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New England Riptide Return


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The New England Riptide are making a very dedicated effort to return the field in the summer of 2011. We would like to thank the fans for their continued support during the team's absence, and we are hopeful we can reward these fans with a season for 2011. If you would like to learn more about the Riptide and their potential return to the field, please visit our Facebook page (link below). By clicking the "Like" button on the page you will be able to receive updates from the Riptide.

Currently the Riptide are trying to build fan support. Therefore, we are encouraging fans to visit the Facebook page, tell your friends about the page, and reply to discussions on softball message boards (such as this one). Please feel free to ask any questions on this forum or on the Facebook page. We want to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts and opinions about the team, we would love to hear them.

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http://www.facebook....ar/138782346461

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I would love to see the Riptide return, but Modglin and Pasquerella are off limits (LOL). Good luck with the financing!!

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Absolutely! this is especially important since the future of Tennessee is supposedly in question. Hopefully both will be competing in 2011!!!

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Wow! Great news! Thanks so much for letting us know. I will definitely check out the Facebook page.

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The title of the Facebook page is "Bring Back the New England Riptide." 729 people already "like" it and I am number 730!

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It's been one week and there are only 731 "likes" on Facebook now. There are also no new updates on the Riptide facebook page or on the Riptide website.

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The city of Boston believes the Riptide will return in 2011, according to this February 24th article from the Boston Sports Daily website:

New England Riptide

We’ve talked about a lot of male sports teams in Boston before, so in this article we are going to take a different approach and discuss a women’s softball team based in Lowell. Yes, in this article we are going to talk about the New England Riptide. The New England Riptide is a relatively new team, founded just recently in 2004, but the team is showing great performances so far.

The New England Riptide started their first season nicely with a record of 25 wins and 35 losses. Of course, Riptide also finished fourth in the league for the regular season. However, the team lost their first championship game against the New York Juggernaut.

The comeback in 2005 was also quite memorable, with Jocelyn Forest showing her superb ability as the team’s pitcher. The team finished the season with a spectacular record of 25 wins and 23 losses and once again showed the limitless possibilities.

The 2006 season is certainly the most memorable season for New England Riptide fans, because this is the season when the team won their first NPF Championship. Team pitcher Jocelyn Forest also won the NPF Championship Series Most Valuable Player, concluding the Riptide’s fantastic season.

New England Riptide finished 3rd in the 2007 season with a record of 26 wins and 18 losses. They then finished 4th in the following season with an equally-amazing record of 22 wins and 26 losses. However, the team missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons due to the lack of sponsorship. Worry not, because we will be able to see the New England Riptide compete with other NPF teams again in the 2011 thanks to the support of avid Riptide fans.



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The Riptide should inform the NPF league office about this. The 2011 NPF schedule has been released and the Riptide are nowhere to be seen. This article sounds like wishful thinking on the part of former Riptide fans who don't have any real power (or money) to resusitate the team.

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On March 11 this following excerpt was posted on the New England Riptide facebook page:

To all of the fans, we want to express our sincere thanks for your support. The owner of the team has made a determination that the likelihood of success this season is remote, and as such has suspended our efforts to secure sponsors and recruit players until further notice.

Looks like the Riptide in 2011 will not be happening after all.

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This quote was also posted on March 11 on the Riptide Facebook page:

We still hold out hope for a better fate next season (2012), and hope that you all will support us if we do decide to continue our efforts to field a professional women's softball team here in New England. If we do, we will keep you informed.



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This quote was posted on 5/5/11 on the Riptide Facebook page:

At this time, the team has suspended operations and so there will not be a team on the field this year. There is still hope for next year, but at this time there is no sponsor support so the team cannot sustain viability.

This comment was posted on 6/19/11 by Jonathan R. Mercer:

Don't give up New England Riptide!!! Your time is coming. Start securing those sponsors and scouting those players for the 2012 season.



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What are the chances that the team returns in 2013?

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The team flirted with a return in 2010 and 2011 but both times decided not to officially bring the team back because of a lack of sponsors. In November 2010 a New England Riptide rep even posted on this board that the Riptide were making a strong push to return (see the separate topic New England Riptide Return). Their only communication to the public the last few years has been their Facebook page.

The New England Riptide do not currently have a website of their own that has any updates. The most recent official statement from the Riptide brass came in early 2011 when they stated through the team's rep:

To all of the fans, we want to express our sincere thanks for your support. The owner of the team has made a determination that the likelihood of success this season is remote, and as such has suspended our efforts to secure sponsors and recruit players until further notice.

The Riptide did not make any renewed attempts at generating interest for the 2012 season and at this point I would say their chance of a return for 2013 is somewhere around 0%.

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So the Riptide are no more. That's too bad. What is the deal with the flaky ownership and/or sponsors?

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Owning and operating an NPF franchise is a very risky venture in today's world. Making any kind of profit is difficult, if not impossible, and very few individuals can afford to subsidize a team year after year. Most hold on as long as they can because they love the sport, but eventually financial reality forces them to close up shop—often rather abruptly. This leads to a feeling of abandonment and betrayal on the part of fans and sponsors alike.

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Hopefully, the owners of the Riptide will do their homework when they decide to return and move the team closer to where the fans are. I think a team needs a metro area of at least 1M people to succeed. Lowell only has 100K people, not nearly enough to support a team. Maybe move to Arlington or Lexington? The greater Boston metro area should be a great place for a team.

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The Bandits moved their stadium much closer to Chicago (just one town over) and they are still struggling to find consistent attendance. I'm not sold that just moving the team closer to a metro area is going to do the trick.

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Well just moving is not the answer. You need to do some research and see where your fan base is at. Next you have to really reach out to the youth leagues, as this is your base.You need to reach out to them during February, March, April & May, that's when the leagues are running. During the summer only the travel teams are playing and they are busy almost every weekend.

The NPF's major problem in getting youth fans & parents is that it is a only summer league. If there were some magic way I could get each NPF's attendance up to where they could sustain a full-time eight-team league, I would have already done it!

I really think that womens's professional fastpitch's time is due! The college game is catching on and growing. There is no reasonable reason that the professional game is not growing as well. I still say it is the owners that fail to promote the NPF. I also agree some of them do promote "THEIR TEAM," but they need to promote the entire league.

OK, enough rambling for now. :D

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So has the ownership given up on returning to the league? 

 

 



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Yes






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