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The West Kelowna D-Backs returned home this week from their annual Spring Training trip to Mesa, Arizona. This year, 12 players, including 2 players from the Cranbrook Bandits baseball team, made the trek down South for a week of Development Camp and Tournament Games as well as enjoying 2 MLB Spring Training Games and 1 MLB Regular Season Game at Chase Field.

The Camp was guest coached by Ex-MLB manager Jim Lefebvre (1965 NL Rookie of The Year), 2010 USA Baseball Coach of the Year Eric Kibbler and Former MLB Pitcher Aaron Myette (New Westminster, BC). Attending the camp were players from BC Baseball College Prep Teams Cloverdale Nationals & Richmond Chuckers along with the D-Backs. A total of 45 Players participated in the Camp.

Players were instructed on all aspects of the game including hitting, fielding, pitching and baserunning over the course of the week in Mesa, with each player walking away with improved skills.

The MLB Spring Training games let the D-Backs see the Chicago Cubs & Kansas City Royals face off at Suprise Stadium, as well as seeing the Arizona D-Backs face the Cleveland Indians in Cactus League play and a regular season game against the Colorado Rockies. The WK D-Backs would like to thank the Arizona D-Backs association for the complimentary tickets to the games and the great hospitality they extended us.

The players were also taken on a tour of Arizona State University, the US’s largest public University, with over 70,000 Students enrolled in the 5 Campus’s.

While the focus of the trip was on development and getting game-ready for the upcoming season, the D-Backs did go 2-2 in Tournament Play without their full roster available. The Snakes fared well and are looking forward to an exciting season ahead.

The 18U College Prep D-Backs kick off their season on the road April 14th & 15th in Richmond and Chilliwack followed by their home opener the next week with a double-header vs Ridge Meadows on Sunday, April 22nd at Mount Boucherie. The opening day ceremonies will also be held on April 22nd beginning with games at 9am and opening ceremonies at Noon.

The D-Backs would also like to invite everybody out to the official Turning-On of the new lights on Mount Boucherie field on Friday April 20th at 7:30pm. Officials will be there from the city of West Kelowna as well as a number of esteemed community members.

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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