RSPA New Player/Open Practice Info

Updated March 11, 2016
RSPA Coed Slo-Pitch League holds open practices for new players trying to find a coed team in Mississauga-Etobicoke.
Sunday morning practices start Sunday, April 10, 10:00 am at Lavington Park in Etobicoke (south-west of Martingrove & Dixon) - MAP
Thursday night practices will start Thursday, April 14, 6:30 pm at Fleetwood Park on Burnhamthorpe Road in Mississauga - MAP

Please note that the the RSPA fax line 905-840-4189 is down, scheduled to be working by Wednesday, March 16.

RSPA New Player/Open Practice Info

Updated November 19, 2015
  • Practices obviously depend on the weather.
  • Check the RSPA Open Practice Info before leaving. If it is not updated, then I will be there.
  • DO NOT CALL ME to see if practice is still on.
    Do not call me for directions to the park (seriously).
    Do not call me with a question until you have read Frequently Asked Questions For New Players
  • All correspondence is by email. If you have not received an email from me, then you are not on my email list.
    Email me at accent@slopitch1.com to be put on the list.
  • Bring a baseball glove. Wear sensible running shoes, either cleats or turf shoes preferably or running shoes.
    Metal cleats are NOT allowed. Bring a bat if you have one, but bats will be there. Balls will be supplied.

RSPA Slo-Pitch New Player Open Practice

Updated November 19, 2015

RSPA hold open practices for new players looking for a coed team in RSPA league, Sunday mornings and Thursday nights (see below for info).

Why do new players have to go to open practices?

  1. First off, it's nice to go out and get into some sort of shape before the season starts.
    Too many new players underestimate the physical requirements of playing softball.
  2. Secondly, the league needs to rate all new players to see what level of ball they can play,
    so that they can be put into the correct division.
  3. Also, it is nice to meet the players, since team reps show up at the practices, and sometimes pick players from the field that they can see, rather than from a list that doesn't give any indication of true level or personality.
  4. Yes personality counts! We also put together a new team from the players looking for a team. They usually are players that have shown up and bonded with each other at the open practices.
  5. Male players have a much better chance of making a team, if they can make more practices.
  6. If you do not go out to at least one open practice, you will not be placed on a team.

Will I definitely be put on a team?

  1. Females and couples have a 90% chance of making a team.
    In fact, I like to say that all females and couples will be offered a spot, either on an existing team, or with the new team that gets formed. However, if you can't make certain nights, or don't want to travel to certain parks, your opportunites may be limited.
  2. Male players have about a 50-60% chance of making a team. Better players will get more offers. and male players have a much better chance of making a team, if they can make more practices.
  3. We have 176 teams in the league, and usually 15-20 of those teams are looking for players.
  4. If you do not go out to at least one open practice, you will not be placed on a team.

Why are there Sunday and Thursday practices?

RSPA offers Sunday and Thursday practices for new players who cannot make one of the days, and also offers two locations. Toronto on Sunday and Mississauga on Thursday, both locations are fairly central for easy access.

Do I need to attend both Sunday and Thursday practices?

The more practices that you go to, the better the chance of getting picked up and might give you more choices of potential teams.
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RSPA Sunday Morning Practices

RSPA Sunday open practices, specially for players looking for a team are every Sunday morning at 10:00 am (weather permitting) are scheduled to start Sunday, April 10, 2016.

I will post practice status on the web site every Sunday morning, and I will e-mail any prospective players that have e-mailed me.

Sunday morning practices are at Lavington Park in Etobicoke on Lavington Drive, Etobicoke; east off Martingrove Road, south of Dixon Road - MAP
Sunday morning practices will be every Sunday morning 10:00 am to noon from April 10 on, and the last practice is Sunday, May 8.

Everybody is welcome to Sunday morning practices.
Players who are already on a team may come out to join in and warm up.
Team reps are allowed out to practices to observe and request players.

For info, contact Randy Warren, accent@slopitch1.com

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RSPA Thursday Night Practices

RSPA Thursday night open practices are ONLY FOR PLAYERS LOOKING FOR A COED TEAM (no players already on a team).
Team reps are allowed out to observe and request players.
Thursday practices are every Thursday night (weather permitting) at 6:30 pm to about 8:00/8:30 pm at Fleetwood Park on Burnhamthorpe Road in Mississauga - MAP

Thursday practices are for NEW RSPA players only.
No players who are already on a team - please.
Team reps are allowed out to observe and request players.

There are only 3 Thursday practices — Thursday, April 14, April 21 & Thursday, April 28 at Fleetwood Park.


For info, contact Randy Warren, accent@slopitch1.com; —

Do not call to see if practice is on. Check the web site for cancellation info before you leave.
If you do not go out to at least one open practice, you will not be placed on a team.