The start of the season is just around the corner. Team Rosters are being entered into the system as I type. Coaches will have their team lists and schedules this weekend, so you should hear from your coach at the start of next week. The season is suppose to start the week of May 15th. At this point in time the City of Hamilton has not released the diamonds for use yet and due to the weather we will probably be waiting a few more days. Also, due to the weather, the 2 new diamonds at Joe Sam's are awaiting completion. As a result the first few weeks of the schedule will be slightly altered as we have to use the diamonds that are available to us. We appreciate your patience as we deal with the weather. As you know baseball is a weather dependent sport and we will do our best to get in as many games as we can. Players are required to have a helmet and glove, cleats are optional.
Thank you to all of our volunteer coaches, we couldn't run the seaon without you.
We at the WMBA are very excited about the 2017 season. The following is the make up of our 2017 Houseleague:
8 Tuesday Jr.Tball Teams
6 Thursday Jr.Tball Teams
8 Sr.Tball Teams
8 Rookieball Teams
6 Mosquito Teams
4 Peewee Teams
4 Bantam Teams (Participating in the BOMBA loop)
1 Midget Team (Participating in the BOMBA loop)
A couple of dates to keeep in mind:
Spring Tournament June 16-18 for Sr.Tball, Rookieball, Mosquito, Peewee
Year End Tournament July28-30 for Sr.Tball, Rookieball, Mosquito, Peewee
Skills Competition July 29 Jr.Tball
Candice Rivait, President - Waterdown Minor Baseball Association
Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all who participated at our AGM on Oct 19, 2017. 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 Candice Rivait's innagural year running the show after being an invaluable contributor the past few seasons.
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.
Please note below the Committee members that were voted in for the 2017 season:
President – Candice Rivait
Vice President – Kelly Turner
Treasurer – Ben Adams
Secretary – Krista Harwood
Registrar – Tammy Thompson
Coach and Player Development – Matty George
Equipment – Gary Zagar
Sponsorship – Mike O'Reilly
Uniform – Christine O'Reilly
COBA Representative – Mike Harwood
Head Convener – Candice Rivait
Umpire in Chief – Mike Kinnear
FMSA Rep – Katie Clapperton
Scheduler – Tammy Thompson
City Liaison – Gary Zagar
Awards – Kristy Adams
Website Director – Carey Clement
Diamond Crew Coordinator – Ryan Kitchen
Waterdown Minor Baseball Association
Coaching Application Available
If you are interested in becoming a coach for the 2018 season, the coaching application form is now available online in our Coaches/Umpires/Volunteers section. Please fill out the required information, and feel free to contact us with any questions you have. All applications will be reviewed and you will be contacted regardless of whether a coaching position can/will be made available or not. Submissions for Rep and Select are due by August 31st, 2017 at 11:59pm. Rep and Select coaching positions will be awarded by mid-September 2017. Houseleague coaching applications will be available until the start of the upcoming houseleague season (dates pending).
The houseleague year for the lower division teams is in the books and we had another weekend of great weather conditions for our year end finale. It was a fabulous ending to another successful and ever-growing year for the WMBA. Championships were held at various times during this weekend and the medals have all been handed out! The results for each division were as follows:
Sr. T-Ball: For the second year in a row, the Blue Jays, this time sponsored by Carmeuse Lime, were crowned champions with a narrow victory over the Yogashala Rockies
Rookieball: The Fortinos' Marlins one upped the Burnside State Farm Red Sox to take this one
Mosquito: Another Red Sox Team finalist, this time sponsored by Pita Pit, overcame the tough Tim Horton's Orioles to become this year's Mosquito champions
PeeWee: There must be something with the Red Sox this year, as the Burnside State Farm team also took the PeeWee division championship and outlasted the Turkstra Lumber Blue Jays in a battle of the top 2 regular season teams
Congratulations to all participants, and thank you for all the parents/guardians for making this our best overall season to date. An extra special shout out to all the volunteer coaches, assistants and all those that made things happen smother than we ever could have expected. Let's hope that next year is just as special! We are always looking for more volunteers in all capacities, so feel free to get in touch with us if you feel the need to help out, as our membership is growing bigger than you can imagine!
P.S. Don't forget to look out for our ongoing rep team games, and wish those teams success in the upcoming OBA playoffs at the end of August & Labour Day weekend (which the Major C PeeWee tournament will be hosted by none other than yours truly). Keep you eyes glued to our website as we will make announcements sometime in the near future for tryout time slots for 2018 rep teams to be held sometime in September.
Baseball Ontario has established new rule changes that come into effect for the 2017 season for Rep and Select divisions. The new rule changes, which encompass late arrivals, substitutions, helmets, mercy rules, compression sleeves, pitch counts, jewelry, pitcher warm-ups, electronic devices, surname requirements, and rookieball pitches can be found on Baseball Ontario's website here.
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!