Provincial Championship Guidelines
 

Entry Fee

The entry fee for the SPO Worth™ Provincial Championships is $485 (plus HST) and is payable by credit card, e-transfer to payment@slopitch.info, certified cheque or money order. No uncertified cheques will be accepted for this Event and payment must be received by the Entry Deadlines. All participating Teams must be fully registered and insured Members of SPO.

 

Starting Times

All teams MUST be prepared to start their first game on the Friday of their weekend of play at 1:00 p.m. First game starting times will be available on slopitch.org by the Tuesday morning prior to your weekend of play. Team Contact and Players should be at the Complex at least 45 minutes prior to their first game to register. Players cannot participate until they have registered. Teams must be prepared to play and games may start up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game times.
 
Due to the overwhelming number of Late Game Start Requests that have been received the last couple of years, we regret that we no longer extend this courtesy. We did our best to accommodate all teams but it was never intended to (nor could it be) guaranteed and, unfortunately, it was being misused by many.  Extenuating circumstances may still be considered and you may email the SPO office with your request.
 

Awards & Travel Expenses

All divisions will compete for exclusive Slo-Pitch Ontario Provincial Championship Awards and USSSA World Series berths. Travel expenses will also be awarded at the SPO Worth Provincial Championships in all divisions.
 

Location

The Tournament will be played at one or more of the following complexes: Slo-Pitch City (Dorchester/Thames Centre) and/or Southwest London Baseball Complex (London). Each Complex has permanent washroom facilities, as well as food and beverage service!
 

Tournament Format

The double elimination with 3-scheduled games guaranteed format will be used in all divisions of play with seven (7) teams or more.
 

Self-Seeding Format (Coed E and Mens E Divisions ONLY)

 

Tournament Roster

Your Roster for the Provincial Championships must made up only from eligible Players from your 2017 Team Roster.
 

Player Eligibility

A Player may participate on ONE Mens or Womens team in the Provincial Championships.  They may also play on ONE Masters and/or ONE Coed team. Players participating on a second team are restricted to certain levels of play. Click here for more information.
 
PLEASE NOTE: The Provincial Championships are played over multiple weekends, but is considered ONE Tournament.
 
As well, all eligible Players must have photo identification to register prior to playing and with them at each game. SPO Tournament Personnel may check ID at any time during the Tournament. All Players must be able to produce proper ID at any time, and may be subject to disqualification if they cannot. NO ID = NO PLAYING in the Provincial Championships.
 

Team Uniform

All teams MUST have matching uniform tops with numbers no less than 4 inches in size.
 

Equipment

Bases - Supplied by the Tournament Committee.
Mat - 2' x 3' Mat will be used and will be supplied by the Tournament Committee.
Balls - Mens & Coed - 12" Optic Yellow softballs; Womens - 11" Optic Yellow softballs. Worth is the official ball supplier of the SPO Worth Provincial Championships.
Bats - Legal bats for the 2017 SPO Worth Provincial Championships must be marked with the new USSSA Thumbprint logo (on the taper of the barrel).
 

Rules and Guidelines

All Rules and Guidelines, including for the Masters, Coed and 3-Pitch programs, Protests, and Ejections, will be solely governed by the 2017-2018 Official Softball Canada Rule Book, as well as the 2016-2017 Official Slo-Pitch Handbook for SPO, and the Tournament Operating Rules and Guidelines. Rulebooks are available for you to purchase through SPO, and the SPO Handbook is available on-line.
 

Officials

All Officials at the Provincial Championships will be officially-carded Softball Ontario Umpires.
 

Accommodation & Maps

We have arranged for special rates at numerous Hotels in the London area, offering our Members a wide range of amenities suitable to any team's preferences and budget. These Hotels have made a commitment to support SPO and its Programs, and we ask that you support them in return. For more information, see Accommodations.
 

Withdrawals / Refunds

Teams wishing to withdraw from competition must notify the SPO Office by email. A refund of the Entry Fee, less a $50.00 administration charge, will be issued if the Office receives notice of the Team's withdrawal a minimum of two (2) weeks before their weekend of play in the Tournament. There will be NO REFUNDS if a team withdraws less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the Tournament. Refunds will be issued no later than two weeks after the conclusion of the Provincial Championships.
 

Inquiries

Any inquiries regarding the SPO Worth™ Provincial Championships may be directed to the SPO Office by phoning (905) 646-7773 or by emailing provincials@slopitch.info. SPO Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

To Register

Click Here to Register for the 2017 SPO Worth™ Provincial Championships!

 
 

 

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