Registration for the fall/winter season will be open soon and will close September 15th, 2018 (12:00 p.m).
Teams are determined on a first come first serve basis. If a team is full when a player registers, players will be placed on a waiting list.
Any registrations received after 12:00pm (noon) on September 15th, 2018 will be considered late registrations and will be subject to a $50 Late Registration Fee.
Initiation - JR NBA Program - Players born in 2012 & 2013 belong in this category. Players looking for a year of more focused instruction and a less competitive environment). This program is designed to focus strongly on developing skills at the most basic level and ease the transition to competitive play. A smaller, lighter ball will be used at this level as many players are still developing confidence in their passing and catching skills and most still struggle with their ability to get the ball to the height of the basket while under pressure. We generally recommend this level to those participating in basketball for the first time.
Mites - Steve Nash Program - Under 9 - Players born in 2010 - 2011 belong in this category (2012 will be considered if completed Initiation). The Mites program is a mixed (boys and girls) category. Mites meet for a 75 min. skill development session, once a week in St. Albert and are involved in a year end tournament with other Mites teams from around Edmonton. St. Albert SLAM follows the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program. Players will participate in practices and small games which focus on skill development while keeping it fun for the kids. The kids receive a jersey, a carry bag, and ball at the start of the season they get to keep.
Mini - Under 11 - Players born in 2008 - 2009 belong in this category. The Minis play once a week (Saturday and/or some Sundays) and practice once a week in a gym in St. Albert. The rules have been adapted for these young athletes: the games are played four on four, on eight foot high baskets, and they play four eight minute quarters.
Bantam - Under 13 - Players born in 2006 - 2007 belong in this category. The Bantams play once a week (Saturday and/or some Sundays) and practice once a week in a gym in St. Albert. The Bantam games are played five on five, and they play four eight minute quarters (See A/B Division below).
Midget - Under 15 - Players born in 2004 - 2005 belong in this category. The Midgets play once a week (Saturday and/or some Sundays) and practice once a week in a gym in St. Albert. The Midget games are played five on five, and they play four nine minute quarters (See A/B Division below).
Juvenile - Under 17 - Players born in 2001 - 2003 belong in this category. The Juveniles play once sometimes twice a week (Saturday and/or some Sundays) and practice once a week in a gym in St. Albert. There are two separate seasons for the Juvenile age category. The first season is the Fall League, which runs from September to November. The second season is the Winter League, which runs from January to March.
Please note players participating on any high school basketball team (Jr or Sr. levels), are not eligible to play in the Winter League due to Alberta Schools Athletic Association rules that states “To be eligible for high school provincial competition in the ASAA sports of basketball, volleyball, football, cheerleading, team handball and rugby, a high school student is not permitted to play on a non-school team in the same sport during the same season.”
The season begins mid-September with evaluation sessions at Bantam and Midget levels (See A/B Division below). These sessions will group players of like ability onto teams to compete against similar strength teams from other communities in the City. Teams.
Mini through to Juvenile teams will compete in a developmental and fun-oriented City League from October through February. The month of March will see the City playoffs, followed by the top tier teams from these playoffs will be eligible to participate in the Provincial championships later in March.
Equipment - All players require clean, indoor athletic shoes and a properly sized basketball. Jerseys will be supplied to teams in Mini, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile.
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Practice - We will not know your specific gym times; you should be prepared to practice between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm from Monday to Friday. We will do our best to accommodate all players, but our first commitment is to the coach's schedule. We typically schedule younger age groups during the earlier time slots and the older players utilize the later spots.
A/B Division (Bantam and Midget) - If an A/B team is entered in EYBA, the committee will then select the top 10-12 players from the Fall A/B tryouts in September. Exact dates, times & locations for September tryouts will be posted on the SLAM website by late August/early Sept. A/B team players will play in the EYBA's Bantam and Midget "A or B" divisions. Typically, Boys "A and B" division games are scheduled for Tuesday evenings and Girls "A and B" divisions on Wednesday evenings.