RSPA Info Package 2019

Updated January 25, 2019
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1. Welcome to RSPA Slo-Pitch for 2019!

RSPA is a coed (7M + 3F) non-profit, slo-pitch league for adults (16+/18+) based in Mississauga and Etobicoke.
The League is entering its 36th year, and offers all levels from competitive to fun divisions.
No matter what the skill level, we have a division for you!
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2. Table of Contents/This Package Contains:

  1. RSPA Game Report Forms
  2. RSPA/SPN Rosters
  3. RSPA 2019 Summer Slo-Pitch Tournaments
    • May 4-5
    • June 8-9
    • July 6-7
    • July 20-21
    • August 17-18
    • September 14-15
    • September 28-29 (not eligible)
  4. RSPA Fall Ball & Sno-Pitch Tournaments
    • Fall Ball - Saturday, November 2, 2019
  5. SPN Provincial Championships
  6. Slo-Pitch Tournament Players
  7. RSPA New Player List
  8. New Player Open Practices
  9. Frequently Asked Questions for New Players
  10. RSPA All-Star Night - Friday, July 12, 2019
  11. RSPA Volleyball Night - Friday, August TBA, 2019
  12. RSPA Banquet & Awards Dance
    • Saturday, October 19
    • Saturday, October 26
    • Saturday, November 2
    • Saturday, November 9
  13. Other RSPA Social Activities
  14. RSPA Umpires
  15. RSPA Team Sponsors
  16. RSPA Constitution & By-Laws
  17. RSPA on the Internet

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3. RSPA League Calendar / Schedule 2019

