The Graham Acres facility is located on Flats Road in Whitecourt.
The six fenced diamonds include a fully operational canteen facility,
public washrooms with running water and plenty of parking.
With the spring thaw and warmer weather comes busier ball diamonds
as Whitecourt Slo-Pitch battle it out for local baseball supremacy.
The local league, part of the Slo-Pitch Canada national league
is an adult slo-pitch association which runs from mid to late
April and ends in June. It usually consists of around 24 to 26
teams of a diverse age group. While a player has to be 18-years-old
to play, or have parental permission if younger, the age category
for the league is vast.
The season typically runs Monday through Thursday however, there
are various weekend tournaments held throughout the season and
during July and August. Teams get to play 40 games throughout
the season, often more than one night per week.
The league forms an executive each year who then organize the
team divisions and scheduling according to level of play and sets
up a game schedule for the season for each division.
Currently town residents Darlene Chartrand and Al Briand run
the league executive, but are looking for more to volunteer. "It
is a good time and the league accommodates what you want to get
from the sport, whether it be a social activity or for competition,"
says Char-trand. Whitecourt is also 45 minutes away from Edson,
the Slo-pitch capital of Canada and home to the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch
Tournament, "the largest of its kind on the planet".
As such, Whitecourt does participate in the 256 team tournament
every year in late July at Vision Park's 24 diamonds.
For more information on the league, please contact Darlene Chartrand