In Your Community: Whalley Little League – Part 1

Garth NewlandsGuest Contributor: Garth NewlandsGarth moved to Surrey in 1974 at 5 years old. After high school he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served 5 years at bases across Canada. He is educated as a Structural Steel Draftsman and has been working in that field since 1995 along with IT Administration / Networking.

Playing the bagpipes for 16 years, teaching them for the last 4 years and with the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band as Pipe Major for the last 10 years keeps him busy and somehow he has found time to run three half marathons and a full marathon in the past 3 years. Enjoying time with his son keeps him busy too!


Whalley Little League

Whalley Little League Philosophy

We will strive to economically provide the children of Whalley Little League with the opportunity to play baseball that stresses the fun of the game, that fosters character development and builds self-confidence; that encourages and develops sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play for all levels and abilities, prioritizing safety, fun and skill development while endeavoring to remain the best little league organization in Canada, possibly the world.

About Whalley Little League

All divisions of Whalley Little League play at the Whalley Athletic Park and/or Moffatt Park. Some teams in the higher divisions (Junior & up) may be involved in interlock play which requires travelling to other local parks. Regular league play can be any day of the week Sunday through Saturday and  game times vary starting from 9:00am, with evening games running until approximately 8:30pm.

A baseball glove, grey baseball pants, athletic protection, and baseball cleats are required for all players. For mini divisions, runners or soccer cleats are acceptable. If your child has his or her own batting helmet or catcher’s equipment, they must meet standards set out by Little League Canada. 

All registered players are placed on a team.  There are no evaluations in the mini division as the Player Agent places players on teams. The Managers and Coaches hold player evaluations and draft prior to the start of the season. The Draft for Rookie, Major, Minor, Junior, and Senior players to teams for those divisions is based on the player assessments completed at the player evaluations.

Parent participation is crucial to the success of each ball season. Volunteering as a Coach or Scorekeeper, or helping with field and park preparation reduces the workload so all are able to enjoy the ball games.  It is mandatory for Parents or Guardians to work one three hour shift at the concession stand for each child registered to play in the League.  The League is always looking for Umpires and holds Umpire Training Clinics at the beginning of each season.

“Bring a Friend” is a “win – win” program for both our returning players and their friends.  This program encourages returning players to invite their friends to  join in at the Whalley Little League.   Playing Little League baseball at Whalley is an experience that can create lifetime memories for each player and their families. A returning player will receive a $25 discount from their current season registration fee for each “Friend” that they bring to Whalley Little League as a new player for the upcoming season.  The new registrant will also receive a $25 discount off their current season’s registration if they confirm at the time of registering that they are a “Friend” of one of our currently registered players.

Whalley holds its annual Batathon / Party in the Park event in May for the Challenger, and the Mini to Major divisions. This is a major fundraising event for the Whalley Little League.

Whalley Little League runs from early April for most divisions and ends anywhere from mid to late June. All-Star teams will be selected shortly after the regular season ends and those players selected for teams may play into late summer depending on how far they advance. Registration fees are based on age and division and range from $75 for Challenger division up to $300 for Big League 17-18 year olds.

More information can be found on their website www.whalleylittleleague.com

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Fatima Beatty
Fatima was born and raised in Surrey. She is a yoga fanatic and loves aromatherapy. Her professional experiences are in Community Development, Communications/Marketing, & Human Resources. Fatima has been an active volunteer within the community for several years. With a passion for the creative and a love for the entrepreneurial spirit, Fatima is excited to bring something new to our city.