www.slopitch1.com/rspa/calendar.html

February
March
2019
Contact Existing & Potential New Teams: All existing teams and potential new teams will be contacted by the end of March; If you have not been contacted, or if you know of any potential new teams or players looking for a team, please contact the League. — RSPA Info Package
New Team Info Team Info/Application Form pdf New Player Looking For A Team Info
Tuesday
April 9
6:00 pm
First Team Rep Meeting: RSPA Meeting Info & Map;
The first RSPA League meeting for team reps is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019,
drop-in style, anytime from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm,
at The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Every team rep who attends the meeting will be given an RSPA and/or SPN T-shirt (and a new gift for 2019).
Equipment will be available for sale at the meeting - bases, bats, extra balls, pitching mat, uniforms, etc.
Pre-order your equipment: RSPA Equipment Order Form
Bat specials! Best prices anywhere. While supplies last. Only available at the meeting!
Confirm team entries; hand in Team Info forms; deposit required. RSPA Meeting Info
Sunday
April 14
RSPA Sunday Open Practice - for new players every Sunday morning 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, (weather & field conditions permitting), only 3 Sunday open practices, Sunday, April 14, April 21 & April 28. By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA. Email accent@slopitch1.com -- practice info -- new player info
Thursday
April 18
RSPA Thursday Open Practice — Practices for new players every Thursday night, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (weather permitting), only 3 Thursday practices: Thursday, April 18 & Thursday, April 25 & Thursday, May 2. By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA. Email accent@slopitch1.com -- practice info -- new player info
Sunday
April 21
RSPA Sunday Open Practice - for new players every Sunday morning 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, (weather & field conditions permitting), only 3 Sunday open practices, Sunday, April 14, April 21 & April 28. By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA. Email accent@slopitch1.com -- practice info -- new player info
Wednesday
April 24
6:00 pm
RSPA Umpires Clinic: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:00 pm;
at Diamond Beach, 575 Centennial Park Blvd., Etobicoke Ontario, M9C 5M3 — map
Umpires clinic, review rules, write tests. Anyone wishing to become a carded umpire should contact the League.
E-mail: accent@slopitch1.com - RSPA Umpire's Page
Thursday
April 25
RSPA Thursday Open Practice — Practices for new players every Thursday night, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (weather permitting), only 3 Thursday practices: Thursday, April 18 & Thursday, April 25 & Thursday, May 2. By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA. Email accent@slopitch1.com -- practice info -- new player info
Sunday
April 28
RSPA Sunday Open Practice - for new players every Sunday morning 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, (weather & field conditions permitting), only 3 Sunday open practices, Sunday, April 14, April 21 & April 28. By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA. Email accent@slopitch1.com -- practice info -- new player info
Thursday
May 2
RSPA Thursday Open Practice — Practices for new players every Thursday night, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (weather permitting), only 3 Thursday practices: Thursday, April 18 & Thursday, April 25 & Thursday, May 2. By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA. Email accent@slopitch1.com -- practice info -- new player info
Sat-Sun
May 4-5
RSPA Spring Slo-Pitch Tournament: open for all league teams and open to outside teams.
Coed D, E, F (6M-4F) - Mens D & E - Added divisions: Mens Masters 35+ and 50+ for Spring Tournament!
Slo-Pitch Tournament Info Tournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
Tuesday
May 7
Final Team Rep Meeting: RSPA Meeting Info & Map
RSPA final team rep meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, drop-in style, anytime from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
LOCATION - The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Pick up balls, schedules, forms, etc. Second deposit is required.
Wednesday
May 8
Thursday
May 9
RSPA 2019 Regular Season games for Thursday teams.
No Thursday open practice.
Friday
May 10
RSPA 2019 Regular Season games.
First RSPA Friday night games.
Friday
May 18
SPN official on-line roster is due in by Friday, May 18 (no exceptions).
Changes may be made after this date until July 1. Roster changes after July 1 require League approval.
Friday
May 18
RSPA Friday games are optional.
Victoria Day long weekend.
Sat-Sun
May 19-20
Victoria Day long weekend.
Monday
May 21
Victoria Day long weekend.
RSPA Monday games are optional.
Monday
June 3
Final RSPA League payment is due. We are the only league that allows team reps until June to collect money from teammates. We highly recommend that payments be made by post-dated cheques at the league meetings.
Wednesday
June 5
First RSPA Umpires Meeting:
Umpires schedules and review League rules. Free beer and wings for umpires who attend.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Sat-Sun
June 8-9
RSPA Slo-Pitch Tournament: open for all league teams and open to outside teams;
Divisions: Coed D, E, F (6M-4F) - Mens D & E
Slo-Pitch Tournament Info Tournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
June 10
to July 18
Doubleheaders: Doubleheaders scheduled on unlit diamonds from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, July 18.
Time limit will be in effect.
Monday
June 17
Uniform Deadline: Deadline for players to be in uniforms. RSPA has a preferred uniform supplier:
Home Run Sports/Kahunaverse, 1911 Dundas Street East, Unit 15/16, Mississauga ON L4X 1M1 — MAP
Friday
June 28
Canada Day long weekend.
RSPA Friday games are optional.
June 29
July 1
Canada Day long weekend.
Monday
July 1
Canada Day long weekend.
RSPA Monday games are optional.
Monday
July 1
Final Roster Deadline — Monday, July 1 — Deadline for team roster to be frozen.
Roster changes after this date require League approval.
Wednesday
July 3
RSPA Umpires Meeting:
Umpires schedules and review League rules. Free beer and wings for umpires who attend.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Sat-Sun
July 6-7
RSPA Slo-Pitch Tournament: Slo-pitch tournament open for all league teams and open to outside teams;
Divisions: Coed D, E, F (6M + 4F) - Mens D & E
Slo-Pitch Tournament Info Tournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
June 10
to July 18
Doubleheaders: Doubleheaders scheduled on unlit diamonds from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, July 18.
Time limit will be in effect.
Friday
July 12
RSPA League All-Star Night & Barbecue: League All-Star Night & Free Barbecue — Paul Coffee Park (formerly Wildwood Park) on Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm. (will have available slots for late entries) Includes: free barbecue, home run contest (male & female), baserunning contest (male & female), team throwing contest, individual throwing contest, pitching contest, etc. — an amazing night! — All-Star Night info and map
Wednesday
July 31
RSPA Umpires Meeting:
Umpires schedules and review League rules. Free beer and wings for umpires who attend.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Thursday
August 1
RSPA banquet deposit payment is due; All teams are required to purchase a minimum of four (4) tickets.
This is a separate payment and is due Thursday, August 1, 2019. (4 tickets at $55.00 = $220 deposit).
Friday
August 2
RSPA Friday games are optional. Civic Day long weekend.
SPN National Championships (across Canada, but none in Ontario).
Sat-Sun
August 3-5
Civic Day long weekend.
SPN National Championships (across Canada, but none in Ontario).
Monday
August 5
Civic Day long weekend. RSPA Monday games are optional.
SPN National Championships (across Canada, but none in Ontario).
Friday
Aug TBA
RSPA League Volleyball Night, Friday, August TBA - Volleyball Night info
at Diamond Beach, 575 Centennial Park Blvd., Etobicoke Ontario, M9C 5M3 — map - Guests are welcome;
Monday
August 12
RSPA League 2019 Playoffs Start:
Playoffs start approximately Monday, August 12 and finish late September, (maybe early October).
Sat-Sun
Aug 17-18
RSPA Slo-Pitch Tournament: Slo-pitch tournament open for all league teams and open to outside teams.
Divisions: Coed D, E, F (6M + 4F) - Mens D & E
Slo-Pitch Tournament InfoTournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
Friday
August 30
RSPA Friday games are optional.
Labour Day long weekend.
Sat-Sun-Mon
Aug 31-Sept 2
SPN Coed Provincial Championships:
Saturday-Sunday-Monday, September 1-2-3. Labour Day long weekend. No Friday games.
SPN Coed Provincial Championships: Now in Brampton for 2019. Now added Coed F for 2019!
Divisions: Coed (6M + 4F) - Comp, Comp, C, D, E, F.
Monday
Sept 2
Labour Day long weekend. RSPA Monday games are optional.
SPN Coed Provincial Championships in BRAMPTON.
Wednesday
Sept 4
RSPA Umpires Meeting:
Umpires schedules and review League rules. Free beer and wings for umpires who attend.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Fri-Sat-Sun
Sept 6-7-8
SPN Masters Provincial Championships in Niagara Falls.
Friday
Sept 13
If you need this Friday off because of SPN Mens D Provincials, you must request it scheduled off.
Fri-Sat-Sun
Sept 13-14-15
SPN Provincial Championships - Mens C & D & Womens D & E - Niagara Falls.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14-15.
Sat-Sun
Sept 14-15
RSPA Fall Slo-Pitch Tournament: Slo-pitch tournament open for all league teams and open to outside teams.
Divisions: Coed D, E, F (6M + 4F) - Mens E (no Mens D)
Slo-Pitch Tournament InfoTournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
This is the Final eligible tournament for the RSPA paid for tournament. September 28-29 is NOT eligible.
Friday
Sept 20
If you need this Friday off because of SPN Mens E Provincials, you must request it scheduled off.
Fri-Sat-Sun
Sept 20-21-22
SPN Provincial Championships Mens A, B & E & Womens A, B & C - Niagara Falls.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21-22.
Wednesday
Sept 25
Final RSPA Umpires Meeting & Umpire Appreciation Night:
Free beer and wings for umpires who attend and umpire appreciation gift.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map
Sat-Sun
Sept 28-29
RSPA Fall Slo-Pitch Tournament: Slo-pitch tournament open for all league teams and open to outside teams.
Divisions: Coed D, E, F (6M + 4F) - Mens D & E
Slo-Pitch Tournament InfoTournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
The RSPA tournament September 28-29 is NOT eligible for the RSPA paid for tournament.
Saturday
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9
RSPA 2019 Banquet and Awards Dance with open bar is split into FOUR (4) great nights.
A great party to end the season with open bar, all you can eat buffet and tons of DOOR PRIZES!
LOCATION: Lions Banquet Hall, 45 Avondale Blvd, Brampton, ON L6T 1H1
south side, just west of Bramalea Road, 3 blocks north of Steeles Ave (just north of the airport) map
RSPA Banquet Info & Map
Saturday
November 2
RSPA Fall-Ball One Day Slo-Pitch Tournament: Slo-pitch tournament open for all league teams and open to outside teams. Divisions: Coed D, E, F (6M + 4F) - Mens D & E
Slo-Pitch Tournament InfoTournament FlyerFrequently asked questions for tournaments
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4. RSPA 2019 League Executive

One of the requirements for our league status is that the league executive must be elected. A vote will be taken at the first League meeting. Any player wishing to run for the League Executive, or wishing to help out with any of the functions, please contact the league.

Proposed RSPA 2019 League Executive:
President: Randy Warren
e-mail preferred: accent@slopitch1.com
Cell: 416-930-6124


Jeff Warren e-mail
Vice-President/Treasurer

Ed Gondor - Executive Assistant
Terry Jackson - Executive Assistant
Krista Currie - Executive Assistant
Brian Leon - RSPA Umpire-in-Chief

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5. RSPA League Costs for 2019

Due to further increases in park fees, insurance, SPN registration, umpires and other costs, we have increased the RSPA team fees. Returning teams league fees are $1550.00, still one of the lowest league fees in the GTA and a great value for what is included.
New teams pay $1550.00 + $250.00 = $1800.00
Includes parks, permits, insurance, SPN registration, carded umpires, game balls and also subsidizes the league banquet, All-Star night, volleyball night, etc.

