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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, 17
- OH State Champions: 00, 01, 11, 13, 17
- Runners-Up: 99, 09, 10, 14
- Regional Champions: 01, 13
Appearances: 00, 01, 11, 13, 14, 17
- 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.
San Diego Padres