RSPA Slo-Pitch Tournament FAQ

Updated January 23, 2017
see below for Tournament FAQ

RSPA 2017 Summer Slo-Pitch Tournaments

Spring Bash - Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7 - Etobicoke-Mississauga ALSO: June 10-11, July 15-16, August 19-20, Sept 23-24

Coed (6M-4F) D, E, F; Mens D, E • also Mens Masters 35+, 50+ for May 6-7 only.

SPN Provincial & National Qualifiers with new SPN awards

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

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

Tournament Flyer       Tournament Entry Form       Tournament Frequently Asked Questions
Randy Warren — e-mail preferred: accent@slopitch1.com • Tel 905-840-7206 (msg only) • Cell 416-930-6124     • Entry Fee $350.00 Largest Coed Slo-Pitch Tournament

RSPA Summer Slo-Pitch Tournament - FAQ

2017 Slo-Pitch Tournaments - May 6-7, June 10-11, July 15-16, August 19-20, Sept 23-24. Fall Ball Saturday (one day) Nov 4, 2017.
  1. Can anybody enter a slo-pitch team in an RSPA or SPN slo-pitch tournament?
    Anybody can enter a team in an RSPA or SPN slo-pitch tournament, with the following conditions:
    • Team must be registered with SPN. Registration can be done at the tournament check-in.
    • Players must be 16 years of age or older.
      Players 16-17 must have written parental consent: SPN parental consent form
    • Team does NOT have to be registered in any league.

  2. What level or what divisions are offered?
    • RSPA offers division from D to E, and Coed F (or Fun division). (Most tournaments offer only D and E divisions.)
    • RSPA is the only tournament offering Coed F in every tournament.
    • RSPA has the most coed teams so we get more true divisions in the tournament.
    • Most teams would be considered an E level team (if you don't know what level you are, you are probably E).
    • Levels A to C are very good (better than you think you are).
    • SPN coed divisions are now all 6M-4F. RSPA was the first to offer 6M-4F coed.
    • RSPA occassionally offers a coed F division 7M-3F (usually the August tournament only).

  3. What level or what division is my team?
    If you don't know what level your team is, you are probably Coed or Mens E.

  4. What rules are used for slo-pitch tournaments?
    Tournament rules are up to the tournament convenor, but most conveners stay close to standard SPN rules -
    • RSPA tournament coed divisions are 6M-4F; two more males than females; bat max 2 males in a row. (bat up to 8M-4F)
    • RSPA tournaments uses a pitching mat with the homeplate cut-out. Homeplate is NOT a strike.
      (SPN rules use a specific SPN strike zone mat covering the homeplate, homeplate is a strike - not RSPA.)
    • Standard SPN Ontario Rule is the 175 foot rule. See 175 foot rule
    • Minimum 10 players (RSPA allows 9 players with no automatic out).
    • Courtesy Runners: maximum SEVEN courtesy runners, cannot be the same runner twice.
    • Rules will vary for summer slo-pitch tournaments and winter sno-pitch and fall ball tournaments.

    • SPN Rule Book
      RSPA Tournament Rules web page
      RSPA Tournament Rules PDF

  5. Where are the games held?
    Tournament headquarters is the Irish Shebeen Bar
    5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1, (south side of Eglinton, across from Satellite Drive) — Irish Shebeen map

    Parks will be close to HQ if possible. The bigger the tournament, the more parks will be used and further from HQ.
    Tournament map of parks

  6. What parks are used?
    Because the RSPA tournaments are the largest tournaments in the GTA, we have to use a lot of diamonds.
    Parks include: Diamond Beach, Centennial Park, Max Ward, West Deane, Eringate, Fleetwood, Garnetwood, Dunton, etc.
    As the tournament gets larger, we widen out to include Brickyard, Wildwood, Mount Charles, Mississauga Valley, etc.
    Higher divisions such as Coed D and Mens D will always be at Max Ward, Diamond Beach or Centennial Park.
    Tournament map of parks

  7. What about balls?
    Balls will be supplied by the tournament. The official SPN ball is currently the Worth Hot Dot.

  8. What does a team need to bring?
    A team needs to supply a set of bases (including a safe-base for first base), and their own gloves and bats.
    We usually have extra sets of bases that we can lend out (but email first to arrange bases).
    (Sno-pitch and usually fall ball tournaments - the bases are supplied)

  9. What about uniforms?
    Uniforms are not mandatory for most tournaments, except for Provincial and National Championships.

  10. What are the awards?
    SPN supplied awards for division first place change every year. See top of the page for 2017 awards - will be posted soon.
    First place awards will be SPN awards for National and Provincial qualifiers.
    Second place awards are up to the convenor, but are usually SPN, RSPA or other t-shirts or hats.
    Larger tournaments offer prizes for 3rd and 4th place, if the division fills.

