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.
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.
Updated March 18, 2020
RSPA COVID-19 UPDATE
FIRST RSPA :
Thursday, April 16 practice is CANCELLED. First scheduled open practice will be Sunday, April 19.
If the virus is still active, we will decide if the practices are to be held or rescheduled.
If practices are held we will take every precaution to limit possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Any new player that still feels that the practices are an unnecessary risk should not attend.
Sunday open practices: Sunday, April 19, April 26 & May 3 & May 10.
The scheduled start of the regular season has been pushed back one week, but I am sure that the season will be played.
RSPA season start will be tentatively rescheduled to Wednesday, May 13 and if necessary, to 2 weeks later to Wednesday, May 20. Please do not ask questions about lost games and making up lost games. We will look at all the options - extending the season, more double-headers, more Friday make-up games, Monday long weekend games for Monday teams, etc.
Decisions for RSPA open practices will be made at a later date, and may be made on a week-to-week basis.
RSPA/SPN UMPIRE CLINIC: All SPN umpire clinics have been cancelled and the RSPA/SPN umpire clinic will be rescheduled to a later date, tentatively Wednesday, May 6 at Diamond Beach. RSPA needs SPN carded umpires for recreational coed slo-pitch league. We will train and card. Eligible to umpire any SPN league or tournament. $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.
Looking forward to a season where the only Corona is in a cold bottle!
Randy Warren, President, RSPA.
RSPA New Player Practice by Invite OnlyUpdated January 25, 2020
RSPA Coed Slo-Pitch League holds open practices for new players trying to find a COED team in Mississauga-Etobicoke.
Please email me if you wish to attend the new player practice. (Females and couples and high level males ONLY)
1. The City of Toronto is not allowing us to practice on city parks before the season starts.
2. RSPA Slo-Pitch Open Practices are now by invitation only.
3. Due to the number of new players and the very few spots open, we will only look at new players females and couples.
We do have a couple of openings for single males for tier-1 (high level) and Friday night divisions.
Females and couples and high level males should email me for practice info.
RSPA Open Practice 2020: for new players looking for a COED team. - email for info.
RSPA Thursday Open Practice - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (weather permitting).
Thursday practice dates are Thursday, April 16 & Thursday, April 23 & Thursday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (weather permitting).
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 19, Sunday, April 26 & Sunday, May 3.
By invitation only, prefer females, couples and high level males, park TBA.
For more practice information, maps, etc. see RSPA Practice Info. -
See also RSPA New Player for new player info and FAQ For New Players
Please do not call me or email me with questions. All the info is on the website.
I will email the list of teams looking for players when it is available, what nights they play and what level of ball they play.
Only looking for single females, couples and high level guys.
RSPA New Player/Open Practice InfoUpdated 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the list.
New Player F.A.Q. & Information - RSPA Slo-PitchUpdated January 25, 2020
What is my first step to get on a slo-pitch team?
RSPA always has room for new players.
Females and couples are in high demand and are almost guaranteed an offer from a team.
Couples will be placed on the same team.
The league compiles a list of teams looking for players. We have 190 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. Less than half the guys who try out will make a team.
- Check the following pages for information on RSPA Slo-Pitch League:
Frequently Asked Questions For New Players
RSPA Parks & Diamonds
RSPA Team Info Package
- The next step is to send me an e-mail :
Randy Warren, email@example.com
so that I have you on file and can keep you informed of any changes, practice cancellations etc.
- Download the New Player Application Form, complete and email it to me or bring it to one of the open practices (see below)
- Show up at one of the open practices (see info above).
RSPA Open Practice Information
What are the RSPA "open" practices?
RSPA hold "open" practices for new players looking for a COED team, by invitation only, Sunday mornings and Thursday nights.
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.
Why do I need to go to the RSPA open practices?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yes personality counts! We also may 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.
- Male players have a much better chance of making a team, if they can make more practices.
- 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.
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.
What do I bring to the practice?
Bring a baseball glove. Wear sensible running shoes, either cleats or turf shoes preferably or running shoes.
Metal cleats are NOT allowed. Bring a bat if you have one, but bats will be there. Balls will be supplied.
Will I definitely be put on a team?
- We have 190 teams in the league, so quite a few teams are usually looking for players. Plus, we also usually form a new team from players looking for a team. We will be looking for someone to help run the new team.
