RiverBandits Baseball: Welcome
2017 Great Lakes Regional Website!
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2013 Great Lakes Regional Champions!
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2013 Ohio State Champions!
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Sunday, April 2
The National American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, In has awarded Napoleon Post 300 as the HOST for the 2017 and 2018 National Great Lakes Regional Tournament! Napoleon will be the first team in Ohio to host this tournament since 2008. Previous Posts in Ohio to host this premier tournament are:
2001: Lancaster (Napoleon won and advanced to the World Series in Yakima, WA)
Games will be played at Mercy Field in Holland, Ohio. National Headquarters have set certain parameters when it comes to field specifications. Lights, field dimensions, sizeable press box area, ample permanent seating and hotels are just a few of the requirements that need to be met. Mercy Field meets all of the specifications and it also is an all turf field which was a huge determining factor in getting the bid.
"On behalf of Post 300, we are extremely excited about having the opportunity to showcase American Legion baseball in Northwest Ohio. We will obviously want this to be a first class experience for all of the teams who will be participating," states Randy Bachman, General Manager of the Napoleon River Bandits. The winner of this tournament will advance to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC
Welcome to River Bandits Baseball
Since 1998, the River Bandits Baseball program has been committed to excellence... top-shelf players, exceptional staff, and consistent results. The River Bandits have become one of the most well-respected American Legion Baseball programs in the United States. The outstanding results of the program are a reflection of everyone involved, past and present - their commitment, work ethic, character, and passion for the game of baseball.
- District Champions: 99, 00, 01, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14
- OH State Champions: 00, 01, 11, 13
Runners-Up: 99, 09, 10, 14
- Regional Champions: 01, 13
Appearances: 00, 01, 11, 13, 14
- Connie Mack State Champions: 02, 04
- World Series Appearances: 01, 13
The River Bandit tradition is never taken lightly... expectations are always high as the program continues to build upon the successes of the past. For River Bandit players, the commitment to participate is tremendous, as the typical summer season consists of 50-60 scheduled games within 7 weeks, including participation in several weekend tournaments,
The River Bandits' success is second to none, measured by the outstanding season results, the number of participants that have continued playing at the college level, as well as the professional level.
The River Bandits are sponsored by the American Legion Napoleon OH Post 300, for which their support is a direct influence on the program's success.
American Legion Baseball
Since 1925, the American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program. During these past eight decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion, and their 2.8 million members, have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities, and compete at the highest levels.
Each year there is an average of over 5,000 American Legion Baseball teams in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, with more than 90,000 players, age 15 to 19. On average, 55 percent of all Major League Baseball players have participated in American Legion Baseball, and nearly 90% of all college players.
Annually, the American Legion National Headquarters spends over $1 million to operate and host 64 teams that qualify for the National Tournament. Each year 1,280 players and coaches on 64 teams compete at eight Regional Tournaments, with the Regional Champions advancing to The American Legion World Series. American Legion Baseball is the only amateur youth baseball program that funds 100% of the cost of hotels, transportation, meals, umpires, and baseballs for this National Tournament.
American Legion Code of Sportsmanship
Keep the Rules,
Keep Faith with my teammates,
Keep my temper,
Keep myself fit,
Keep a Stout heart in defeat,
Keep my pride under in victory,
Keep a sound soul, a clean mind, and a healthy body.
Bandits Headed Back to Great Lakes Regional
For the second consecutive year the Bandits qualify for the Great Lakes Regional
Follow the Napoleon River Bandits quest for a Regional Championship
on Twitter at @napoleonbandits or @legionbaseball. On the web at Great Lakes Regional Tournament.
Sign-up now for the 2015 River Bandits Fall League. This Fall Baseball Camp will enable High School players to prepare for their upcoming season. The Camp is open to all players that will have High School eligibility in the spring of 2015 (also 8th graders) and we will utilize baseball fields such as Edon, Delta, Defiance College, Van Wert, Napoleon, Tinora and others. Play will begin on Sunday, August 25th, and continue each Sunday through September 29th (NO rain dates). Each Sunday includes a double-header of play. The premier players in the camp will be invited back for an additional 2 weeks of All-Star competition in front of college coaches and scouts (at Adrian, Michigan and Miami University). Please note – registrations are limited in number, and we always fill up quickly – please use the below Registration Form and mail it in as soon as possible!
Bandits Punch Their Ticket to Shelby, NC
2013 American Legion Great Lakes Regional Champions - Qualify for the AL World Series!!
Follow the Napoleon River Bandits quest for a World Series Championship
on Twitter at @legionbaseball. On the web at www.Legion.org/Baseball.
All games can be watched on ESPN3 HERE.
Follow LIVE play-by-play GameTracker, ESPN3, boxscores, photos & brackets HERE.
1st game for the Bandits is this Friday, August 16th @ 9:30 AM
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