Firecrackers DFW Sykes 

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”Tim Notke 

Firecrackers DFW Sykes

Play With Honor

Our mission is to provide a level of training to our players that ensures the highest level of social and athletic development and growth.
Playing the game professionally, having self-respect, and respecting others are the core values that this program was built upon. Being a Firecracker means you understand that you are beautiful, certain of yourself, and very capable of playing this game. Most importantly, you are striving to make the decisions that will provide you happiness for the rest of your life.

Why Join?

Firecrackers DFW is always looking for talented student athletes to join their program develop and compete

For nearly 30 years, the Firecrackers have produced softball champions at the club level. But winning isn't the team's primary goal, according to head coach Tony Rico. He wants to cultivate an environment that develops leaders on and off the field. Rico prizes culture over championships. In his coaches and players, he is looking for integrity, dignity, and poise. Rico believes that winning is a byproduct of culture -- not the other way around. 

What we're looking for is someone not just looking for the Firecracker brand or some of the other top clubs to get them where they're going, For us in particular, what defines us is not our success -- we've had plenty of it -- it's our culture.

Tony Rico

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Coaches

Highly experienced coaching staff

Coach Sykes Firecrackers DFW Fastpitch Softball

Sean Sykes

Manager, Head Coach

Coach Sykes Moved to DFW in August of 2018 from Southern California, where he coached for 15 years, in Travel Ball, High School and Recreational Softball

Coach Sykes has also coached baseball, a sport he played at the collegiate level. While he still loves baseball, he now prefers softball. After college he spent several years playing modified fastpitch softball at a national level.
Sean has coached for Firecrackers, Blackout Fastpitch, and LE Extreme, in PGF/ASA/USA/USSSA/TCS at all age levels, taking multiple ALL Star/Select/Travel teams to Districts and States. While also coaching in high school for Lakeside. 

Coach Dave Gonzales Firecrackers DFW Fastpitch Softball

Dave Gonzales

Coach

Coach Dave Moved to the DFW area in 2018 from Southern California 

With 14 years’ experience coaching both baseball and softball at all levels, including travel/select ball and four years head varsity high school coach. Coaching with multiple big organizations such as Batbusters (14u, 16u & 18u), Firecrackers (12u, 14u & 16u), Legacy, Inferno and Liberty. Including all ages lower level ASA/USA/CCYB Spring/All Stars/Select. Multiple select tournament champions, including All Stars, both 12u and 14u ASA/USA district champions (1st place Central District SoCal) and multiple state and national runner ups. 

Coach Scott "Pops" Shenkenberger Firecrackers DFW Fastpitch Softball

Scott "Pops" Shenkenberger

Coach

"Pops" comes from a background
of coaching both recreational and Travel Ball softball teams.
Play With Honor! 
Dirt Devils 2014-2017 (10U,12U) 
All-Stars 2017 (12U) 
Firecrackers 2018-2019 (14U) 

"Pops" is a beloved coach who emphasizes focus, character, and team sacrifice as a part of his "Play with Honor" coaching discipline.

With a successful background in coaching baseball, coach Scott "POPS" was won over by the amazing ladies of softball, especially after witnessing the toughness, determination, and the heart that they bring every time they play. "Coaching girls is just more fun, and I am honored to help young ladies grow and develop in a game I love!" -Coach Scott

Interested in joining? want to know more?

We offer private tryouts, or open team practice

Thank you for contacting us, you will be contacted by one of the coaches or a team administrator to setup a tryout.