  11. Other Prizes? Team Rep Appreciation Draw.
    RSPA tournaments give away more draw prizes and team rep appreciation gifts than any other tournament.
    Every team rep is automatically entered in the Team Rep Appreciation draw.
    A new bat or wheeled bat bag is drawn for at every RSPA tournament.
    ALSO - any team that comes back to headquarters is entered in the individual player draws for prizes, bats, bat bags, sweaters, tees, etc.

  12. When does the roster need to be submitted by?
    The roster needs to be submitted by the Tuesday before the tournament, so that it may be checked for level of play.
    Initial roster can be without signatures and signatures can be added Saturday morning when you check in.

  13. Schedule?
    Your team will be given game info (time and park) for the first game only. The other scheduled games will be posted at the headquarters when you check in before the first game. First game times and parks are usually emailed Thursday noon.
    Early or late start time: A team can request an early or late start or an early finish, and in most cases we try our best to oblige.
    Game slots are one hour and 15 minutes, with a usual schedule start at either 9:30 am or 10:45 am. Usual schedule will be game, game off, game, two games off, game. Or game, two games off, game, game off, game.
    Sometimes your team will be scheduled back to back games so check the schedule for all your games when you check in.
    A good idea is to take a picture of the board with your phone.

    It is your responsibility to check the game times.
    Do not call me or the headquarters for your game schedule!

  14. What is check-in?
    One player, usually the team rep has to check in at headquarters one hour before the first game to pay the tournament fee, drop off a final roster and check the boards for all the games. Double-check that your first game info has not changed, and write down the time, park and opposing team for the other scheduled games. A good idea is to take a picture of the board with your phone.

  15. After each game?
    Check-in at headquarters after each game to report the score and double-check that no changes have been made.

  16. What if we are short a girl or a guy?
    If your team is short a girl or a guy, your team may play with nine players with no automatic out.
    I usually have a list of players looking for a team to play on.


  17. If you have any questions that are not answered here, or for more info,
    contact: Randy Warren — e-mail preferred: accent@slopitch1.com; —
    Alternate e-mail: alternate e-mail ; — tel 905-840-7206 (message only) ;

RSPA Fall Ball Tournament FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

RSPA Fall Ball Tournament - Saturday, (one-day), November 4, 2017 — (see also Summer & Sno-Pitch FAQ)
  1. What kind of ball is used?
    Depending on the weather, fall ball normally uses the green ball or RIF ball, which is softer than a real ball, but not as soft as the orange sno-pitch ball. If the weather is nice, we MAY use a real ball for higher level coed or mens divisions. Balls will be supplied by the tournament.

  2. Why don't we use a real ball?
    A real ball would cause possible injury as they are much harder when cold, bouncing on frozen ground.
    They would also damage most bats when used in cold weather.

  3. What rules are different?
    Fall ball rules are generally set-up for a faster game. At bats start with a 1-1 count. RSPA Fall Ball Tournament Rules PDF

  4. What parks are used for fall ball?
    Parks include: Diamond Beach, Centennial Park, Max Ward, Fleetwood, Garnetwood, etc.

  5. What about uniforms?
    Uniforms are not required for fall ball tournaments.

  6. What are the awards?
    SPN awards are the same for summer tournaments Provincial qualifiers.

  7. Other Prizes? Team Rep Appreciation Draw.
    RSPA tournaments give away more draw prizes and team rep appreciation gifts than any other tournament.
    Every team rep is automatically entered in the Team Rep Appreciation draw.
    A new bat or wheeled bat bag is drawn for at every RSPA tournament.
    ALSO - any team that comes back to headquarters is entered in the individual player draws for prizes, bats, sweats, tees, etc.

  8. When does the roster need to be submitted by?
    The roster needs to be submitted by the Tuesday before the tournament,
    so that it may be checked for level of play. Initial roster can be without signatures and signatures can be added Saturday morning when you check in.

  9. Schedule?
    Your team will be given game info (time and park) for the first game only. the other games will be posted at the headquarters when you check in before the first game. First game times and parks are usually emailed Thursday noon.
    Early or late start time: a team can request an early or late start or an early finish, and in most cases we can oblige.
    Fall ball game slots are one hour or less, with a usual schedule start at 9:30 am. Usual schedule will be game, game off, game, two games off, game. Or game, two games off, game, game off, game. Sometimes your team will be scheduled back to back games. Be sure to check the schedule for all your games when you check in. A good idea is to take a picture of the board with your phone.

    It is your responsibility to check the game times.
    Do not call me or the headquarters for your game schedule!

  10. What is check-in?
    One player, usually the team rep has to check in at headquarters one half to one hour before the first game to pay the tournament fee, drop off a final roster and check the boards for all the games. Double-check that your first game info has not changed, and write down the time, park and opposing team for the other scheduled games. A good idea is to take a picture of the board with your phone.

