RSPA Slo-Pitch Open Practices Players Looking For a Coed Team

Updated November 12, 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 are every Sunday and will start Sunday, April 9, 10:00 am (weather permitting) at Lavington Park in Etobicoke (south-west of Martingrove & Dixon) - MAP.
• Thursday night practices are every Thursday (for 3 Thursdays only) and will start Thursday, April 13, April 20 & Thursday, April 27, 6:30 pm (weather permitting) at Fleetwood Park on Burnhamthorpe Road in Mississauga - MAP.
• For more practice information, maps, etc. see RSPA Open Practice Info.

RSPA open practices start the second Sunday in April and are every Sunday morning 10:00 am to noon (weather permitting) at Lavington Park in Etobicoke; MAP . Sunday morning practices will be April 9, April 16, April 23, and last practice April 30.

RSPA Thursday night 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 will be Thursday, April 13, April 20 & Thursday, April 27 at Fleetwood Park.

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 an open practice, you will not be placed on a team.

RSPA New Player/Open Practice Info

Updated November 12, 2016
  • 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.

RSPA - New Player Looking For a Team Info

Updated November 12, 2014

Steps to Apply as a New Player for RSPA Slo-Pitch:

RSPA always has room for new players. Females and couples are in high demand and are almost guaranteed an offer from a team.
The league compiles a list of teams looking for players. We have 176 teams, so we always have teams looking for players.
We also compile a list of players looking for a team, and then we try to match the player with the team
- level of play, nights of play, preferred parks, etc.
Couples and friends will always be offered a spot on the same team.
Three or more guys together is really tough and may have to split up.
Usually a group of M-F may find a spot with a rebuilding team.
Usually only half the guys will be offered a spot on a team.
  1. The first step is to check the following pages for information on RSPA Slo-Pitch League:
    RSPA Information
    Frequently Asked Questions For New Players
    RSPA Parks & Diamonds
    RSPA Team Info Package
  2. Download the New Player Application Form complete and return it to me:
    a. - fax it to me at fax 905-840-4189
    b. - bring it to one of the open practices (see below) accent@slopitch1.com
  3. The next step is to send me an e-mail accent@slopitch1.com
    so that I have you on file and can keep you informed of any changes, practice cancellations etc.
  4. Show up at one of the open practices (see info below).
  5. If you do not go out to an open practice, you will not be placed on a team.
Frequently Asked Questions For New Players
We also have tournament teams looking for players.
If you are interested in playing tournaments, please contact me accent@slopitch1.com
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RSPA Open Slo-Pitch Practices

RSPA hold open practices for new players looking for a team, 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 180 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.
And no - Mississauga practices are not for Mississauga teams and Etobicoke practices are not for Etobicoke teams.
They are both centrally located so team reps can check out players on either night.
Note: There are more Mississauga teams looking for players and fewer Etobicoke teams that need players.

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 9, 2017.

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 9 on, and the last practice is Sunday, April 30.

Everybody is welcome to Sunday morning practices.
Players who are already on a team may come out to join in and warm up.
But PLEASE, no entire teams coming out to practice.
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. Because of the limited space, please no players already on a team. Team reps are allowed out to practices 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

There are only 3 Thursday practices:
Thursday, April 13, April 20 & April 27 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.

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