (the RBI World Series) conducted every summer by Major League Baseball.
PLAY BALL is a new program that highlights the many ways baseball can be played outside of the traditionally organized baseball leagues and tournaments, ranging from playing catch, stickball and WIFFLE Ball games to participating in skills competitions like “Pitch, Hit & Run.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to have been the official charity of Major League Baseball (MLB) for more than 20 years. As we enter into the next phase of this partnership, we are offering grant opportunities to local Boys & Girls Clubs to enhance Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL footprint within the Movement.
Jr. RBI is part of BGCA’s and Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. Its mission is to re-introduce, revive and rebuild interest and participation in baseball and softball among underserved youth.
Jr. RBI serves youth 12 and under. There are three recommended divisions of play:
- ages 5 to 7
- ages 8 to 10
- ages 11 to 12
Each playing level has its own set of age-appropriate rules. In divisions with players ages 5 to 10, the emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals of baseball and making the game fun. Divisions for players ages 11 to 12 may be used as an introduction to competitive baseball and softball.
Player safety is a priority for Jr. RBI. For all baseball programs, the playing rules highlight the importance of protecting pitchers’ arms with a pitch count, which is used to track the stress on young players’ developing bodies. For softball programs, playing rules highlight the introduction to the game at the earliest ages.