News and Announcements

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.

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The Inside Pitch Baseball Academy is looking for 11U & 13U Players to join their team as they travel to Phoenix, Arizona on January 20th & 21st for the 2018 USSSA WINTER CLASSIC.

Please contact Tom Katelnikoff at TomKatelnikoff@hotmail.com for more information if interested.

2 Age Categories 11U & 13U:
1)11U – 06ʼ /07ʼ birthdates
2)13U – 04ʼ or younger

Location: Arizona,
Dates: Jan 20 – 21, 2018
Games: 3 games guaranteed + possible playoffs + Pre tournament workout
Practices: TBD – 2 workouts prior January 4th / 13th
Registration: reserve a spot immediately with $250 USD deposit (balance paid before due dates)
Early Discount: Nov. 30th, 2017 = $350usd or Option 2 Regular: before Dec. 15th, 2017 = $400usd
*ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON other than a team cancellation
(Majority of fees goes to expenses such as coaches hotels, travel, team insurance, uniform – Hat, dry fit
jersey, tournament entry fees, field rentals etc.)
Gear: All players receive pro hat & dri-fit jersey + players bring their own bats
Roster: Max. of 12 players is the target roster to ensure maximum exposure and playing time while
providing enough pitching etc.
Flights: You are on your own to book flights.
Hotels: A block of rooms will be reserved at discount prices. You will receive link when it is available.

The Inside Pitch Prospects Baseball team was established to provide dedicated players in Canada, specifically Saskatchewan a vehicle and resources to enhance their opportunities to compete at the highest level. This travel program runs from Sept-April. Players that sign up for winter events during this time with Team IP are selected to participate on Team IP “National Event” teams that will compete in a specific nationally recognized events predominately in the USA that offer the highest and best opportunity for scouting and recruiting exposure to college coaches and professional scouts. Last year 8 graduating Team IP players signed college scholarships to play baseball and gain post-secondary education. To date 170+ Inside Pitch Alumni have played post secondary baseball in USA and Canada.

The document USSSA_Tournament_Info_-_Team_Inside_Pitch_2018_11U_-_13U.pdf was attached to this post.