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Provincials

Our Provincial Championships are held each year in the London, Ontario area over various weekends in August and September.

Over 300 teams will compete in more than 20 divisions for distinctive Awards, USSSA berths, recognition as the Provincial Champions in their division, and travel expenses!

Dates
2018 SPO Worth Provincial Championship Dates

August 17 - 19, 2018
Mens E (London Area)
Womens B, C (London Area)

August 24 - 26, 2018
Mens C, D (London Area)
Womens D, E (London Area)

September 7 - 9, 2018
All Coed (Brampton Area)
All Masters (London Area)

September 15 - 16, 2018
Mens A, B (London Area)
Womens A (London Area)
 
2018 Provincial Results

Week 1
Mens E, Womens B & C

Week 2
Mens C & D, Womens D & E

Week 3
Coed & Masters

Week 4
Mens A & B, Womens A

How to Qualify
Want to compete at the 2018 SPO Worth Provincial Championships where your team can win special Awards, travel expenses, USSSA berths and the title of PROVINCIAL CHAMPION in your division?

It's EASY!

We want to see you there too, so we give you lots of water to get to London* ...

1. INVITATION: If you are a team registered in an SPO League, your team automatically receives and Invitation! (Invite emails are sent to the Team Contacts)

2. QUALIFIER: Earn a Qualifier by finishing in the top half of the teams in your division at just ONE Provincial Qualifying Tournament!

3. PARTICIPATION PROGRAM: Ask for an Invitation through our Participation Program if you haven't been able to earn one in a tournament!

4. SPECIAL REQUEST: As for an Invitation if a Provincial Qualifying Tournament is not offered for your particular division of play, or near you!

(*Some conditions may apply. Call or email the SPO Office for more information.)

See you on the diamonds!
 
Guidelines
Entry Fee
The entry fee for the SPO Worth™ Provincial Championships is $495 (plus HST) and is payable by credit card, e-transfer to payment@slopitch.org (Password: 2018ENTRY), certified cheque or money order. No uncertified cheques will be accepted for this Event and payment must be received by the Office prior to 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 2:00 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 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 in the London/Dorchester area, except for the Coed divisions, which will be played in Brampton.

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)
Click here for more information

Tournament Roster
Your Roster for the Provincial Championships must be made up only from eligible Players from your 2018 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 2018 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, Seniors, Coed and 3-Pitch programs, Protests, and Ejections, will be solely governed by the 2017-2018 Official Softball Canada Rule Book, as well we the 2018-2019 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 online.

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

Accommodations & Maps
We have arranged for special rates at numerous Hotels in the London and the Brampton area, offering our Members a wide range of amenities suitable to any team's preferences and budget. There 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.

Withdrawls / Refunds
Teams wishing to withdrawl 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 withdrawl 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.org. SPO Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
Rules

All games will be governed by Softball Canada Rules with SPO Amendments and SPO Tournament Operating Rules and Guidelines. All team members and supporters must adhere to the SPO Code of Conduct.

All players must register with photo ID prior to participating. Any player found playing prior to registering will be removed from that game and subject to a further review. ID's may be checked at any time. Players must have identification with them at every game. NO I.D. = NO PLAY.

No practice on the infield before any game. Start game - 3 pitches. Between innings - 1 pitch, no infield ball.

Teams must be prepared to play up to 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Teams must have a minimum of 10 (Coed (6/4): 6 males/4 females; Coed 3-Pitch: Minimum 4 females) to start and continue the game. Any grace period shall be at the discretion of SPO site personnel. The Short-Handed Rule (as described in the Playing Procedures found in the Handbook) will be used in all divsions except Coed.

Teams should check the official drawboards located at the Complex after each game to confirm time and location of their next game.

Coed batting order must alternate sexes with the exception that no more than 2 males may ever bat back to back. Coed (6/4) and 3-Pitch will have 10 fielders, with a maximum of 6 males and the batting order must have a minimum of 4 females.

Home team will be decided by the flip of a coin. Home team score sheet will be deemed as the official score sheet for the game.

Line-up cards will be used in all games and must be presented to the Umpire at the pre-game meeting. FULL NAMES are to be used. They become official when accepted by the Umpire at the pre-game meeting. Only players listed (starters and substitutes) are eligible to play in that game. Names may NOT be added after the line-up becomes official. The score sheet must use the FULL NAME of the players as listed on the lineup card.

Mercy rule is 12 or more runs after 5 innings (6 if the visiting team is ahead, or 4½, 5½ or 6½ if the home team). A team may voluntarily withdraw if down by 15 or more runs after 3 innings (2½ if home team is ahead). All E Divisions & Seniors 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+ & 70+: A maximum of 5 runs per inning may be scored. (Exception: 7th inning and, in the event of a tie after the 7th inning, any subsequent inning.) A team 17 or more runs ahead after 4 innings (3½ if home team) shall be declared winner.