As well, all teams MUST PAY:
Tournament Fee: all teams - due June 9 — $ 350.00 (Tournament is mandatory for all league teams)
Banquet deposit: due August 1, 2019 — $ 220.00 (Banquet deposit 4 tickets x $55.00 = $220.00)
(Banquet deposit is usually minimum 6 tickets per team; for 2019 will be 4 tickets per team)

PLEASE NOTE: The tournament fee and banquet deposit are an integral part of the league and the league fees. We only keep them separate for financial control reasons. If your team is not prepared to pay tournament and banquet fees, please find another league.
Due Returning Team    New Team Payment
April 9, 2019 200.00 300.00 1st payment
May 1, 2019 700.00 700.00 2nd payment
June 1, 2019 650.00 800.00 3rd payment
LEAGUE FEES: $ 1550.00 $ 1800.00 League fees
plus
June 9, 2019 350.00 350.00 Tournament fee
August 1, 2019 220.00 220.00 Banquet deposit
TOTAL $ 2120.00 $ 2370.00
  1. RSPA league fees are payable by cheque, money order, cash or Interac money transfer.
  2. No debit cards, Mastercard or Visa accepted.
  3. Cheques are payable to RSPA.
  4. Post-dated cheques are recommended for final payment, tournament and banquet deposit.
  5. $20 fine for all late payments.
    Teams with late payments will NOT be scheduled.
  6. League fines for game defaults $50 first time, $100 for 2nd time, $200 for 3rd game default.
  7. League fines $10 for uniform fine or no bases, no pitching mat or no game ball.
  8. All default fines and late payment fines will be strictly enforced.
    All fees and fines must be paid before play-offs start or teams do not play.
  9. Any team that does not get league fees and payments to the league on time will be fined and suspended.
  10. It is YOUR responsibility to get the fees in. It is not our responsibility to chase you for it.
  11. Invoices and/or receipts are available. Somebody on your team may be able to write it off.
  12. League deposit payments are non-refundable.
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6. RSPA Receipts/Write-Offs

Did you know that you, or someone on your team can write off all or a portion of the RSPA league fees?
Receipts are available made out to the person or company of your choice.
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7. What do RSPA League Fees Include

What do your RSPA League fees include? and where does the money go?
Parks, permits, liability insurance, SPN carded umpires, game balls are supplied, web site, league awards,
RSPA Banquet & Awards Dance, All-Star Night & Free Barbecue, Volleyball Night, Poker Night, other social activites.
Also, the RSPA League banquet is subsidized (did you really think we could have all you can eat, all you can drink, open bar and give away all those door prizes including FOUR large screen HD TV's, microwaves, Kuerigs, etc. for $55 per person?)
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8. First Team Rep Meeting - Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The RSPA first Team Rep Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019,
starts at 6:00 pm, but is open 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map

At This Meeting:
  1. You are required to bring cash, cheque or money order:
    $300.00 for new teams, $200.00 for returning teams.
  2. RSPA league fees are payable by cheque, money order, cash or Interac money transfer.
  3. Cheques are payable to RSPA.
  4. No Mastercard or Visa accepted.
  5. Receipts will be issued.
  6. You can pick up: League information, balls, maps, League rules, SPN rulebooks, scorebooks, player release forms, etc.
  7. NOTE: If balls and/or team package is not picked up by June 9, they will be defaulted.
  8. We will have a display of team uniforms and new and used baseball equipment for sale, etc.
  9. Also for "Team Rep Appreciation", every team rep who attends the meeting
    will receive a free RSPA and/or SPN T-shirt! (and a new gift for 2019)
RSPA Meeting Info

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9. Final Team Rep Meeting - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The RSPA final Team Rep Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
Drop in style: anytime from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
The Irish Shebeen Pub, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map

At This Meeting:
  1. You are required to bring cash, cheque or money order: $700.00 for second league payment; $700.00 for new teams;
    plus post-dated cheques for the balance of league fees, tournament fee and banquet deposit.
    Pay by cash, personal cheque, money order or Interac money transfer.
    No credit cards, Visa or Mastercard accepted.
  2. You can pick up: League schedules, roster forms, league information, balls, maps, rules, SPN rulebooks, scorebooks, player release forms, etc.
    If balls and/or team packages are not picked up by June 9, they will be defaulted.
  3. We will have a display of team uniforms and new and used baseball equipment for sale, etc.
  4. Also, for "Team Rep Appreciation", every team rep who attends the meeting
    will receive a free RSPA and/or SPN T-shirt! (and a new gift for 2019).
RSPA Meeting Info
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10. What's New For 2019

RSPA Rule Changes for 2019:
  1. 5-Man Infield: No five man infield allowed.
  2. No defensive player (other than pitcher and catcher) can stand closer than 65 feet. (amended from SPN rule 5, Sec 2).
  3. Walk off home-run: Walk off homerun will not be used in RSPA.
  4. Playoff Rosters: Teams MUST submit playoff eligible roster.
  5. Scoresheets: Teams MUST submit photo of all scoresheets for PLAYOFF games.
  6. Any player not in uniform for playoff games must submit photo ID.
  7. Roster Checks: An umpire may request a roster check for 5 games played in all playoff games.
  8. Team Photo: Considering fine or penalty for no team photo or failure to respond to league emails.

RSPA VOLLEYBALL NIGHT - RSPA volleyball night returns for for 2019 in August.
ROSTERS - Random roster checks on all playoff games.
Teams must submit playoff eligible roster.
Even more stringent on rosters completed and roster checks.
TEAM PICTURE - Make sure you take and submit your team photo.
Considering fine or penalty for no team photo or failure to respond to league emails.
Friday night parties at Dunton Park with FREE barbecue with several theme nights
including Latino night, Asian night and Tier 1 night.
Select from several available Friday dates:
Friday, May 31, June 14, June 21, July 26, August 9.
Pick your Friday night now before they are all booked.
Si usted puede entender esto, usted está invitado a la barbacoa de viernes por la noche
en el Parque Dunton para los equipos latinos. Ooh qué noche!

RSPA All-Star Night Friday, July 12 will include FREE BARBECUE and home run hitting contest (male & female),
base running (male & female), pitching contest, individual and team throwing contests, games, etc.
RSPA Tournaments: May 4-5, June 8-9, July 6-7, July 20-21, August 17-18, Sept 14-15, Sept 28-29, 2019.
The September 28-29 tournament is NOT available as RSPA league paid for tournament.
SPN Coed Provincial Championships Now in Brampton for 2019. Now added Coed F for 2019!
RSPA Awards Banquet and Dances scheduled for 4 dates for 2019:
Saturday, October 19, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 9, 2019.
The October 26 banquet will be a Halloween banquet.
MUST respond and confirm to banquet emails and banquet dates will be set for every team.
A great party to end the season with great food, drinks, dancing and door prizes!
RSPA Umpires: Always need more umpires. We will train. See RSPA umpire clinic.
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11. What Will Be Stressed for 2019

