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2021 SM River Rats Travel Baseball Program

We are proud to announce our SM River Rats 2021 Travel Baseball Program!  This will be our 7th 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.  

2021 SM River Rats Travel Baseball Tryout Registration

Tryout Dates, Times and Locations

Team

Date/Time Location
9U-12U 7/20 6p-7:30p Saco Little League Maremont Field 38 Industrial Park Road
13U-14U 7/20 6p-8p The Ballpark 7 Ballpark Way OOB
15U-19U Showcase TBD The Ballpark 7 Ballpark Way OOB

 

All current 2020 SM River Rat Players do NOT have to register for tryouts as you have already received a guaranteed roster spot offer for the 2021 season which expires on 7/1/2020.  All players who are not a rostered player on our 2020 SM River Rats Baseball teams will need to register for tryouts and attend a workout.  We will schedule these workouts in a safe manner following our COVID 19 safety plan;

Link:  https://www.riverratsbaseball.com/page/show/5777466-2020-sm-river-rats-baseball-safety-plan

If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at jason.lariviere@riverratsbaseball.com or call at 207-274-1417.  

Tuition Package Details (Travel Teams only - Excludes Developmental Teams)

This is what is included in your tuition package and additional items which can be purchased.

Developmental Teams

  • Tuition includes game hat and practice uniform only (typically shorts and a shirt)

Included In Tuition Cost

  • 2 Sets of Game Uniforms (Game Hat, 2 Sets of Game Shirts, 1 Set of Game Pants, Belt)
  • We will offer additional gear including practice uniform, pullovers, additional game pants at an additional cost prior to the practice season starting. 
  • Batting Helmet (New Players Only – Returning Players Have Option to Purchase)
  • 10 Indoor Hitting Practices (Jan-Mar)
  • 10 Indoor Pitchers and Catchers Practices (Jan-Mar)
  • 10 Indoor Team Practices (Jan-Mar)
  • Our 7U-12U Developmental team will have 24 practices Jan thru mid April 2021
  • 9U-12U – 20-30 Games Including 1 Tournaments
  • 13U-14U – 30-40 Games Including 2 Tournaments
  • 15U-19U Showcase Teams – 5-7 Showcase Tournaments
  • 15U-16U EBL Teams – 14-20 Games Including 2 Tournaments

 

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;

8U-10U & 11U-12U Developmental Teams

  • Winter Training Program:  24 Indoor Training Practices  which will start in January and run until mid-April. 
  • Town League Readiness:  This winter training will ensure your child is getting the best coaching for skill development getting them ready for the spring season.

9U-12U Age Teams

  • Winter Training Program:  30 Indoor Practices which start in January 2020.  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 2021.
  • New England Elite Baseball Regular Season:  We start our regular season the first weekend in April, 2021 (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 2021.  If our team wins the bracket on playoff weekend, they make the EBL Championship on the following Saturday!
  • Tournaments:  All teams are entered into 1 Competitive Tournament.  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!  

13U-14U Age Teams

  • Winter Training Program:  30 Indoor Practices which start in January 2021.  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 2021.
  • New England Elite Baseball Regular Season:  We start our regular season the first weekend in April, 2021 (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 2021.  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 2021.
  • Showcase Level Teams:  These teams will have specialized training starting in the fall!  These practices will focus on high level training sessions designed for specific positions. We will also utilize HitTrax to get some objective hitting measurements that we can track and build plans on how to improve them.  To see the players we have helped go to college to pursue the baseball playing dreams, visit the link below;

Link:  https://www.riverratsbaseball.com/page/show/4692275-college-commitment-page

  • New England Elite Baseball Regular Season:  Only our 15U & 16U secondary teams will be entered into the EBL.  If we have a high performing 15U & 16U team, it will be a tournament team and not entered into the EBL.  Our 17U-19U teams will be participating in Showcase Tournaments only.
  • New England Elite Baseball Playoffs:  If the 15U & 16U secondary teams qualify, 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-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.

