Michigan Travel Baseball

8U Team Tryouts and Looking for Player Notices

NOTE TO PLAYERS: MTB recommends that you contact the team prior to the scheduled tryout. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change at any time. Informing a team of your interest allows them to contact you in case of any changes. Good luck!


A player's league age is determined by the player's age on April 30th.

Bloomfield Sting 8U
City/Area:Oakland County League:NOBF
Contact:Tom Cooney
248-321-9088
tcpenn1@sbcglobal.net
Team Info:The Bloomfield 8U Sting team is looking for dedicated players to play in the NOBF and in 3 plus tournaments.

The Sting program has a history of success and prides itself on fielding competitive teams while focusing on player development.

We train in excellent facilities during the winter to prepare for our Spring and Summer season.
Tryout Notes:You are encouraged to attend more than one tryout if you are able, but it is not mandatory that you do so.
If you are unable to make one of these dates, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a private tryout.
Please make sure your son has baseball pants, cleats, glove, baseball bat, helmet and water.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
7/22/201406:00 PM - 08:00 PM East Hills Middle School
2800 Kensington Rd, Bloomfield Hills
8/2/201403:00 PM - 05:00 PM East Hills Middle School
2800 Kensington Rd, Bloomfield Hills
8/19/2014TBA TBA

Brighton Bulldogs 8U
City/Area:Brighton League:KVBSA
Contact:Mike Baitinger
586-943-0196
mbaitinger@yahoo.com
Team Info: A coach will contact players whether they are chosen or not within one week after the last day of tryouts.

All players selected for a team will pay a player fee of $500 for baseball and $450 for softball.

Fee covers the cost of uniforms, field maintenance and preparation, insurance, gym fees for off season training, fundraising, league fees and umpire fees.

Players may also be asked to take part in additional fundraising activities.

We participate in KVBSA and play teams from Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties and participate in weekend tournaments throughout the state.

Travel teams play a 30 – 40 game schedule (including tournaments) starting in early April and playing into July.

If you are interested in coaching or know someone who is interested, contact Mike Baitinger
Tryout Notes:To be eligible for a place on the travel team in your age group, you must attend one session, but both sessions are strongly recommended.
Please show up regardless of the weather.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/9/201409:00 AM - 11:30 AM Hawkins Elementary School
8900 Lee Rd, Brighton - Field F
8/10/201409:00 AM - 11:30 AM Hawkins Elementary School
8900 Lee Rd, Brighton - Field F

Coldwater Reds 8U
City/Area:Branch County   
Contact:Joe Closson
jcloscoldwaterreds@gmail.com
Team Info:Tournaments will be Battle Creek, Kalamazoo area and possibly Fort Wayne area. Battle Creek league will be the preferred League Play location.
Tryout Notes:Please visit our web page select the tryout page and fill out our RSVP section.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/17/201401:00 PM - 03:00 PM Waterworks Park
N. Waterworks Dr., Coldwater

Fenton Tigers 8U
City/Area:Genesee, Livingston, & Oakland County League:KVBSA
Contact:Mike Miller
mike.miller@fttbaseball.com
Team Info:Sportsmanship Teamwork Strength Character Dedication. We are Fenton Tigers Travel Baseball…F.T.T.B.

Those are the bedrock principles we've built this organization on. We are a 100% volunteer organization seeking to promote an escalating level of highly competitive travel baseball.

Our organization is proud of our young men who have accomplished so much.

As an organization, we are proud to claim 10+ league titles, 50+ tournament championships, several USSSA AA top 15 rankings, and most importantly...a 99% placement rate on High school teams.

We are also proud to say that our 12u team is an annual participant at Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York. Team will participate in league and tournament ball.