  1. Roster: All teams/players must complete the SPN on-line roster with complete info and on time.
    Still trying to figure out how to specify which rostered players are league players.
  2. Roster: Any player that does not have or wishes to not enter his/her email address MUST complete an individual “Player Release Form” and submit it to the League.
  3. Roster - All teams must submit a playoff roster before the playoffs listing eligible players.
  4. Payments MUST be in on time. Teams with unpaid fees and fines will be suspended.
  5. All default fines and late payment fines will be strictly enforced.
  6. All beverages must be in cups. Infraction will result in player ejection.
  7. If balls and/or team packages are not picked up by June 9, the team will forfeit their supply of balls.
  8. We offer Monday night games on holiday long weekends optional for 2019.
  9. Doubleheaders will be scheduled on unlit diamonds from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, July 18. Time limit will be in effect.
  10. Team photos required for 2019.
  11. Umpires needed for 2019.
  12. Any player ejected for any reason will automatically be suspended for one additional game.
  13. Fair play and gamemanship stressed for 2019.
  14. REMEMBER - it's only a game!
We will once again stress fair play and gamesmanship. All players must remember that it is just a game, and we all have to get up in the morning and go to work. We want all the players to remember the reason they are out on the field - to have fun!
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12. Team Requirements

Each team is required to supply the following:
  1. Mat, with a cut out around home plate (Mat must be a legal mat as per RSPA rules)
  2. Bases, including a double safe-base at first.
  3. Balls are supplied by the League. It is the teams' responsibility to take them to the game.
    Home team supplies one new ball plus one used ball.
    Official ball for 2019 is the Worth 12" Hot Dot.
  4. Uniform tops (after the June 15 uniform deadline) may be as simple as matching colour t-shirts.
    see the new RSPA uniform order form. RSPA uniforms
  5. Teams supply their own bats, baseball gloves, etc.
  6. See also Team Suggestions & Hints and Team F.A.Q.
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13. RSPA Team Suggestions/Hints

  1. Always carry a spare team shirt (just a t-shirt of the same colour).
  2. Keep spare balls for parks where balls get lost.
  3. Always carry bases. It is a double default if neither team has bases.
  4. Get decent spikes and a hammer to put in bases.
  5. Carry extra cups.
  6. Check directions to parks you have not been to.
  7. Park away from the ball diamonds. Balls will break car windows! Player's car windows are NOT covered by our insurance.
  8. 6:30 is game start time - not arrival time. Be there early, and if you are home team, make sure that the bases are in before 6:30.
  9. Know the league rules, there are some differences. Always carry your rule book and a copy of the RSPA rules.
    RSPA 2019 Rules (one page) pdfRSPA 2019 Rules (8 pages) pdf - SPN 2019 Rule Book on line
  10. If you are not sure ... ask. umpires and other team reps are very helpful.
  11. If the team rep goes away on holidays, please designate an alternate team rep for the time, and inform the League.
  12. Use the Game Report Forms. We want the input, what's good, and what's bad.
  13. Check the other teams' lineup/batting order before the game starts.
    If you notice an illegal lineup halfway through the game, everything up to that point counts.
    If you don't notice an illegal lineup until the game is over, the game still counts.
  14. Check the score after every inning.
  15. DO NOT CALL TO INQUIRE IF A GAME IS RAINED OUT!
    Only the umpire has the ability to call a rain-out at the park.
    It may be raining where you are, but may be dry a mile away. If in doubt, check the web site.
    Any possible league wide rain-outs will be posted on the web site at 3:00 pm of game day and all team reps will be e-mailed.
  16. REMEMBER - the goal is to have fun! It is only a game!
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14. RSPA New Team Rep Suggestions/Hints

  1. DELEGATE: Delegate certain duties: - equipment, batting order, finances.
  2. MONEY: Make sure that you collect money BEFORE they play.
    You do not want to be chasing players for money halfway through the season.
    Include tournament fee and a portion of the banquet ticket in the player’s league fees.
    If they have to pay for it, they will find a way to participate.
  3. Tell everybody to arrive early, time to warm up and chat before you play.
  4. After the game, do something, go somewhere and socialize, if not a bar, then somebody's house.
  5. Stress the fact that it is not just about showing up, playing ball and leaving.
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15. How To Start a New Team

How To Start a New Team
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16. Frequently Asked Questions for New Teams/Players

Frequently Asked Questions for New Teams
Frequently Asked Questions for New Players
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17. Team Information Form

RSPA Team Information Form
  1. The "Team Information Form" must be completed by each team and submitted to the League.
  2. Please inform us of any changes in info.
  3. All teams MUST have a minimum of two valid e-mail contacts.
  4. A team may have as many e-mail contacts as you wish.
  5. All teams must have two cell phone contacts for emergencies.
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18. Team Park/Night Preference Request Form

RSPA 2019 Team Park/Night Preference Request Form (may be revised if more parks are added)
  1. The "RSPA Team Park/Night Preference Form" must be completed by each team.
  2. Park/Night Preference Form MUST be resubmitted with every change.
  3. We offer set night divisions for all nights, Monday to Friday.
  4. Teams that play on Friday nights NO WEEKS OFF FOR PLAYOFFS FOR ANY PROVINCIALS.
  5. Teams that play on Monday nights MUST be flexible in order to get the required number of games in.
    If you play only Monday nights, with all the long weekends and possible rainouts, you will not get your minimum 16 games in.
    Monday teams may be required to play extra Friday nights or holiday Mondays to get 16 games in.
    We offer Monday night games on holiday long weekends optional for 2019.
    Monday playoffs start Monday, August 12, no matter if rainouts are outstanding.
  6. All teams must be available for three nights during playoffs if rainouts or cancellations force a revised schedule.
  7. If you choose a set night, you must be flexible with your park choices.
  8. If you prefer a set park, you must be flexible with your night choices.
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19. Parks/Diamonds — Nights & Maps

RSPA Parks & Maps
  1. Maps and list of parks are attached to info package. (parks subject to change, even after season starts).
    See RSPA 2019 Team Park/Night Request Form - PDF - (may be revised if more parks are added)
  2. All teams are required to play Max Ward, West Deane, Fleetwood and/or Dunton Park, as these parks are considered "central".
  3. Please keep in mind that certain park/nights (such as Thursday night at Fleetwood Park) are requested by almost every team, and will have to be shared.
  4. Max Ward on Thursday night is reserved mainly for Comp and high-level teams.
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RSPA 2019 Schedule (2019 schedule coming soon)
  1. Each team will have minimum 16 scheduled games over 14 weeks. Some divisions have more games.
    We are trying to increase the number of games for certain divisions.
    Higher divisions have more games. Friday division has more games as they play all double-headers.
    If teams do not want to play Friday nights or do not want double-headers, they will play less games.
  2. All teams will make the playoffs.
  3. We do not schedule games on Friday nights of long weekends (or games are optional).
  4. We offer Monday night games on holiday long weekends optional for 2019. Monday night games on long weekends are optional, but if you do not play Monday long weekends, you will need to play more Friday nights in order to get your 16 games in.
  5. Teams will play either double-headers to make the schedule or may play more than one night in a week.
    A question on the "Team Info Form" will give you the choice of your preference.
  6. We will try to grant schedule requests as much as possible. However, teams will need to be flexible, especially during playoffs.
  7. All teams must be available for three nights during playoffs if rainouts or cancellations force a revised schedule.
  8. If you choose a set night, you must be flexible with your park choices.
  9. If you prefer a set park, you must be flexible with your night choices.
  10. All teams are required to play a minimum of TWO (2) Friday nights per season. If this is a problem, please contact me.
    We will even let you pick your choice of Friday night if you get me the info early enough.
    We will inform each division what their scheduled Friday nights are as soon as they are available.
    Ask about our Friday Dunton Party nights with FREE barbecue!
  11. We offer set night divisions for all nights.
  12. Teams that play on Friday nights NO WEEKS OFF FOR PLAYOFFS FOR ANY PROVINCIALS.
    Friday teams play all double-headers, usually 7:30 pm start, no time limit.
  13. If you request late games, expect to play single games at 9:30 pm start. There are very few single game starts at 8:00 pm. Double-headers are usually 8:00 and 9:30 pm. Teams that request late games will get late games for playoffs. Teams that request early games may be required to play late games in playoffs if they meet a team that can only play late games.
  14. See below for holiday weekends and no game dates for 2019.
  15. Doubleheaders will be scheduled on unlit diamonds from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, July 18. Time limit will be in effect.
  16. League schedules will be available at the first league meeting.
    We will schedule for the first four (4) weeks. The schedule will be handed out in thirds
    - first third of the schedule at the May 1 meeting.
    - the 2nd third will be handed out June 1.
    - the final third will be handed out in mid-July.
  17. All League schedules and results are available on the web site, and are updated almost daily.
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21. RSPA 2019 Schedule Dates with No Games

