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Michael Sinno III - Memorial Details

March 16, 1973 - August 11, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mike Sinno. Mike was a outstanding coach, friend and father. He will be deeply missed by all in the JCB Family.

Below is the obituary provided by the family.

Visitation is this Thursday, August 16th from 10:30am-11:30am at San Juan Del Rio. Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow the visitation.

San Juan Del Rio is located at 1718 State Road 13, Saint Johns, FL 32259

Mike Sinno JCB Memorial Fund

At the request of Mike's family, Julington Creek Baseball has created a Memorial Fund on Mike's behalf.

Michael Sinno, passed in peace on August 11 at the age of 45 due to heart failure. Mike was born March 16, 1973 and raised in Southwest Philadelphia. He served honorably in the Unites States Air Force where he met and then married his soul mate, Dana Heckman. As the COO at HCI, Mike was recognized as an industry leader. That same passion for excellence was visible out of the office where his family came first; followed close by baseball. Mike Sinno was the face of the JCB Thunder. He was the only coach to carry 6 assistant coaches. He was the only coach that thought another practice, game, or tournament was doable. Mike displayed many great qualities like consistency, organization, and patience and will be remembered most for a quietness which inspired confidence, motivation, and a desire to win.

Coach Sinno’s family, friends, co-workers, and players will miss him greatly. He is survived by his loving wife Dana, two daughters Mia (16), Noelle (11), and son Luca (9), Father Michael Sinno and Step-Mother Debbie, Mother Edie Pavonarius, Sister Stefanie Sinno and her husband David Freese (Abigail and Calvin), Brother in law Chris Heckman, Sister in law Jill Heckman (Delaney and Cooper), and Brother in law Darren Heckman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30am on Thursday, August 16th in San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, 1718 FL-13, Jacksonville, FL 32259 with Visitation one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested all donations go to JCB in the name of Mike Sinno.

“If you want to win you have to go out and take it, no one is going to give it to you”

"Baseball is a game of nexts; the next swing, the next pitch, the next catch, the next throw"

Our Coach

To tell you who Mike Sinno was is a hard task, because he is so much more than a coach, but he was our coach, so this is Mike Sinno through our eyes.

The first time I met Mike was 3 years ago. I had volunteered to help coach the JCB Spartans, a 6U AB Team. The head coach told me that another dad had volunteered to help coach as well. Up walks this person and my first thought was, “my God, this is a big 6-year old”. Turns out it was Mike Sinno. Little did I know, this short, stocky man would become such a big part of my life.

Mike was known amongst the coaches as “The Godfather” because, no matter the occasion, he would just sit in a chair and wait for you to come to him. There were many times, after a big win, I would look over and there would be a line of parents and kids waiting to talk to Mike. He never got up, he never rushed the conversation, he would just give you his time and then move onto the next. He had this aura about him that even the kids could see. We were always amazed at how we could get after the kids during practices and games and they would just ignore us- we chalked it up to them being 8 years old, however, when coach Mike spoke, the kids listened.

Mike was trusting. There wasn’t a tournament we went to that Mike felt the need to lock his car. Not only would he leave his car unlocked, but he would often leave his tailgate up to his SUV with his wallet, cash, and keys laying in the center console.

Mike loved to play jokes on his fellow coaches. We went to Oviedo for a Winter tournament and Mike convinced 2 of his coaches that it was mandatory for the coaches to wear baseball pants during the tournament. As Mike and I arrived, Shawn Durden and Brad Raulerson were there in the parking lot in full uniform. As they began yelling at us, Mike’s response was, “I can’t believe you actually wore pants”. Mike was a confident coach. He firmly believed our team could win any game we played. There would be times we would watch older teams play and as they are turning double plays, Mike would look at me and say, “we could beat this team”. I would just look at him and think, yeah, sure Mike. The next week, guess who we were playing.

He was passionate about coaching “his” boys. To Mike, they were all his boys. Last month we were in Orlando playing in a Nations Tournament. The boys had played well, locking up the #2 seed, however, weren’t playing well in the bracket play. Mike called a time out and ripped into the boys. He told them no one was just going to give them the championship, they would have to take it. After the game a massive rain storm came through cancelling the rest of the tournament and since we were the most impressive team so far, they just gave us the championship. So, here comes Mike walking back to the parking lot with this massive trophy and he says’ “hell of a speech I gave earlier, but apparently they will just give you the championship”.

To Mike, baseball was always a game of “nexts”. He would tell the boys on to the next play, next at bat, next game. Well coach, it’s your turn, onto your next adventure. There won’t be a single play, single at bat, or a single game you aren’t with us. We love you.

Registration for Cal Ripken Recreation Baseball for the Fall Season Is Now Open

Registration for the Fall 2018 Cal Ripken (5U-12U) season is now open. The link to registration is along the right side of the home page or by clicking here click here.

Please be sure you select the correct age group for your child. Refer to the Info/Age Group Birth Chart to determine the correct age group for your child.

Registration Fee:

  • $125 - Early Bird Discount Until July 1st at Midnight
  • $150 - July 1st to August 19th
  • $175 - Late  Fee Applied to Registration if confirmed after registration closes on August 19th.

