News and Announcements
West Kelowna Minor Baseball is grateful to each of our sponsors and corporate partners. Their contributions of money, time, and labour greatly assist us in maintaining equipment, providing awards, and ensuring each of our baseball players has the best experience possible while playing ball on our diamonds. If you require a service they offer we hope you will give them your consideration:
Just4Fun – Most of us know West Kelowna’s premier indoor play-place as a great spot for parents to relax with a hot cup of coffee and chat with other adults while the kids run around having a blast. But for the juice box and fishy-cracker set, Just4Fun is the place to be. Its name embodies everything our 7U program stands for: just having fun, and we’re thrilled to present the Just4Fun Rookie League, where your future big leaguer can start their path to baseball glory. Be sure to visit Just4Fun on Facebook or Instagram to see how your Rookie League All-Star can score free passes.
Kochhar & Co Chartered Professional Accountant – We are a proud sponsor of West Kelowna Minor Baseball. Kochhar & Co specializes in owner-managed corporations based in the Okanagan Valley, and has offices in both downtown Kelowna and Penticton. The trademark of Kochhar & Co. is the exceptional personalized service our clients receive. Our clients rely on us as mentors who help them grow and manage their business with our sound advice.
Conroy Exteriors – To be the best you need to look your best and Conroy Exteriors has you, and our 9U’s, covered. Specializing in residential and commercial siding, soffits, and gutters, their high standards, professional service, and attention to detail, will make sure your project is done on time, on budget, and to your complete satisfaction. To see a full list of services they offer please visit conroyexteriors.com .
WTFast – There are two universal truths: speed wins ball games; and speed wins video games. That’s where WTFast comes in. Locally owned and globally significant, WTFast gives a boost to our 13U and 15U baseballers and streamlines your online video game experience by providing a smoother, more responsive network connection. Find out more about how they can give you the advantage of speed and view their library of supported games at wtfast.com .
Kelowna InstaPrint – Providing premium graphic design and full-colour, offset, digital, and wide-format printing for every-sized business. Whether you are a freelance marketer, a full-service marketing firm, graphic designer, artist, entrepreneur, or a world-class minor baseball organization, Tyler and his crew will work tirelessly to help you bring your creations to life at kiprint.com .
Blair Sportswear – Outfitting businesses and sports teams in the Okanagan for nearly 60 years, Blair Sportswear keeps us looking our best. Providing all of our custom apparel, Gordon Blair and crew deliver quality quickly. You can view their wide range of sports and business apparel at blairsportswear.com .
Chevy’s Source for Sports – Free pants is one of the best parts of our program, well, any program frankly, and it wouldn’t be possible without Chevy’s. Throw in added spring savings for the annual stock up and I guarantee the Chevy’s coupon email is the only email everyone reads each year. Chevy’s has everything you need to play ball and all the other sports that aren’t baseball too. For their full line-up of products and services head to sourceforsports.ca .
Hello WKMBA Families,
Summer baseball registration is now officially open in West Kelowna!
Please click on this link to register:
Please note that with the exception of 9U, roster sizes are limited, try-outs may be required, and only players registered in the 2021 Spring season are eligible. We are working on fielding teams in the 9U, 11U, 13U and 15U divisions.
As always, please register based on your child’s birth year.
Friday, April 30th 7:30pm – via Zoom Video Webinar
West Kelowna Minor Baseball is proud to present BC Minor Baseball High Performance Coach Brad Robinson’s seminar, ‘Coaching People First.’
Volunteering to be a coach or parent leader for your son or daughter’s baseball team is a fun and rewarding challenge, but it can also be a bit intimidating having a dozen future stars staring eagerly back at you. As coaches and leaders, we strive to provide the best baseball instruction to our groups of players who possess a wide range of skill levels. However, as coaches it can be challenging to navigate the personalities that can be as diverse as our team’s physical abilities. Brad’s seminar goes beyond running drills or planning practices and focuses on communication and motivation strategies. It delves into the inner workings of our little leaguers, specifically how they process information, how they learn, and how that might affect their performance and behaviour. With the uncertainties surrounding Covid- 19 it is more important than ever that our baseball diamonds be a safe place where they are challenged to be not only the best baseball players they can be, but also the best citizens, and to have the most fun that they can possibly have in the process. ‘Coaching people First’ is designed for coaches at all levels. Whether you are a parent teaching at home, a parent leader starting out in t-ball, or coaching a college prep team, this seminar will provide a valuable tool to add to your coaching toolbox.
All Coaches, parent leaders, and parents of the West Kelowna Minor Baseball Association are invited to join us this Friday, April 30th at 7:30 pm from the comfort of your computer, tablet, or phone. The webinar is approximately 60 minutes and will include a question-and-answer period at the end. Please use the link below to join the webinar.
For more information about Brad Robinson and his coach and player development strategies please visit The Complete Athlete.
Ump yours! Your favourite game that is!!
If you have a love of the best game there is, and are interested in a unique way to be involved in it, we need you.
If you are 12 or older and you are looking for a fun, after school job with a super flexible schedule, we need you.
If you are a parent who wants to hang out at the diamond with their son or daughter (and get paid), we need both of you.
Becoming an Umpire is simple:
- 1. Possess a basic understanding and appreciation of the game and its rules.
- 2. Go to REGISTER and get registered as an umpire.
- 3. Sign-up for your online Level 1 Umpire clinic (free for BCBUA members)
- 4. Revel in the power and glory your new role in baseball affords
- 5. Get into some games and have some fun.
- 6. Bask in the appreciation of the West Kelowna Minor Baseball Association
Membership in the BC Baseball Umpires Association costs $35 for 13 and under. 14 and up is $65. Membership fees are reimbursed by WKMBA when a minimum number of games worked is reached (to be determined, but usually about 6 games).
Online Level 1 and Level 2 clinics run are available in April, so act fast. Dates for clinics are:
- Saturday – April 3, 9am -1pm
- Saturday – April 10, 9am – 1pm
- Sunday, April 18th, 1pm – 5pm
If you have any questions please contact WKMBA Umpire in Chief, Don Klettke or, BCBUA Okanagan Rep Kevin Burke.
See you on the Diamond!
Our season is quickly approaching. Your league directors and coaches will soon be communicating with you about evaluations and/or team tryouts.
In the meantime, it’s time to refresh your West Kelowna gear. These items are only going to be on sale for a few more days so don’t delay, order today!
Please see the attached brochure for details and pricing. To order, follow the links on the brochure, or use the “order now” link below.
Please note we are also making a face mask available to order. While we can’t say for certain that face masks will be part of return-to-play guidelines, we are anticipating they will play some role. Players and coaches will not be obligated to wear a West Kelowna Minor Baseball face mask as part of their uniform should one be required.