Day   Date   Park  No Games  Description
Friday May 17  All Parks  Games optional Victoria Day Long Weekend
Monday May 20 All Parks Games optional Victoria Day Long Weekend
Friday June 28 All Parks Games optional Canada Day Long Weekend
Monday July 1 All Parks Games optional Canada Day Long Weekend
Friday July 12 All Parks No Games RSPA All-Star Night & BBQ
Friday Aug 2 All Parks Games optional Civic Holiday Long Weekend
Monday Aug 5 All Parks Games optional Civic Holiday Long Weekend
Friday Aug 24 SPN Mens Masters Provincial Championships: please advise if your team needs Friday off.
Friday Aug 30 All Parks Games optional Labour Day Long Weekend
Mon Sept 2 All Parks Games optional Labour Day Long Weekend
Friday Sept 6 SPN Masters Provincial Championships: please advise if your team needs Friday off.
Friday Sept 13 SPN Mens C & D & Womens D & E Provincial Championships: please advise if your team needs Friday off.
Friday Sept 20 SPN Mens A, B & E & Womens A, B & C Provincial Championships: please advise if your team needs Friday off.
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22. RSPA Divisions/Levels of Play

  1. In 2018, RSPA had 190 teams in 28 playoff divisions, which is the largest coed league in Ontario!
  2. Tentative 2019 divisions - see below.
  3. a) all teams will have only one preferred night of play for playoffs.
    b) All teams must be available for three nights during playoffs if rainouts or cancellations force a revised schedule.
    c) top divisions have more regular season games.
    d) top divisions may be smaller with a better chance of winning the division.
    e) top divisions offers better awards and may offer increased number of games.
    f) Friday divisions will be all double-headers with more regular season games.
    g) we will try to increase the number of games for most higher divisions, depending on the preferred night of play.
  4. RSPA places new teams in a division according to the information received about their level of play.
  5. However, if we find that the team is not competitive in that division, we will move them up or down to suit.
  6. Also, there is division 'cross-over' where teams play teams from other divisions, usually the division up or the division down.
  7. If a team wins a division championship, they must compete in a higher division playoffs for the following season.
    Last place team in a division will usually be moved down a division for the following season.
  8. Higher divisions offer better awards, better parks and may offer increased number of games.
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23. RSPA Tentative Divisions for 2019

RSPA Tentative Divisions for 2019
RSPA Final Standings/Divisions for 2018
The proposed divisions for 2019:
- Mon-1; Tue-1; Wed-1; Thu-1; Fri-1; (Coed D/E)
- Mon-2; Tue-2; Wed-2; Thu-2; Fri-2; (Coed E)
- Mon-3; Tue-3; Wed-3; Thu-3; Tue-4; Tue-5 (Coed E/F)
- Mon-Rec; Tue-Rec; Wed-Rec; Thu-Rec; Fri-Rec; (Coed F)
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24. RSPA League Rules - 2019

RSPA League rules are modified SPN rules:
Basic Rules are:
  1. Maximum 10 players on the field with maximum 7 males on the field.
    You may only have 4 more males than females on the field or in the batting order.
  2. Batting Order: no maximum in the batting order.
    The basic line-up would be 7 males and 3 females (7M-3F).
    The line-up may be expanded. For every male added, you must add a female,
    or 8M-4F, 9M-5F, 10M-6F, etc.
    You may only have 4 more males than females in the batting order.
    You may always bat with more females - 6M-4F, 5M-5F, 7M-4F, etc.
    You may add an automatic out in the batting order to bat an extra male.
  3. No restrictions on batting sequence. You may bat as many males in a row as you wish.
  4. Unlimited defensive substitution with players in the batting order (maximum 7 males on the field).
  5. Standard SPN rule for single re-entry after substitution.
  6. Balls and strikes are called by the umpire using a mat.
  7. If a male batter is walked, with a female batter (or automatic out for a missing female batter) following, the male batter is awarded first and second base and the female batter has to bat, unless the male batter was walked on a 4-0 count (4 straight balls and no strikes), then the female batter has the choice of batting or a free walk.
    We recommend that during the regular season, all female batters bat whenever possible.
  8. 150/175 foot rule in the outfield IS NOT IN EFFECT. - We will not restrict where the outfielders may play. They do not have to play beyond the 150 or 175 foot mark. BUT outfielders do have to be in the outfield. ***new RSPA 2019***
  9. No outfielder may make a force out on the batter-base runner at first base, nor may an outfielder relay the ball in order to make a force out on the batter-base runner at first base. There is no penalty for attempting to throw the batter-baserunner out. Once the batter-baserunner has rounded first base they may be thrown out.
  10. A player will be deemed an "outfielder" if they are playing a defensive position that would be on the grass on a normal softball diamond. A team may NOT play with a 5 player (or more) infield by moving in an outfielder. ***new RSPA 2019***
  11. No time limit on games on unlit diamonds (exceptions may apply).
    Doubleheaders will be scheduled on unlit diamonds from Monday, June 16 to Wednesday, July 16. Time limit will be in effect.
  12. One hour & a half game slot* on lit diamonds.
  13. Home Run Rule: match plus 2 in all fenced parks.
    Home run rule applies to balls hit over the fence, or into a designated "out of play" area. Home runs hit within the park, or on an open field, do not count toward home-run totals. Walk off homerun will not be used in RSPA.
  14. Grace period 10 minutes.
  15. Inning Mercy Rule: maximum 6 runs per inning.
    - the last inning is open (no limit).
    - 6 run maximum is exempt to avoid a mercy rule.
    - maximum 6 runs, even if a home run is hit that would put the max over 6 runs.
  16. Mercy rule 12 runs after 5 innings
  17. Courtesy Runners: SEVEN per game, male for male, female for female, or female for male.
    You MAY use the same runner more than once.
  18. SPN affiliated; SPN carded umpires; SPN insured.
  19. See complete RSPA League rules
  20. RSPA Rules (one page) pdf
  21. RSPA Rules (8 pages) pdf
  22. SPN 2019 Rulebook on line
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25. RSPA Bat Rules for 2019

