News and Announcements
The South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association invites you to join us for our upcoming Annual General Meeting as we look to shape the future of youth baseball in Penticton and the surrounding area. The sport of youth baseball in Penticton has seen amazing growth thanks to the help and support of you, the parents and families of our players. We are reaching out to encourage you to continue to get involved and share your ideas and feedback for the upcoming 2018 seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall). We are also calling out to all those who are willing to generously donate their time as volunteers, we couldn’t offer the great family experience without such amazing support from our volunteers! The AGM will be held Wednesday November 1st, 7:00 PM at the Community Centre conference room. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information please email us at email@example.com.
The AAA Thunder have again come away with the bronze medal at provincials this season! Huge congratulations to all the players and coaches on another successful season. The team finished the year with a stellar record of 24-1-2 with their only loss coming in the provincial semi-finals to a very competitive team from Campbell River. The team regrouped for the bronze medal final and beat Aldergrove 9-1 to claim the bronze. This team played in the AAA tier 2 division, but could have easily competed in the Tier 1 division. Throughout the summer the boys won 3 tournaments and beat a number of Tier 1 teams from Alberta and BC along the way. The future is very bright for this young and very motivated group of ball players.
After capturing the bronze medal at last summer’s provincial championships, expectations for the U11 AAA Thunder were high at the start of the summer ball season this year. Well so far the team has met those expectations with nothing but success including a 9-8 win in the gold medal game last weekend at the Valley of Champions tournament in Kelowna. The team is currently 15-0-1 and has 3 tournament golds under their belt. The team isn’t just squeaking out wins either. They’ve outscored their opponents 196-50 in the 16 games, and is doing it with a .547 team batting average and 57 extra base hits. This teams success didn’t just start at their first summer tournament tough. This season BC Baseball allowed associations to form Spring Select teams and SOMBA put together a select team that competed against other AAA teams in Kamloops on the May Long Weekend. That program allowed the coaches to begin working with the kids earlier in the season on things like hitting, defence, throwing and base running so by the time summer season came around everyone was primed and ready for stiffer competition. This year’s Thunder offence has really been something to behold. The coaches can’t help but compare it to last summer’s team and describe it as a graduation from small ball to big ball. “Last year we bunted and hit singles, this year we’re hitting doubles and triples, and coming up with big hits in important situations” says head coach Rob Burnett. The other thing that is really contributing to the teams success is that everyone has bought into the team mentality. Everyone believes in one another and is confident that who ever comes up in a big spot is going to come through whether it’s at the plate or in the field playing “Thunder Defence”. The team has this upcoming weekend off and then they’re back at it the following weekend July 28-30 in Vernon for the Zone Qualification Tournament to determine who goes to provincials in Campbell River on August Long Weekend. Go Thunder!
INSIDE PITCH SUMMER CAMPS POWER PITCHING / HITTING AND SKILLS
Date: JULY 18th – 2017
Location: McNicoll Park in Penticton
CAMP 1 – POWER PITCHING
AGES 8 to 15 yrs – 10:00 am to 12:30pm
THROW 5-7 mph HARDER WITH MORE CONTROL!
- Power Drills * Pick-offs * Mental Aspects *
- Change-up * Major League Curve Ball (13 yrs +) ($75)
Limited Space VIDEO ANALYSIS PROVIDED
(GROUPED ACCORDING TO AGE)
CAMP 2 – HITTING AND SKILLS
AGES 6 to 15 yrs – 1 pm to 4 pm
HIT FOR POWER AND AVERAGE!
- Hitting Drills * Infielding * Outfielding * Over the line game!
- Baserunning and much more! *
(Camp 2 only $65)
(Both camps grouped according to age)
• Registration: go online at www.insidepitch.ca (more info call 591-6165)
• Sign-up for both camps and SAVE $15 pay only $125 total (GST included)
• Mail in: 3070 Gordon Rd., Regina, Sk., S4S 2T8 – Include full name/age of camper and indicate one
or both camps
• IP Baseball Academy provides a professional instructor for every 8-10 students enrolled
• Juice and snack provided by IP Academy during break time
• Check out our website WWW.INSIDEPITCH.CA for updates and additional information
CAMP PROGRAM DIRECTOR – MORGAN REITER:
*Owner / Director of Player Development – IP BASEBALL ACADEMY
*Certified by National Pitching Association (1st and Longest Certified NPA trainer in CANADA!)
*3 Year professional player Europe / Canada / USA (WBL / PBL Professional)
*NCAA Div.1 Scholarship Athlete – Texas State University
*Represented CANADA at National Baseball Institute (3 years)
*Played Against World Champion Toronto Blue Jays
*INSTRUCTORS – Current and Former Professional and College Players
*Experience directing and teaching camps in Canada and the U.S.A.
*SEVERAL FORMER CAMPERS ON SCHOLARSHIPS IN U.S.A. AND CANADA!
The inaugural Diamonds for Dads Peewee tournament is set to begin this Friday June 16th. Teams from Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton will vie for the championship. Games will be played at Kiwanis Park in Penticton as well as in Summerland. The schedule and results for the tournament will be updated as the tournament progresses and will be posted HERE!
Good luck to all the teams.