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RSPA COVID-19 UPDATE - June 22, 2020


LATEST NEWS - June 22: Province of Ontario has extended the state of emergency until July 15, and will not allow gatherings of more than 10 people. Certain select ball diamonds will be open but still not allowing more than 10 people. Can we play 5 on 5? The RSPA/SPN umpire clinic has been rescheduled again date TBA. Slo-pitch season is in jeopardy but still hoping that we can get some games in.
LATEST NEWS - June 18: I had set a schedule of June 15 for starting on getting back to ball. However, Ontario emergency measures for GTA including Mississauga are still at Phase 1 (phase 2 for non-GTA Ontario), and we need to be at Phase 3 for slo-pitch leagues. (Mind you my initial schedule was to push the league start back by 2-3 weeks.) As posted previously, Mississauga has cancelled all slo-pitch tournament permits until at least September, and have not yet made a decision on league cancellations (or have not responded). The city of Toronto has not yet made a decision on either league or tournament permits but my contact at city parks feels that it is unlikely that July slo-pitch would be a go as the province has to progress to phase 3 before the city can consider opening up to league ball.
And what sort of restrictions would be required to participate in on-field activities? Do we all have to wear masks? A whole new slant on "protective equipment". So many questions, so little info. Will we draw circles on the dance floor at the banquet like Trinity Bellwoods Park? And don't ask me about which stuff I am joking as I am not putting LOL behind everything I post.
I am still hoping that there will be some sort of ball this season but I cannot even begin to plan or even ask team reps about the status of their team and players. I know that when the restrictions open up, most teams and players will be ready to go.
We will look at accomodating whole returning teams, new teams, partial teams needing players, merging teams and even individual players looking for a temporary home. This is despite the fact that most GTA leagues have already cancelled their season.
CSPL has set a deadline of June 24 and I know that nothing will be resolved by then.
I have sent out a new email to team reps to update them. And I have redone my email list so forgive me if you are getting emails and you are no longer a team rep. PLEASE DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE. Just send me an email and let me know.
And my favourite line - Please let me know if you do not receive this email.

LATEST NEWS - June 8: Ontario emergency measures extended to June 19, which means no gatherings of more than 5 people, which kind of puts a damper on both league and tournament slo-pitch. Ontario still records more than 200 new cases and more than 20 deaths every day. Toronto alone has recorded over 900 deaths and Mississauga/Peel almost 300 deaths related to the corona virus. While most cities have opened parks, all team sports are still banned. COVID-19 self-assessment: Take the Covid-19 self-assessment if you’re worried you were exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.
LATEST NEWS - June 1: SPN has updated their 2020 Release of Liability Waiver form (which is a mandatory requirement for all participants) to cover the Covid-19 situation. Official Slo-Pitch National page on updated waiver form.
LATEST NEWS - May 30: The City of Mississauga has just announced that there will be no permits for slo-pitch tournaments (or any other permitted event with more than 50 people) until at least September 7. No word yet regarding league play but Mississauga permits are cancelled until July 3, with absolutely no gatherings including practices, league meetings, etc. The City of Toronto permits are cancelled until July 1 with no word different on tournament permits, but it is probable that they will follow suit.
The City of Toronto has cancelled all league permits up to and including June 28 and the City of Mississauga up to July 3.
SPN has cancelled/postponed all 2020 SPN National Championships.
For official Slo-Pitch National page on SPN National Championship postponement.
SPN Provincial Championships TBA depending on municipal and provincial guidelines.
SPN has posted recommendations for League and Event Management Return to Play along with Game Related Suggestions.
For full announcement and detailed suggestions:
Slo-Pitch National Covid-19 Recommendations For League and Event Management Return to Play
Note that this information is a national response and some provinces are more open than Ontario.
NSA has posted something similar with some silly rules: NSA Canada releases guidelines for the return of slo-pitch leagues
Slo-Pitch National has introduced the Double Play Deal for all 2020 carded umpires. The “Double Play Deal” will offer all 2020 carded officials, membership for both the 2020 and 2021 slo-pitch seasons. Double Play Deal for all SPN 2020 carded umpires
Toronto hac cancelled the Exhibition confirming that the Covid reach extends into the fall.
Toronto has opened SOME parks - but NOT sports fields. Closest thing to open is the golf courses.
I will send out an email but probably not until mid-June to determine how many teams are returning, and how many are willing to play some sort of season this year, and that is only if they allow us to play.