- 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.
- 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.
- Positions like pitchers and shortstops will have an easier time getting placed than other players. Better players will get more offers.
- Male players have a much better chance of making a team, if they can make more practices.
If you do not go out to at least one open practice, you will not be placed on a team.
How are players placed on a team?
We collect the list of teams looking for players and match them up to the list of players looking for a team - what level of ball, what nights you play, what nights you cannot play, what parks you prefer, etc.
Then we try to match the players up with teams looking for players. With 190 teams, we always have teams looking for players, or a new team with a group looking to fill out their roster.
When the list of teams looking for players becomes available, we match the list to the players list and it will look like this:
Example team "A" plays Monday nights and prefers Max Ward, West Deane and Fleetwood Park.
Example team "B" plays Tuesday at any north Mississauga park.
When will players be placed on a team?
The RSPA regular season starts the first Wednesday in May and the last open practice is the last Sunday or Thursday in April. We try to finalize placing players at the last two practices. However, some teams do not know if they will need players until the season starts.
How much does it cost per player?
RSPA is one of the least expensive leagues in the area, considering what is included: insurance, carded umpires, etc.
Every team must enter in ONE of the league tournaments ($350 for team entry)
and must commit to four (4) banquet tickets (4 x $55 = $220.00).
Individual player fees depend on each team. Depends on what sponsor they have, what they include, what about shirts, uniforms; etc. But RSPA player fees are usually around $180.00 to $210.00 per player, unless they have a sponsor. A player for a new team that needs equipment may be higher than $200 for the season.
How much to join the new team being formed?
Player cost for this new team will be capped at a maximum $200 per player, and will include uniform shirt, tournament and banquet deposit. Uniforms can be as simple as matching t-shirts for the first season.
When are the player fees due?
New players looking for a team do not pay their fees until they are assigned to a team. However, the league may request a $20.00 deposit from each new player, which is forwarded to the team. This deposit is refunded if the player does not get a suitable team offer.
When does the season start?
Exhibition games start last two weeks in April.
The regular season starts the first Wednesday in May.
How many players are on a team?
This varies from team to team. The minimum is usually 14 players (any less and you risk forfeiting games).
The maximum roster size is 20 players per team. However, exceptions are made if the team wishes a larger roster.
Where are the parks?
The league centres itself on the Mississauga-Etobicoke border, with teams having the option of choosing their own preferred parks and nights. - Click here to see Parks & Maps
Teams will not play at a park that they specify that they cannot play at. (not the same as a park they don't want to play at).
There are more Mississauga parks and more Mississauga teams than Etobicoke parks and teams.
What nights do we play on?
Games are played one night per week, single games on unlit diamonds, single games and double-headers on lit diamonds, on any scheduled night, Monday to Friday. We do give the teams the option to choose preferred parks and nights. Teams will never play on a night that they specify that they cannot play on.
All teams are required to play a minimum two (2) Friday nights.
Parks & Maps - Click here to see the map and the list of parks and nights.
Do we always play on the same night?
YES - most teams play on one set night. Some teams request more than one night. If you request to play only one set night, we will accomodate your team (not counting the two Friday nights that all teams must play. If your team prefers more than one different nights, the schedule will be flexible depending on your division and your preferred choice of nights. We do give teams the option of a set game night, and we do give the teams the option to choose preferred parks and nights, and we will try to accomodate teams as much as possible.
Do we play on long weekends?
We only schedule Friday or Monday games on weekends with holiday weekends if your team requests. We do offer the option of playing on holiday Monday nights, if we can find another team for you to play against. Since most summer long weekends are Monday holidays, we do have regular scheduled games on Thursday and Tuesday nights.
How many games are played in a season?
RSPA schedules a minimum 16 plus game schedule, plus playoffs, and all teams make the playoffs. Higher division teams may play more games. Friday night teams all play double-headers (usually 20 game schedule).
If you compare this to leagues that offer 24 games per season with a time limit (time limits are usually 55-65 minutes per game), compared to 16 games with no time limit (or 90 minute time limit on lit diamonds), the 16 games gives you more actual playing time. Plus, most leagues do not offer that all teams qualify for the playoffs.
Why do we usually play only one game per night?
