Sports

Baseball season is just around the corner

Tyson Taylor

sports@pqbnews.com

It’s time to dust off the cleats and grab your glove; baseball season is just around the corner. Oceanside Minor Baseball Association registration is now open. Register before April 1 for an early bird discount.

You can register at www.oceansidebaseball.ca by clicking the “Register” button. Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are accepted. You can also register in person at Save-On-Foods, Wembley Mall on Feb. 16 and March 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If your child is new to baseball, bring their birth certificate.

Winter Baseball is also open this year to players in the mosquito (born 2003 & 2004) and peewee (2001 & 2002) divisions.

Winter ball is comprised of in-door practice and mini-game sessions at Qualicum Beach Middle School (QBMS) and Arbutus Meadows. Players should bring their own batting helmets, gloves, water and appropriate gymnasium footwear for QBMS. Rubber cleats are permitted at Arbutus Meadows. Space is limited and no drop-ins will be permitted.

There are seven open spots for the pee wee winter ball, which runs 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting Feb. 5 at QBMS. E-mail Angela Hinz at angela@oceansideminorbaseball.ca for more information.

There will also be a coaching clinic for those interested with instructor and UBC Thunderbirds men’s baseball head coach Terry McKaig on April 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Kwalikum Secondary School. All tadpole and mosquito players and coaches, assistant coaches and parent helpers are encouraged to attend. The clinic will focus on first time coaches.

OMBA, sponsored by Save-On-Foods, is also looking for a new bantam division coordinator for the 2014 season. The bantam coordinator organizes house teams and helps with scheduling and player evaluations. Contact Mike Parlow at mike@oceansidebaseball.ca for information.

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