What will league slo-pitch look like for 2020?
There will be all kinds of rules like safe-distancing, no celebrations. Exactly the opposite of what slo-pitch is all about - bringing people closer together. Anybody with a runny nose will be shunned. If you get down and dirty expect to be sprayed with Lysol.
And the financial aspect of the game will be a nightmare. How many players will still be able to commit to another financial obligation.
So many company teams where players have lost their jobs or people who are just getting back on their feet.
Because we have to remember that this is not about players, it is about people.


As I said before, we will send out an email in mid-June and tell team reps that it's time to start contacting players and finding out who and how many are returning. Toughest part is that if the team rep is unable to commit then the team will have a difficult time getting reorganized. We will probably resort to ad hoc teams merging and borrowing players from other teams.
If parks open the first week of July then it is probably going to take two weeks to get teams organized and some sort of schedule out. Usually regular season ends and playoffs start middle of August (because all the teams make the playoffs) which would only leave 4 weeks for a regular season and 4 weeks for playoffs. Mississauga parks all close down the middle of September. We can apply for an extension but we were denied last time we asked for an extension. One obvious step is to reduce the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs, only advancing half the teams (like most other leagues).

FIRST PRIORITY: Our first priority is the safety of all the league members. Our next priority is the continued success of the league.
LEAGUE FEES: NO IDEA. We will try to reduce league fees as much as possible and offer delayed payments in order to ease the financial burden on the team reps and the players. I know that many teams will lose players due to financial constraints. And I know that many company sponsored teams will lose their sponsorship and I would like to work with them to see their continued registration.
FIRST RSPA LEAGUE MEETING FOR TEAM REPS:
We will try to conduct as much of the league meeting virtually and on-line - confirmation, payments, info submission, etc. Anything that needs actual physical contact (balls, rulebooks, etc.) can be delayed until the start of the season.
TOURNAMENTS: Mississauga cancelled all tournament permits until September 7. Toronto has not cancelled tournament permits yet.
RSPA OPEN PRACTICES FOR NEW PLAYERS: Probably start open practices July 5 (optimistically). But I am betting that a lot of teams will be looking for new players. RSPA will look at a lot of options, from merging teams that have lost too many players, or temporarily placing players until their original team is back up and running.
RSPA/SPN UMPIRE CLINIC THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020: All SPN umpire clinics have been cancelled and the RSPA/SPN umpire clinic is rescheduled to tentatively THURSDAY, JULY 2 at Diamond Beach (if it is open).
RSPA needs SPN carded umpires for recreational coed slo-pitch league. We will train and card. You will be eligible to umpire any SPN league or tournament. RSPA pays: $45 single game; $70/$80 double-header; $100 3-gamer 6:30-11:00 pm.
Get out get some exercise, have some fun and earn some extra cash.

I hope that everyone is keeping SAFE for yourself and the people around you.
Randy Warren, President, RSPA.
SPN

Double Play Deal for all SPN 2020 Carded Umpires

Slo-Pitch National is pleased to introduce the Double Play Deal for all 2020 carded umpires! The “Double Play Deal” will offer all 2020 carded officials, membership for both the 2020 and 2021 slo-pitch seasons! SPN web site Double Play Deal for all SPN 2020 carded umpires
Any umpire who has paid for the 2020 membership and would like to request a refund may do so at this time and will be removed from the carded umpire list. If an umpire request a refund for the 2020 season, upon return to officiating in 2021, they will need to successfully rewrite the online exam.
SPN

Slo-Pitch National Covid-19 Recommendations For League and Event Management Return to Play

Recommendations for League/Event Management Return to Play & Game Related Suggestions.
For full announcement and detailed suggestions:
Slo-Pitch National Covid-19 Recommendations For League and Event Management Return to Play
Note that this information is a national response and some provinces are more open than Ontario.
Updated April 8, 2020 RSPA slo-pitch logo
RSPA Recreational Slo-Pitch is a recreational, coed (7M-3F) slo-pitch league for adults in the Mississauga, west Toronto-Etobicoke area. RSPA is the largest coed league in the GTA with 180 teams in 26 divisions for 2019 and ALL the teams make the playoffs! RSPA offers the most coed divisions of any league, with divisions in SPN Coed C/D level, with several different levels of Coed "E", Coed "F" and a "Corporate/ Fun" division for corporate teams. We are SPN affiliated, fully insured and use SPN carded umpires. A great league, with lots of other activites — Volleyball Night; All-Star Night with home run, base running, throwing and other contests and FREE barbecue, and the BEST banquet in town! -- www.slopitch1.com/rspa/ -- Looking for new teams and new players for the 2020 season!
Updated March 18, 2020 RSPA slo-pitch logo