All games are scheduled for a 6:30 game start, since we find that a 6:00 game start is difficult to get to with the parks being so spread out. We also have no time limit and play a leisurely full 7 inning game, no rush, unlike most leagues who enforce a time limit of 55 to 65 minutes, and struggle to get in two complete games. Higher divisions play more double-headers.
What kind of slo-pitch does RSPA play?
RSPA plays slo-pitch, where the pitcher pitches with a 6-12 foot arc to the opposing team.
It is not three pitch, where the pitcher pitches to his/her own team.
It is not "modified", where the pitcher is allowed to pitch fast and with no arc.
What level of slo-pitch does RSPA play?
RSPA is a recreational level slo-pitch league. Teams range from "F" level to "C/D" level with the majority of the teams at "E" or "Rec" level. We have some "A" level and "B" level individual players, but slo-pitch is a team sport. Like I said, we are just "guys" and "gals" out to have fun!
How do I know what level of player I am?
Consider yourself E level until you are told otherwise. "A" level is the highest level, and no matter how good you think you are, you are NOT an "A" level player. B and C are all high level players. If you have to ask, you are probably an E level player. F level is for beginners or players just out to have fun.
What rules does RSPA use?
- RSPA uses modified SPN rules.
- Coed: 7 males and 3 females (May play more females).
- May play 7M+3F; 8M+4F; 9M+5F; 10M+6F.
- Or may play 6M+4F; 5M+5F; etc.
- No restrictions on batting sequence.
- Standard slo-pitch 6 to 12 foot arc.
- Called balls and strikes using a mat with homeplate cut-out.
- If a male batter is walked, and is followed by a female batter, he is awarded two bases. Female batter following 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.
- No time limit on games on unlit diamonds. one hour and a half hour game slot on lit diamonds.
- Grace period 10 minutes. Mercy rule 12 runs. Maximum 6 runs per inning.
- SPN affiliated; Carded umpires; SPN insured.
- Click here to see the RSPA League Rules
How long has RSPA been around?
RSPA has been around since 1982. Originally founded as the in-house league for Zenith TV on Islington Avenue in Etobicoke, and gradually moving west into Mississauga as the diamonds became available and the players tended to move out into the suburbs. I have been president of the league since 1984 (on and off) when it was only a 4 team league.
RSPA League History
Is there a minimum age?
Minimum age is sixteen (16) years of age. Players 16-17 years of age must have parental approval. Parental Consent Form pdf
What is the average age?
As I mentioned before, the League has been around since 1982, so we have players older than dirt. But with a new influx of players every year we have a good mix of young, medium and (instead of old, I will say) experienced players.
How many females play on a team?
RSPA is a coed league that plays 7 males and 3 females. A team may always play more females if they wish, (example: 6 males + 4 females; 5 males + 5 females; 4 males + 6 females; etc.) (If you ask me, some teams should be sitting the guys and playing the girls!)
How many females should you carry on the roster?
You need a minimum of 3 females to play. A team can play with two females, but there is an automatic out. Most teams carry five female players. A female player on the roster that will only play when called out is a bonus.
How many teams are in RSPA?
RSPA had 190 teams in 26 divisions for the 2018 slo-pitch season, which is the largest coed league in Canada!
We will be accepting new teams and new individual players for 2018 on a limited basis, depending on park availability. We have increased in size almost every year for the last 20 years and we hardly ever lose a team to another league. New teams should check out what we have to offer, and we must be doing something right, as we have grown from a 4 team league in 1982 to 190 teams for 2017!
We are also looking for individual players (females & couples preferred).
Click here for: New Team Info/Application | Player looking for a team Info
What about umpires?
League costs include SPN carded umpires. We try to develop our umpires from within our own system.
Anyone wishing to umpire or wishing to learn, should contact us.
The RSPA umpire clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:00 pm at Diamond Beach. RSPA Umpire page
What does the League supply?
RSPA League costs include: SPN carded umpires, game balls, liability insurance.
We have a the greatest year-end banquet and awards dance, an All-Star Night and free barbecue, a volleyball night and offers 8 slo-pitch tournaments.
What do the teams need to supply?
Each team is required to supply their own bases, including a safe-base for first base and a pitching mat.
Players are required to wear matching uniform tops (could be as simple as matching t-shirts).
Teams supply their own gloves and bats.
What is the league meeting that I hear about?
The RSPA League meeting is for Team Reps only. No individual players are allowed.