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Provincials

The SPO Worth™ 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 and ISSA World Series berths, Rings, recognition as the Provincial Champions in their division, and travel expenses!

Dates
SPO Worth™ Provincial Championship Dates

August 16 - 18, 2019
Mens C 
Womens B, C

August 23 - 25, 2019
Mens D, E 
Womens D, E

September 6 - 8, 2019
Mens A, B 
Womens A
All Masters & Seniors

September 13 - 15, 2019
All Coed

All divisions will be played in the London and surrounding area.
 
How to Qualify
Want to compete at the 2019 SPO Worth™ Provincial Championships where your team can win special Awards, travel expenses, USSSA and ISSA World Series berths, Rings, 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 ways to get you there* ...

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

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: Ask 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!
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 by using our secure online payment option for Visa or Mastercard, by EMT to provincials@slopitch.org  (Password: 2019ENTRY), 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.

The Team Contact submits the Roster at the time of Registration. The Roster for competing teams must be identical to your registered 2019 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.

Guidelines
Entry Fee
Only online entries will be accepted.

Entry fee is $495 (plus HST), plus any applicable SPO Membership Fees. Payment may be made by using our secure online payment option for Visa or Mastercard, by EMT to provincials@slopitch.org  (Password: 2019ENTRY), 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.

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 by the Tuesday morning prior to your weekend of play. Team Contacts must register their team and pick up the Team's Registration Package at their designated Complex (where the team will play their first game) a minimum of 30-45 minutes prior to their first game. Teams must be prepared to play and games may start up to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled game times.

Due to the overwhelming number of Late Game Start Requests that have traditionally been received, 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 provincials@slopitch.org with your request.

Awards & Travel Expenses
All divisions will compete for exclusive SPO Provincial Championship Awards and USSSA and ISSA World Series berths. Travel expenses will also be awarded at the SPO Worth Provincial Championships in all divisions except Coed E and Mens E.

Location
The Tournament will be played in the London, ON and surrounding area.

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 2019 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/Seniors and/or ONE Coed team. Players participating on a second team are restricted to certain levels of play. For more information go to Player Information at http://slopitch.org/players.

PLEASE NOTE: The Provincial Championships are played over multiple weekends, but is considered ONE Tournament.

All eligible Players MUST have photo identification with them AT ALL TIMES. SPO Tournament Personnel may check ID at any time during the Tournament. Any Player found playing without proper ID will be removed from that game and subject to a further review.

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 2019 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 2019-2020 Official Softball Canada Rule Book, as well as the 2018-2019 Official Slo-Pitch Handbook for SPO, and the Tournament Operating Rules and Guidelines. Softball Canada 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
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.org. SPO Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rules

1. 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.

2. All Players MUST have Photo ID with them AT ALL TIMES. Any Player found to be playing without proper ID will be removed from that game and subject to a further review. ID's may be checked at any time.

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

4. Teams must be prepared to play up to 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Teams must have a minimum of 10 (Coed 6/4: minimum 4 females) to start and continue the game. No grace period (discretion of SPO site personnel). The Short-Handed Rule will be used in all divisions except Coed. Teams should check the official drawboards located at the Complex after each game to check for time and location of their next game.

5. 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. If round-robin used, for playoff games the Home Team will be the higher placed team.

6. Lineup 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 lineup becomes official. The score sheet must use the FULL NAME of the Players as listed on the lineup card.

7. Mercy Rule is 12 or more runs after 5 innings (4½ if home team is ahead). A team may voluntarily withdraw if down by 15 or more runs after 3 innings (2½ if home team is ahead). 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, any subsequent inning.) A team 17 or more runs ahead after 4 innings (3½ if home team) shall be declared the winner.

8. 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, and there will be no outs (0).

9. 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.

10. After each game the coach of the winning team is responsible to ensure that the score is reported in 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.

11. 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 continuing the game. 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. See pages 55-57 of the Slo-Pitch Ontario 2018-2019 Official Slo-Pitch Handbook for full procedural details.

12. 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 a further review by SPO. Participants are expected to follow the SPO Code of Conduct.

13. In the interest of player safety, protective face gear is mandatory for all pitchers in all divisions at the 2019 SPO Provincial Championships. SPO strongly recommends the use of protective headgear as well, but it is not mandatory.

14. Jewellery - Player is solely responsible for any injury/damage caused by his/her wearing of jewellery. An Umpire may request any exposed jewellery be removed. Refusal to comply is an immediate removal. Knee braces must be covered.

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

16. Legal bats must have the USSSA Thumbprint logo on the taper of the barrel. Use of a non-approved bat will result in the ejection of the Player from the game, and suspension from the Tournament. Bats may be compression tested at any time during the Tournament.