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Slo-Pitch National have revised their bat rules to allow ONLY bats with the USSSA ("thumbprint") stamp. RSPA will continue to allow BOTH the USSSA & ASA stamp on approved bats.
All RSPA approved bats must carry the "NEW" USSSA ("thumbprint") stamp and/or the ASA logo.
SPN Bat Policy
www.usssa.comwww.asasoftball.com
ASA Non Approved Bat List with Certification Marks - January 2018

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26. Protective Equipment Statement

As per SPN Rule 2, Sec 8 – Protective Equipment Statement: Any player who has a concern about an injury occurring from being struck with a ball during SPN sanctioned play should address that concern by the use of protective equipment which is available and is allowed in Slo-Pitch National sanctioned play. For safety reasons, SPN strongly recommends that all players wear protective equipment while playing both defensive and offensive positions. Protective equipment including masks, headwear, catchers’ equipment and soccer style shin guards may be used by all players in any SPN sanctioned event.
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27. RSPA League Rule Changes for 2019

  1. 5-Man Infield: No five man infield allowed.
  2. No defensive player (other than pitcher and catcher) can stand closer than 65 feet. (amended from SPN rule 5, Sec 2).
  3. Walk off home-run: Walk off homerun will not be used in RSPA.
  4. Playoff Rosters: Teams MUST submit playoff eligible roster.
  5. Scoresheets: Teams MUST submit photo of all scoresheets for PLAYOFF games.
  6. Any player not in uniform for playoff games must submit photo ID.
  7. Roster Checks: An umpire may request a roster check for 5 games played in all playoff games.
  8. Team Photo: Considering fine or penalty for no team photo or failure to respond to league emails.
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The following rules will be stressed for 2019:
  1. ROSTERS: All teams/players must complete the official SPN on-line roster.
  2. Rosters must be submitted by the deadline and team reps MUST carry a copy of the team roster to every game.
  3. Roster checks will be done on every team.
  4. Playoff Rosters: Teams MUST submit playoff eligible roster. ***new RSPA 2019***
  5. Any player not in uniform for playoff games must submit photo ID. ***new RSPA 2019***
  6. Scoresheets: Teams MUST submit photo of all scoresheets for PLAYOFF games. ***new RSPA 2019***
  7. Roster Checks: An umpire may request a roster check for 5 games played in all playoff games.***new RSPA 2019***
  8. Team Photo: Considering fine or penalty for no team photo or failure to respond to league emails.
  9. All league fees must be paid on time. We highly recommend using post-dated cheques.
    All default fines and late payment fines will be strictly enforced. Teams with unpaid fees and fines will be suspended.
  10. The official ball is the Worth "Hot Dot". Balls are supplied by the league.
  11. If balls are not picked up by June 10, the team will forfeit their supply of balls.
  12. Illegal batting order/line-up: If a team is discovered with an illegal line-up with more than four more males than females in the batting order, the following penalty will be applied:
    1. A male batter will be declared out:
      • If a male batter is at bat at the time of the discovery, that batter will be declared out.
      • If a male batter has just batted and got on base at the time of the discovery and before the pitch to the next batter, that batter will be declared out.
      • If a female batter is at bat at the time of the discovery or in all other cases, the next male batter will be declared out.
    2. An automatic out will added to the bottom of the batting order for every illegal male batter.
    3. The umpire will have the right to bring any illegal batting order to the attention of the opposing team, and apply the penalty.
    4. The umpire will report all instances of illegal batting orders to the league executive
      and further penalties will be assessed for second and third offences.
    5. A second offence will result in a one game suspension for the team rep or team coach.
    6. A third offence will result in game default, plus a three game suspension for the coach.
  13. All beverages must be in cups.
  14. There is zero tolerance for verbal abuse to umpires and other players.
  15. We stress "fair play and gamesmanship".
  16. SPN has added a "Code of Conduct" which RSPA will adhere to. - SPN Code of Conduct
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29. Zero Tolerance/Incidents

RSPA has zero tolerance for any incidents regarding physical or verbal abuse to umpires and other players.
This is a recreational league, and everybody is out to have fun. Any incident must be reported, no matter how minor.
Any incident will be dealt with swiftly and harshly. A ban by RSPA will be honoured by both SPN and SPOA
for all leagues and tournaments across Ontario.
Any player ejected for any reason will automatically be suspended for one additional game.

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30. RSPA/SPN Rosters

  1. RSPA requires all teams to complete the SPN on-line roster.
    • Information must include: first name, last name, sex, date of birth, active email address and postal code.
    • We must include name and postal code information in order to apply for our park permits.
    • Other information is required in order to complete roster checks.
    • Failure to complete this information makes the player ineligible to play.
    • Your information will NEVER be shared or sent to a third party.
  2. This will require all players to complete their information on-line.
  3. This will require all players to have an active email address.
  4. Deadline for SPN on-line roster is Friday, May 17, 2019.
  5. Roster changes and additions will be allowed up to July 1.
    After July 1, league approval is required for all league roster changes.
    Changes will still be allowed for tournament rosters.
    Tournament roster may be different from league roster.
  6. NEW 2019*** Teams must submit a playoff roster of playoff eligible players.
  7. Roster checks will be done at random in all of the playoff series,
    and roster checks will be done for all final championship games.
  8. Teams must maintain scorebooks if required to prove that a player is playoff eligible with a minimum of 5 regular season games.
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31. RSPA Game Report Form

RSPA Game Report Form - PDF
  1. Game Report Forms are available for a team rep to complete and may be submitted by e-mail or may be handed in to the umpire.
  2. They are also available for download from the web site.
  3. Game Report Forms should be completed any time a team is not satisfied with the umpire, the other team's behaviour, or if they have any comments or suggestions for the League.
  4. Game Report Forms are used to criticize or praise umpires or other teams.
  5. No verbal or telephone complaints are accepted.
  6. I don't want to hear three or four weeks later that some umpire (you can't remember who by then) made such and such a call.
    Send me a Game Report Form while it is fresh in your mind.
  7. The Game Report Form is also used for praise. If an umpire does a good job, let us know.
    If a team is really fun to play, let us know.
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32. RSPA 2019 Summer Slo-Pitch Tournaments

slo-pitch tournament flyer

May 4-5, June 8-9, July 6-7, July 20-21, August 17-18, Sept 14-15, Sept 28-29, 2019
The RSPA tournament September 28-29 is NOT eligible for the RSPA paid for tournament.
SPN National & Provincial Qualifiers!
Divisions: Coed D, E, F & Mens D, E
Tournament Flyer & Entry Form
Tournament Web Site
Tournament Maps web page
Tournament Maps printable pdf
Frequently asked questions

Divisions offered in - Coed D, E, F; & Mens D, E.
the only tournaments where a true Coed F division is offered;
enough coed teams to ensure true divisions; usually no combined divisions.
Largest coed tournaments in the GTA!

