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2018 SM River Rats Travel Baseball Program

We are proud to announce our SM River Rats 2018 Travel Baseball Program!  This will be our 5th season and we expect to grow again!  Our organization has built a program built on fundamentals, team work, academics and hard work!   

Fundamentals:  We offer 30 indoor winter training practices for all teams.  These practices are all aligned on our key philosophies and drills/techniques.  

Team Work:  We firmly believe that we need to put each player in a position where they can be successful and contribute to the team success!   We are a TEAM first organization and each player needs to understand how they contribute to it's success.  

Hard Work:  We EXPECT players to work hard to improve their skills.  This includes baseball specific training, getting faster and getting stronger.  We want to emphasize that hard work is what helps you achieve your goals and you need to work extremely hard to reach them.  

Academics:  Our organization understands that at some point, sports come to an end.  Academics should be the players first priority and something they work extremely hard to do the best that they can.  We recognize outstanding academic success and talk about the importance of this during our season.  

 

Announcing our Brand New 8U Division Team

We are excited that the New England Elite Baseball League will be starting an 8U division for the 2018 season!  This will be a "toned" down practice and game schedule in order to allow these kids to ease their way into travel baseball!  Here is more information;

Practices:   This team will have 10 practices starting mid-February.  These will only be on the weekend and more than likely will be at Hitters Count Training Facility in Saco, ME.  

Games:  This team will have 5 double headers schedule with an option to play on Memorial Day weekend as well.  Game dates are as follows;

  • April 22, 29
  • May 6, 13, 20 (Optional for Memorial Day Weekend)

Age Requirements:  Player needs to be 8 years old or younger on May 1, 2018.  

Tuition Cost:  $750/player

We are also excited to announce that our head coach will be Shawn Humphrey!  The focus for this team will be skill development and allowing the players to have fun while learning the game of baseball.  

Tryouts:  While this is a young age to tryout, we need to assess each player to ensure they are ready for this league.  We are looking for how well they can listen and taken instruction, physical ability and how well they get along with peers.  

Tryout Date:  Saturday August 26th at Weymouth Little League Field in Buxton (43 Beech Plain Road, Buxton, ME) from 9:00am-11:00am.  

*You must sign your child for the tryout via the below link!  The tryout cost is $25.00.

https://riverratsbaseball.sportngin.com/register/form/110739764

2018 Head Coaches

Age Coach Age Coach
8U Shawn Humphrey 9U Alden Pelletier
10U Stan Skolfield 11U Black Jeff Camire
11U Red  Cory Adams 12U Black Marcus Crowell
12U Red Scott Hamilton/Bryan Harvie 12U White Todd McCann
13U Black Gary Pleau 13U Red Keith Parker
14U Black  Marcus Crowell 14U Red  Greg Post
15U Showcase Shawn Humphrey 16U EBL Frank Van Zandt
17U Showcase Jason Lariviere 18U Showcase Bryan Harvie

 

SM River Rats Partners with SportsRecruits for 2018

In 2018, we will start our partnership with SportsRecruits !  Every player on a 15U or higher age team will have free access to this as part of their tuition cost!   This is an excellent platform for both the organization and the player to use to showcase their talents in the classroom and on the field!  Your access to this platform allows you to;

  • Build your profile complete with GPA, Schools of Interest, Primary Position, Achievements,  Recruiting Videos, and much much more.
  • Research Colleges and Universities across the country.  You will get tuition cost, acceptance rate and everything you need to know about that particular school!
  • Contact the College/University Baseball Coaching staff with a touch of a button with an opportunity to free form type and forward your profile!  All Collegiate Coaches have free access to their platform to review and recruit players!  
  • All of our coaches have access to the player profiles so we can see how active the player has been PLUS we can also contact colleges thru this program!  
  • We will provide 1-2 training sessions to parents and players on how this works and how it can help you control your own destiny!
  • To learn more about this service, click the link below.

Link to SportsRecruits

http://sportsrecruits.com/blog/


Example of How Sports Recruits Works - Athletes Communicating Directly with College Coaches

What Does a Typically SM River Rats Travel Season Consist Of?

We strongly feel that we offer the most skill development, games, tournaments and instruction for our baseball players.  Here is a summary of what you get per age division;

9U-12U Age Teams

  • Winter Training Program:  30 Indoor Practices which start in January 2018.  Of these practices, 10 are team based practices, 10 are hitting specific practices and 10 are pitching/catching specific practices.  These practices run from January until the end of March 2018.
  • New England Elite Baseball Regular Season:  We start our regular season the first weekend in April, 2018 (Pending Weather).    The regular season ends at the end of May.
  • New England Elite Baseball Playoffs:  If a team qualifies, we start the playoffs the first weekend in June 2018.  If our team wins the bracket on playoff weekend, they make the EBL Championship on the following Saturday!
  • Tournaments:  All teams are entered into 2 Competitive Tournaments.  We carefully choose tournaments which will challenge our teams!  This only makes them better and we want to see how they do against the best talent around!  One of these tournaments will be the Beast of the Northeast.  This tournament takes place at the end of July and goes into early August at the Westbrook Little League Complex.