RSPA 2020 Team Info - Please see Covid info

New teams may apply, returning teams please re-submit your team info:
RSPA Team Info/Application Form email accent@slopitch1.com.
All of the information for returning teams, new teams and new players is on the web site.
New players, individuals, couples and groups can register by email accent@slopitch1.com.
    We will try to match you up with a team of appropriate level based on your skill and ability.
RSPA practices for new players looking for a coed team (by invitation only). - Practice Info.
The first RSPA league meeting is Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (team reps only) - RSPA Meeting Info.
The final RSPA league meeting is Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (team reps only) - RSPA Meeting Info.
For team reps looking to meet up with me - RW availability

RSPA 2020 REVISED CALENDAR: - Please see Covid info
Sunday, April 19:
Thursday, April 23:
Tuesday, April 28:
Sat-Sunday, May 2-3:
Wednesday, May 6:
Tuesday, May 12:
Wednesday, May 13:
RSPA open practices start for new players looking for a team.
RSPA open practice for new players looking for a team.
RSPA First League Meeting (Team reps only).
RSPA Spring Tournament. All divisions.
RSPA/SPN Umpire Clinic.
RSPA Final League Meeting (Team reps only).
RSPA Season start.

RSPA 2020 Info - What's New for 2020

Updated February 25, 2020
RSPA League fees 2020: Stay the same but must buy new pitching mat. See RSPA 2020 Info/League Fees
RSPA Rule Changes for 2020:
• RSPA will now use a full pitching mat with no cut out (covering homeplate/homeplate will be a strike)
NEW FOR RSPA 2020: - new pitching mats will be without the cutout for home plate (the plate will be a strike).
New mats will be available for sale at both league meetings at a subsidized price of $45 taxes included.
Normal price is $60 + tax = $67.80. Special price available only at the RSPA league meetings.
• Walk off home run will be allowed if BOTH teams REQUEST it. No out called for untouched base.
• Home run rule will stay as an out if exceed the match plus two.
RSPA VOLLEYBALL NIGHT - RSPA volleyball night is unavailable for 2020.
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 29, June 19, June 26, July 3, August 7, maybe August 14.
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 17 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 2-3, June 13-14, July 4-5, July 18-19, August 22-23, Oct 3-4, 2020.
No September tournament this year and October 3-4 is NOT available as RSPA league paid for tournament.
SPN Coed Provincial Championships Sept 5-6-7. No Friday games. Now in Brampton. Added division Coed F!
RSPA Awards Banquet and Dances scheduled for 4 dates for 2020:
Saturday, October 17, Saturday, October 24, Saturday, October 31 (Halloween) and Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Teams 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. RSPA Umpire clinic

SPN/RSPA Slo-Pitch Umpire Clinic Rescheduled Again Date TBA

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All SPN umpire clinics have been cancelled and the RSPA/SPN umpire clinic is rescheduled again.
2020 SPN umpire registration now covers two years 2020-2021.
SPN 2020 Umpire Exam
SPN 2020 Rule Book
SPN 2020 Umpire Manuals
SPN 2020 Incident Report
RSPA needs SPN carded umpires for recreational coed slo-pitch league. We will train and card. You will be eligible to umpire any SPN league or tournament. RSPA pays: $45 single game; $70/$80 double-header; $100 3-gamer 6:30-11:00 pm.
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. GOOD FOR TWO YEARS.
If you have already written the SPN test you may attend the RSPA umpire clinic for free.
If you attend the RSPA umpire clinic, we will guarantee umpire bookings of at least your clinic cost
    (we cannot guarantee parks or nights).
RSPA is an adult recreational, coed league, with parks in Mississauga-Etobicoke, Monday to Friday, weekend tournaments available.
Contact Randy Warren, accent@slopitch1.com
Get out get some exercise, have some fun and earn some extra cash.

RSPA 2020 Summer Slo-Pitch Tournaments

SPN Provincial & National Qualifiers - First place hoodies!

July 4-5, July 18-19, August 22-23, October 3-4, 2020

Coed (6M-4F) D, E, F • Mens D, E • Mens Masters 35+ and 50+.
Guaranteed 4 scheduled games all divisions (except Coed F).