  11. After each game?
    Check-in at headquarters after each game to report the score and double-check that no changes have been made.

  12. What if we are short a girl or a guy?
    If your team is short a girl or a guy, your team may play with nine players with no automatic out.
    I usually have a list of players looking for a team to play on.


  13. If you have any questions that are not answered here, or for more info,
    contact: Randy Warren — e-mail preferred: accent@slopitch1.com; —
    Alternate e-mail: alternate e-mail ; — tel 905-840-7206 (message only) ;

RSPA Sno-Pitch Tournament FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Sno-Pitch Tournament - Saturday (one-day), February 15, 2014, Saturday (one-day), March 15, 2014
(see also Summer Slo-Pitch & Fall Ball FAQ)
  1. Are sno-pitch tournament games played inside or outside?
    Yes, games are played outside, and yes - we really play in the snow.

  2. What do you wear for sno-pitch?
    Dress warmly, as if you were going skiing or tobogganing.

  3. What rules are used for sno-pitch tournaments?
    Tournament rules are up to the tournament convenor, but most conveners stay close to standard SPN rules modified for sno-pitch. Sno-pitch rules are generally set-up for a faster game. At bats start with a 1-1 count.
    RSPA sno-pitch is coed 6M-4F; bat maximum 2 males in a row, which allows batting up to 8M-4F.
    Some of the rules are:

  4. What kind of ball is used?
    There are two types of cold weather balls. The soft mushy orange balls are used if there is snow on the ground. The green ball or RIF ball is not as soft and can be used in borderline weather, or if there is no snow on the ground. Balls will be supplied by the tournament.

  5. Why don't we use a real ball?
    A real ball would cause possible injury as they are much harder when cold, bouncing on frozen ground. They would damage most bats when used in cold weather.

  6. Are bases supplied?
    Bases will be supplied by the tournament.

  7. What do we need to bring?
    Bring your own bats and gloves. Balls and bases will be supplied by the tournament.

  8. Can anybody enter a team in an RSPA or SPN sno-pitch tournament?
    Anybody can enter a team in an RSPA or SPN sno-pitch tournament, with the following conditions:
    • team must be registered with SPN; registration can be done at the tournament check-in.
    • players must be 16 years of age or older; players 16-17 must have written parental consent.
      SPN parental consent form

  9. How many players should we take?
    If you take only 10 players you risk playing a player short or even defaulting the game. But if you carry too many, plaers will sit too long. Optimum number is 12 players 7M-5F, gives you a guy and girl sub and you can bat everybody and rotate everybody through the defence.

  10. What if we are short a girl or a guy?
    If your team is short a girl or a guy, your team may play with nine players with no automatic out. I usually have a list of players looking for a team to play on.

  11. Where are the games held?
    Tournament headquarters is usually the Irish Shebeen Bar, 5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1, (south side of Eglinton, across from Satellite Drive) — Irish Shebeen map

  12. What parks are used?
    Parks include: Diamond Beach, Centennial Park, Max Ward, Fleetwood, Garnetwood, etc.

  13. What about uniforms?
    Uniforms are not required for any tournaments.

  14. What are the awards?
    SPN supplied awards for division first place change every year.
    For 2014, first place awards for National Qualifiers, which include all RSPA summer tournaments (except coed F), were SPN sweaters.
    First place awards for Regional (non-National) qualifiers including all Coed F were SPN grey, short-sleeve dri-fits.
    Second place awards are up to the convenor, but are usually SPN, RSPA or other t-shirts.
    Larger tournaments offer prizes for 3rd and 4th place, if the division fills.

  15. Other Prizes?
    RSPA tournaments give away more draw prizes and team rep appreciation gifts than any other tournament.

  16. When does the roster need to be submitted by?
    The roster needs to be submitted by the Tuesday before the tournament,
    so that it may be checked for level of play. Initial roster can be without signatures and signatures can be added Saturday morning when you check in.

  17. Schedule?
    Your team will be given game info (time and park) for the first game only. The other games will be posted at the headquarters when you check in before the first game. First game times and parks are usually emailed Thursday noon.
    Early or late start time: A team can request an early or late start or an early finish, and in most cases we can oblige.
    Sno-pitch game slots are 45-50 minutes, with a usual schedule start at 9:30 am. Usual schedule will be game, game off, game, two games off, game. Or game, two games off, game, game off, game. Sometimes your team will be scheduled back to back games. Be sure to check the schedule for all your games when you check in.

    It is your responsibility to check the game times.
    Do not call me or the headquarters for your game schedule!

  18. What is check-in?
    One player, usually the team rep has to check in at headquarters one half to one hour before the first game to pay the tournament fee, drop off a final roster and check the boards for all the games. Double-check that your first game info has not changed, and write down the time, park and opposing team for the other scheduled games.

  19. After each game?
    Check-in at headquarters after each game (if you have time) to report the score and double-check that no changes have been made.