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Umpire Clinic Dates announced

Posted by West Kelowna Minor Baseball at Mar 20, 2018 8:44PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Below are the 2018 BCBUA Central Okanagan Umpire Clinics. Registration and instructions can be found on the BCBUA.ca website. (Please note: payment to BCBUA by credit card is required at time of registration. Fee is $25 for those born in 2005 or 2006, and $50 for all others.)

Level 1 (Mondays)
April 2 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse
April 9 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson
April 16 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson

Level 1 (Wednesdays)
April 4 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse
April 11 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson
April 18 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson

Level 1 (Tuesdays/Thursday)
April 10 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse
April 12 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson
April 24 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson

Level 2 (Tuesdays)
April 3 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse
April 10 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson
April 17 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson

Level 2 (Thursdays)
April 12 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse
April 19 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson
April 26 5:30-7:30pm Jack Robertson

Please note there is only space for 20 students per clinic so make sure to register for the clinic you plan to attend upon paying the BCBUA registration fee. Each clinic is comprised of three evenings (classroom, base and plate session) which all must be attended; however you may choose to attend on different evenings.

Other clinics nearby are as follows:
March 25 in Kamloops (Level 1 & 2)
April 3 & 7 in Vernon (Level 1)
April 5 & 7 in Vernon (Level 2)
April 8 in Penticton (Level 1 & 2)

Any questions may be directed to Darcy Rysz, drysz@shaw.ca.

Final tryouts for the 2018 West Kelowna Minor Baseball College Prep team were held Saturday, March 10th, with the final team roster being announced Monday, March 12th. The team will consist of players from Okanagan Falls, Penticton, West Kelowna & Vernon and will be made up of 7 Grade 12’s, 6 Grade 11’s and 2 Grade 10’s. The Coaching Staff feel that the 2018 D-Backs will be an extremely competitive team this year and would like to congratulate the following players:

Keaton Meier
Daniel McKay
Reegan Forsyth
Monty Tebbutt
Zane Webber
Jared Leroux
Quinn Rasmussen
Aden Samuel
AJ Reiter
Tate Larson
Cole Boczuluk
Seth Kennedy
Raynen Campbell
Matt Olsen
Karson Meier

The D-Backs will play a 40-Game League Schedule against the 6 other College Prep teams throughout BC including Richmond, Tri-City, Cloverdale, Ridge Meadows, Chilliwack & Kamloops. As well, the D-Backs will compete in 3 tournaments including the OC Coyotes Norm Caig Classic, Valley of Champions and 1 other tournament TBD.

The D-Backs home opener will be April 22nd (Opening Day) vs the Ridge Meadows Royals. We hope to see everyone out.

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Registration is now open for the 2018 West Kelowna Minor Baseball spring season. Please look under the registration tab above. The season starts in mid-April. It is advisable to register early as many divisions had waitlists in the past

Registration for the 2018 Winter Ball Season is Now Open!

Sessions will take place at the following times:

11U
Saturday: Practice Session – 9am – 10:20am at Sensisyusten
Tuesday : Hitting Session – 6:30pm – 7:45pm at Hudson Road Elementary

Sessions go from January 6th to March 10th with a total number of 19 Sessions (10 Practice & 9 Hitting)
Cost for this is $100 for Practice Only, $150 for Practice + Hitting Sessions.

13U
Saturday: Practice Session – 10:30am – 11:50am at Sensisyusten
Thursdays: Hitting Session – 6:30pm – 7:45pm at Hudson Road Elementary

Sessions go from January 6th to March 10th with a total number of 19 Sessions (10 Practice & 9 Hitting)
Cost for this is $100 for Practice Only, $150 for Practice + Hitting Sessions.

15U & 18U (Combined)
Monday: Practice Session – 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Sensisyusten
Saturday: Practice / Hitting Sessions – 1pm – 2pm at Kelowna United Soccer Dome (Gordon Drive – Next to H20)

Sessions go from January 6th to March 10th with a total number of 17 Sessions.
Cost for this is $175

You can register now at the following links:
11U & 13U – Register Here
15U & 18U Register Here

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On Thursday, November 30th, the long-awaited Boucherie light project finally came to a conclusion with a test light-up. WKMBA President Tom Katelnikoff joined Mark Packer of Musco Lighting and Aaron Mekkle & Kalen Martens of Houle Electric to power up the lights and conduct the final testing.

The lights were a much-needed improvement to the Boucherie Main Diamond, a field shared between both the 15U (Bantam) & 18U (Midget) Divisions. With the additional after-dark hours now made available, WKMBA is now able to accommodate an additional late game or practice every night, as well as providing the players a chance to live their dreams of playing under the lights.

The state-of-the-art 8-pole system was built to a premium industry standard, surpassing the required NCAA Tournament specifications. The lighting system also features a 6-pole underlighting system, which not only illuminates the top of the baseball, but also the bottom sides, making vision for both the fielding and hitting sides clearer in low-light scenarios. Keeping the location of the field in mind, the lighting system was also optimized to reduce it’s effects on the nearby East Boundary Rd, reducing any effects that the lighting system posed to drivers & residents on the nearby roadway.

The project was funded in-part through a generous grant from the Federal Government (Canada150 Grant) as well as from the City of West Kelowna.

WKMBA is grateful to the City of West Kelowna & Government of Canada for making this project possible, the lights will benefit WKMBA Players for years to come.