July 21, 2020 – The DC Grays RBI youth baseball and softball programs have started their summer 2020 seasons, with a full “return to play” program designed to protect the health and safety. These guidelines are based on best practices developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the District of Columbia Health Department. The DC Grays RBI “return to play” plans were developed in consultation with Major League Baseball, and are based on guidelines suggested by MLB and Little League International.
Parents of all players are required to sign COVID-19 waivers provided by both DC Grays Baseball and MLB. DC Grays RBI is the Washington, DC chapter of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). It serves over 200 kids annually, most of them from Wards 6, 7 and 8.
Given the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, DC Grays RBI is working closely with local Little Leagues to provide baseball and softball opportunities for kids who were not able to play ball all spring when local Little League seasons were canceled – including Mamie Johnson Little League, Ward 8 Little League, JBAB Little League (the league that serves Anacostia-Bolling AFB) and others.
Our teams are currently back on the field for practice, and our coaching staff is finalizing game and tournament schedules for all of our programs. In most cases, games begin in August and the schedule continues into the fall.
Senior Travel Baseball (15U/18U): Coaches are working with other local RBI programs and regional travel teams to schedule a full slate of games starting in August. Games with Williamsport RBI have already been confirmed, and coaches are reaching out to RBI programs in Baltimore, PG County, Richmond, Harrisburg and others.
Junior Travel Baseball (10U/12U): These younger travel teams will be playing in several local tournaments, including the Summer Challenge All-Stars; the Essex Express Labor Day Shootout; and the USSSA Fall Brawl in Savage, MD.
Travel Softball (15U/18U/23U): Our softball teams will be playing in a number of top tournaments and showcases, including: the Grip It and Rip It Eastern Qualifiers; the Softball Nation Fast-Pitch championships; the Williamsburg Busch Gardens Classic; and the Carolina Fall Warm Up.
Ward 7 Baseball: Our low-key “house league” for kids ages 9-12 is still being organized. Given the short time frame, Ward 7 Baseball will focus on basic skills development and will be playing a 6-8 game schedule.