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15U BANTAM DIVISION

Daryl DeKlerk 15U Director
bantam@vernonbaseball.com


Welcome to the homepage for the 2024 Vernon Baseball Association (VBA) 15U Bantam Division.

This division is open to all players who were born in either 2009 or 2010. The registration for 15U Bantam Spring Ball opens in January and closes mid-March.

'Single A' Ball
The baseball season goes from early April to mid-June. 'A' league ball is based on fair play so every player gets equal time on the field. Therefore, as in previous years, we'll have an evaluation day as soon as field conditions allow to determine player skill level and team placement so that the teams are balanced. We'll give you as much notice as possible once clearance has been given by the city.

The 'A' league will play against teams from Salmon Arm, Armstrong, West Kelowna and Penticton, so there'll be some regional travel, with carpooling encouraged. All home games are played at Marshall Field. Teams will typically practice two times a week, and have games on both weekdays and weekends. There may be an opportunity to go to a tournament, depending on coach/player availability.

Summer Ball
At this time we are intending to only run a Single A spring season and then look to put a summer ball team together at the 'A' level to compete regionally and even provincially. If you are interested in playing summer ball please register for the AA program at this time. That will cover the fees for both the Spring and Summer ball and then we will refund the balance for those who are not selected for the Summer team. We will work throu try outs and what this schedule will look like early in the season to ensure we can communicate the amount of travel and level of commitment that this team will require. The summer ball team will look to join in a few tournaments throughout the season as well as play into July and August in order to compete for a BC provincial title. The Single A provincials will be held in August.

If your child is looking to play AA or AAA level ball please reach out to our president, Michael Sanfilippo, to discuss options in other regional cities that may be a fit.

Help Needed
Finally, it's important that we have parent involvement at this level. Coaches, team managers, scorekeepers and field maintenance are required from every team and parents will be expected to help out, as many of you are accustomed to. I've been an assistant and head coach over the last five years here in Vernon. It's been great getting to know fellow parents as we cheer on our kids' growth in skill, teamwork and sportsmanship. Many hands make light work! If you're willing to coach, please indicate that on your registration and also email me. We have some returning / seasoned coaches, for which we're very thankful.

Daryl DeKlerk
15U Director
bantam@vernonbaseball.com