Kelowna Minor Baseball provides opportunities for boys and girls from ages 6-18 to develop skills, demonstrate sportsmanship, make friends and be active through the great and exciting game of baseball. Kelowna is centrally located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia with a population of over 125,000 people. The area is renowned for its wine country, fruit growing, golfing, skiing, and water sports. It is known as Canada's "Four Season Playground".Kelowna Minor Baseball has over 450 players and over 30 teams for players of all skill levels. Besides regular league games there are occasional weekend tournaments, both in and out of town. We offer spring and summer leagues, along with fall and winter training camps. We also sponsor coaching certification in order to provide our youth with the best available training. We are affiliated with BC Minor Baseball at a provincial level, and Baseball Canada on a national basis.
KELOWNA MINOR BASEBALL DIVISIONS
►MINITAD - Age 5-6
This format is designed to get young people interested in the game of baseball by stressing and maintaining active participation of all the players; with mandatory and free substitutions in each inning and emphasis placed on teaching the fundamentals of baseball. The ball is hit from a batting tee and the base paths are 50 feet in length. It is recommended that a soft resilient ball is used for play in this division. It is further recommended that a minimum of one coach, and a maximum of 2 coaches, while his or her team is playing on defence, be on the playing field to provide guidance and training to their team in the fundamentals of baseball. Regulation games shall be a maximum of 6 innings and a minimum of 4 innings. Other guidelines for T-Ball play may be found in Rule 19.
►TADPOLE - Age 7-8
The base paths are 50 feet and although Rule 19 suggests that a batting tee may be used in this division, many local associations use pitching machines or coach-pitch formats. Lead offs are not permitted and a regulation game is 7 innings. The recommended outfield fence dimension is 200 feet. Other guidelines for Tadpole play may be found in Rule 19.
►MOSQUITO - Age 9-10
Pitching is permitted in this division and a pitcher may pitch a maximum of 3 innings in a calendar day and 6 innings in a calendar week (defined in Rule 13 as 12:01 a.m. Monday to 12:00 p.m. (Midnight) the following Sunday). No balks may be called against the pitcher. Lead offs are not permitted. The base paths are 60 feet and the distance between the pitching rubber and home plate is 46 feet. The pitching mound is raised by a gradual slope to a height of 6 inches above the level of the base paths. The recommended outfield fence dimension is 200 feet. A regulation game is 6 innings unless called earlier for a permitted reason, in which case if 4 innings have been completed, or if the home team has scored more runs in three or three and a fraction innings than the visiting team has scored in 4 and a half innings, then the game is complete (as per Rule 14). Other guidelines for play in the Mosquito Division are found in Rule 20.
The Mosquito season is weather dependant and should begin late April to mid May and run until the last week of June. Player evaluations will be held at the beginning of the season, after which time all players will assigned to teams using the draft process. This process ensures that the teams are all of equal strength. All regular season Mosquito practices and games will be played at either Osprey Park or Lions Park. The first two weeks of the season are devoted to practices only, games start during the third week. Practices for the first two weeks will be on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday at 5:00PM - 6:00PM or 6:00PM - 7:00PM. After the first two weeks the teams will retain their Monday or Tuesday practice time and have a scheduled game on either the Wednesday OR Thursday each week. We will be having our Home Tournament the weekend of June 9th, lots of games, fun, and a skills competition for everyone.
Requests for friends playing together (for carpooling reasons etc), or for specific coaches will not be accepted. Requests for certain practice time and/or night due to conflicts with another sport will be accepted, but we can not guarantee all requests will be met.
►PEEWEE - Age 11-12
Lead offs are permitted and balks may be called against the pitcher in the Peewee division. A pitcher may pitch in a maximum of 7 innings in a calendar day and 10 innings in a calendar week. Shoes with metal cleats are not permitted in this division. The base paths are 70 feet and the distance between the pitching rubber and home plate is 48 feet. The recommended dimensions for the outfield fence are 225 to 250 feet. The pitching mound is raised by a gradual slope to a height of 6 inches above the level of the base paths. A regulation game is 7 innings and Rule 14 applies for early termination. Other guidelines for play in the Peewee Division are found in Rule 21.
►BANTAM - Age 13-14
The base paths are 80 feet and the distance between the pitching rubber and home plate is 54 feet. The pitching mound is raised by a gradual slope to a height of 8 inches above the base paths. The recommended dimensions for the outfield fence are 260 to 280 feet. Pitchers may pitch a maximum of 7 innings in a calendar day and 14 innings in a calendar week. Shoes with metal cleats are permitted in the Bantam Division. A regulation game is 7 innings and Rule 14 applies for early termination. Other guidelines for play in the Bantam Division are found in Rule 22.
►MIDGET - Age 15-18 The playing field for this division is a regulation baseball field with 90 foot base paths and 60 feet 6 inches distance from the rubber to home plate. The recommended dimensions for the outfield fence are 320 to 400 feet. With some minor exceptions for substitutions, teams at this level play according to the regular rules of baseball. A pitcher may pitch a maximum of seven innings plus one, in the event of a tie game, in a calendar day and fourteen innings in a calendar week. A regulation game is 7 innings and Rule 14 applies for early termination. Guidelines for play in the Midget Division are found in Rule 23.