News and Announcements

We are new to Catholic Schools, what differences will my student notice?
• We expect all students to participate in the Faith life of our school – morning prayer, Religious Studies classes, participate in school Masses and celebrations.
• All subjects permeate Faith into curriculum and provide a Catholic view.
• We are a Catholic school for all students.

Does my child have to attend St. Thomas to participate in the middle school ball academy?
• Yes – To participate in the academy, students will need to enroll at St. Thomas. The middle school ball academy is a program of choice within Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Will bussing for my child be provided If I am not in St. Thomas’ catchment area?
• Given this is program of choice we will work to continue to provide bussing for out of catchment students within the City of Red Deer Schools Boundaries (this would include rural students bussed into Red Deer Schools).
• No transportation will be provided for students who live outside of Red Deer Schools Boundaries (Eg. Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail).
• Transportation fees for bussing will be determined based on the school of choice guidelines as outlined on our transportation webpage.

How many hours per week does an academy student spend training?
• Academy training that is sport specific and take place 1-2 times per week.
• Middle school students will be taught and assessed by the St. Joseph’s Ball Academy staff.
• Have access to all of the benefits and equipment of the high school ball academy.
• Participate in the Ball Academy as a year long option.

How will students get to St. Joseph’s?
• Students will be picked up at STA and transported to the Academy by Ball Academy staff.
• This will likely involve some of their recess time to maximize instructional time

What will the facility look like? What other facilities do you plan to access?
• Skill component will access the St. Joesph’s FieldHouse (Drop Down batting cage, Pitching machine, Mounds), Outside Diamonds, Other Facilities (Batting Cages, “Wellness Studios” ex: Pilates for Core Conditioning).

What is the cost, registration and timelines?
• Academy Cost is $750.00 / Year.
• This is purely a cost recovery fee to cover the coaching that students will receive.

How do I enroll?
• Please fill out the middle school ball academy intent form that can be found at
• If your child is not currently enrolled with Red Deer Catholic regional Schools, you will need to call the school to set up an intake interview and complete the student registration form.
• Provide a $200 dollar deposit to secure a registration spot (payment made at St. Thomas).

Although we are very hopeful that Ball Academy will be a reality at St. Joseph’s and St. Thomas in Sept. 2018 we cannot say this for certain yet. Student enrollment in these programs will determine viability and sustainability. A “go or no go” decision relative to this initiative will be made later this spring. This information will be shared with you as soon as possible.

The document Ball_Academy_FAQ.docx was attached to this post.

SLMBA is still looking for volunteers to fill vacant positions on our board. In order to run our programs, we rely on parent support not only on the field, but off the field as well. Please consider donating your time to our organization.

We are currently trying to fill the following volunteer positions:
- Diamond Scheduling Coordinator
-Umpire Scheduling Coordinator
-Baseball Tournament Coordinator

Please contact us for more information!

Red Deer Softball Umpire Association is looking for umpires for the upcoming season! Please contact them at to find out how you can register for their April clinic.

We are also looking for baseball umpires as well, please go to our website at and click on the Umpire Clinics 2018 tab to register.

Thank You!


Congratulations to the following Head Coaches for SLMBA 2018 ‘AA’ Mariners Baseball teams:
U11 Mosquito- Miles Trieber
U13 Peewee- Jody Junk
U15 Bantam- Shaun Lagoutte
U18 Midget- Dave Elwood

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AA Registration Deadline Reminder

Posted by Sylvan Lake Minor Ball at Feb 14, 2018 7:38AM PST

Our early bird February 15 deadline for 2018 SLMBA team is TOMORROW! If you haven’t already done so, please go to our 2018 Registration tab and sign your player up! Final registrations will close on March 1 for AA Baseball and March 15 for all other divisions.

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Softball Alberta Coach Clinic

Posted by Dawn Burvill at Feb 2, 2018 8:29AM PST ( 0 Comments )

SLMBA will be hosting a Community Coach Clinic (replacing the Level 1 clinic)

This clinic provides you with your technical, practical and theory in one week-end. The clinic focuses on coaches encouraging participants of all ages to continue in the sport for fun, fitness, skill development, and social interaction. This clinic takes a minimum of 12 hours.
All coaches wanting to coach at a Provincial Championship are required to be at least Level 1 Certified or have the Community Softball training. If you are coaching a team that is playing in a provincial that leads to Post-Provincial play, such as a Western or Canadian Championship, you are required to be at least Level 2 Certified Softball Coach or to be certified in “Competition-Introduction.”
It is encouraged that all coaches with SLMBA have this course.

Clinic Information:
When: April 7th and 8th, 2018
Where: Sylvan Lake Community Centre
Time : 8:30am – 5pm (both days)
Facilitated by Softball Alberta
Registration: available on our website under Softball Alberta Coach Clinic