News and Announcements
SOMBA will be offering a Christmas Hitting Camp, put on by Aqil Samuel, SOMBA Director of Player/Coach Development. These sessions are for players born 2006 or earlier (13U and up).
We will focus will be on the technical skills of hitting that aren’t possible during in-season. The goal is to have each player to have a better understanding of their swing by utilizing a systematic approach. It will include a personalized plan and video analysis for each hitter. Choose as many or as few sessions as you want.
Other SOMBA coaches and potential coaches would be more than welcome to come, observe, help out, and “talk hitting”.
**We are going to cap the registrations at 10 players per session, drop-in available but registered players will be given priority.
We concluded our 2018 AGM and filled all but one vacancy, the U15 Bantam Director, anyone interested in joining the South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association board please contact us at, email@example.com.
I wanted to thank everyone who was on the board for the past season, the association had an absolutely incredible year. We increased membership by one full team, to 24 total spring teams playing baseball in the South Okanagan. Hosted multiple training camps in the spring, summer and fall, as well as being the host for the 13U Peewee play downs.
Fielded a total of SEVEN summer teams (one being U9 which does not have provincials), qualified FIVE of those teams for Provincials (11U AA, 13 U AA, 15U A and AA) and Won 3 Silver Medals at Provincials (13U AA, 15U A & 15U AA).
Our 13U and 15U AA teams had tremendous success in their spring seasons;
The 13U team were the Interior Playoff Champs, were Silver medalists at the Provincial championships and won the Kamloops Fall Classic Tournament and ended up with an overall record of 41-10-1, amazing job by this group of players, coaches and families.
The 15U AA team had an incredible year as well, they finished with an overall record of 46-6, finished second in the 21 team provincial league, won the prestigious Tsawwassen Grand Slam Invitational tourney, third at the Valley of Champions, and Silver medalists at the Provincial championships. The team also had four players invited to the BC Baseball 15U Development Camp, with one player making it as an alternate. Two of our players were picked up by the Bantam AA Provincial Champions to join them in San Diego for the Summer Sizzle baseball tournament this past August.
The association offered year round baseball for players aged 9 – 18 years old, introduced our first ever Winter High Performance Program (Went really well), updated Constitution and Bylaws, defined board positions a bit better, created Team Fees, Fundraising and Sponsorship Policy, created Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Players and Parents, created Online Coaching Survey, 90 surveys received, this informed will be summarized and shared with the Coaches and Board members, overall positive feedback, and we now have 2 SOMBA members that are currently on the BC Baseball Board of Directors.
Looking forward to 2019 will see the return of High Performance baseball in our Midget program, and to welcome back Aqil Samuel and 5 Penticton players from the West Kelowna D’Backs College Prep Program, creation of Director of Coach/Player Development (Aqil Samuel), Junior DeLeon, from the Langley Blaze Baseball Academy, to run Winter baseball clinics and Marty Lehn from BLE Academy to run coaching and player clinics in early Spring.
Thank you to everyone for a great 2018 baseball and the future of baseball in the South Okanagan looks incredibly positive.
This winter SOMBA will be presenting a High Performance program for our Midget Division. More information can be seen here: http://www.sombatigers.com/forms/19071-2019-Midget-High-Performance-Winterball
The debate of player pathway is a difficult one to navigate at the best of times. In looking at the options and opportunities there are a number of key considerations to take into account.
Probably the most important one is, what is it that we want for our son or daughter. Naturally, as players get older they will be able to provide more input in that discussion. In essence there are a number of common directions, such as;
Play locally until they age out
College or Varsity Ball, is the goal to win a scholarship or simply play?
Pro Ball (MLB, International, Sponsored….)
Once you know the answer to that question, players have a lot to explore. Questions like, what is most important to obtaining that goal, what does it take to play to that level.
How do I get them proper exposure? Do they have to attend scout camps, or can a simple phone call have the same or better impact?
Where do I find the best competition to push them to be their best? Who will their competition be?
What are the most important things to look for in a program? Examine that program thoroughly, what does their model look like, what is their core mission?
Does the player have the ability to balance their time commitment to baseball along with other interests, such as academics, family, and social? Understanding that scholarships require a strong academic element, does the player have the time to get proper study time in?
The youth sports industry provides a plethora of opportunity and choices. Taking the time to examine goals intimately and ask questions allows you to genuinely evaluate the most probable path to success. It is worth it, the financial and time commitment can be substantial.
SOMBA has invited Grant Rimer and Trevor McGuire of BC Baseball to share their insights and answer your questions in an effort to help you understand and evaluate your future path. Grant Rimer is the Director of the BC Baseball 18U Division including the College Prep division. Grant also co-ordinates and hosts the annual BC Baseball 18U AAA and College Prep Showcase and Scouting Combine. Grant has both managed and coached in the PBL. Trevor McGuire was the Director of the BC Baseball 15U AAA division. Trevor has also played in the US collegiate system.
There will be a meeting Wednesday October 24th at 6:30PM at the Penticton Community Center regarding player pathways and high level baseball