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2018 Spring Travel Softball Page

2018 SM River Rats Travel Softball Program

We are proud to announce our SM River Rats 2018 Travel Softball Program!  This will be our 2nd season and we expect to grow!  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 softball 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.  

 

SM River Rats Partner with SportsRecruits!!!

In 2018, we will start our partnership with SportsRecruits!  Every player on the 16U and 18U 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 Softball 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!  
  • To learn more about this service, click the link below.

Link to SportsRecruits

http://sportsrecruits.com/blog/

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 softball players.  Here is a summary of what you get per age division;

10U-16U 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.
  • Tournaments:  All teams are entered into 5-7 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! 

18U Age Team(s)

  • 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.
  • Tournaments:  All teams are entered into a minimum of 5 tournaments with as many Showcase Tournaments as possible.  We carefully choose tournaments which will challenge our teams!  The main objective is to choose Showcase Tournaments which provide exposure to college recruiters!   

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 softball.  If a player misses a game 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.  
  • How many players to roster on the teams?  For our 10U-14U teams, we roster 12-13.  For our 16U & 18U team we roster 12-15.  
  • How many tournaments do you play throughout the season?  Our goal is to have our softball teams play in 5-7 tournaments.
  • Do games conflict with Town League or School softball?  We do our best to schedule around these leagues.  There may be a weekend in May which does conflict with these leagues but you will have plenty of notice! 

The 2018 Coaching Staff!

10U - Jamie Smyth 

Named as the Saint Joseph's College Head Softball Coach prior to the 1998 season, Smyth has guided the Monks to 15 winning seasons in 19 years at the helm. During his tenure, St. Joe's has captured 10 conference titles, two regional championships and made four appearances in the NCAA National Tournament.

Coach Smyth has guided the Monks to an unparalleled stretch of success since Saint Joseph's entered the GNAC in 2008. The Monks own a collective 272-110 (.712) record with four GNAC Championships and a pair of ECAC Tournament berths since the start of the 2008 campaign. Even more impressive is the team’s 169-45 (.790) mark versus conference foes during the same stretch.

Smyth’s coaching success has not gone unnoticed by his peers, as evidenced by his total of eight Coach of the Year accolades, a list that includes GNAC top coach honors in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The winningest head coach in program history, Smyth notched his 300th career victory on April 9th, 2011 and registered his 400th triumph on March 29th, 2014. He closed out the 2016 season with a 472-295 (.615) career record.  For more on his bio, click the link below;

http://www.gomonks.com/sports/sball/coaches/Smyth?view=bio

Ray Magnant (10U Assistant Coach)

Raymond Magnant was named Head Softball Coach at Southern Maine Community College in June of 2016. Prior to SMCC, Magnant served as the Varsity Head Softball Coach at Biddeford High School for two seasons, posting a 30-8 record (.790) over that time, reaching the semi-finals in 2015, and delivering a state championship in the Spring of 2016.

Previous to his coaching stint at Biddeford, Magnant served three seasons (2012-2014) as the Varsity Head Softball Coach at Massabesic High School, making two playoff appearances. Magnant also managed the U16 Southern Maine Flame, a summer travel team of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), for one season in 2014.

Magnant was a key contributor in organizing the Southwestern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) Senior Softball All-Star Game in 2015 and has extensive experience in managing camps and clinics at the youth level.

Magnant is a Maine native and graduate of Biddeford High School.

 

12U Red - Fred Wilcox

Fred has accumulated several years of experience coaching at the ASA levels for multiple local ASA organizations - most recently with the Southern Maine Flame in 2017. While coaching at the ASA level, Fred also spent two years as the Windham Middle School Head Softball Coach and is currently an assistant coach for the Windham High School softball team where he plays an integral part in practice plan and game plan preparations.

Prior to coaching at the ASA, Middle School and High School levels, Fred spent several years coaching for Windham Little League and served on the Windham Little League board.

Fred is the owner of AAA Chem-Dry - a national carpet and upholstery cleaning company.

Along with his wife, Natalie, and two daughters, Chloe and Ella, Fred resides in Windham.

Raquel Gerry (12U Red Assistant Coach) - Raquel will be in her second year as a River Rat coach. Prior to assisting with the 12U River Rats in 2017, Raquel coached for the Southern Maine Flame. Raquel recently completed a very successful first season as the Windham Middle School Head Softball Coach and is also an assistant coach for the Windham High School softball team. Prior to coaching at the ASA, and Middle School levels, Raquel spent several years coaching at the Little League/Rec level.

Raquel is a 2000 graduate of Narraguagus High School where she was selected as Class C Player of the Year in 2000. She then went on to attend Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY where she was selected as a second team All American in the NJCAA. Raquel then finished out her softball playing career, and attained her degree, at SUNY Geneseo.

Raquel is currently a Special Education teacher in the Lake Region school system. She has been a SpEd teacher for the past 6 years.

Along with her husband, James, and two daughters, Kelsey and Brooke, Raquel resides in Casco.

12U Black - Drew DiMauro

Drew DiMauro has coached Little League softball with the South Portland Little League organization where he is also on the Board of Directors. Drew has all-star level coaching experience and brings a true passion to the game having played, or been around, baseball and softball his whole life.

Drew is a letter carrier for USPS and resides in South Portland with his wife Jenn and their two daughters - Andrea and Rachel.

