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 Teams
|U12B||Vacant. All-star coach applications will be accepted in January.|
|U14B||Scott Binne (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|U16B||Michelle Webster (email@example.com)|
|U19B||Contact: Heather Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
- 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”)|
|Off-season training||October-March||Not expected|
|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)
|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|
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 (email@example.com) 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, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
2018 boys BC Summer Games try out will be held on September 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Barriere at the main ball diamond, 4475 Airfield Rd.
There is no cost to attend the try out. The try out is open to boys born in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.
Players born in 2004-2005 will be considered “mentor” players (maximum 4) and will be allowed to play softball in the 2020 BC Summer Games. This is a new 2018 rule for boys softball in the BC Summer Games. Contact the head coach Phil Ransome, email: email@example.com.