Hornets Baseball Federation

Michigan Travel Baseball Designed to Teach Kids Proper Mechanics and Positive Psychology

The Hornets Baseball Federation is a travel baseball organization specializing in developing kids that may be too busy playing other primary travel sports.  It was founded because a core of 8 just weren't challenged in house baseball.  4 of the 8 have been with Anthony DiCicco as their coach since age 7.  Plus, these 8 are too busy and their families spend a ton of money on other travel sports.  With a sponsorship and some light fund raising, the total cost of the travel program has been cut to $300 per family.  Let's face it, travel sports have gotten a bit out of control today.  Kids are starting way too young and focusing on just one sport.  Not only does this lead to early injury, and getting burned out, it leaves too many kids behind that may possess untapped potential.

The Hornets program has been started with an 11U travel team for 2020, which will compete in the KVBSA community level league.  The team will also play in 2-3 tournaments.  This schedule is perfect for the busy family who would normally not allow their child to play a second travel sport.  These are solid athletes that deserve to develop their baseball skills.

The 11U Hornets are based out of Livonia MI, but the entire Wayne County (and more) is welcome to tryout.  We are not limited to any jurisdictions or city lines.  The following cities are just a few that we welcome as we try to build the most competitive team possible:

Allen Park * Ann Arbor * Beverly Hills * Bingham Farms * Birmingham * Bloomfield Hills * Bloomfield Township * Canton * Clinton Township * Dearborn * Dearborn Heights * Detroit * Farmington * Farmington Hills * Ferndale * Garden City * Highland * Highland Park * Inkster * Livonia * Macomb * Madison Heights * Milford * Monroe * Mount Clemens * Northville * Novi * Orchard Lake * Pinckney * Plymouth * Redford * Riverview * Rochester * Rochester Hills * Romulus * Royal Oak * Salem * Saline * South Lyon * Southfield * Southgate * Taylor * Trenton * Troy * Walled Lake * Warren * Wayne * West Bloomfield * Westland * White Lake * Whitmore Lake * Wixom * Woodhaven * Wyandotte * Ypsilanti

Tryouts will be July 29, 2019 and August 1, 2019 at Madonna University Livonia, MI from 6-8 PM.

Be sure to register!  Registering will allow the coaches to get an idea of what position your child plays.  It helps us a lot to get that preview: https://form.jotform.com/91604321542145

As long as your child is 11 as of April 30, 2020, the player is eligible to play on our 11U travel team.  We have 5-6 spots open.  All positions are open.  We are in need to add more pitching.  We plan on being competitive and attending 2-3 tournaments as a first year team.  Pitching depth will be needed for tournament play.

At this time, we are only running with one 11U team for 2020.  The program may extend to more age groups in the future.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page and register for the tryouts.  You can also register at tryouts, but it would be helpful for us to have an idea who is coming ahead of time.

Coaches Backgrounds

Anthony DiCicco, Head Coach (11U, 2020 Team)

Age: 43

Decades of experience as both a player and coach.  From 11-18, played AABC travel baseball on the highest of caliber teams out of Michigan.  AABC was the program back then, USSSA was only softball.  Teams such as Stitt Post 232, Westland Federation, and NFWB to name a few. Competing on a National level and receiving multiple offers from D2 and D3 colleges.  Offered to play in junior Olympics in Japan.  Trained for 3 consecutive years at the Doyle Baseball School.  The Doyle school was used by many college coaches to recruit talent.  Some college scholarship offers were based on Doyle grading scales alone.  Coaches trusted the school so much, some picked their entire teams right from the Doyle database.  Doyle techniques will be taught to all players on the 11U, 2020 Hornets.  We will break down the swing into 3 stages, and hitters will be taught proper mechanics in several practices.  The Doyle brothers were the most important baseball people that ever touched Anthony's life.

After being burned out from baseball, competitive softball with USSSA was discovered.  Spending 15 years competing on the national level with teams such as JD's Rage, Detroit Phillies, Pro Glass, Budha's Closet just to name a few.  Finished top 10 at world tournaments with more than 200 teams in each from all over the united states more than 5 times, top 20 about 10 times.  In 2001, played for JD's Rage which was ranked in the top 20 in the entire country.  This team and many he played on, were built from hard ball players transitioning to competitive USSSA Softball.

Anthony spent most of his life on the diamond.  Many of his teammates played at various college and pro levels.  Even in softball, he had the privilege of playing with former AAA players and even one that made it to the MLB.

He has a lot to teach fundamentally.  More importantly, Anthony understands the line between too serious and keeping it fun.  Teaching positive psychology is the most important goal. 

Some of our assistant coaches are probably even more qualified.  The coaching staff will work as a unit, not an individual.  Relying on each of their backgrounds.

Tom Wyroba, Assistant Coach (11U, 2020 Team)

Age: 43

Tom Wyroba was a varsity baseball player at Catholic Central High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and played International Baseball for the Marine Corps Pacific team in Okinawa, Japan. 