14U  Red - Travis Demmons

Travis Demmons

He will be entering his fourth season at the helm of the Windham High School Varsity softball program. In his first three seasons, Windham broke a seven year playoff drought with back-to-back-to-back playoff appearances and a combined 37-18 record.

Prior to coaching at WHS, Travis was the head coach at Windham Middle School and has also coached numerous Little League, and All-Star Little League, teams along with one season as an ASA assistant.

Travis played baseball for twelve years culminating with his Bangor High School team winning the 1994 State Championship.

Travis is also the SM River Rats Softball Director!  His passion for the game, attention to detail and leadership are huge assets to our organization! 

14U Black - Kim Jordan and Alex Lorenc

We're extremely pleased to welcome our co-head coaches for the 14U Black Softball team -- Kim Jordan and Alex Lorenc!

Kim was a three-sport athlete at Bangor High School and was selected as first-team all-conference and also earned all-academic honors her senior year. Kim went on to have a tremendous career at Saint Joseph's College where she was selected player of the week four separate times and earned all-conference accolades three separate seasons!!! She finished her ...career with a .303 batting average, 123 runs scored, 61 RBIs, 9 home runs, and 29 stolen bases. Kim was also all-academic her junior and senior seasons while earning her degree in Business and Sports Management.

Alex is a graduate of Clarkstown South High School (New York). He played three seasons of varsity baseball at Clarkstown South and earned all-league both his sophomore and senior seasons. Alex then proceeded to attend Saint Joseph's College where he started all four years and tore up the GNAC. A few of the numerous accolades that Alex received included rookie of the week two weeks, player of the week three weeks, three seasons of all-tournament team recognition, all-conference recognition all four seasons, D3 All New England 2nd team his junior season, and NCAA New England Regional all-tournament team his senior season. Alex was also all-academic his sophomore through senior seasons while earning his degree in Exercise Science.

Both Kim and Alex had phenomenal high school and college careers and we are very excited to have them join our roster of coaches.

Kim and Alex recently purchased a home in Windham and are set to be married next summer. Welcome to the family, Kim and Alex -- we are looking forward to seeing your team in action next summer!!

 

16U Katelyn Tucker

*Played 4 years of varsity field hockey and softball at Windham High School. Earning all conference accolades as a freshman sophomore and senior.(injured junior year). 

* She was a standout pitcher at Windham pitching every game of her four years with the exception of 10 games her junior year which were lost to a torn ACL.

*  Finished out her four years with a collective batting average of .463

* She played 10 years of ASA softball for Maine Attraction Under the coaching of Mark Tucker.

* Currently attends USM majoring in education.  She earned a shutout in first career outing as a college pitcher. (Decided to take the 2016 season off).  

18U Showcase - Julie Roy (Dimatteo)

Please welcome Julie Roy (DiMatteo) to the River Rat Softball Program.  Julie is a graduate of Niagara University and South Portland High School and is one of the very few former Division I college softball players currently coaching in Maine.  Julie will be coaching our 18U Showcase team – as someone who has dealt with the stress of college selection and then excelled at the D1 level, Julie is an invaluable resource to our very talented coaching staff. 

Julie graduated from South Portland High School in 2008 and compiled lofty statistics and several awards. Her senior year she completed the season with a 0.53 ERA. She was Forecaster 2008 Spring player of the year, awarded MVP Senior for class A, and three year All-state 1st team for pitcher & first base. 

After her stellar high school career, Julie took her considerable talents to Niagara University and continued to perform at a high level.  Julie threw two no-hitters, led her team in wins, complete games, strikeouts, and innings pitched and was named second team all-conference (MAAC) and also to the conference (MAAC) all-tournament team. Julie holds the record for NU’s single-season record for the most wins in a season. 

Since graduating from Niagara, Julie has been pursuing her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern Maine and is a co-founder in the Maine Empowerment Project – a group that holds summits for young female athletes focusing on leadership, goal setting and character building for young females in the state of Maine. 

Julie, and her husband, Josh, live in Windham with their beautiful baby daughter, Natalie. 

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2018 Tuition Cost

10U - 14U:  $995

18U:  $1,395

2018 Softball Age Teams

Our goal is to field the following age teams for the 2018 season!

10U

12U

14U

16U

18U Showcase 

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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;

10U-16U ($995)

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 $345 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $250 - October 1st 2017
  • $200 - November 15th 2017 
  • $200 - January 1st 2018

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 4 Payments)

  • Pay $345 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $200 - October 1st 2017 
  • $150 - November 15th 2017 
  • $150 - January 1st 2018
  • $150 - February 1st 2018 

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $345 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.  

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!  

Hitters Count Membership Perk for 2018 SM River Rat Travel Players

Unlimited 30 Minute Cage Rental Membership

Cost:  $295.00 (One Time Fee)

Purchase Period:  9/1/2017-10/31/2017

Membership Period:  Date of Purchase-7/31/2018

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.  

18U ($1,395)

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 $345 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $350 - October 1st 2017
  • $350 - November 15th 2017 
  • $450 - January 1st 2018

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 5 Payments)

  • Pay $345 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $250 - October 1st 2017 
  • $200 - November 15th 2017 
  • $200 - January 1st 2018
  • $200 - 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.