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KMBA President's Message

2013-02-15

It is great to welcome everybody into another year at Kelowna Minor Baseball. The opening of registration brings an air of excitement as do the longer days while the brightening skies ripen the anticipation of another season of baseball at our ballparks.   With scheduled Opening Day Ceremonies, Spring House tournaments, league ...

It is great to welcome everybody into another year at Kelowna Minor Baseball. The opening of registration brings an air of excitement as do the longer days while the brightening skies ripen the anticipation of another season of baseball at our ballparks.
 
With scheduled Opening Day Ceremonies, Spring House tournaments, league games, playoffs, and practices, along with Spring and Summer baseball camps hosted by the Okanagan College Coyotes, we’ll give you lots of reasons to be at the ballpark, and lots of things to do when you are there. For the latest information on Spring Registration and updates on clinics, camps and meetings, be sure to check our website periodically.
 
For anyone interested in coaching, we offer Geoff White’s Coaching Clinics as well as the opportunity to begin or continue the path to Coaching Certification. Nothing is more fundamental to Minor Baseball than the role of a coach. It is a huge opportunity and a big responsibility. I strongly encourage everyone who wants to do it, or is thinking about it, to take the introductory clinic offered in the Spring and go from there. If you are taught it correctly, you will be able to teach it confidently, and Geoff & Coach Lyall will make sure you know everything that you need to know to feel comfortable on the field.
 
Darcy Rysz, our Umpire Coordinator, does an exceptional job of training umpires of all ages. If your child is interested in learning the game and taking a leadership role, while making pretty decent money – or if you have any interest along with or independent of them – notices will be posted on the website as clinic dates are set. If you have any questions, please contact Darcy at umpirecoordinator@kelownaminorbaseball.com.
 
For those who see their role more as part of the field crew then you’re going to meet, or become re-acquainted with Norm Caig. Norm is going to show you how to look after and prepare a field.  Norm is going to show you how to use a rake, and when he’s done you’ll know how to use that rake, where to get that rake, and most clearly, where to put that rake back!! Right, Norm?
 
Last year we introduced the role of Team Parent with tremendous success. Having someone to do the communication was greatly appreciated by me as a coach and even more so by the parents on my team. The role also involves coordination of game and tournament volunteers – positions absolutely necessary for us to be able to host our annual Spring Classic Tournaments held at each level, from the end of April to the beginning of June.
 
KMBA relies on volunteer support at all levels, so however you choose to be a part of it, there is room for everybody.  The more people we have, the more we can do because there is no shortage of ideas...and bring those along too!
 
See you at the park,
Mike Chamberlain
president@kelownaminorbaseball.com



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