After his enlistment ended, he was named the head baseball and basketball coach of a small private school in Detroit.  Four years later, he was named the head JV baseball coach at Livonia Stevenson High School.  Coach Wyroba has been at Livonia Stevenson for the past 15 seasons, sending over 70 athletes on to play at the collegiate level.  Two of his former players have continued on to the professional level.  Coach Wyroba’s focus on solid fundamental skills and coaching the finer points of the game have attributed to his players’ success.  Proper techniques and growing the athlete’s passion for the game are program wide values that Coach Wyroba make his priority.

Drew Malisewski, Assistant Coach (11U 2020 Team)

Age: 46

Drew has played several years of competitive baseball, softball and hockey for various organizations.  Drew played an integral part in winning several tournament, league, and state championships. Drew has 10 years of head coaching experience in youth baseball, Fast-pitch softball, and youth Hockey. Coach Drew’s philosophy is to teach fundamental skills.   You can’t expect a player to execute your strategy, if you haven’t taught them the skills that are required to do so. 

Playing Career –

 8 years of youth baseball for various teams in Dearborn Heights. 

 4 years High school baseball for St Francis Cabrini

 Legion Ball 2 years for Dearborn

20 years of Men’s softball for various USSSA tournament teams; Club House, Scoreboard, Sabre Steel, JD Rage

               7 years of Tier 1 Hockey for various teams, Little Caesars, Michigan Nationals etc..

                4 years of Junior Hockey; Wayne Chiefs,Lakeland Jets, Michigan Nationals

                10 years of senior Hockey various teams

Coaching Career –

                Head Coach 4 years of youth baseball various ages in Livonia

                Head Coach 6 years Livonia Wild Fastpitch Softball (Current Coaching 14U Wild Black)

                Assistant coach 2 years youth Baseball Livonia

                Assistant coach 1 year Livonia Wild

                Head Coach 10 years Youth Hockey Teir Iⅈ Livonia, Compuware, Little Caesars

(Currently 16U Little Caesars Tier 2 Girls)

John DiCicco, Assistant Coach (11U, 2020 Team)

Player History:

•1968 Cooley High School, All City Short Stop, Class A, Captain of the team

•1969 Cooley High School, All City 2nd Baseman, Class A, Captain of the team

•Played 7 years of Travel Baseball, NABF

•Played for the 5th Army Post Team in Fort Carson, CO

•Played in Alaska Fort Wain Right Army Post– Fairbanks, Alaska

•1988 /MVP of State Championship at Liberty Park

•4 Time State Champion

  • 1987 Canton Softball Center, Men’s D

  • 1988 Liberty Park, Men’s D

  • 1995 Rotunda Fields, Men’s 35 & Over

  • 1996 Rotunda Fields, Men’s 35 & Over

•2000 State Championship Runner Up, 40 & Over

•2003 Inducted into the USSSA Softball Hall of Fame

•Too many tournament wins to put on record, over 30 years in the USSSA-ASA-NSA

•Men’s 35 & Over World Tournament, Dayton Beach, 3rd Place

•2005 World Series Champions, Men’s 55 & Over – SSUSA

•2005 World Series Runner Up, Men’s 50 & Over – SSUSA

•Was Top 4, 5 times in Men’s 40 & Over World Tournament (Lexington, South Carolina. Hutchison, KS. Kettering, MD. Panama City Beach, FL. Cocoa Beach, FL.)

Hardball Manager History:

•Started a Travel Team in 1987, Coached teams until 1993. Many players went on to play college baseball.

•1989 NABF State Champions

•1989 NABF World Series Runner Up

•1990 AABC Mayor’s Invitational Champions, Battle Creek (Crestwood Big Bill’s)

•1990 AABC District Champions (Crestwood Big Bill’s)

•1990 AABC Memorial Day Sandy Koufax Tournament Champions, Sterling Heights (Crestwood Big Bill’s)

•1991 AABC Butler, PA Champions (Stitt Post 232)

•1991 AAU 15 & Under National Tournament Runner Up - Blaine, MN (Stitt Post 232)

•1991 AABC District Champions, Mickey Mantle (Stitt Post 232)

•1991 AABC 3rd Place State Championship – Cold Water, MI (Stitt Post 232)

•1991 AABC Mayor’s Invitational Runner Up – Battle Creek, MI (Stitt Post 232)

•1992 AABC Westland Baseball Federation, 3rd Place, Jefferson City, TN

Softball Manager History:

•Started Coaching Softball. After their baseball days, some players followed John to USSSA Tournament Softball.

•Too many tournament wins to put on record. Top 10 several times in Men’s D World Tournament with over 250 teams competing.

•2001 National Invitation Tournament Champions – Sylvania, OH

•2002 State Champions, USSSA

•2002 USSSA World Championship 4th place, Over 225 Teams

•Team was winner of over 25 USSSA Tournaments in Michigan and out of State

The worst thing a little league coach can tell a hitter is to "keep that back elbow up"!  This is 100% incorrect.

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