Games tied at the end of 7 innings will use the Tie Breaker rule at the start of the 8th inning. The offensive team shall begin its turn at bat with the Player who is scheduled to bat last in that respective half-inning being placed on second base. 

Games suspended by weather or darkness will be continued from the point where they were suspended. Exception: If the game cannot be resumed within two hours of stopping time, regular complete game rules may apply.

After each game the Coach of the winning team is responsible to ensure that the score reported to the Headquarters within 15 minutes of the completion of the game. If there is any question regarding the result, no argument will be accepted if the score has not been reported via this procedure.

All Rule interpretation Protests must be reported to the Umpire before the next pitch or before all defensive players have left the playing field. These Protests will be dealt with immediately before the game will continue. For other Protests (eligibility, etc.) the protesting team must notify the Umpire of their intent prior to the Umpire leaving the playing field. Upon notification, the game will continue. The protesting team must present a completed official Protest Form to an SPO Official immediately following the game. All Protests must be accompanied by a $150.00 Protest Fee (cash). See Pages 55-57 of the 2018-2019 Official Slo-Pitch Handbook of Slo-Pitch Ontario for full procedural details.

Any Player or team representative ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike behaviour will be immediately suspended for a minimum of one (1) additional game. If the offence is flagrant or a second offence, the suspension is for the entire Tournament with further review by SPO.

In the interest of player safety, SPO strongly recommends the use of facemasks with head protection by all pitchers and approved helmets for all offensive players to include batter, baserunner, and on-deck batter in all divisions not already mandated. 

Jewellery - Player is solely responsible for any injury/damage that may be caused by his/her wearing of jewellery. An Umpire may have any player remove any jewellery or equipment he/she may deem dangerous. Refusal to comply is an immediate suspension. Knee braces must be covered.

All teams are required to have matching uniform tops with identifying numbers no less than 4 inches in size. This is non-protestable.

Legal bats for the 2018 SPO Worth Provincial Championships must be marked with the new USSSA Thumbprint logo (on the taper of the barrel). Use of a non-legal bat will result in the ejection of the player and suspension from the remainder of the Tournament. Bats may be compression tested at any time during the Tournament at the sole discretion of SPO personnel.

Courtesy Runners - A team may use a maximum of 3 courtesy runners per game. Exception: Masters 35+ & 40+, 50+ & 55+ (7 per game - same runner cannot run twice), and 60+, 65+ & 70+ (Unlimited - A runner may run only once per inning.). The courtesy runner may be any player of the official Roster and listed on the official lineup.

A 2' x 3' mat will be used.


All D, E, All Masters, All Seniors and All Coed will use the commitment line and scoring line. Sliding into the scoring line is permitted. Tagging of a runner in between the commitment line and the scoring line is permitted.


A player may participate in ONE (1) Mens or Womens team in the Provincial Championships. They may also play on ONE (1) Masters AND/OR ONE (1) Coed team. Note: Players playing in a second and/or third category must play in the same division or one division lower. To view allowed divisions, click here. Please Note: The Provincial Championships are played over multiple weekends, but is considered one Tournament/Event.

Home Run Rule is in effect (over the fence home runs). The limits are as follows:

Mens: A - 7; B - 5; C - 3; D - 2; E - 1.
Womens: A - 7; B - 5, C - 3, D - 2, E- 1.

Mens Masters 35+, 40+: Competitive - 5; Intermediate - 3; Recreational - 1.
Mens Masters 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+: 3.

Womens Masters and Seniors: 2.

Coed: A - 5; B - 5; C - 3; D - 2; E -1; 3-Pitch - 0.

Mens A, B and C, Womens A, B and C, Mens Masters 35+ and 40+, 50+ (Competitive and Intermediate) and 55+, and Coed A and B divisions: Batters will start with a count of 1 ball and 1 strike (1-1).

Tournament organizers reserve the right to make decisions perceived to be in the best interest of the Tournament.

Alcohol may not be present in or near the team area and Players may not consume alcoholic beverages during a game.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO CONSUME ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OUTSIDE THE LICENSED AREAS. ANYONE CAUGHT DRINKING OUTSIDE THE LICENSED AREAS WILL HAVE THEIR TEAM SUSPENDED FROM THE TOURNAMENT WITH FURTHER REVIEW BY SPO. ALL COACHES SHOULD MAKE SURE YOU IMPRESS THIS UPON YOUR TEAMS AND FANS.

Accommodations

We have arranged for special rates at many hotels in the London (and Brampton for Coed) 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.
Mention SPO Provincials to receive the best rate!