13U-14U Age Teams

  • Winter Training Program:  30 Indoor Practices which start in January 2018.  Of these practices, 10 are team based practices, 10 are hitting specific practices and 10 are pitching/catching specific practices.  These practices run from January until the end of March 2018.
  • New England Elite Baseball Regular Season:  We start our regular season the first weekend in April, 2018 (Pending Weather).    The regular season ends at the end of June.
  • New England Elite Baseball Playoffs:  If a team qualifies, we start the playoffs the first weekend after the July 4th holiday.   If our team wins the bracket on playoff weekend, they make the EBL Championship on the following Saturday!
  • Tournaments:  All teams are entered into a minimum of 2 Competitive Tournaments.  We carefully choose tournaments which will challenge our teams!  This only makes them better and we want to see how they do against the best talent around!  Examples of some tournaments we have entered in the past are Baseball Heaven, Perfect Game, New England Baseball Complex Tournaments, etc.  

15U-19U Age Teams

  • Winter Training Program:  30 Indoor Practices which start in January 2018.  Of these practices, 10 are team based practices, 10 are hitting specific practices and 10 are pitching/catching specific practices.  These practices run from January until the end of March 2018.
  • New England Elite Baseball Regular Season:  Only our 16U Van Zandt team is entered into the EBL.  If we have a high performing 15U team, it will be a tournament team and not entered into the EBL.  Our 17U and 19U teams will be participating in Showcase Tournaments only.
  • New England Elite Baseball Playoffs:  If the 16U Van Zandt team qualifies, we start the playoffs in mid to late July.   If our team wins the bracket on playoff weekend, they make the EBL Championship on the following Saturday!
  • Tournaments:  Our top 15U, 16U, 17U and 19U teams will participate in Showcase Type Tournaments.  We will enter each team into 4-6 tournaments throughout the summer.   Examples of tournaments we have entered are the Boston Open, Firecracker 4th of July Tournament, Northeast Select Baseball Prospects Tournament, etc.  We will also give advice on Top Individual Showcase events from across New England.  Our main goal is to get the players exposed to college recruiters and provide them with the information that will help them get to the next level. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just some of the common questions we get asked about our program;

  • Are the winter training practices mandatory and is there a penalty for missing them?   Winter training practices are NOT mandatory and there is NO penalty for missing them.  While it is a large part of our program, we understand that families have other commitments including other sports or hobbies.
  • Are the games mandatory and is there a penalty for missing them?   Yes, games are mandatory UNLESS the player is missing the game for town league or school baseball.  If a player misses full doubleheader for any other reason, they must sit for the first 2 innings of the next games they attend.
  • Is there a minimum playing time rule?  Yes, the minimum playing time rule is 50% for all players throughout the season.  A player may come up short during a weekend and the idea is the coach will make that up over the next couple of weeks.  
  • Does the minimum playing time rule change for Tournaments and/or Playoffs?  Yes, if a team is playing in a Tournament Finals or the EBL playoffs, the only guarantee is an appearance.
  • How many players to roster on the teams?  For our 9U-12U teams, we roster 12.  For our 13U-14U we roster 13-14 and for our 15U-19U, we roster between 14-17 players.  
  • How many games do you play throughout the season?  For our 9U-12U teams, our goal is 20 or more games.  For our 13U-14U teams, our goal is 30 or more games.  For the 15U-19U teams, we aim to attend 3-6 tournaments along with playing some doubleheaders.  
  • Do games conflict with Town League or School Ball?  For the most part, we schedule around their schedules.   For the 9U-12U teams, we play double headers on both Saturdays and Sundays only up until Town Leagues start games (typically the last weekend of April).  Once Town Leagues start their games, we mostly play on just Sundays.  Occasionally, a rained out double header will be played on a Saturday but we try to play in the evening to avoid town games.  If your team makes the playoffs, these are hosted the first weekend in June and will take place on Saturday and Sunday.  As for school ball, typically middle school does not play on weekends so we don't have any conflicts with that season.  New this year, all freshman will be on a 15U or higher age team which starts the first week of June to avoid conflicts during their high school seasons.

2018 Spring Travel Team Age Requirements

 

Age Requirements

9U:  Player needs to be 9 or younger on May 1st, 2018  

10U:   Player needs to be 10 or younger on May 1st, 2018.