Etobicoke-Mississauga - Headquarters: Irish Shebeen Pub
5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map

Tournament Flyer       Tournament Entry Form       Tournament Frequently Asked Questions
Randy Warren — e-mail preferred: accent@slopitch1.com • Cell 416-930-6124     • Entry Fee $350.00

• Team Rep Appreciation Gift & Appreciation Draw • Team Draws • Free Pitcher •

Largest Coed Slo-Pitch Tournament

RSPA Coed Slo-Pitch League did another Food Bank Drive


RSPA Coed Slo-Pitch League added Food Bank donation drives to all four of our RSPA banquets. We collected food items such as cans and non-perishable food, including: baby food and formula, peanut butter, canned fish and meat, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, grains, lentils, beans, dried pasta, pasta sauce and canned tomatoes (whole or crushed), cans of soup and stew, etc. We also collected $80 in cash that we converted to groceries. That came out to 21 large boxes of food that I delivered to the local food drive at the Salvation Army.

RSPA Slo-Pitch 2019 Banquet & Awards Dance

Updated January 25, 2020
RSPA first banquet - Saturday, October 19, 2019


RSPA Halloween Banquet - Saturday, October 26, 2019


RSPA Banquet #3 - Saturday, November 2, 2019


RSPA Banquet #4 - Saturday, November 9, 2019

RSPA 2019 Slo-Pitch Tournaments

We had great fun with the RSPA slo-pitch tournaments in 2019 even though the weather did not always cooperate.
The May tournament was completely rained out and the city cancelled the permits before it even started.
August tournament with 60 teams started out in the rain and mud and finished up on Sunday with a great day for ball!
Tournaments in June and two tournaments in July and two tournaments in September had great weather. And rain or shine it was always a great party after the tournament at the Irish Shebeen Pub with karaoke from Sharon and torontokaraoke.ca.
Here are some of the pictures from the 2019 RSPA slo-pitch tournaments.
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RSPA All-Star Night & Barbecue - Friday, July 12, 2019

Updated July 14, 2019.
  • The RSPA 2019 All-Star Night & Barbecue was held on Friday, July 12 at Paul Coffey Park.
  • Anybody who did not attend this event is crazy. Anybody who attended will tell you what a fun night it was!
  • Also, this event was subsidized by league fees, so if you didn't come out, you aren't getting your money's worth!
  • FREE BARBECUE, amazing hamburgers and 3 different kinds of sausages, free beverages, etc.
  • Krista and umpire RichardP and Ian manned the barbecues. We missed Mario and his special basil sprinkled tomatoes.
  • Home run contest (male & female), base running (male & female), pitching contest, outfield throwing, games, draws, etc.
  • Mens home run contest: EricV from Bonecrushers started out strong with 4 dingers in the first round but fell apart in the eliminations. Junior from Ruff Riders came on strong to win the event. Amit from Free Agents was second and Chad from Wrecking Crew was third.
  • Ladies home run: CORRECTION: Michelle from Honey Badgers beat out Cassie from Shark Fionns to win.
  • Mens baserunning: Ethan from Loaded Bases won with a time of 12.47 seconds, Junior from Ruff Riders secone 12.72,
    Ryan from I'd Hit That 12.76, Davian from Wrecking Crew 12.89.
  • Ladies baserunning: Lilian from Blaze Jays finally won because Leah took a year off.
  • Pitching: Danny from Honey Badgers won the pitching competition.
  • Outfield throwing: Tuan from Last Assassins won.
  • Deby Alvia from Massive Hits won $435 in the 50-50 draw and donated $100 back to the Kidney Foundation.
  • We raised $2579.90 (no dog tag this year) from the events and donations, $720 just from the male home-run contest, $435 from the 50-50 draw, $485 from the bat draw, won by ???. The league will round it up to donate $3000 to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
  • REMEMBER: We are also looking for donations to the Kidney Walk which will be held in September.
    I would like to see every team make at least a small donation.
  • The All-Star Night this year was a fund-raiser for Owen Dakins (son of Mike Dakins, Last Call) and the Kidney Foundation
    donating $3000 (not that we are forgetting Chris Allen and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.)
  • The RSPA All-Star Night is a result of a lot of work and cannot be successful without the help we get from the amazing crew of volunteers! KristaC and umpire RichardP and IanB on the barbecues, TerryJ doing his usual, anything that could be done from the comfort of his chair, EdG running all the events, Robbo and BriPie manning the beverages, Margine and Irene stepping in wherever needed, and all the people who stepped in to run and judge the events, etc.
  • Photos are posted. PLEASE SEND ME ANY PHOTOS YOU HAVE OF ALL-STAR NIGHT.