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Opening Day Set for April 23.

Posted by West Kelowna Minor Baseball at Apr 9, 2017 8:27AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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The 2017 West Kelowna Minor Baseball opening day has been set for April 23.. The Ceremonies will take place on the Boucherie Main Diamond at 12 noon. The Ceremonies will include Opening comments, the introduction of the WK executives and volunteers, the singing of Oh Canada, and the annual introduction of teams and parade of the teams on to the field. Each of the players will receive a hot dog and drink afterward. Following the ceremonies, on the main diamond, the West Kelowna Dbacks 18U AAA team will be playing a game against the Richmond Chuckers in a

BC Baseball College Prep league game.
As well as the game on the main diamond, games are planned all day for the three baseball diamonds starting at approx. 9am.
There will be used equipment and uniforms available for sale at a good price.
We look forward to seeing everyone out there.
For information or if you have any questions
7U division contact – Marlon Zaleschuck – marlon.zaleschuk@gmail.com
9U division contact- Cyrstal Devries- emailcrystaldevries@gmail.com
11U division contact- Shawn Vodarek- centerline@nucleus.com
13U division contact- Nigel Mandau-na.mandau@shaw.ca
15U division contact – Don Klettke-djklettke@telus.net
18U division contact- Don Klettke-djklettke@telus.net

Below are the 2017 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)

Level 1 (Wednesdays)

April 5 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse

April 12 5:30-7:30pm TBA

April 19 5:30-7:30pm TBA

Level 1 (Tuesdays)

April 11 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse

April 18 5:30-7:30pm TBA

April 25 5:30-7:30pm TBA

Level 2 (Mondays)

April 3 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse

April 10 5:30-7:30pm TBA

April 17 5:30-7:30pm TBA

Level 2 (Thursdays)

April 6 6:00-9:00pm Edith Gay Clubhouse

April 20 5:30-7:30pm TBA

April 27 5:30-7:30pm TBA

All three sessions must be attended; however you may attend on different evenings.

Other clinics nearby are as follows:

March 11 in Vernon (Level 1 & 2)

March 18 in Revelstoke (Level 1)

April 2 in Kamloops (Level 1 & 2)

April 8 in Penticton (Level 1 & 2)

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

For all 18U Players interested in trying out for the 2017 College Prep Team please see the attached a document with the details.

The document West Kelowna 2017 College Prep Tryout informantion was attached to this post.

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West Kelowna Minor Baseball is proud to announce Jesse McKay has been recognized as BC Baseball Association’s “Outstanding Female Athlete” for 2016. Jesse was presented the award at the recent BC Baseball Awards Luncheon which was held at the Langley Event Center in conjunction with the BC Baseballs Annual Coaching Convention. Marty van der Loos and Rob Ross coaches of the National Selects 16U Team gave Jesse her award.
McKay has been a part of the Girls program since 2013 and is a power pitcher and hitter who can hit the long ball … but also hit for average.*
Jesse has gotten better with every year and her hard work has paid off when she was invited to a Team Canada prospects camp in 2016.*
McKay has also become a great mentor for the younger girls and has the competitive drive and a willingness to learn what’s need to be successful at the highest level, making coming to the ballpark a pleasure.*
There is no doubt she will be successful in her future endeavors on the ballfield and will be missed by her past coaches and teammates.*
The Board of Directors would like to congratulate Jesse on her accomplishment.

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The WKMBA Winter Ball sessions have been very well attended this year with over 50 players from 11U thru to 18U

signed up or attending on a drop-in basis. The 11U and 13U divisions are working out Saturday mornings at Sensisyusten gym and one night each at the Okanagan Ice and Training Center batting cage. Rich Swift runs the Saturday morning 11U sessions, with help from Dustin Joslin and others, while Shane Grant, Rich and Dustin are out on the Monday 11U hitting sessions. This is the first year the 11U division has had its own hitting night and the results have been excellent. The improvement after just the first 3-4 sessions has been very noticeable. The 13U’s have their skill sessions on Saturdays from 10:30 am -12 pm, right after the 11U sessions. The 13U ’S Saturday sessions are coached by Dbacks 18U AAA Head Coach Tom Katelnikoff and Ewan Robertson with help from ex WKMBA player, and Cinnicatti Reds draft pick Morgan Lofstrom. The 13U hitting sessions are run by Coach Tom, Chris Hellar and Paul Gilmore. Many of the 13U players play hockey and drop in whenever possible. Again the players love coming out and are improving weekly.
The combined 15U/18U session are running 3 days a week this year. Sunday night are at the Capital News Center
on Gordan Drive, Tuesday nights are at the OTR batting cage and Thursday night is at Sensisyusten gym. Along with Morgan Lofstrom, his younger brother Trevor, who players for the OC Coyotes come out Sundays at the CNC for fielding and defense sessions and both Lofstroms come out, as well both come out for theTuesday 15/18U hitting sessions. WKMBA Head coach Tom says it has been a pleasure to have the Lofstroms out. They have added a real good dimension to our winter ball program. It is good to see players getting the reps in. Baseball is a high skill activity. and the more players get reps in the better all player they will become. Winter Ball continues thru early March. There is still room for players who want to come on a drop-in basis. If you have any questions, contact your division director or Coach Tom at 250.864.2198,