Vimy Baseball & Softball is designed for student-athletes looking for an opportunity to advance their technical, tactical, physical and mental baseball and softball skills.
Students from Grades 7 to 12 work with highly experienced coaches to develop their fundamental baseball knowledge and strategies while also balancing character development.
This program offers a dynamic and athlete-centred environment, top-notch teachers and superb facilities for,a challenging and fun experience. Students in this program use flexible class scheduling to balance their academics with skill development and gameplay.
Mission: to scaffold young leaders into contributing members of our community
Vision: to create an environment for student-athletes to attain the highest level of baseball and academic opportunities
Principles: citizenship, opportunity, respect, enthusiasm
Who is Vimy Baseball/Softball for?
For any serious-minded baseball/softball grade 7 to grade 12 student-athlete willing to commit to get better and be the best they can be
Does the Vimy Baseball/Softball have travel teams?
Our academy does not accommodate “full-blown” travel teams.
We do have teams (Junior High & High School) that compete in a fall ball season during after-school hours.
We offer physical (technical), mental, tactical (strategy), social/emotional skill development as well as gameplay-based training during programmed school hours. Our student-athletes mostly play and represent on competitive, local club teams under Baseball Alberta & Softball Alberta, spring through fall.
Where does Vimy Baseball/Softball practice?
Spring through fall:
RE/MAX Field: Downtown river valley, Edmonton
EABA Angels Baseball Diamonds: Millwoods Sports and Rec Centre Diamond Complex
Turf Training Centre: 5820 59 Ave NW, Edmonton
Vimy Ridge Academy Training Centre: inside the large gym
Where do student-athletes store their equipment?
Storage is available at our off-site facilities. However, most of our student-athletes carry their equipment bags/backpacks (provided every 2nd year as part of their uniform) to-and-fro.
How do student-athletes get to our facilities?
Student-athletes are transported to and from facilities via bus.
How often do we practice?
Baseball/Softball specific training: 2-3 times per week during winter months, from spring through fall, at least 4 times per week. Each session to be at least 90 mins in length
Regular Health & Physical Education Curriculum: seasonally adjusted as above. 2-3 times per week during winter months. Spring through fall, at least once per week.
What are the equipment/uniform requirements?
- Vimy baseball hat (provided)
- Training t-shirts (provided)
- Training short (provided)
- Hoodie (provided)
- Equipment backpack (provided by AAD – alternate years)
- 2x baseball pants (grey and/or white)
- Baseball/Softball glove (and/or positional mitts)
- Batting helmet (AAD colours are mostly black & grey)
- Protective cup/strap combo or protective cup/sliding shorts combo
- Pair of cleats (moulded spikes for 13Us, metal spikes for older student-athletes)
- Pair of baseball turf shoes
- Bat (baseball: wood is preferred)
- Cold weather layers (long sleeve undershirt, winter jacket, windbreaker etc)
- Hydration (bottle)
* Additional apparel may be purchased via AAD Online store (seasonal)