Winter camp for local ball players

The Boys of Summer are dusting off their cleats in preparation for the season

Oceanside Minor Baseball is trying something new this year and is mid-way through its first-ever Winter Development Camp for Mosquito and peewee age players.

According to OMBA president Mike Parlow, the camp is being led by OMBA volunteer and coach Kurt Bowles.

“There was a high demand for the 30 spots in the camp and we ended up turning away about a dozen kids.  We’ll be smarter next year and book a larger gym,” said Bowles.

“This is a concept that we’ve talked about in past but no one ever stepped up and made it happen before. Kurt’s the action man here (and) he and partner Andy MacDonald are doing a great job for the kids,” said Parlow.

Building on OMBA’s partnership with the Parksville Royals, Royals’ pitching coach Jim Seredick has taken on a big role in the camps and is working with the players on throwing and pitching technique.

“It’s great to see the progress these young kids are making after only three sessions so far,” Seredick said last week.

“It’s a real treat for the kids having Jim out,” added Parlow. “He’s really knowledgeable and does a great job communicating with the kids.”

Online registration for the spring baseball season continues at

For information, call OMBA registrar Angela Hinz at 250-752-0107.