With our rep teams now in full swing, and a few of our older houseleague teams already partaking in games, it is time to begin our full houseleague program for the 2016 season. As you may know, diamonds will be busy due to our record number of registrations this year. Please take note of the following considerations:
If you are doing game snacks, please be aware of allergies (peanut free is a must) and that a small healthy snack is more than enough
Helmets are a must for all batters (even in Jr.T-Ball). You are to provide your own helmet, due to hygenic reasons
All of our coaching staff are volunteers, and put a lot of their own time and effort to make it the best experience possible for your child. Please be respective of what they are trying to accomplish, and please offer to help them out any way you can
This past weekend we hosted our own OBA Mosquito tournament and we have many events planned for the upcoming season. A few important dates for our league’s season schedule:
May 27 - May 29: WMBA Minor PeeWee Rep Tournament – for a second consecutive week, we are hosting another OBA tournament. We have a full slate of games with 12 teams from around Ontario competing. Games will be mainly be played at Joe Sam’s & Carlisle diamonds, with some Sunday gameplay at Gatesbury, so feel free to come out cheer your hometown team and watch some excellent competitive baseball.
Jun 10 - Jun 12: Annual Houseleague Tournament - In addition to normal house league schedules, players participating in Senior T-Ball, Rookieball, Mosquito and, new to this year, PeeWee divisions are included in the annual Waterdown Minor Baseball Spring Tournament. Schedules for these game will be announced in coming weeks.
Jun 10 - Jun 11: Individual and Team Pictures - Picture day for the houseleague is scheduled during the Friday and Saturday tournament weekend. Schedules for these times will also be announced in coming weeks and your coach will advise.
Jul 22 - Jul 24: WMBA Rookieball Rep Tournament – we will be hosting a third OBA tournament, this time in the Rookieball division. As always, we always encourage support from our hometown in any way, so come out to cheer.
Aug 5 - Aug 7: Houseleague Championship Wrap-Up Weekend – For Senior T-Ball, Rookieball, Mosquito and PeeWee divisions, each team will play a minimum number of games over the weekend. Championship finals will involve the top two teams from each division playing a one game final.
Aug 6: Jr. T-Ball Skills Competition and Wrap-Up - All Jr. T-Ball players are invited to participate in a hit, throw & run competition to celebrate the end of the season. Players will also be receiving their end of year awards on this day.
One final note, if you haven’t heard from your coach yet, please contact him/her through the team that your child is assigned. Please feel free to contact us on any help you need.
Let’s play ball and have fun out there!
Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all who participated at our AGM on Oct 28, 2015. It was another great discussion with ideas that will definitely help this association grow and improve over the next few years.
Once again we were almost able to fill every single position on the committee, compared to a handful of people who have been running the association for the past few years. This will be president Mike Kinnear's second year running the show after a great freshman season.
Thank you once again to all the parents and players for your support and enthusiasm over the past season. A special thank you to the committee members that worked to help run the association while wearing many hats.
Waterdown Minor Basball Association
Please note below the Committee members that were voted in for the 2016 season:
President – Mike Kinnear
Vice President – Mike Harwood
Treasurer – David Stevenson
Secretary – Krista Harwood
Registrar – Tammy Thompson
Coach and Player Development – Matty George
Equipment – Gary Zagar
Sponsor – Kelly Turner
Uniform – Candice Rivait
COBA Representative – Geoff Jacques
Head Convener – Candice Rivait
Umpire in Chief – Geoff Jacques
FMSA Rep – TBD
Scheduler – Tammy Thompson
City Liaison – Gary Zagar
Awards – Kristy Adams
T-Ball Convener – TBD
Website Director – Carey Clement
Diamond Crew Coordinator – Ryan Kitchen
Communications – Candice Rivait
Rookieball Tournament This Weekend at Memorial
The WMBA is hosting a Rookieball tournament this weekend. We have both our Major and Minor teams entered, so come out and support our local teams as they take on other teams this weekend that is looking to be a a very hot one for baseball. Action kicks off starting Friday at 6:15 PM and all games are to be played at Waterdown Memorial Park. Complete schedule can be found under our Tournaments menu under 2016 Rookieball Tournament.
This September, construction will begin on a long awaited project for two new diamonds along with 3 new batting cages that will be placed at Joe Sams Leisure Park. A shout out goes to our very own Equipment Manager (and vitual Waterdown baseball expert) Gary Zagar on keeping the project going in the right direction. The new development is featured in an article this week by one of our longtime sponsors, The Flamborough Review. More details on what to expect can be found in the article here.
The houseleague season is winding down and we only have a limited amount of games left before our annual year-end wrap up weekend. Similar to last year, this weekend will feature a one day skills competition for those enrolled in Jr. T-Ball and a weekend long tournament for each division for those participating in Sr. T-Ball through PeeWee. For those in Rookieball, note that the tournament starts on Thursday, August 4th. All other division's tournaments start on the Friday, August 5th. Jr. T-Ball festivities take place on Saturday, August 6th only. Below are the links to the detailed schedules for each division.
We will try to notify you of any updated changes to the schedule here, and respective coaches will notify you of any specifics but please ensure to check back before the wrap-up weekend in case any changes have been made.
Not to be outdone by the all the recent favourable results by the boys/mixed rep team, the Waterdown Wolves Peewee girls softball team also took home a silver medal at the 14th Annual Ancaster Softball Tournament this past weekend, defeated by an Innerkip team for the championship by a score of 8-4. Way to go, ladies!
Wash, Rinse, Repeat...More Success For Our Rep Teams
2016 Port Dover Mosquito Tournament Champions
After success by our teams a few weeks ago, we have yet again many feel good stories by our rep teams over the weekend playing in away tournaments. Our Major Mosquito Rep team took to the the challenge in Port Dover yesterday and came out victorious in the final 18-8 against the Corruna Giants. This win was very reflective of the entire weekend by the team as they powered their way through most of their games en route to the finals. In similar fashion in Brantford, our Major Rookieball Wolves also competed in a final yesterday, but unfortunately came up short against a very strong Niagara Falls team. Not to be overlooked, in London, our Minor Bantam team made it all the way to the semis but fell to Chatham. Finally, playing Canada Day weekend, our Minor PeeWees came back from being behind to force extra innings only to lose a close one in the semis to Halton Hills in Orillia. Congratulations again goes to all players, coaches and parents involved with all teams. Success builds character!
Taking WMBA on the Road with LeagueAthletics Mobile
The start of the season is approaching. Do you need a way to keep track of your little (or big) slugger's schedule? Want to keep up to date on happenings in the league? Need a quick way to email your coach? Need directions to a diamond? All this and much more is available in the mobile app for our league. You can get the LeagueAthletics Mobile app at the Google Play store for Android and at the iTunes store for Apple. All you need to connect is your WMBA login and password. Download now for free!
Attention Coaches! Baseball Canada Now Offers Rally Cap App
Baseball Canada now offers a phone/tablet app (for both Android and iOS) that brings resources to assist coaches in teaching baseball to kids at the initiation level (that would be our Junior and Senior T-Ball divisions). More information on the offering can be found here, and the apps can be downloaded in the Google Play Store or iTunes Store for a nominal charge.