Fall Wrap Up and Winter Training

We are always looking for new, dedicated, talented players for all our age groups.  I don’t like just using tryouts alone to build our teams and prefer personal referrals from knowledgeable parents.  Short tryouts usually lead to mistakes in judgement.  We would be happy to have any new players join us for winter training – so both parties can get a better feel if it’s a good fit.  Also know that I am not looking to cut any current player on any of our rosters that are dedicated, improving and have paid all their outstanding fees.  So please don’t be afraid of recommending good players to us because you are afraid it may hurt your own son – I understand that fear but I am never looking to drop anyone because of a perceived “upgrade” in talent skill.  I know our players will continue to get better and I am most proud of the players I see progress from 13u to getting a roster spot on a college team.  We tend to keep very small rosters compared to other programs.  I like 13/14 for younger ages and a few more at the older levels.  Open roster spots on all our teams happen every year – usually from natural attrition, injuries, players shifting to other sports so cuts are not necessary.  Please help us recruit new players – we want more good parents and good players in our program – it makes it better for everyone.      


For all returning Bombers for 2020 (including HS seniors looking for winter training); new 13u team Bombers and anyone else interested in winter training:


In about 2 weeks, I will send out details on winter training starting in January.  It will be 18 sessions of 90 minutes each that will be Friday nights and early Sunday evenings.  It will end in mid-March – just as HS tryouts start.  Specific training times and costs will follow in my next email.  November and December should be used for rest and recovery so please make sure your son’s rest their arms.  I know all the boys will continue improve and that will start with winter training in January.  If anyone has any comments or questions, please email me.  ALSO EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO SET UP ANY PRIVATE SESSIONS WITH any of our coaches.  I will put you in touch with them and you can make a  separate, private arrangement.


A final note:  we will be upgrading our website and it will be ready to go Jan 1.  It will be MUCH more functional.  Parents/players will be able to check specific game/practice schedules; player stats (Gamechanger will be integrated into our website); and social media info on all our teams will be available.  Our recruiting software platform, Sportsrecruits.com, will also be integrated into our website for the 16u/17u showcase team players.  In addition, all parents will have a separate logon where you will be able to see all family/player info and be able to make fee payments directly or on a regular payments schedule. The goal will be for our new website to your one stop spot for all Bombers info.  Hopefully it will make things better and more organized for everyone – especially for me.


Thanks for letting us work with your sons.

Fall Clinic

The Bombers we will be doing a fall Thursday night clinics at Peekskill Stadium starting 9/5 from 7:15pm to 9pm (for 15u and up players). For 13u and 14u players, they will start at 5:45pm to 7:15pm.

It will be run by Donovan Mitchell (Donovan’s bio –http://crotonbombers.com/donovan-mitchell/ ) and two other paid professional coaches. It will run for 6 weeks. The cost per player is $180. This is open to other non-Bombers players as well Please email sriccio@crotonbombers.com with any comments or questions


The Bombers Baseball Club I looking for the following:

The Bombers Baseball Club is looking for Fall Ball 2019 Players for 13, 14u, 15u, 16u, teams.  In addition, we are also looking for 2020 16u and 17u players for our college showcase teams.  All teams are managed by professionals (no fathers manage our teams).  Players need to be serious about the game and dedicated to getting better.  Our 16u and 17u showcase teams are designed to help players get recruited for roster spots on college teams.  Over the last 6 years, we have helped over 40 players get scholarships and roster spots on DIII, DII and DI college teams.


We are a 501-C3 non-profit and we do NOT build a profit margin into our player fees.  We have consistently delivered high-quality training, instruction and competitive baseball for less than half of what other programs charge.  If interested, please email founder and president Steve Riccio at sriccio@crotonbombers.com


Bomber’s Apparel Online Store

Many of you have asked where/how you can buy Bombers swag for yourself and your sons.  We have set up a Bombers online team apparel site.  Prices and quality of merchandise are really good.  Please support the Bombers by ordering some things.  A small portion of each sale goes back to our organization that will be used to offset future team costs.


Click on this link to get to Bombers online store.

2018 – Bombers Parent/Player Recruiting Info Meeting

2018 – Bombers Parent/Player Recruiting info meeting
Time/date: 7pm on Tuesday 11/27/18
Location: The Croton Library located at 171 Cleveland Drive Croton on Hudson NY 10520

The purpose of this meeting is to provide important information to parents and players about the college baseball recruiting process from our Bombers/showcase team perspective. In addition to our Bombers management and coaches who will be speaking at the meeting, we have invited current D-I, D-II and D-III recruiting coaches to explain the recruiting process from their perspective as well. This will give everyone an excellent idea on how the process works; what you should expect; and what the player needs to do to maximize his chances to get recruited. All 16u and 17u parents and players should plan on attending this.
This will mostly be an interactive meeting so we want all parents and players to come armed with any questions or comments they may have regarding the college recruiting process.

Opening remarks: Steve Riccio, James Perotta, and other Bombers coaching staff

Introduction to new recruiting software platform for players
Q&A: Rob DiToma (D-I – Fordham University), Grisha Davita (D-II – Nyack College), John Muller (D-III – College of Mount Saint Vincent)

Rob DiToma
Fordham University
Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2014 to present
• Prior to Fordham, DiToma had a four-year stint at Iona College, serving as the team’s hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator.
• Prior to Iona, DiToma coached for one season at Siena and one at Temple.
• Before Temple, DiToma’s served on the baseball coaching staff at Manhattanville while pursuing his master’s degree.
• A 2005 graduate of Mercy College, DiToma earned his master’s degree in physical education from Manhattanville College in 2007. He played four years as the starting second baseman at Mercy as an undergraduate, serving as team captain as a senior. As a junior, he batted .309 and was an All NYCAC selection.

Grisha Davita
Nyack College
Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2018 to present
• Prior to being named head coach at Nyack College, Davita was the pitching coach for Pace University for seven years
• In the past, Coach Davita was also head baseball of Colombia University and held other college coaching positions over the years
• Coach Davita has also held professional scouting positions with the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers
• He was signed to a professional players contract by the Chicago Cubs and is a graduate of Concordia College
• Coach Davita is also a current member of the Bombers professional coaching staff and spent the summer of 2018 assisting Head Coach Donovan Mitchell with our 19u+ college team which finished the season in 1st place in the HVCBL

John Muller
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Assistant Athletic Director/Head Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2017 to present
• Named head baseball coach and assistant athletic director for College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2017
• St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC), Pitching Coach (2015, 2016)
• Signed by Chicago Cubs 2007 (5 ½ years of professional baseball)
• Attended St. Thomas Aquinas College. Elected to their Baseball Hall of Fame 2011

Fall Ball and Spring Recruitment

 Bombers regular fall ball season will be September and October with all NYEB League games being played mostly on Sundays.  Please email your coach, team admin and Steve Riccio if you are interested in playing.  Also, we will have a few open roster spots on all of our teams so if you know any talented, serious players if they are looking for a new team for the fall and 2019 have them contact Steve Riccio sriccio@crotonbombers.com or 914-461-3263.