All RSPA League teams MUST enter a team in ONE of the 6 tournament dates.
  1. Slo-pitch tournaments are great for getting 3 games in one day, and helps with team bonding.
  2. Any team that enters two tournaments will automatically qualify for the SPN/Molson Slo-Pitch Coed Provincial Championships, Saturday-Sunday-Monday (no Friday games), August 31-September 2, 2019.
    Coed Provincials now in BRAMPTON! Now offers Coed F Provincials!
  3. RSPA League fees include the SPN membership which entitles your league team to enter any SPN slo-pitch tournament.
  4. Remember that RSPA tournament rules and other tournament rules vary from RSPA League rules:
    - set batting order with maximum two males batting in a row.
    - 6M-4F in the field; may bat twice as many males as females, 6M-4F, 8M-4F, 10M-5F.
    - female has to bat after a preceding male batter is walked.
    - 175 foot rule is NOT in effect, but cannot throw out the batter-baserunner at first from the outfield.
    - 7 courtesy runners but cannot use the same courtesy runner more than once.
    - Pitching mat with a cutout will be used for strike zone. Plate is not a strike.
  5. If you have trouble fielding a team for the tournament, look for another league team that would like to combine with your team for the tournament, or check with me for a list of players looking to play.
  6. If you have players looking to play as an individual player in the tournament, contact me and I will put them on the list.
    - great way to meet new people and expand your horizons!
  7. Come on out! and have some fun!!!
  8. Contact: Randy Warren — e-mail preferred: accent@slopitch1.com; Cell 416-930-6124.
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33. RSPA Fall Ball Tournament & Dome Ball and Sno-Pitch Tournaments

  1. RSPA Fall Ball Tournament (yes outdoors) Saturday (one-day), November 2, 2019 at Diamond Beach in Etobicoke.
  2. Indoor dome ball tournaments and league are available in all areas of the GTA.
    Contact me and I wil send you the info. accent@slopitch1.com
  3. Sno-pitch tournament, two day, Saturday-Sunday in Orangeville, second last weekend in January is one of the funnest ball experiences you can have. Great party! Think of it as tobagganing with a baseball bat.
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34. SPN Provincial Championships

Date   Days   City Divisions
August 31-September 2 Saturday-Sunday-Monday now in Brampton Now added Coed F division!
September 6-7-8 Friday-Saturday-Sunday Niagara Falls Mens Masters 35+, 50+, Womens Masters
September 13-14-15 Friday-Saturday-Sunday Niagara Falls Mens D, Mens C, Womens D, Womens C
September 20-21-22 Friday-Saturday-Sunday Niagara Falls Mens E, Mens A, Womens A, B, C
  1. The SPN Coed Provincial Championships are now in Brampton on the Labour Day long weekend,
    Saturday-Sunday-Monday, August 31-September 2, (no games on the Friday, but games on the Monday).
  2. Teams wishing to play in the Provincials are required to play a minimum of two SPN slo-pitch tournaments
    (see my list of SPN tournaments - May 4-5, June 8-9, July 6-7, August 17-18, Sept 14-15, 2019).
  3. If you have difficulty entering two tournaments, but still wish to play in the Provincials, please contact me.
  4. If you need players for the Provincials, check with me for a list of players looking to play.
  5. If you have players looking to get on a team in the Provincials, contact me and I will put them on the list.
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35. Slo-Pitch Tournament Players

  1. Any individual players looking to play slo-pitch tournaments this summer,
    contact me (by e-mail only please) as I always have teams asking me for players.
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36. RSPA New Player List

  1. Teams looking for new players should request the "Players Looking For a Team List".
  2. Players looking to be put on an RSPA coed team should request to be put on the "Players Looking For a Team List".
  3. See below for information on RSPA open practices for new players looking for a team.
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37. New Player Open Practices

See RSPA Practice page
  1. Open practices for new players looking for a team are every Sunday morning at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon,
    Sunday, April 14, Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, April 28. (weather and field conditions permitting) - practice info
  2. Thursday night open practices for new players looking for a team are every Thursday night at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm,
    Thursday, April 18, Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2. (weather and field conditions permitting) - practice info
  3. Team reps are allowed out to practices to observe and request players.
    Team reps are not allowed to approach new players without consent.
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. Thirdly, we want to see the committment that means that you will show up for a 16 game schedule plus playoffs.
    If you can't make a couple of practices, you probably won't make all the league games.
  4. Also, it is nice to meet the players, since team reps show up at the practices, and 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.
  5. Yes personality counts! We sometimes 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.
  6. Male players have a much better chance of making a team, if they can make more practices.
  7. If you do not go out to an 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 30-40% 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 190 teams in the league, and usually 15-20 of those teams are looking for players.
  4. If you do not go out to an open practice, you will NOT be placed on a team.
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38. Frequently Asked Questions for New Players

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39. RSPA All-Star Night & Barbecue - Friday, July 12, 2019

See RSPA All-Star Night page
  1. The RSPA All-Star Night & Barbecue returns for 2019 on Friday, July 12 at Paul Coffey (Wildwood) Park.
  2. All-Star Night will include a FREE BARBECUE, and beverages.
  3. CONTESTS: home run hitting contest, base running and team throwing contests, individual throwing, pitching contest, etc.
  4. This event is also optional for all teams, but again, if you ask anybody who has attended, they will tell you what a fun night it is!
  5. Also, this event is subsidized by league fees, so come out and get your money's worth!
  6. We are looking for prizes, volunteers, ideas, etc.
  7. The RSPA All-Star Night is a result of a lot of work and cannot be succesful without the help we get from the amazing crew of volunteers! Why don't you step up and help?
  8. Give us your input!
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40. RSPA Volleyball Night, Friday, August TBA, 2019


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  1. The RSPA Volleyball Night returns for 2019, tentatively scheduled for Friday, August TBA
    at Diamond Beach Sports Complex in Etobicoke. — Diamond Beach map
  2. This event is not mandatory and any participation is optional.
    However, if you ask anybody who has attended, they will tell you what a fun night it is!
  3. Teams will be formed from existing slo-pitch league teams, as well as pick-up teams will be entered.
  4. Players, guests and friends are welcome.
  5. Prizes for winning team.
  6. We are looking for prizes, volunteers, ideas, etc.
  7. Give us your input. Another fun night out!

