RSPA F.A.Q. & Information For New Teams

Updated November 12, 2016
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When should I get a team organized?

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The League contacts potential new teams and players in February-March.
The first 2017 RSPA League meeting for team reps is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 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
The team rep meeting is for team reps (not for players looking for a team).
Click here for RSPA Meeting Information
The final 2017 RSPA League meeting for team reps is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 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
Team/new player practices start the second Sunday in April.
RSPA Open Practice Information
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When does the season start?

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Exhibition games start Monday, April 24 to Tuesday, May 2.
The regular season starts Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
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How many players are on a team?

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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.
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How much does it cost per team?

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RSPA is one of the least expensive leagues in the Toronto area.
League costs are $1500.00 per team.
There is a one-time non-refundable deposit of $250.00, so for a new team it costs $1750 for the first season.
Returning teams pay only $1500.00.
The League fees are due in 3 staggered payments, and if you contact us,
we can even help arrange a team sponsor.
Teams must also pay to enter one of our league tournaments ($350.00).
and teams must commit to buy a minimum of four (4) banquet tickets,
with a banquet deposit of 4 x $50 = $200, due August 1, 2017.
(Banquet deposit is usually minimum 6 tickets per team, but for 2017 will be 4 tickets per team).
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Why do new teams pay more?

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The one-time, non-refundable deposit of $250 covers the new team's share of the league assets and money on deposit.
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Where does the money go?

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RSPA is a non-profit association. All duties (except umpiring) are done on a volunteer basis. No League Executive or personnel are paid for any duties. The money goes to: parks and permits, umpires, SPN registration, insurance, balls and we subsidize League activities such as the banquet, All-Star night, volleyball night, etc.
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How much does it cost for an individual player?

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Once again, this varies from team to team, depending on the team sponsor, how many players they roster, uniforms, etc.
The usual player cost varies from $150 to $200 per player, if no sponsor.
Cost per player may be higher than $200 for the season if it includes equipment, special uniforms or other social activities.
or cost per player could be as low as $100 with a team sponsor.
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Where are the parks?

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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.
There are more Mississauga parks and more Mississauga teams than Etobicoke parks and teams.
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What nights do we play on?

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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.
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Do we always play on the same night?

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YES - your team can play on one set night.
Your team will play on the same night with the following exceptions:
other than the two required Friday nights, or if you request to play more than one night.
If your team requests to play only one set night, we will accomodate your team, not counting the two Friday nights that all teams must play. Games are sometimes played on different nights, depending on your divsion 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.
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Do we play on long weekends?

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We do not schedule Friday games on weekends with holiday weekends. We offer the option of Monday games on weekends with holiday weekends. Since all summer long weekends are Monday holidays, we do have regular scheduled games on Thursday and Tuesday nights.
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How many games are played in a season?

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RSPA schedules a 16+ game schedule, plus playoffs, and all teams make the playoffs.
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 all teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Why do we usually play only one game per night?

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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.
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What level of slo-pitch does RSPA play?

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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!
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What level of slo-pitch is my team?

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If your team does not know what level they are, they are usually "E" level.
"F" level is beginners or company teams.
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What kind of slo-pitch does RSPA play?

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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.
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What rules does RSPA use?

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  • 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 a home-plate 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
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How long has RSPA been around?

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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
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Is there a minimum age?

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Minimum age is sixteen (16) years of age. Players 16-17 years of age must have parental approval. Parental Consent Form pdf
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What is the average age?

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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.
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How many females play on a team?

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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!)
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How many females should you carry on the roster?

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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.
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How many teams are in RSPA?

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RSPA had 190 teams in 26 divisions for the 2016 slo-pitch season, which is the largest coed league in Canada!
We will be accepting new teams and new individual players for 2017 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 180 teams.
We are also looking for individual players (females & couples preferred).
Click here for: New Team Info/Application | Player looking for a team Info
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What about umpires?

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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 26, 2017, 6:00 pm at Diamond Beach. RSPA Umpire page
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What does the League supply?

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RSPA League costs include: SPN carded umpires, game balls, liability insurance.
We have a year-end banquet and awards dance, an All-Star Night and free barbecue, a volleyball night, poker night and several slo-pitch tournaments.
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What do the teams need to supply?

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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 colour t-shirts). Teams supply their own gloves and bats.
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What if my new team needs more players?

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RSPA will supply a list of players looking for teams. We always have a ton of guys looking for a team. Female players are a little scarcer, and you may be forced to take a guy as most females are part of a couple. If you have a group of players, or half of a team. we often have similar groups looking to merge.
Roster additions may be made up to July 1. Roster additions after July 1 require League approval.
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What if I am a player looking for a team?

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Contact us and we will put you on the list of players looking for teams.
We do have teams that are looking for players.
New Player Info | New Player FAQ