Currently accepting applications for Manager position. Contact Mike Miller to be considered.
Tryout Notes:Tryouts available by appointment.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/3/201406:00 PM - 07:30 PM Rose Township Baseball Complex
280 W Rose Center Rd, Holly

Hawks GOLD 8U
City/Area:Howell / Hartland League:KVBSA
Contact:David Piesko
810-533-0418
hawksgold@hotmail.com
Team Info:Hawks GOLD is a name generated in 2006 when Coach Piesko coached a group of 8U players. Since then, the team has collected 49 Tournament CHAMPIONSHIPS (7 State Titles, 3 World Series Titles).

Over ten (10) of these players will receive collegiate baseball scholarships this fall. All players are expected to reach college baseball level.

In 2014, Coach Piesko decided to start this plan all over again with an 8U Hawks GOLD team.

As a very young first year team, they team won multiple Championships in their first season (including the KVBSA West Division Laague Championship).

The 2014 8U team had 50% of its players able to play 8U in 2015. This coming year 2015, Coach Piesko and coaching staff will have three (3) teams (at the 8U, 9U and 10U age levels).

Multiple player spots open at each age group. The coaching philosophy is fun, engaging and teaches your player to have the knowledge, skills, behavior and performance of a champion.
Tryout Notes:If the date / time is not good for your family's calendar, please contact Coach Piesko.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
7/27/201406:00 PM - 08:30 PM Legacy Center
9299 Goble Dr, Brighton, 48116

LCB Legends 8U
City/Area:Commerce/Walled Lake League:KVBSA
Contact:Duane or Dan
lcbbaseball@gmail.com
Team Info:LCB Legends Organization is one of the largest Organization in Oakland County with 12 teams ranging from 8U-17U.

LCB strives towards teaching good sportsmanship and preparing the players towards their next level of advancement.

We will play 15-20 league games in the KVBSA league and participate in 4-6 tournaments with one of them being out of town.
Tryout Notes:Tryouts will be held over 2 days and attendance both days is highly encouraged.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/2/201402:00 PM - 04:00 PM Hickory Glen Park
400 Glengary Rd, Commerce Twp - Field 3 & 4
8/3/201402:00 PM - 04:00 PM Hickory Glen Park
400 Glengary Rd, Commerce Twp - Field 3 & 4

Michigan Blue Jays 8U
City/Area:All Areas League:KVBSA
Contact:
Team Info:The organization will focus on Sportsmanship, Teamwork, development and fundamentals.
Tryout Notes:Registration starts at 8:00 AM. Visit web site for more information.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
7/27/201409:00 AM EMU Recreation Complex
100 Westview St, Ypsilanti
8/2/201409:00 AM EMU Oestrike Stadium
N Huron Dr and N Hewitt Rd, Ypsilanti
8/2/201409:00 AM EMU Oestrike Stadium
N Huron Dr and N Hewitt Rd, Ypsilanti

Michigan Lazers 8U
City/Area:Brighton League:KVBSA
Contact:Joey Thorington
734-649-9098
thoring2@gmail.com
Team Info:Players will work with professional SWAT hitting instructors including hitting instructor Jason Ladd all winter long.

Michigan Lazers will work with some of the best SWAT pitching instructors including Rob Morris and also plan to bring instructors in like Travis Wade who played professional ball.

The Michigan Lazers goal is to prepare youth ball players for the next level and to be competitive in local, USSSA, CABA, Cooperstown, Wolves, and other nationally recognized tournaments.

We had an exceptionally young 8U team this season. Some of the kids will stay with 8U next season and some will go up with the 9U next season.

This will leave both the 8U and 9U teams with a core of experienced players.We will need to fill a few roster openings on both teams.
Tryout Notes:If you are unable to make the posted tryout times, please contact Manager Joey Thorington for a private tryout.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
7/28/201406:00 PM - 08:00 PM Shepard of the Lakes Lutheran Church
2101 South Hacker Road, Brighton
8/2/201402:30 PM - 05:00 PM Shepard of the Lakes Lutheran Church
2101 South Hacker Road, Brighton

Michigan Nationals 8U
City/Area:Belleville, Canton, Plymouth, Ann Arbor League:KVBSA
Contact:Ryan Taylor
michigannationalsbaseball@gmail.com

