News and Announcements

Upcoming 2018 Fundraiser (Raffle)

Posted by Sylvan Lake Minor Ball at May 1, 2018 12:10PM PDT

Spring is finally here! It is nice to see the snow melting away at the ball diamonds and soon enough we will all be enjoying the spring weather while watching our youth play ball in the evening sun.

While our coaches have been hard at work developing your child with the skills necessary to be successful on the field, we are asking for your help. In addition to our annual Chocolate Almond fundraiser, we also need each player in our association to sell one raffle ticket booklet each. Our goal is to meet our donation committment for our new diamond in the Fox Run subdivision for the 2019 ball season. We are here to help your child get to the next level by building better baseball facilities and providing quality programs. That comes with help and commitment from everyone. Our fundraising efforts are critical for the development and success of our association for our current players as well as our future players.

We appreciate your generosity and support for our athletes with Sylvan Lake Minor Ball. Please encourage your player to sell tickets to family, friends and neighbours.

Thank you! The players in our association will both benefit and greatly appreciate your support. Your team manager will be tasked with handing out the raffle booklets to each player.

(This notice is being Emailed a second time due to an issue with all members of Sylvan Minor Ball not receiving it. Unfortunately there was an issue with TeamPages Email delivery program and not everyone received the notice. Apologies to all.)

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thank You for supporting Sylvan Lake Minor Ball. Our association has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 5 years and we look forward to the future of Softball and Baseball here in our beautiful town.

SLMBA is pleased to announce that we will again be hosting our Annual Pub Night Fundraiser at Hockey Central! Our association and programs rely on our fundraising efforts – without it, we are not able to purchase the equipment and implement the programs it takes to make our teams sustainable and competitive. Fundraising also offsets our fees so that we can make baseball and softball affordable for everyone.

This year, our fundraising efforts are going to be directed towards building a new ball diamond , as our association has outgrown our current facilities. Please come out and support us. Round up the parents on your team! Our Annual Pub Night is a great way to meet and get to know everyone on your team at the beginning of the season:)

  • 3rd Annual Pub Night Fundraiser*
    May 5, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Hockey Cental Sports Lounge
    Join us for an appetizer buffet until 10:00pm, games, door prizes, 50/50, music and dancing
    All proceeds go to Sylvan Lake Minor Ball*

Tickets are available at:

No Refunds

Thank You again for supporting our programs!

Sylvan Lake Minor Ball

As we get real close to the season , we wanted to reach out to everyone again with the reminder regarding our clinic in Red Deer on April 14th and 15th, 2018.

In summary – we are in need of umpires in Innisfail we need 3 – 4 [I need to confirm the boys are coming back], Sylvan Lake 5 [we often have players umping so we need to figure this in to our total numbers], Lacombe 3 [as far as I know at this time again we often have players umping so more umpires help with the scheduling of games].

The real issues / shortages we see at this point are in Red Deer (10 ) and Stettler( 10 ) in fact, in both these locations the situation is looking really serious.

Adult umpires – we could use 5 for Ladies and 5 for Men’s. For adult umpires starting out we get them doing bases at this level and plates at a minor level until they are comfortable with their plate game. Our main concern is making sure no one gets hurt. We expect mistakes and at this level of ball so do the players. The key to our MEN’s and WOMEN’s games is working with a senior umpire to get started and comfortable.

Please talk to your son or daughter and ask them if they would be interested in becoming an umpire this season! RDSUA commitment to new recruits is phenomenal. All new umpires will be paired with a mentor to help them through the season. It is a fun way to make some extra money this spring!

Please go to RDSUA website to register!

Thank You,

Mr. Christopher Harper
RDSUA recruitment

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!