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COVID-19 Updates

March 25 - Spring Registration Fee Options

Your Kamloops Minor Baseball volunteer Board have worked through the logistics so we can offer a full refund for your spring season fees. There is no easy way to process all the transactions. Refunds require a manual entry, transaction by transaction. However, KMBA is prepared to offer families 2 options when it comes to their 2020 registration.

Option 1: Request a full refund of fees paid online
(Requires Action, click link below)

Option 2: Receive credit for registration in the 2021 Spring Season
(Automatic if you don't choose Option 1)

To request your refund, CLICK HERE, and fill out the form, BEFORE April 10, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Everyone who does not request a refund will be given credit for registration in the 2021 season.

KMBA will work to process all refunds between April 11-30. At that time, families who did not request a refund will receive information about their credit for the 2021 season.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stay safe, stay well,

Chris Balison, President
Kamloops Minor Baseball



March 17, 2020 - KMBA Spring Baseball Season Cancelled

Dear KMBA Baseball Families,

With the most recent announcements from public heath officials, BC Minor Baseball, and Baseball BC, Kamloops Minor Baseball is cancelling the Spring baseball season.

The public health crisis we all face is bigger than our spring season of baseball. This decision was difficult for the Board of Directors, but done to protect the safety of our baseball families and contribute to the global effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

We hold out hope that in the coming months this crisis will decline, and it will be safe to offer our programming again. Our dedicated group of volunteers will soon turn their minds to what baseball activities might look like in the Summer or Fall.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Chris Balison, President
Kamloops Minor Baseball



March 13, 2020 - Suspension of Baseball Activities

Kamloops Minor Baseball is suspending our baseball activities.

Today Baseball BC suspended all baseball activities for 7 days given the heightened concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19. Baseball BC will be re-evaluating next week and issue further direction at that time. BC Minor Baseball and Baseball Canada have released similar advisories.

The health and safety of all the KMBA participants and families is of the utmost importance and is central to any decisions KMBA is making in this regard. The response to this pandemic is changing daily. We will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by our governing bodies, the public health authorities, and government.

We are still several weeks away from opening day and hope that the swift actions being taken now across the country, will allow us to get back to normalcy much quicker.

KMBA will provide an update to our families next week, or as soon as any significant decision is made.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented event.

Chris Balison, President
Kamloops Minor Baseball

 

KMBA is putting out a formal call for head coaches and assistant coaches for the following Rep programs this year:

  • College Prep
  • Midget AAA
  • Bantam AAA
  • Bantam AA
  • PeeWee Spring Rep (formerly PeeWee Interlock)
For more details on these opportunities including the time commitment involved please see below.

If you do wish to apply (as a head coach or assistant coach) please email your coaching resume, which would include your experience and any coaching certification to KMBA's Executive Director, Sean Wandler at sean@kamloopsminorbaseball.ca. Any remuneration for the head coaching position will be based on the candidates experience and qualifications. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
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18U College Prep
This is a single season team of approximately 14 players that plays in the Provincial BC Baseball College Prep league. Winter programming begins in January with evaluations and team selection occuring in March with the season schedule commencing in April and ending with the Provincials in August. Time commitment would involve being on the field most weekends as that is when the majority of games are held (up to 4 games a weekend) along with holding two practices per week. As this is a Province wide league travel to out of town games, including some overnight trips, is expected.

Midget AAA
This is a single season team of approximately 14 players that plays in the Provincial BC Baseball Midget AAA league. Winter programming begins in January with evaluations and team selection occuring in March with the season schedule commencing in April and ending with the Provincials in August. Time commitment would involve being on the field most weekends as that is when the majority of games are held (up to 4 games a weekend) along with holding two practices per week. Successful applicant will be working with and in conjunction with the 18U College Prep coach for all practices. As this is a Province wide league travel to out of town games, including some overnight trips, is expected.

Bantam AAA
This is a single season team of approximately 14 players that plays in the Provincial BC Baseball Bantam AAA league. Winter programming begins in January with evaluations and team selection occuring in March with the season schedule commencing in April and ending with the Provincials in August. Time commitment would involve being on the field most weekends as that is when the majority of games are held (up to 4 games a weekend) along with holding two practices per week. As this is a Province wide league travel to out of town games, including some overnight trips, is expected.

Bantam AA
This is a single season team of approximately 14 players that plays in the Provincial BC Baseball Bantam AA league. Evaluations and team selection would occur in March with the season schedule commencing in April and ending with the Provincials in August. Time commitment would involve being on the field most weekends as that is when the majority of games are held (up to 4 games a weekend) along with holding two practices per week. As this is a Province wide league travel to out of town games, including some overnight trips, is expected.

PeeWee Spring Rep (formerley PeeWee Interlock)
PeeWee Spring Rep baseball is designed to be a competitive form of development driven baseball. Kamloops Spring Rep teams participate in the Okanagan AA 13u Interlock League. Evaluations and team selection would occur in March with the season schedule commencing in April and running until the end of June. Time commitment would involve being on the field most weekends (2 to 4 games) along with practices twice a week. Travel would consist mainly of day trips within the Okanagan.

Spring Rep operates within the rules of fair play as defined by BC (Minor) Baseball Association and implemented by the Okanagan Interlock league. In general, the rules are designed to focus on development, as opposed to "winning at all costs". In particular, all players in attendance must bat, and complete 3 full defensive innings.

As Head Coach you would oversee the development and growth of approximately 22 players. In the summer, the Head Coach would then transition to overseeing either the PeeWee AA or AAA program.

Th
e PeeWee Spring Rep Head Coach will be responsible for a development plan for all players that will include:

Planning weekly and in collaboration with the other Spring Rep Coaches, full squad (all players) development practices, focusing on:

  • Exposing the players to more advanced baseball plays and positioning used at the PeeWee level (base running, bunt defence, hit and run, defensive positioning, etc.);
  • Targeted training for specific positions (middle infield, catchers, pitchers, outfield, 1st base, etc.); and
  • Individual development, as needed.
  • Indirectly evaluating players for Summerball placement
  • Coaching support for the other Spring coaches
 

General Coaching / Parent Helper Information

KMBA Coaches and Parent Helpers play an important role in our goal to develop every player from age 4 to 18. As part of KMBA's grass roots support for the game of baseball, we provide resources for parents who want to raise active and successful kids, while also keeping the game fun.

If you have any questions please contact us by e-mail or contact your Division Coordinator.

 
Coaching Resources

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Criminal Record Checks

All coaches must have a criminal record check on file with KMBA.

All checks will be conducted by Ministry of Justice, Criminal Records Review Program. You will be contacted by your division coordinator if you require a check. If you have any questions, please contact your division coordinator or KMBA's Executive Director.