  591 Wellington Road, London, (519) 681-7151
  From $169/night

  1156 Wellington Road South, London, (519) 685-9300
  From $74.99/night

  1100 Wellington Road South, London, (519) 681-1240
  From $95/night

  1150 Wellington Routh South, London, (519) 681-0600
  From $115/night

  855 Wellington Road South, London, (519) 668-7900
  From $84/night


  1120 Dearness Drive, London, (519) 680-1024
  From $80/night


  824 Exeter Road, London, (519) 649-4500
  From $89 (1 Queen or 1 Queen - Sofabed)
  or $94 (1 King or 2 Doubles)/night

  800 Exeter Road, London, (519) 681-1200
  From $92/night


Brampton Hotels (Coed Provincials)


 

  5 Rutherford Road South, Brampton, (905) 452-0600
  - 20 two queen beds ($125.00) and 20 one queen bed with pull out ($115.00) are blocked with fridge & microwave
  - Complimentary hot breakfast & Wi-Fi
  - Exercise room, business centre, laundry facilities
 

 


 

  90 Biscayne Crescent, Brampton, (905) 455-9000 (Group Code SLO)
  - 40 two queen beds ($149.00), 20 king with pull out ($139.00) are blocked with fridge and microwave
  - Complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast
  - Pool/slide, whirlpool, exercise room,
  - Business centre, laundry facilities

 


 

  150 Westcreek Boulevard, Brampton, (905) 874-7177
  - 25 two queen beds ($130), 3 two queen bed suite with pull out ($140), 3 king bed mini suite with pull out ($135), 8 king bed large suite with pull out are blocked ($145)
  - Complimentary hot breakfast & Wi-Fi
  - Pool/slide, whirlpool, exercise room,
  - Business centre, laundry facilities

 


 

  2648 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton, (905) 595-5151
  - 16 two queen bed rooms and 25 king bed rooms blocked, fridge & microwave
  - Complimentary Wi-Fi
  - Pool, exercise room, laundry facilities
  - Business centre, restaurant & bar onsite $179.00 per rm.

 


 

  10 Nevets Road, Brampton, (800) 465-4329 (Group Code SPP)
  - 10 two queen beds ($149.00), 5 king bed with pull out ($149.00), 10 two rm. suite with king bed and living area with pull out ($159.00) blocked with fridge & microwave,
  - Complimentary hot breakfast & Wi-Fi
  - Pool, hot tub, exercise room Business centre, laundry facilities
  - Newly renovated

 


 

  30 Clarke Boulevard, Brampton, (905) 454-1300 x-501
  - 30 two queen beds ($125.00 – 2 people) blocked with fridge. $10.00 for each additional person up to 4 people per rm.
  - Complimentary hotel breakfast & Wi-Fi Pool, spa tub, exercise room
  - Business centre, laundry facilities

 

      
 

  100 Traders Blvd., Mississauga, (905) 890-9110 (Group Code SPCOED)
  - 30 Rooms with 2 queen beds ($119) available under group block
  - Complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking
  - Hot American Breakfast Buffet included in rate
  - Pool, hot tub, & fitness room

 

 

NEW FORMAT! (Mens E & Coed E ONLY!)

In 2016, in an effort to create a more equal playing field, SPO introduced a new format for its Coed E Provincial Championships. Teams played a round-robin and were then seeded into different divisions based on their round-robin record. Teams then played for a Provincial Championship in that division. We had four 2016 Provincial Champions in Coed E in separate Platimum, Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions!

Then, in 2017, we added the same format in Mens E! AND THEY ARE BOTH BACK FOR 2018!

  • Self-Seeding Format
  • Guaranteed 4 Games
  • More Prizing
  • MAXIMUM 48 TEAMS TO BE ACCEPTED IN EACH DIVISION


Teams will be put into groups of 4 for round-robin play. | After round-robin play, teams will be placed in divisions based on their round-robin records. | All 1st place teams in the groups after thr round-robin will compete against each other. Similarly, all 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams will play against each of the others with the same placing. | Teams will then compete for a division Provincial Championship, with our full Award Package in each division!

Teams wanting to play more competitively should play in the D division. There will be no prize money in the E dvision. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 or 4 teams in all of the E groups (based on 48 teams). SPO reserves the right to modify the divisions based on the participating number of teams.

REMEMBER, SPACE IS LIMITED!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! DON'T MISS OUT!

Coed 6/4 Playing Procedures

The following is an outline of the Coed 6/4 Playing Procedures:

Batting Order
The batting order consists of a minimum of 10 players (minimum 4 males and 4 females). Any 10 (maximum 6 males and minimum of 4 females) may play defense. The batting order must alternate sexes with the exception that no more than 2 males may ever bat back to back. This will happen twice in the order. In the event of a team playing 5 males and 5 females, the batting order will alternate sexes. If there are 6 females and 4 males then the batting order must alternate sexes with the exception that no more than 2 males may ever bat back to back. Again, this will happen twice in the order.

