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8U and 10U 9:30 - 11:30 / 12U and 14U 11:45 - 1:45
The RipTide program is a new extension of our recreational softball league for motivated players who want to extend their season and play at a higher level of competition. Tournament teams are selected from a combined pool of Exeter Junior Softball League and Stratham Softball players at the 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U levels. The number of teams per age level will be determined by the level of interest. We will select as many rosters of 12 (+/-) as there are players willing to commit to the schedule.
The RipTide competes against all-star/tournament caliber teams from Babe Ruth affiliated programs from around the region. We enter the Babe Ruth “Tournament Trail,” (which is similar to the Little League World Series format), host an invitational tournament, and schedule additional games.
Pilot teams were formed in 2015 to learn how the state-wide program works, to gauge the level of competition, and to verify the program is both fun and beneficial for our players and the overall Atlantic League. Though we didn’t win any tournaments at any level, we found that the level of competition is within reach, the pace of games is faster, pitching is much faster, and positional knowledge and game strategy are a much bigger factor than in the regular season. The girls welcomed the challenge of the higher level of competition, learned a tremendous amount in a short period of time, and had a lot of fun.
If your daughter enjoys softball, but would like more of a challenge without committing an entire year and thousands of dollars to ultracompetitive regional travel teams, then the RipTide is for her.
Players must register for the regular spring league and play a minimum of 6 games to be eligible for the RipTide. Age limits are strictly enforced, and an official Birth Certificate record will be required for proof of age. Players must reside in one of the following towns: Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields, or Stratham.
Players are expected to make a commitment to the team. RipTide team should be prioritized over athletic teams for Babe Ruth Tournament Trail and Hosted tournaments. We acknowledge that summer is a difficult time to schedule around vacations, and that some district tournaments are scheduled for July 4th weekend. We ask that players inform coaches of known conflicts as soon as possible so that roster alternates can be planned.
10U, 12U and 14U: During the regular spring rec league season, RipTide teams will practice/play on Sunday afternoons within 30 minutes of Exeter. Depending on coach and player availability, from June to roughly the middle of July, teams play 3-5 days per week and may travel up to 90 minutes from Exeter.
8U: 8U RipTide evaluations will practice once per week on Sunday afternoons through the end of the rec season, then play in tournaments as indicated on the tentative schedule.
Families will be required to sign up for a minimum number of tasks during the RipTide season. Examples include: Field maintenance, running concession stand, bringing snacks to games, carpooling, scorekeeping, helping with hosted tournament needs, fundraising, etc.
Once player is assigned to a team, RipTide program costs are as follows
14U, 12U: $200
10U, 8U: $190
Full and partial scholarships are available for players with financial need.
The program cost includes uniforms, field related costs, tournament fees for District or State tournament, two additional tournaments, and scrimmages. In the event that a team qualifies for the Regional and/or National Babe Ruth Tournament, separate fundraising will be necessary.
The head coaches at each age level are ultimately responsible for the selection of rosters. Coaches will select at least 11 and no more than 15 players per team. If there are enough players for multiple teams at an age group, the head coach for an “A” team will be responsible for selecting the most competitive team possible, then the head coach for a “B” team will select the most competitive team possible from the remaining pool, and so on. If there are more players than there are available roster spots, some players may need to be “cut” after the evaluation/tryouts.
A head coach may focus on role positions in lieu of ranking overall talent on a scale. In other words, the most competitive team may not necessarily equate to the 12 “best” players. Assistant coaches and head coaches from all levels will attend evaluations and provide input to ensure talent doesn’t go unnoticed, but the head coach is solely responsible for all roster decisions.
8U Stratham and Exeter teams may be formed from the respective programs. 10U, 12U, and 14U teams are selected from a combined pool of players from both programs.
The RipTide is a competitive tournament team program. A specific minimum playing time is not guaranteed. Individuals may serve specialized roles to best help the team be positioned for success, and should not expect to play several different positions.
As participants on an elite team, players are expected to be focused, work hard, be supportive of their teammates, and respectful of their coaches. Head coaches will be responsible for player discipline, which may include reduced playing time or other means to reinforce proper conduct. Coaches will inform a player of reasons for discipline.
The following head coaches have been selected by directors from the Stratham and Exeter programs. Assistant coaches will be selected by head coaches with an intention to include coaches from both Exeter and Stratham programs at each level.
Further questions may be directed to the either director of the Riptide at Exeter Junior Softball and Stratham Girls Softball Leagues: