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Provincial Qualifying Tournaments

We offer Provincial Qualifying Tournaments across the Province for all registered teams to compete for Awards and to qualify to attend our Provincial Championships to vie for the Provincial Champion title.

High School Championships

The annual SPO High School Slo-Pitch Championships are run each year on the Thursday and Friday following Victoria Day. This is where high school teams from all over Ontario come to compete for Awards, and to represent their school in this OFSAA-sanctioned tournament. Both boys and girls teams are invited!

The 23rd Annual Tournament is scheduled for May 24-25, 2018 at Slo-Pitch City in Dorchester. Registration is now open! Register early to avoid disappointment!

Would you like more information? Please email us at highschool@slopitch.info or call us at 905-646-7773.

Eliminations

This exciting tournament brings the best slo-pitch players in the Province to compete in three divisions of play - Mens, Womens and Masters - with the winners earning the right to represent Ontario in the Softball Canada Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships.

Winners of the Mens and Womens divisions are eligible to receive the Ontario #1 berth to be the Ontario representatives at the next year's Softball Canada Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships (dates and locations to be announced).

Who can you eliminate?

Canadian Championships

The Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships is the most prestigious tournament in Canada where the top slo-pitch teams from every Province and Territory battle for GOLD - the ultimate award to be earned in slo-pitch in this country.

Together with Slo-Pitch City, SPO will host the 2015 Senior Men's and Women's Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships from August 9th to the 15th, in Dorchester, Ontario.


CRITERIA
Criteria for Nomination as a Canadian Championship Representative^
(Rev'd November, 2009)

Ontario #1: Elimination Champions (if Canadian Defending Champ, then Elimination Finalist).

Ontario #2: Provincial Champions (if Defending Champ or Ontario #1, then Provincial Finalist and if Finalist is Defending Champion or Ontario #1, then third place finisher).

Ontario #3 (if applicable*): The Team with the highest point total of Super Series "A" Division not already selected.

Ontario #4 (if applicable*): The Team with the highest point total of Super Series "A" Division not already selected.

^Successful teams are eligible for the Canadian Championships the year following their qualifying Event.

^Mens teams must compete in the Eliminations and a minimum of four (4) Super Series Events, including the Provincial Championships, in their qualifying year. Womens teams must compete in the Eliminations and a minimum of three (3) Super Series Events, including the Provincial Championships, in their qualifying year.

^Qualified Mens teams must compete in the Eliminations and four (4) Super Series Events, including the Provincial Championships, in the year of the Canadian Championships. Qualifed Womens teams must compete in the Eliminations and three (3) Super Series Events, including the Provincial Championships, in the year of the Canadian Championships.

*Softball Canada Special Operating Rules (SOR) allow each Province one (1) berth. Since up to 16 team are allowed, Ontario, due to its size, is guaranteed a second berth. If space is available, under the present Rules, Ontario may receive up to a maximum of four (4) berths. Defending Champions and Host Team (if applicable) must be included in the four berths.

Teams must be aware that there is no guarantee the 3rd and 4th berths will be available every year, and cannot be confirmed until after the May 1st commitment date.

Teams must use their Qualifying Rosters, plus three (3) eligible pick-ups, to a maximum of 17 players, as per Softball Canada SOR's.

To be eligible for participation, all teams must be members in good standing of Slo-Pitch Ontario and be approved by the SPO Board of Directors. Slo-Pitch Ontario reserves the right to revise this criteria at any time.

Canadian Championship Rosters

The Issue: Since teams qualify the year previous to the Championships, each year one or more qualified teams asked to be allowed to pick up additional players. It appears these difficulties have occurred because players leave a qualified team to play for another team the following year with the understanding they will be playing at the Canadian Championships for their new team as a pick-up. The outcome is the original team, even with the three pick-ups, ends up struggling to get sufficient players for their Canadian Championship roster.

The Restrictions: Teams have said they definitely want to qualify the previous year. The Softball Canada Special Operating Rules (SOR) states that teams must use only players on their qualifying rosters and a team may add a maximum of 3 pick-ups.

The Solution: As a result of the request of the teams to be allowed additional pick-ups when players left their team, the Slo-Pitch Ontario Board of Directors met and examined the situation. They agreed that something was needed to stop players from moving to other teams that will be participating in the Canadian Championships. First, the Board reaffirmed that they could not allow additional pick-ups but must follow the Softball Canada SOR's and only allow 3 pick-ups.

