RSPA Slo-Pitch Covid UpdateUpdated Thursday, May 13, 2021
Thursday, May 13: Lockdown has been extended two more weeks to June 2. All dates pushed back two weeks. See calendar below.
• I am still confident that there will be a season. Season will be extended to the first week of October.
• Last year we didn’t start until August 10 and teams still got 14 games in plus playoffs.
• The initial deposit of $200 is required by Tuesday, June 1 by interac e-transfer to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After that date teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve and on an as required basis.
After June 1 teams may not be accepted if the 4 team division is full.
• First RSPA meeting is cancelled. No real or virtual meeting on zoom or anything like that, impossible with 100 teams.
It will be a one on one discussion with teams that need help.
• Final RSPA meeting rescheduled to Tuesday, June 8.
The final RSPA meeting will have full Covid protocols in place to pick up info, balls, rulebook, scorebook, etc.
• RSPA open practices rescheduled to Thursday, June 3, Sunday, June 6, Thursday, June 10 & Sunday, June 13.
• RSPA umpire clinic rescheduled to TWO dates - Saturday, June 5 & Wednesday, June 9.
• RSPA first tournament rescheduled to Saturday, June 12 (Saturday one-day).
• RSPA season start rescheduled to Wednesday, June 9.
RSPA will try to maintain minimum games required by increased double-headers, optional extra games on Fridays, optional long weekend Mondays and Fridays, extend the season to middle of October. Playoffs will only be top half of each division.
Monday, May 10: Nothing major new to report, just some clarifications and answers to the most common questions.
• If there is no season then obviously all deposits and league fees are refunded.
• If lockdown is extended, teams may request a refund of any deposit made.
League deposits are also refundable up to 7 days before the season starts.
• It looks like we will start the season under covid restrictions. Last year the league was restricted to 4 teams per division.
This is important because that means that we will only take the first 4 teams to confirm and pay a deposit in each division.
April 17: Ontario has extended the lockdown by two weeks, all slo-pitch activities will be cancelled until May 19.
All RSPA scheduled events: first meeting, final meeting, open practices, umpire clinic and season start will be delayed once again.
• See RSPA Slo-Pitch Covid Guidelines
|Date||Day||RSPA REVISED CALENDAR - Description/Event/Link (Revised May 13, 2021)|
|May 29||Saturday||RSPA Spring Tournament, Saturday, May 29 (one-day) CANCELLED.|
|June 1||Tuesday||RSPA deadline for initial team deposit and team info forms.|
|June 2||Wednesday||LOCKDOWN ENDS.|
|June 3||Thursday||RSPA open practice, Thursday, June 3, 6:00 pm - RSPA Open Practice Info|
|June 5||Saturday||RSPA umpire clinic, Saturday, June 5, 1:00 pm at Irish Shebeen (patio) - RSPA Umpire clinic|
|June 6||Sunday||RSPA open practice, Sunday, June 6, 10:00 am - RSPA Open Practice Info|
|June 8||Tuesday||RSPA meeting Tuesday, June 8, drop-in style, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm,
at Irish Shebeen (back patio)
5555 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke ON M9C 5M1 — map - RSPA Meeting Info.
|June 9||Wednesday||RSPA season scheduled to start Wednesday, June 9 - RSPA Schedule|
|June 9||Wednesday||RSPA umpire clinic, Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 pm at Irish Shebeen (patio) - RSPA Umpire clinic|
|June 10||Thursday||RSPA open practice, Thursday, June 10, 6:00 pm - RSPA Open Practice Info|
|June 12||Saturday||RSPA Spring Tournament, Saturday, June 12 (one-day) - RSPA Tournament|
|June 12||Sunday||RSPA open practice, Sunday, June 13, 10:00 am - RSPA Open Practice Info|
|July 10-11||Sat-Sunday||RSPA July Tournament, Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11 - RSPA Tournament|
All slo-pitch information for league and tournament is dependent on the Covid situation and how it develops in the early spring and the government and city regulations that will be in place. We can only assume that some sort of slo-pitch play will allowed but probably under strict Covid guidelines similar to the guidelines in place for 2020 August to October. All information including schedules and timelines are a best-case scenario and may be adjusted as required. All we can do is hope and plan and then go to plan B (and maybe plan C, etc.).
RSPA Slo-Pitch League is planning full league play with Coed and Mens Masters 50+ Rec divisions and a full tournament schedule.
Covid guidelines will be in place for: RSPA League Meetings; RSPA Open Practices and RSPA Tournaments.
See RSPA Slo-Pitch Covid Guidelines