News and Announcements
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.
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
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.
West Kelowna Minor Baseball is accepting applications for Head Coach for the following teams,
15U AA (if we field a team)
Applications will be accepted until Nov . 30. Successful coaches will be named shortly afterward.
The 15U AA and the 18U AAA teams are single-season teams which means the league they participate in runs from early April thru to the Provincials.. WKMBA coaches have also run the 13U AA team as a single season team the last 2 years. This has workrd out very well. The 13U AA and 15U AA Provincials will be held August 2-6 2018 should either or both the teams qualify. Please email your application found here to WKMBA Head Coach Tom Katelnikoff at email@example.com If you have any questions please do not hesitte to contact Tom at
the above email or by cell @ 250.864.2198
WKMBA will be offering a Fall Ball program again this fall for the 11U, 13U and 15U and 18U divisions.
Fall Ball is designed to give players an opportunity to work on improving the five tools of baseball. We look to improve hitting for power, and hitting for average, throw and catching, as well as overall speed. The focus is on having fun and working hard. 11U 11U is run in conjunction with the City of West Kelowna. It is a 10-Session Program that runs Mondays & Wednesdays from September 11th to October 11th. The sessions will go from 5:00-6:30 pm and will take place at Upper Boucherie Field. The Details & Registration Link have been posted on the WKMBA website on the right-hand side of the main page and the cost for the program is $70 for 10 Sessions or follow the link to below to register.
13U The sessions will run Tuesdays & Thursdays with some exhibition games. . This will run 4-5 weeks, depending on weather, ending around October 9th. Exhibition games will be played some weeknights and on the weekend. Players will register for our 13U Fall Ball Program through our WKMBA website. The cost will be $75 and include a jersey.
15U Will run from Sept 6 through Oct. 23rd depending on the weather. Practices will be Tues/Thurs from 5:30-7:30.
Exhibition games will be some weeknights and on the weekends . Cost $125. Will include a jersey.
18U Will run Tues/Thurs from 5:30- 7:30. 18U will play in1-2 tournaments and exhibition games. Cost will be $195 and include a jersey. Practice will focus on players individual position(s) as well as team offense and defense.