Extra Players
Additional players, up to the number of players on the team’s legal roster (maximum 20), may be used. They must be added in pairs, one male and one female. (Teams must be 6/4, 7/5, 8/6, etc.) If more than 10 players are on the batting order, any 10 (minimum 4 females) may play defense.

If a player is unable to continue the game, and no legal substitute is available when he/she is due up to bat, the batter is declared out. Play continues with the next player in the batting order coming to bat. If, with 2 out, the batter before the missing player is walked (intentional or unintentional), the automatic out is waived and the next batter will bat. (This does not apply if the player is declared unable to continue just prior to the team’s offensive half of the inning).

A team may not add extra player(s) at a later time. Any player that leaves the game for any reason may not return to the game. If a player leaves the game for any reason, leaving the team with less than ten players, the team must have a substitute available to replace the absent player or that team will forfeit the game. Exception: A player who has left the game under the Blood Rule may return.

Substitution
Substitutes must be listed on the line-up card. A male may substitute for a male, and a female may substitute for a female or a male.

Walks
When a male batter who is followed by a female receives ANY walk, he is awarded second base and the female must take her turn at bat. When a male batter who is followed by a male batter receives ANY walk, he is awarded first base only.

Courtesy Runners
It must be male for male, or female for male or female. May be any player on the official roster and listed on the official lineup.

Short-Handed Rule
There will be no Short-handed Rule in Coed.

Roster Change Request

All SPO Rosters are frozen as of the third Monday of July. Provincial Championship Roster cannot be changed unless injury or illness has reduced your Roster to less than 12 players.

If injury or illness has you down to less than 12 players, you may apply for a Provincial Roster Change Request. However, please note the following:

1. You must retain a minimum of 8 of your original Roster.

2. The Replacement Player(s) cannot improve the calibre of your Team, and must be approved by your League Executive or Zone Director.

3. The maximum size of a Provincial Championships Roster after a Roster Change Request is 12 Players (14 for Masters division).

4. There is a $25 administration fee for each Player added.

5. The Change Request must be submitted by 12:00 noon on the Tuesday preceding your weekend of play.

6. Only online Roster Changes submitted through the SPO Member Registration System (MRS) will be accepted, and payment must be made by credit card.

Here's how to submit a Roster Change Request ...

  • The Team Contact must first login. From the "My Account" at the top, you will see My Teams, My Team's Events, etc.
  • If you are adding a Player to your Team who is not presently listed in your pool of 25 Players, you must add that Player to your Team Pool FIRST. Click on your Team, then click on Add Member and search our database for the correct Player, or click on Create Member if they are not in our system.
  • Go back to My Account, and click on My Team's Events and then the SPO Worth Provincial Championship Weekend in which your Team is registered.
  • You must remove from your Event Roster the Players that will take you to below 12 (14 for Masters). You can do this from the drop-down menu that appears. Complete the reason for the Player's removal. You will receive a confirmation email that the Player(s) have been removed from your Roster.
  • You may then add Players to your Event Roster from the drop-down list that appears. Again, the maximum size of your Event Roster cannot be more than 12 if you are making a Roster Change (14 for Masters teams).
  • Submit your Request.
  • The Request will be reviewed, and you will receive an email whether it has been approved or denied.
  • TO COMPLETE A ROSTER CHANGE THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE SPO OFFICE, YOU MUST THEN MAKE PAYMENT! Your Roster Change will not be completed UNTIL IT IS PAID FOR AND PAYMENT MUST BE SENT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF WHEN APPROVAL IS GIVEN. Player(s) will not be on the Sign-in sheet of the Event Roster and will not be eligible to play until payment is received. Please note that absolultey NO payments will be accepted at the Event.

Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact the office at 905-646-7773 or my email at provincials@slopitch.org.

How to Register

Only online entries will be accepted.

Entry fee is $495 (plus HST), plus any applicable SPO Membership Fees. Payment may be made be using our secure online payment option, EMT to provincials@slopitch.org (Password: 2018ENTRY), by certified cheque or by money order. Any certified cheque or money order must be received in the SPO Office no later than the Entry Deadline of your weekend of play, and can be mailed or delivered to: Slo-Pitch Ontario Association, Attention: Provincial Payments, 7-8 Hiscott Street, St Catharines, ON L2R 1C6.

Team Contact will need to submit their Roster at the time of registration. The roster for competing teams must be identical to your registered 2018 Roster (League Roster or Tournament Roster from the Event in which the Team qualified). Additions to the Roster are not permitted.

All Players will be required to be "Active" Members in order to participate.

Please review the Guidelines and Rules for any additional information.