Ridge Baseball Club provides youth baseball opportunities through Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball to boys and girls in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township and surrounding communities in New Jersey.

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RBC WORK BOND PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is the RBC Work Bond Program?
  2. Why does RBC have a Work Bond Program?
  3. What changes are being made to the RBC Work Bond Program in 2021?
  4. Why is RBC changing the structure of its Work Bond Program for 2021?
  5. What if I choose not to volunteer?
  6. What if I volunteer but forget to submit the RBC Work Bond Form?
  7. If I forfeit my Work Bond, how will those funds be used?
  8. What volunteer opportunities will satisfy my Work Bond volunteer obligations?
  9. Where does RBC post volunteer opportunities?
  10. Where can I find the RBC Work Bond Form?
  11. Can I donate my Work Bond even if I volunteer?

 

 

 

  1. What is the RBC Work Bond Program?

The Work Bond Program requires each family to post a Work Bond, which is a mandatory fee of $100 per family, that is charged at registration and is aimed at encouraging parents to volunteer. The $100 Work Bond is refunded to families if they satisfy the Work Bond Program requirements, which include at least 4 hours of volunteer work in a season, and if they submit the RBC Work Bond Form before November 15th.

  1. Why does RBC have a Work Bond Program?

RBC is a volunteer led baseball program serving the youth of Basking Ridge and surrounding communities. RBC counts on its members to volunteer in order for the program to be successful. Faced with declining numbers of volunteers, RBC instituted a Work Bond Program in 2008 to encourage the parents of our players to volunteer to help maintain our program. 

  1. What changes are being made to the RBC Work Bond Program in 2021?

For 2021, RBC is changing (i) the way we collect Work Bond payments, (ii) the way we track whether each family has satisfied its Work Bond volunteer obligations, and (iii) how Work Bond refunds will be given. Additionally, families that satisfy their Work Bond volunteer obligations, will have the opportunity to donate the Work Bond to RBC.

  1. Each family will be required to pay its $100 Work Bond payment as part of registration for Spring Recreational Baseball.  This amount will be added to your Spring Recreational Baseball fees, and can be paid by credit card at the time of registration. 
  2. Each family that satisfies its Work Bond volunteer obligations will be required to submit the RBC Work Bond Form before November 15th.  If a family does not submit the RBC Work Bond Form by November 15th, the Work Bond will be forfeited.
  3. After November 15th, RBC will send a refund to each family that satisfies its Work Bond volunteer obligation, submits the RBC Work Bond Form and chooses not to donate the Work Bond to RBC. Refunds will be made either to the credit card used to pay for registration or by check to the address listed on the RBC Work Bond Form.
  1. Why is RBC changing the structure of its Work Bond Program for 2021?

In short, we are trying to simplify the process. Historically, RBC collected post-dated checks as part of the Work Bond Program and either cashed those checks after the season (if the Work Bond was not satisfied) or destroyed the checks after the season (if the Work Bond was satisfied). This has caused operational difficulties for RBC for several reasons.First, every year we receive Work Bond checks that are not properly post-dated. Second, because the Work Bond was not charged as part of registration, many families did not pay the Work Bond. Third, under the old system, RBC was required to track volunteers to determine whether each family has satisfied its work bond.

Under the new system, all Work Bond payments must be made as part of the registration, which will ensure that all families are paying their Work Bond and we are eliminating the need for post-dated checks. Additionally, by using the RBC Work Bond Form, each family will be able to specifically identify whether it satisfied the volunteer requirements and RBC will be able to track these submissions using an electronic database.  

  1. What if I choose not to volunteer?

If you do not volunteer, your Work Bond will be forfeited. However, we do not view the Work Bond as a revenue source, so we would prefer you satisfy your family’s Work Bond volunteer obligations.  

  1. What if I volunteer but forget to submit the RBC Work Bond Form?

Beginning in 2021, submission of the RBC Work Bond Form prior to November 15th is required for your family to receive Work Bond credit. If you do not timely submit the RBC Work Bond Form, your Work Bond will be forfeited.

  1. If I forfeit my Work Bond, how will those funds be used?

If you forfeit your Work Bond, the funds will be used by RBC for field maintenance, equipment purchases and/or capital improvements. However, we do not view the Work Bond as a revenue source, so we would prefer you satisfy your family’s Work Bond volunteer obligations.  

  1. What volunteer opportunities will satisfy my Work Bond volunteer obligations?

At least four hours of volunteering for RBC per family is required to satisfy the Work Bond volunteer obligation. Managing or coaching a Spring recreation or RBC travel team satisfies the Work Bond volunteer obligation (limited to one manager and 3 coaches per team). Other volunteer opportunities available throughout the year may include the following: player evaluations (spring & travel), clinics, sportswear sales, opening the complex, opening day, tournaments, fundraising, facilities clean-up and improvement, closing the complex, etc.  

  1. Where does RBC post volunteer opportunities?

For current volunteer opportunities, please click here.  

  1. Where can I find the RBC Work Bond Form?

The RBC Work Bond Form is available here.  

  1. Can I donate my Work Bond even if I volunteer?

Yes. RBC is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you would like to donate your Work Bond to RBC, please indicate as such on the RBC Work Bond Form.