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41. RSPA Banquet & Awards Dance

See RSPA Banquet page
  1. Because of the great demand for this event, the RSPA Awards Banquet & Dance is split into FOUR (4) nights.
    Saturday, October 19, Saturday, October 26, Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 9, 2019.
    The October 26 banquet will be a Halloween banquet with prizes for best individual costumes and best team costumes.
  2. Teams will be assigned a banquet date.
  3. Teams may request to switch dates if they prefer, but date switches must be approved.
  4. Banquet tickets are first come, first serve. If you do not confirm your date and number of tickets in time, your team may have to schedule the banquet for another date or even default your banquet tickets. And just because you request a banquet date in time does not mean that you are guaranteed that date. If you do not confirm the quantity by the required date, your team may have to schedule the banquet for another date or may have to default their banquet tickets. Banquet deposits WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
  5. Teams or individual players may attend more than one date if tickets are available.
  6. LOCATION: Lions Banquet Hall, 45 Avondale Blvd, Brampton, ON L6T 1H1
    south side, just west of Bramalea Road, 3 blocks north of Steeles Ave (just north of the airport) map
  7. Tickets are $55 per person and include open bar (all you can drink) and all-you-can-eat buffet.
  8. All teams are required to purchase a minimum of four (4) tickets (4 x $55 = $220.00).
    (Banquet deposit is usually minimum 6 tickets per team; for 2019 only will be 4 tickets per team)
    This is a separate payment and is due August 1, 2019.
  9. Banquet tickets are non-transferable (this is one of the ways that helps to keep our costs down)
  10. Any team that has not paid the banquet deposit, will not be eligible to participate in the League playoffs.
  11. Banquet tickets will not be printed. We will use on-line/email pdf tickets. Banquet info will be hand out at the league meetings.
    PDF tickets are for info and map only. Tickets are not required to gain entry into the banquet.
    Extra tickets can be paid for by etransfer or by cheque or cash at the banquet door.
  12. Teams must confirm the banquet date 11 days before the scheduled banquet.
    Teams must confirm the required number of tickets 7 days before the scheduled banquet.
    These events are organized in advance and require more planning than we have allowed in the past.
  13. Tickets should be sold throughout the season.
  14. Team are also required to donate a door prize (all teams have somebody that can get a door prize) valued $25.00-30.00.
  15. A great party to end the season with great food, drinks, dancing and tons of door prizes!
    With FOUR (4) main door prizes, large screen HD TV's!
    Last banquets we gave away FOUR 55" HD TV's, FOUR microwaves, FOUR Kuerigs, FOUR crockpots, and a ton more prizes!
  16. RSPA Banquet info page
  17. The best party of the year!!!
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42. Other RSPA Social Activities

  1. RSPA Events page
  2. Over and beyond the RSPA All-Star Night and RSPA Volleyball Night, we are looking for other RSPA social activities:
    Poker night; Euchre night; Casino-Rama trip; Casino Niagara; Blue Jays game; golf tournament; New Years Eve party, etc.
  3. Looking for volunteers to help with the RSPA social activities.
  4. Give us your ideas!
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43. RSPA Umpires

See RSPA Umpire page
  1. RSPA uses SPN carded umpires for all games.
  2. We also develop umpires from within the league. Anybody wishing to become an umpire should contact us. We will assist in training and carding. Please ask if any players on your team wishes to become an umpire. Have fun and earn money!
  3. The RSPA Umpires clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:00 pm at Diamond Beach. This clinic makes you eligible to umpire any SPN league or tournament in Canada.
  4. The RSPA "Game Report Form" is used to rate and evaluate umpires.

Umpires Wanted / Umpires Clinic Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SPN carded umpires wanted for recreational coed league. We will train and card.
SPN sanctioned Umpire Clinic Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:00 pm,
at Diamond Beach, Etobicoke, 575 Centennial Park Blvd., Etobicoke Ontario, M9C 5M3 — map

You will become a fully sanctioned SPN umpire, eligible to umpire any SPN league or tournament in Canada.
Clinic cost is $110 and includes: - SPN umpire card, rulebook, hat, instruction clinic and umpire test.
If you attend the RSPA umpire clinic, we will guarantee umpire bookings of at least double your clinic cost
(we cannot guarantee parks or nights).

RSPA is a recreational, coed league, with parks in Mississauga-Etobicoke, Monday to Friday, weekend tournaments available.
e-mail: accent@slopitch1.com
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44. RSPA Team Sponsors

  1. Check with your players if they have a contact that can write off the team league fees.
  2. RSPA supplies a list of recommended bar sponsors.
    1. We just supply a list of bars that are looking for teams to sponsor.
    2. Most sponsors will not give money up front.
    3. Most sponsors are only looking for teams to go back and drink, and will usually pay the team a percentage of money spent at the bar, and can offer it one of two ways:
      - off the bill each night, or save it up as a total at the end of the season.
      Save it up as a total and you can use it for a year end party or forward it to next year's league fees.
    4. The percentage varies, the normal is 10%; some may give 15%.
    5. Most sponsors don't care about the name on the shirt, but some do.
      Ask if they have a deal on shirts; if they don't, the league will.
    6. If they provide shirts, they will probably take it off whatever else they are going to give you.
    7. Also push for a team freebie - free pizza, plate of wings or nachos, whatever the bar specializes in.
    8. They will stipulate a minimum number of players each night, usually 8, maybe as low as 6, before your sponsorship kicks in.
    9. The tentative list of sponsors to date: TBA
    10. If you know of any sponsors that should be added to this list, please let me know.
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45. RSPA Constitution & By-Laws

See RSPA Constitution & By-Laws page or available upon request.
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46. RSPA on the Internet

  1. Check out RSPA Slo-Pitch on the internet at: http://www.slopitch1.com/rspa
    Contact: Randy Warren — accent@slopitch1.com
  2. The web site includes all information:
    1. RSPA 2019 League Schedule and Results - 2019 info coming soon
    2. RSPA 2019 League Standings - preliminary 2019 divisions
    3. RSPA League Calendar
    4. RSPA League Rules
    5. RSPA Parks & Maps
    6. RSPA New Team Info
    7. RSPA New Player Info
    8. RSPA League Forms
    9. RSPA League Photos
    10. RSPA League History
    11. etc.
  3. Scores, results and standings from league games are posted daily.
  4. Available on the web site are downloadable forms for player release forms, game report forms, scoresheets, tournament entry form, etc.
  5. For teams or players that are looking to hook up with me, my availability is listed on the web site. RW Availability
  6. Also available on the web site are individual team pages. If your team wishes to have a team web page, send me your information and I will create your team web page, or send me your completed web pages, and I will post them.
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Looking forward to a great 2019 slo-pitch season!


This 2019 RSPA Info Package may be updated as more information becomes available.
Revised: January 25, 2019

Randy Warren,
President - RSPA Slo-Pitch
E-mail: accent@slopitch1.com
8 Buxton Court, Brampton, Ontario L6Z 3H9
Cell: (416) 930-6124