Youth Baseball and Softball in Kemptville had quite the season this year! As the executive wraps up the paperwork for 2018, they are already planning how to continue to build the league in 2019.
Ball in Kemptville would not be possible without our sponsors’ help. A huge thank you to all the businesses that made the 2018 season happen! We hope to continue the relationships made this season for years to come. A special shout out to Tim Hortons, Branding Impact & our Legion Branch 212, for being League sponsors- the highest level of support. Also to Shell Canada who sponsored a new set of Under Armour jerseys and hats for our Major boys’ competitive team, as well as new hats for our house league Jr/Sr guys. Our many team sponsors allowed for upgraded jerseys, and to those who donated to canteens for tournaments, helped with new Wildcats signs and flags at the diamonds, medals and trophies for the kids, safety gear… we are truly thankful. We hope to be able to continue upgrading equipment as required for both players and umpires next season. Your support ensures we can do so. It truly takes a village to run a sports league, and we have so many amazing local businesses who help us make the season fun for all.
This year the Wildcats test ran two competitive teams- the Major boys and PeeWee girls. Both teams had a great time and impressed parents, coaches and opponents with their game play. Kemptville was very competitive with other associations’ teams despite it being our inaugural year. Double plays, awesome pitches and hits to the fence were all in a days’ work- good show! Big thanks to the volunteers who continued to coach beyond the regular season to make this happen. It was a big undertaking, but lots of fun and a true success. With contacts now established throughout Eastern Ontario, we hope to be able to continue offering this more competitive option for our local kids in divisions where interest allows, while maintaining the integrity of our house league teams as well. It is a priority to the Wildcats’ executive to continue developing all levels of Ball in our home town. It all starts with the thrill of being a little Timbit player; special mention for the Royal Blue Coach Pitch team who took home the championship, and one heck of a trophy, at the First Annual Coach Pitch Cup!
To our officials: without you there is no game! We hope you had fun, learned a lot, and will consider returning in 2019. KWBSC made huge investments this year to have multiple umpires officiating games, enabling our many new recruits to become confident and comfortable on the field by being matched up with those who were more experienced. New software for umpire scheduling was a big hit with our umps and their families. Thank you parents for getting our officials to their games! We hope to run a live training session again with the top District 7 umpires in 2019- there are always valuable lessons to be learned from professionals, and the last session was very well received. There is no better view than that from beside the base or behind the plate; we invite everyone to consider signing up for umpire training clinics next Spring. We are especially short on adult umpires which we need for our Junior & Senior games. You do not have to play Ball to ump! It makes for a great part-time, local, summer job for kids ages 12 and up. Questions about umping can be directed to Rick at [email protected]
All in all, we had a great season with many positive changes to launch from. The exec hopes to bring many more improvements next Spring. If you have some time to spare, enjoy working with others and consider yourself a great problem-solver, please consider a seat on the executive for next season and join us in the push to bring planning, protocol, regulation and ideas for our town’s growing youth Ball league. If you have any knowledge of the game (Softball or Baseball) please consider coaching. We could use your knowledge to help improve players’ skills and game play while the kids have fun and discover new friendships.
Here’s to a promising rebuild of a small-town league, that’s growing like a weed. Cheers to all who made it happen!
Like & follow our Facebook page, mark us as ‘safe’ in your contacts, and check back to our website (www.kemptvillewildcats.com) in January for 2019 season changes, updates, and pre-season training dates.
Until next year,
Baseball & Softball Club Executive