11U:  Player needs to be 11 or younger on May 1st, 2018

12U:  Player needs to be 12 or younger on May 1st, 2018

13U:  Player needs to be 13 or younger on May 1st, 2018

14U:  Player needs to be 14 or younger on May 1st, 2018 

15U:  Player needs to be 15 or younger on May 1st, 2018

16U:  Player needs to be 16 or younger on May 1st, 2018

17U:  Player needs to be 17 or younger on May 1st, 2018

18U/19U:  Player needs to be 19 or younger on May 1st, 2018

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2018 Tuition Cost

8U:  $750

9U-12U:  $1,550

13U-14U:  $1,750

15U-19U:  $1,850

16U EBL Team:   $1550

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Hitters Count Membership Perk for 2018 SM River Rat Travel Players

Unlimited 30 or 60 Minute Cage Rental Membership

Cost (30 Minute):  $295.00 (One Time Fee)

Cost (60 Minute):  $395.00 (One Time Fee)

Purchase Period:  9/1/2017-10/31/2017

Membership Period:  12 Months

Details:  Every 2018 SM River Rat Travel Player (Baseball and Softball) will be eligible to purchase this membership during the purchase period.  This is a family membership so anyone in the family can use it!  It is limited to 1 cage rental per day and you cannot reserve a cage more than 2 days out.  

OA Partnership

OA is our chief sponsor which means any baseball or softball travel player gets a great deal on the OA Parisi Speed School!  As in the past, any SM River Rat player gets a month to month membership (no commitment beyond 1 month) for just $89.99/month!  

You get unlimited strength and speed classes for a fraction of what the market rate is!  Get stronger and faster by utilizing this great perk!  

2018 Payment Plans

We will offer several payment plans to choose from for the 2018 season.  We also offer a "Fundraising for Fees" event which is outlined after these payment plans.  Here  are the plans you can choose from;

We will offer several payment plans to choose from for the 2018 season.  We also offer a "Fundraising for Fees" event which is outlined after these payment plans.  Here  are the plans you can choose from;

8U  ($750)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •   Pay in full within 7 days of accepting roster spot and get $25 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $200 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $150 - October 1st 2017
  • $200 - November 15th 2017 
  • $200 - January 1st 2018

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 4 Payments)

  • Pay $200 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $150 - October 1st 2017 
  • $150 - November 15th 2017 
  • $150 - January 1st 2018
  • $100 - February 1st 2018 

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $200 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • Make a customized payment plan and submit for approval prior to accepting the roster spot offer.  We will review it with the board and either approve or deny it.   We have been as flexible as possible with families who need it.  

 

9U-12U & 16U Van Zandt ($1,550)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •   Pay in full within 7 days of accepting roster spot and get $50 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $400 - October 1st 2017
  • $400 - November 15th 2017 
  • $400 - January 1st 2018

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 4 Payments)

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $300 - October 1st 2017 
  • $300 - November 15th 2017 
  • $300 - January 1st 2018
  • $300 - February 1st 2018 

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • Make a customized payment plan and submit for approval prior to accepting the roster spot offer.  We will review it with the board and either approve or deny it.   We have been as flexible as possible with families who need it.  

13U-14U ($1,750)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •   Pay in full within 7 days of accepting roster spot and get $50 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $400 - October 1st 2017
  • $500 - November 15th 2017 
  • $500 - January 1st 2018

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 5 Payments)

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $300 - October 1st 2017 
  • $300 - November 15th 2017 
  • $300 - January 1st 2018
  • $300 - February 1st 2018 
  • $200 - March 1st 2018

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • Make a customized payment plan and submit for approval prior to accepting the roster spot offer.  We will review it with the board and either approve or deny it.   We have been as flexible as possible with families who need it.  

Fundraising

In 2018, we will have 2 fundraising events.  One will be "optional" and the other will be "mandatory".  

Optional Fundraiser 

We have completed a "Fundraising for Fees" event each season which has helped parents off-set some of the tuition costs for the season.  Some parents have raised $500-$700 towards their fees!  This is how it works;

  • We organize and run a fundraiser.  Each year, this has typically been with coupon booklets from Maine Athletic Fundraising.
  • You decide whether you want to participate and ask for a certain amount of booklets to sell.  No worries if you take too much or not enough, you can return them and we can provide you with more if you are selling them well!
  • Each booklet is sold for $10 and the booklets has over $10 in savings from local businesses  Examples of booklets from last year was Amatos, Cinemagic and Dunkin Donuts.
  • For each booklet that you sell, $5.00 is credited to your tuition!  It is that easy!  

Mandatory Fundraiser

This past year, we created a fundraiser to help off-set some of our costs.   We also picked a local charity to benefit from this event and to teach our organization responsibility and how to give back to the community.  This past year, we raised over $10,000 for this event and donated $2,500 to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine!  This was such a rewarding experience for everyone who took part and we plan to do something similar in 2018.   This event will be announced in the Fall of 2017.  

15U-19U ($1,850)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •   Pay in full within 7 days of accepting roster spot and get $50 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $500 - October 1st 2017
  • $500 - November 15th 2017 
  • $500 - January 1st 2018

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 5 Payments)

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $300 - October 1st 2017 
  • $300 - November 15th 2017 
  • $300 - January 1st 2018
  • $300 - February 1st 2018 
  • $300 - March 1st 2018

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $350 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • Make a customized payment plan and submit for approval prior to accepting the roster spot offer.  We will review it with the board and either approve or deny it.   We have been as flexible as possible with families who need it.