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/2/201409:00 AM Beck Fields
10200 Beck Rd, Belleville
8/3/201409:00 AM Beck Fields
10200 Beck Rd, Belleville

Michigan Storm 8U
City/Area:Southeastern Michigan League:KVBSA
Contact:Erik Wright
734-752-7965
erikw2424@yahoo.com
Bill Sennett
734-306-7174
bsennett@mceco.com
Team Info:Our team's focus is emphasize baseball fundamentals, skill development, and teamwork. Our goal is to provide a program for local youth to play at the highest level of quality baseball in our area.

While competing against the best travel teams in the area we will promote sportsmanship, knowledge of the game, commitment, and good friendships.

We will play 15-20 league games in the KVBSA league, and participate in 4-5 tournaments with one of them being out of town.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/2/201411:00 AM Homer Howard Park
14300 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate
8/3/201411:00 AM Homer Howard Park
14300 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate

Michigan War Dogs 8U
City/Area:Canton/Northville/South Lyon League:KVBSA
Contact:Jim Kraut
248 767 9276
jwkraut@live.com
Team Info:The War Dogs are looking for kids/families who are dedicated to building on fundamentals, proper mechanics, and the love of the game in a competitive team environment.

We are a core group of boys from Canton, South Lyon, & Northville with a plan to play in the KVSBA league in addition to 3-5 tournaments throughout the spring and summer.

Optional indoor workouts will begin in January with increased expectations for participation in February and March.
Tryout Notes:Please contact Coach Jim Kraut for more information and any questions!
Please arrive 30 minutes early for registration.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
7/27/201404:00 PM Meads Mill Middle School
16700 Franklin Rd, Northville, 48168
8/1/201406:00 PM Meads Mill Middle School
16700 Franklin Rd, Northville, 48168

Motor City Bulldogs 8U
City/Area:Westland League:KVBSA
Contact:Kevin Warren
734-476-7794
kskwarren@aol.com
Team Info:The 8U team will participate in the KVBSA for league play and also do 3-5 local tournaments. The primary focus will be on player development and learning the game, and of course, having fun.

Practices will begin as early as late August and will continue outside as long as weather permits. Winter workouts begin in early January and continue through March.
Tryout Notes:Players should arrive 10-15 mins earlier to Register/warm up.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
8/2/201412:30 PM - 02:30 PM Wayne Ford Civic League
1645 N.Wayne Rd., Westland - Field 5
8/5/201406:00 PM - 08:00 PM Wayne Ford Civic League
1645 N.Wayne Rd., Westland - Field 2

Southwest Oakland Warriors 8U
City/Area:Oakland County League:KVBSA
Contact:Joe Cline
248-320-8783
southwestoaklandwarriors@gmail.com
Team Info:The Southwest Oakland Warriors compete in the KVBSA (18-20 league games) and participate in 6-10 tournaments (most local).

A trip to the Cal Ripken Experience Tournament in Myrtle Beach is a possibility for our 13 U team as well as Cooperstown for our 12 U team.

Winter workout program will begin in early January and finish at the end of March (Total Sports in Wixom and High Performance in Keego Harbor).

Trainers will be utilized throughout the winter months to focus on hitting, pitching, base running, fielding and game situations. Outdoor practices will begin in late March, as weather permits.

Players must be willing to commit to a 40-55 game season. Fundraising activities for each respective team will be required to keep costs at a minimum.
Tryout Notes:Please arrive 30 minutes prior to for registration if you do not pre-register. If you would like to pre-register, please visit www.southwestoaklandwarriors.com under 2015 tryouts.
You may e-mail southwestoaklandwarriors@gmail.com to arrange a different tryout date if you are unable to attend the scheduled workouts.

Tryout Schedule:
DateTimeLocation
7/26/201410:00 AM - 12:00 PM Maple Glen Park
2360 Glengary Rd, Commerce - Fenway