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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RBI Institute 2010 - St. Petersburg, FL

Over 200 RBI administrators from around the world gathered in St. Petersburg, FL Mar. 18-21, 2010 to exchange ideas and learn about trends in youth sports. Participants came from as far away as Japan and Germany.

RBI director David James and Tom Brasuell, Major League Baseball vice president of community affairs, facilitated the meeting, which took place at the Hilton Bayside Hotel. Katie Ringel and Kevin Moss are the RBI administrators for MLB.

The training offered a number of presentations on the new Junior RBI program for 5-12 year-olds, the RBI Regional Tournaments and RBI World Series, KPMG sponsorship and educational opportunities, nuts and bolts of RBI league administration, and special presentations from the Partnership for a Drug Free America and the Taylor Hooten Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to explaining the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.

On a more recreational note, all the participants were treated to a welcome reception in the Whitney Bank Club Room of Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and a spring training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles in Clearwater. Saturday's highlight was a special coaches clinic at Al Lang Field in St. Pete. featuring the Rays coaching staff, Rays medical and athletic training staff, and former big league player Ron LeFlore. Al Lang field used to be the spring training headquarters for the New York Yankees, and it watched as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other Hall of Fame greats played there many years ago.

Each year Major League Baseball foots the bill for the RBI Institute, which allows for training and the opportunity to meet other RBI professionals that are in the trenches.

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