17. Courtesy Runners - 3 per game in all divisions except in Masters 35+ & 40+ (4 per game); 50+ & 55+ (7 per game – the same runner may not run twice); 60+, 65+ & 70+ (Unlimited – a runner may only run once per inning). May be any player on the official Roster and listed on the official line-up. The courtesy runner must be announced to the home plate umpire before taking their place on the base.

18. A 2' x 3' mat will be used for the strike zone. Pitching distance is 50’ – 60’.

19. All D, E, All Masters, All Seniors and All Coed divisions 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.

20. The Provincial Championships are played over four weekends, but are considered one Tournament. A player may participate in ONE Mens or Womens team only in the Provincial Championships. They may also play on ONE Masters/Seniors team, and/or ONE Coed team.  Note: Players playing in a second category may only play in the same division/level or one division lower.

21. Home Run Rule is in effect (over the fence home runs only). Walk off homerun rule will be in effect.

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 Seniors 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.

22. All batters in 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, will start with a count of 1-1 (1 ball and 1 strike).
 
23. Tournament organizers reserve the right to make decisions perceived to be in the best interest of the Tournament.

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

25. 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.

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.

 

PROTECTIVE FACE GEAR
Masters Eligibility
Players are eligible to compete in any single sex program, Masters/Seniors program, and Coed program (one category per sanctioned event), with the following restrictions:

1) Mens Masters 35+ and 40+ Competitive teams may have a maximum of 8 Mens A and B players, with a maximum of 4 Mens A players, on their Roster.

2) Mens Masters 35+ Intermediate and 40+ Intermediate teams may have a maximum of 2 A and B players, with a maximum of 1 A player, on their Roster.

3) Mens Masters 35+ Recreational and 40+ Recreational teams will not be allowed any A, B or C players.

4) Womens Masters 35+ Competitive teams may have players of any calibre on their Roster; 35+ Intermediate teams will be for teams of a B or C calibre, and only 1 A player and 1 B player, or 2 B players, will be allowed on their roster; and 35+ Recreational teams will be for teams rated D or E, and only players rated at the D or E level will be allowed on their Roster.

Players are eligible to play in a division provided they reach the age of the division during the calendar year of play. EXCEPTION: Grandmother Clause: Womens 35+ teams will be permitted two players in their 34th year. Teams in the Womens 40+ and above divisions will be permitted two (2) players from the next lower Masters/Seniors age category. EXCEPTION: Grandfather Clause: In all Mens divisions 50+ and over, a maximum of two (2) players that are one (1) calendar year younger than the division age will be permitted on each team. These players cannot have an A or B rating.
Accommodations

We have negotiated special rates for teams participating in our Provincial Championships at various London hotels and lodging facilities. Be sure to tell them you are a registered SPO Team when booking! Please do not book online! Call direct to get the SPO rate!

As always, we appreciate and thank you for your support of the businesses who support SPO and our Tournament Programs.

 

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

 

   1156 Wellington Road South, London, (519) 685-9300
    From $79.99/night
   

 

 

    1100 Wellington Road South, London, (519) 681-1240
    From $105/night
   

   

     1150 Wellington Road South, London, (519) 681-0600
    (Use SET/Corporate Account # 540891)   

    From $112/night     

     

    

 

   

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

    

 

    1120 Dearness Drive, London, (519) 680-1024
    From $89/night

   

 

 

    824 Exeter Road, London, (519) 649-4500
    From $105/night
   

 

 

    800 Exeter Road, London, (519) 681-1200
    From $99/night

IMPORTANT:  The Ramada London (Exeter Road) is not a business in good standing with SPO.  Given this, we are asking teams to not support this property location.  Teams insistent on staying at the Ramada London will not be welcome in any SPO Events.  Should you have any questions, or require any further information with respect to this matter, please contact Tom Buchan directly at (905) 646-7773.

Roster Changes

No changes are permitted to your registered League Roster, or Provincial Qualifying Tournament Roster. 


If, however, injury or illness has reduced your Roster to less than 12 players (14 in Masters or Seniors divisions), you may request to make a Provincial Roster Change. Requested changes are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. 

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

2. The Replacement Player(s) cannot improve the calibre of your Team.

3. The maximum size of a Provincial Championship Roster after a Roster Change Request is 12 Players (14 for Masters/Seniors divisions). No exceptions.

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

5. The Change Request must be submitted no later than 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. Payment, if approved, must be made by credit card.

7. Additional information and instructions to request a change can be found in the MRS.

MAPS

For Slo-Pitch City Click HERE

For Belmont Arena Click HERE

For Dorchester Arena Click HERE

For Doug Tarry Complex Click HERE

2018 Provincial Results

Week 1
Mens C, Womens B & C

Week 2
Mens D & E, Womens D & E

Week 3
MastersCoed

Week 4
Mens A & B, Womens A