The Board of Directors then unanimously adopted the following policy: Players on the qualifying roster of a team accepting a Canadian Championship berth may only play for that team at the Canadian Championships. If they leave a qualified team to play for a different team during the season of the Championship, they may not play for this team at the Championships. The only team (this includes other P/T teams) they may play for at the Canadian Championship is their original team.

Note: This policy came into effect at the beginning of the 2008 season.

Provincial Championships

For more information, please visit our Provincials Page.

To register, please click here.

Senior Circuit

For more information, please visit our Senior Circuit Page.

Super Series

For more information, please visit our Super Series Page.

Tournament Directors

SPO Tournament Directors are a valuable part of our Association! And we'll do whatever we can to help our Tournament Directors run their most successful events to date.

As a SPO Tournament Director, YOU GET:

* Your tournament on the Tournament Calendar at www.slopitch.org, as well as under Upcoming Events right on the home page...
* Access to our Member Registration Centre where you'll see all of your Events, the teams entered, and much more...
* The ability to email all of the teams entered in your Tournament quickly and easily...
* Help and assistance from experienced and dedicated slo-pitch people...
* Scorebooks for all teams...
* Draw Boards and Posters...
* A Tournament Director gift...
* Exclusive National Sports SPO Tournament Support Program with MVP Awards and value for every player in your Tournament...
* An Official Slo-Pitch Handbook for handy reference...
* One (1) Invitation to our Provincial Championships for each of the top finishing teams...
* High Quality Awards from the SPO Store, including apparel and gear from Worth, Miken, Rawlings, Mizuno and New Era, all at incredibly low prices...
* Contact information for Softball Ontario-carded Umpires in your area...
* Tournament email and/or social media service available allowing you to contact hundreds of teams/players interested in entering tournaments...
* Full-time office staff available for assistance...
* Awards and Tournament Supplies delivered right to your door...
* Tournament Director Liability Insurance for you and your volunteers...
* Host Liquor Liability Insurance available at low rates to cover the entire weekend...
AND LOTS MORE...



GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS

You can login to the Member Registration Centre at any time and create your Event(s). This should be done in lots of time before your Event!

  • The Tournament Administration Fee is just $150 (plus tax) and can be paid by credit card, EMT or cheque.
  • If a Tournament is cancelled for any reason, the Tournament Administration Fee, less a $25.00 administration charge, will be refunded upon request.
  • All Tournament Directors MUST provide proof of $5 Million Host Liquor Liability Insurance prior to the Tournament. Please call the SPO Office for cost and details.
  • All teams participating in a Tournament MUST be registered members of SPO prior to playing in the Tournament. Tournament Directors are responsible for paying any fees owing for any team that was not registered at their Tournament, which fee may be levied against the Tournament Director any time after the Tournament. If the Tournament Director is not successful in collecting the money from any team, the Tournament Directors may notify the SPO Office of the offending team(s) and a letter or email will be sent advising the team(s) of their suspension until the Tournament Director is paid. If the money is sent to the SPO Office, the Tournament Director will be reimbursed accordingly.
  • Tournament Directors must use our Member Registration Centre. Guides to assist you are available, and the Office is always available to answer any questions or walk you through any processes.
  • The top fifty percent (50%) of the teams in each division will be given a Qualifier for that year's Provincial Championships. Discretionary Qualifiers will be supplied to the Tournament Director and may be given to any team(s) that did not qualify, but actively support the SPO Program.
  • Travel Expense monies are at the discretion of the Tournament Director and we trust you will be fair in this area.
  • SPO Approved Umpires (carded through Softball Ontario) MUST be used in all Tournaments (NO EXCEPTIONS). The SPO Office can help the Tournament Director with contacts for Umpires.
  • Tournament Schedules/Draw Boards, with Awards and Travel Expenses listed for each division, and any special exceptions to the Rules, must be posted prior to the start of the Tournament.
  • The Official Slo-Pitch Handbook will be utilized. We understand certain local rule exceptions may be used. If so, please outline them on your tournament flyer. Local Rule adjustments must be brought to the attention of the entire Umpire Crew and teams so all participants are clear of all Rules. Please refer to the SPO Handbook for Tournament Operating Rules & Guidelines and Playing Procedures.
  • Tournament Results and any fees that may be owing must be received by the SPO Office within five (5) days of the completion of the Tournament.
  • All tournament-advertising flyers must be approved by SPO prior to any distribution by the Tournament Director.
  • Only SPO-approved Worth Ball(s) must be used in all Tournaments.