Fundraising

In 2021, 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 $25,000 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 2021.   This event will be announced in the Fall of 2020.  

2021 Spring Travel Team Age Requirements

 

Age Requirements

7U-12U Developmental:  Player needs to be 7 or younger on or before May 1st, 2021.

9U:  Player needs to be 9 or younger on May 1st, 2021. 

10U:   Player needs to be 10 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

11U:  Player needs to be 11 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

12U:  Player needs to be 12 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

13U:  Player needs to be 13 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

14U:  Player needs to be 14 or younger on May 1st, 2021. 

15U:  Player needs to be 15 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

16U:  Player needs to be 16 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

17U:  Player needs to be 17 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

18U/19U:  Player needs to be 19 or younger on May 1st, 2021.

2021 Tuition Cost

7U-12U Developmental Team:  $850

9U-12U:  $1,800

13U-14U:  $1,900

15U-19U Showcase:  $2,400

15U-16U EBL Team:   $1,800

Register for Tryouts Here!!!

Questions on our travel program?

If any questions on our 2021 Travel Baseball Program, please contact Jason Lariviere at;

Email:  jason.lariviere@riverratsbaseball.com 

Cell:  207-274-1417

2021 Payment Plans

We will offer several payment plans to choose from for the 2021 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 2021 season.  We also offer a "Fundraising for Fees" event which is outlined after these payment plans.  Here  are the plans you can choose from;

7U-12U Developmental Team ($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 2 Payments)

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $300 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $300 - Oct 15th 2020

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $200 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $200 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $200 - Dec 1st 2020

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $250 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 & 15U-16U EBL Teams ($1,800)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •   Pay in full by 7/1/2020 and get $50 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.
  • $516.67 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $516.67 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $516.66 - Dec 1st 2020

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 4 Payments)

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.  
  • $387.50 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $387.50 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $387.50 - Dec 1st 2020
  • $387.50 - Jan 15th 2021

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.  
  • $310 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $310 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $310 - Dec 1st 2020
  • $310 - Jan 15th 2021
  • $310 - Mar 1st 2021

Payment Plan #5

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster  
  • 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 ($1,900)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •  Pay in full by 7/1/2020 and get $50 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.
  • $550 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $550 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $550 - Dec 1st 2020

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 4 Payments)

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.  
  • $412.50 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $412.50 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $412.50 - Dec 1st 2020
  • $412.50 - Jan 15th 2021

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.  
  • $330 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $330 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $330 - Dec 1st 2020
  • $330 - Jan 15th 2021
  • $330 - Mar 1st 2021

Payment Plan #5

  • Pay $250 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster 
  • 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.  

15U-19U Showcase Teams ($2,400)

Payment Plan #1 (Pay In Full)

  •  Pay in full by 7/1/2020 and get $50 off your tuition. 

Payment Plan #2 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $300 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.
  • $700 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $700 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $700 - Dec 1st 2020

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 4 Payments)

  • Pay $300 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.  
  • $525 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $525 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $525 - Dec 1st 2020
  • $525 - Jan 15th 2021

Payment Plan #4

  •  
  • Pay $300 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster spot being offered.  
  • $420 - Sep 1st 2020
  • $420 - Oct 15th 2020
  • $420 - Dec 1st 2020
  • $420 - Jan 15th 2021
  • $420 - Mar 1st 2021

Payment Plan #5

  • Pay $300 non-refundable deposit by 7/1/2020 or if offer made after 7/1/2020, the $250 is due within 7 days of the roster  
  • 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.  

Tuition and Payment Plans (Practice Players $1100)

Practice Player  ($1100)

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 2 Payments)

  • Pay $500 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $300 - October 1st 2019
  • $300 - November 15th 2019

Payment Plan #3 (Deposit then 3 Payments)

  • Pay $500 non-refundable deposit within 7 days of accepting roster spot.  
  • $200 - October 1st 2019
  • $200 - November 15th 2019
  • $200 - January 1st 2020

Payment Plan #4

  • Pay $500 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.