President Zach Moffat is pushing the Kamloops Ball Hockey League into a new era.
“It’s almost had an underground feel to it,” Moffat said. “This year, we’re looking to get more casual participation in a rec league and we’re doing some youth stuff, as well.”
Spring youth sessions, for children ages eight to 12, will be held twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays, from April to July at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.
Parents can sign kids up for one or both nights, the cost $90 for one or $130 for both.
“It benefits a lot of minor hockey players, in terms of skill development and cardio,” Moffat said. “Its great and much more affordable than ice hockey.”
The co-ed rec league, which costs $165 per person to enter, will this coming season augment the KBHL’s men’s divisions.
“I think it has a ton of potential, whether it’s people who used to play ice hockey, or people that now play ice hockey and even people who can’t afford it or can’t skate and are now adults, it gives everyone an opportunity to play,” Moffat said.
Four teams have registered for the adult co-ed division. Players have to be 18 or older to sign up, but younger teenagers can join with parental permission.
“We have high schoolers and people into their 50s,” Moffat said, noting co-ed league action will take place on Tuesdays on Mac Isle.
Co-ed division teams will play twice in a week during playoffs in July.
There were about 160 players in the men’s division last season.
Moffat projected growing total registration to about 750, including men’s, co-ed and youth programming.
Sign up before April 1 online at kamloopsballhockey.com.