NEW FOR 2018: JCB will be waiving the registration fee for any head coach that is selected to manage a team for the fall season. The fee will be reimbursed to the manager at the beginning of the season following coach selections. This is only for the chosen head coach (not assistants). If you would like to be a head coach please note it in your child's registration under the question:  Parent - How Can you Help?

Key Dates for This Upcoming Season

August 19th: Fall 2018 Cal Ripken Registration Closes at Midnight(free of any late penalty)

August 25th: Fall AB Mandatory Player Evaluations/Tryouts. We encourage anyone to come out to evals even if they are not planning to play AB. Times/Locations Listed Below.

Tee Ball 5 9:00-10:30am Mills 5
Tee Ball 6 12:30-2pm Mills 6
ROOKIE 7 11am-1pm Mills 7
ROOKIE 8  9am-11am Mills 7
MINORS 9U 1pm-3:30 Durbin 2
MINORS 10U 1pm-3:30 Durbin 3
MAJORS 11U 10am - noon Durbin 4
MAJORS 12U Noon-2pm Durbin 1


August 27th-31st: Player Drafts (Parents/Kids Do Not Attend)

September 4th: Cal Ripken Team Practices Can Begin

September 29th: Cal Ripken Opening Day/First Games

November 18th: Cal Ripken Season Ends

Registration Fee:

$125 - Early Bird Discount Until July 1st at Midnight

$150 - July 1st to August 19th

$175 - Late  Fee Applied to Registration if confirmed after registration closes on August 19th.


Registration for the Fall 2018 Babe Ruth (13U-18U) season is now open. The link to register is along the right side of our home page, or click here.

Please be sure you select the correct age group for your child. Refer to the Info/Age Group Birth Chart to determine the correct age group for your child.

Registration Fee: $165


    Registration for our teen umpire program is now available. Teens at least 14 years old can apply. Please click the link below to register. If you have any questions please direct them to: Ray Wilkins at


    JCB had 6 teams in the Cal Ripken age groups win their District Tournament's and advance to their respective State Tournament's.

    The 6U Slammers and 12U Titans both won the State Tournament. The Slammers season concludes with the State Championship. The Titans will next play in the Southest Regional Tournament in Live Oak, FL the week of July 16th.

    Congrats to both teams and to all of our teams that advanced to the State Tournament.


    JCB had 6 teams in the Cal Ripken age groups win their District Tournament's over the weekend (June 23rd)! Each team will advance to their respective State Tournaments.

    Congratulations to all teams and best of luck at States!


    8U Thunder Win Nations Slugfest

    By Webmaster 07/23/2018, 6:15am EDT

    JCB 8U Thunder went undefeated taking 1st place in the 12-team Nations Orlando Summer Slugfest tournament to cap off their 2018 AllStar season.  The Thunder finished with a record of (23-6) including (3) 1st place Championships and (1) 2nd place finish.  Congratulations to Chase #3, Caden #4, Luca #5, Jake #7, Travis #8, Merritt #10, Keller #11, Michael #15, Brayden #22, Rhett #29, Sebastain #44, and Presely #77 on their remarkable run and representing the JCB 8UA Rookies Division!


    By Webmaster 07/09/2018, 6:30pm EDT

    The JCB Titans claimed the state Championship on Monday, July 9th. The Titans defeated a strong Fleming Island Storm team 5-4 in 8 innings.

    The Titans scored two runs in the 6th inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings. In the top of the 8th, Dylan McCleod hit a 2-out solo home run to put the Titans up 5-4. Ronan McDonald pitched four shut out innings in relief and got the final three outs to secure the Championship.

    The Titans will play next at the Southeast Regional the week of July 17th in Live Oak, FL.



    Registration Links

    Cal Ripken Ages 4U-12U

    Babe Ruth Ages 13U-18U

    JCT Travel Tryouts Announced

    Tryouts for the FALL 12u, 13u and 14u Julington Creek Travel teams have been announced.

    12u Team

    13u Team

    • September 8th and 9th at 10am on Mills #8
    • Coach = Ricky Johnson
    • Contact =

    14u Team

    • TBD
    • Coach = TBD

    There is no cost for the tryout! Contact the Coach directly for more information..

    Announcing Tryouts for the 2018 - 2019 12U Julington Creek Travel Cooperstown Dreams Team!

    August 21 & 22, 2018

    Durbin Field #1

    6:00 PM

    There is no cost for tryouts! Team will play at the Cooperstown Dreams Park in the summer of 2019.

    RSVP to the tryouts by clicking here.

    Contact/email Don Brooks @ with questions.

    Announcing Tryouts for the 2018 - 2019 12U Julington Creek 12A Cooperstown All Star Village Team!

    August 21 & 22, 2018

    Durbin Field #4

    6:00 PM

    Team will play at the Cooperstown All Star Village Park in the summer of 2019.

    RSVP to the tryouts by clicking here.

    Contact/email Todd Hall @ with questions.


    If you have questions regarding our Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth Programs click below on each link to pose a question:

    Cal Ripken Programs

    Babe Ruth Programs





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    Julington Creek Baseball is St Johns County your Local Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Youth Baseball Association. JCB offers Spring & Fall Recreational Baseball and Advanced Baseball (AB). JCB also offers Summer All-Star Baseball and Travel Baseball.

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