Kelowna Heat

Kelowna Heat

Kelowna Heat is the rep (“B”) program supported by Kelowna Minor Fastball. Players that are committed to improving their skills and playing more competitive fastball should consider this program. In 2018 full-time teams will be formed in age groups U14B, U16B, and U18B, and an all-star team for U12B. Read below for information on how to be involved and the difference between “B” and “C” fastball.

Kelowna Heat Try outs

Kelowna Heat try outs will be scheduled in late August and early September.

  • U12B – need a coach for the all-star team.
  • U14B – Sunday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at High Noon Park Field #2. Head coach: Scott Binne (bindog13@hotmail.com) Evaluations supported by Joni Frei (Softball BC) and Lonnie Kam.
  • U16B – Saturday, September 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. at High Noon Park Field #1. Head coach: Michelle Webster (catcher4life_9@hotmail.ca), Reserve attendance with team contact: Ramon Lawrence (ramon@kelownafastball.ca)
  • U18B – August 26 and 27. Head coach: Darren Bennett (darren.bennett@shaw.ca)

2018 BC Summer Games Team (U16)

The BC Summer Games team is made up of players from Zone 2 (Thompson-Okanagan) which includes District 9 and 11 (info). In 2018, the host is Cowichan from July 19-22. To be eligible, a player must reside in the zone and be registered with a team at the U14 or U16 level (Softball BC eligibility rules – handbook pages 71-73).

The head coach is Michelle Webster (catcher4life_9@hotmail.ca) who has been the head coach in 2014 and 2017 for the BC team at the North American Indigenous games and a long-time Beyond the White Lines instructor. The contact for questions and registration for the try out is the District 9 Minor Coordinator, Ramon Lawrence, (ramon@kelownafastball.ca).

There will be a fall try out and another try out scheduled in the spring. The fall try out is on September 10th from 1 to 3 p.m. in Kelowna at High Noon Park field #1. The Director of Coaching for Softball BC, Joni Frei, will be helping evaluate at the September try out.

Timelines

  • September – Team Formation
  • October – March – weekly off season practices typically at Capital News Centre
  • April – July – fastball season

“B” versus “C” Fastball

Parents and players often ask about the difference between the two levels of fastball. Players that play “B” are dedicated to improving their skills year round, are driven to compete at a higher level, and make fastball a priority.

Rep (“B”) House (“C”)
Season April-July April-July
Team formation September March
Off-season training October-March Not expected
Attend Practices Always Sometimes
Competitiveness Competitive Fun
Cost (approximate) $210 league + $500 team + $1000 travel $210 league + $50 team + $200 travel (optional)
Volunteer Hours 10-20 hours + fundraising
(team runs Kelowna “B” tournament)
4 hours
Tournaments/Travel 1 home tournament, 4 travel tournaments 3 Okanagan tournaments, maybe 1 travel tournament
Team Selection Try-outs – selection by ability and team fit Open to everyone – teams formed by evaluation and designed to be balanced