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
Our Houseleague Tournament Champions are Crowned!
After a wonderful Friday and Saturday of tournament baseball, Sunday provided another sunshine filled day to crown our champions for our weekend tournament. Congratulations go out to the following teams:
Peewee: Giants held out against a late inning rally from Red Sox
Mosquito: Athletics also held on with a shut down last inning against the Red Sox
Rookieball: Blue Jays defeated the Giants in a close game
Sr. T-Ball: Athletics were prevailing champions over the Rockies
Thank you to all the players for some exciting baseball and for the parents, friends and fans who managed the hectic schedule and heartily cheered in the balmy weather. Thank you also to the umpires, volunteers and organizers who made everything run very smoothly.
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!
Update: Rookieball Select tryouts have now been scheduled. Please see the below location, date and time.
The baseball season is upon us and it is time for tryouts for our Select baseball program. Select teams are formed by tryout sessions with eligible players registered for houseleague play. The teams play under the auspices of the Select Ontario Baseball Association (SOBA). Play involves games with teams from the surrounding area & tournaments throughout the summer. As we near the beginning of the houseleague season, we will be releasing times and places for tryouts for teams in divisions that will be fielded. The following tryouts are currently scheduled to take place:
Mosquito Select Tryouts:
Monday, May 9th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Waterdown Memorial Park
Wednesday, May 11th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Waterdown Memorial Park
Rookieball Select Tryouts:
Sunday, June 26th from 9:30 am - 11:00 am at Gatesbury Park
Now that tax time is upon us, we have had multiple requests asking for the WMBA to send out tax receipts from previous year's registration. Please note that you can access all your previous years invoices from your player's registration history. To do this, log into your account (the My Account button at the very top of the WMBA website once you have logged in), and your player's registration history should be displayed. Beside the paid column, there is an icon (it looks like a little credit card) for the registration session that you are interested in that you can select. Selecting this will display the registration invoice that you can print to use for your fitness tax credit.
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.