Many baseball programs have very high costs for their program. The Baseball Dream is the only program in the area that offers high-level coaching with coaches who played in and or coached in college at an affordable price.
Murray Ruggiero is the owner and head coach of The Baseball Dream. Coach Ruggiero grew up in a family where it was tough to afford travel baseball. He says, “I started our AAU Baseball program to offer an affordable option for high-level baseball in the state of Connecticut because I wished there was a program like mine when I was young.” Coach Ruggiero’s impressive baseball resume includes not only playing college baseball but also coaching at the Division II college level.
The Baseball Dream had its first town-based travel baseball program for players 12 and under in 2017. Starting in 2018, they began recruiting for their first AAU travel baseball program which debuted in 2020 for the 12 and under age group. In the summer of 2023, the baseball program will premiere its first college showcase 16U team.
The Baseball Dream Accomplishments
First Season - As Little League Program 2015
First Season- Apart of AAU Baseball Fall 2020
First Winning Season- Fall 2021 AAU
Runner Up 2nd Place Firecracker New Hampshire- Fall 2022
Runner Up 2nd Place The Baseball Dream Summer Classic- Summer 2023
Runner Up 2nd Place Silver Cooperstown Backyard Baseball Classic- Summer 2023
First Place Winner USABL NJ Battle- Summer 2023
First Place Winner War At The Shore Season Finale- Fall 2023
These Players Have Been Inducted Into The Baseball Dream Hall of Fame. Players must play a minimum of 4 seasons, age out of program and demonstrate high ability and work ethic.
Nick Pane- Class of 2023
The Baseball Dream Hall of Fame
The Baseball Dream Difference
There are many teams in Connecticut that offer AAU Travel Baseball. The difference at The Baseball Dream is price and instruction. Why pay $4,000 for a program that will just take everyone and make a A, B, C, and D for each age group?
At The Baseball Dream, we offer ONE TEAM for each age group, REAL tryouts, and player development. Too many programs are offering C and D teams which cost over $4,000 when you play 30 games in the same league everyone does. We require legitimate tryouts which the player must pass in order to make the team. It is not automatic like most of these programs. Players will play the same elite competition for a fraction of the cost.
You can expect 8-10 showcase tournaments each summer, that are played on high-class fields in Connecticut and nearby states.
Summer 2024 coaching staff for The Baseball Dream
Head Coach of The Baseball Dream. Previously was the head coach of the Tidewater Hawks in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer league. Former college baseball coach at Piedmont International University. Former College Pitcher at Clinton Community College and Central Penn College. Former Scout for the Rockland Boulders, Independent Professional Baseball.
Head Assistant Coach
Director of Player Devlopment
Coach McIntyre was a standout pitcher at East Haven High School as the ace pitcher junior and senior seasons. He is now a pitcher on the Albertus Magnus Baseball Team. Coach McIntyre will help work with both outfielders and pitchers this summer.
Coach Cosgrove is currently the middle school baseball coach at North Branford. He started coaching after a stand out career at North Branford High School.
Coach Pane started his coaching career with us this fall 2023 after being apart of the program the last 4 seasons. Coach Pane was a pitcher and utility player. Coach Pane's biggest accomplishment was throwing a no hitter against TCB fall of 2021. Coach Pane was also a member of the Pomperaug High School baseball team.
How does one signup for tryouts?The Baseball Dream will post tryouts during the year with links to fill out a player interest form on our website. Tryouts are normally offered in July for the fall season and December for the summer season.
Where is the home field for home games?The Baseball Dream plays at North Branford High School in North Branford, CT.
Is there a fee for tryouts?The Baseball Dream will never charge a tryout fee. We want parents and players to see if we are a good fit without a cost.
When are tryouts normally?The Baseball Dream will offer our biggest tryouts end of July but also offer tryouts each winter in December as well.
What is the program costs per season?The Baseball Dream costs for summer 2023 are $2000 for the year with fall baseball being an extra $600-$800. We are half the cost of most programs and offer the same amazing product and play in the same tournaments and leagues as well.