The Rawlings Senior Circuit Program is a series of weekend tournaments to provide Masters and Seniors teams of all ages and levels an opportunity to compete on a regular basis and to earn points to determine a Senior Circuit Champion each year.
If you have a Masters or Seniors team that you think has what it takes to be a Senior Circuit Champion, why not give it a try? Remember, we don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!
Registration opens each year in March!
- 2022 Schedules
- Team Contact Registration Information
- 2021 Final Standings
- 2021 Senior Circuit Guidelines
The Rawlings Senior Circuit is a series of weekend tournaments to provide teams of all levels (Competitive, Intermediate and Recreational), aged 55+ and above, the opportunity to compete on a regular basis and earn points to determine a Senior Circuit Champion in each division.
All participating teams must be registered and approved by SPO. All Players and Coaches must be registered and Active SPO Members.
50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+
There is no fee to register a Senior Circuit Team.
All Players and Coaches must be registered and Active SPO Members and paid the Senior Circuit Program Fee. The SPO Member Fee is $16.95 ($15.00+HST) and the Senior Circuit Program Fee is $10.00, for a total of $26.95.
The Entry Fee for each regular Senior Circuit Event will be $389.85 ($340.00+HST).
Registration must be done in the SPO Member Registration System (“MRS”).
Entries for each Event (including payment) must be done no later than 10:00 pm on the Sunday prior to the start of each Event. Teams may be accepted after the deadline only if it is convenient to the Schedule, and a $100.00 late fee will apply. Teams that have entered but not paid by the deadline will not be put in the Schedule.
3 Teams (1 Day) - Round Robin - Final 1st vs 2nd
4 to 6 teams Teams - Round Robin - Page Playoff Format
7+ Teams - Modified Double Knockout
In the 50+ and older divisions, if categories/divisions need to be combined, the Equalizer Rule may be used.
Equalizer Rule: The older or lower division team will be given the choice of the following: (a) 5 Runs (1 per inning through innings 2-6); or (b) 11 Players on Defense and is the visiting team.
Team Rosters for Event #1 must be submitted a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the Event. Maximum roster size is 20 Players.
Teams may adjust this Roster for each Event, but an Event's Roster must be finalized by the Wednesday before each Event.
Rosters are frozen as of August 9th (after Event #2).
Grandfather Age Rule
1) In the 50+ to 65+ divisions, a maximum of two (2) Players that are one (1) calendar year younger than the division age will be permitted on each team.
2) In the 70+ division, a maximum of three (3) Players that are one (1) calendar year younger than the division age will be permitted on each team.
3) In the 75+ division, a maximum of four (4) 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. Current and previous year’s Rosters will be used in determining a Player’s rating.
If a team is below 14 players they can request to use a player two (2) years younger. This request must be done by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and approval is needed.
Short Bench Rule
A Player will be permitted to play on a team in a lower division along with his own team in the same tournament. This can only be done if a team is below 14 Players and they can only add to take their team up to a maximum of 14 Players. Any addition must be done in writing and submitted to the Registration Desk prior to the first game of the Event - it cannot be done during an Event. If a Player is ejected, they will not be able to play on either team until they sit out a game from the division they were ejected from. If a Players gets ejected from the team's last game of an Event and if their other team is still playing, they will have to sit out that next game and then would be eligible. A Player may be on more than one short-handed list. Please Note: This rule has been implemented in an effort to increase participation. Please do not abuse this initiative.
For the 2021 Super Series season, all bats used must adhere to the USSSA Licensed/Approved Bat Policy. To be legal, they must be marked with the “USSSA BPF 1.20” mark on its taper (known as the “Thumbprint”). SPO will be using an aggressive Random Bat Testing Program.
SPECIAL SENIOR CIRCUIT PROGRAM RULES
ALL DIVISIONS: Unlimited, but a runner may run only once per inning.
Home Run Rule
50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ - 3
ALL DIVISIONS: No outfielder may make a direct throw force out at first base. Tagging of a runner in between the Commitment Line and the Scoring Line is not permitted.
Pinch Runner for Batter
70+ AND 75+ DIVISIONS ONLY: The batter must be declared prior to the start of the game. The Pinch Runner must start at the designated spot at the backstop. Runner can only advance to first base on any hit.
1st - 13 points;
2nd - 11 points;
3rd - 9 points;
4th - 7 points; and
Participation - 5 Points.
Prizes and Payout Structures
Prize money of $100 per team/per division will be set aside for distribution at the Senior Circuit Championship Weekend. Please see Participation Requirements below for qualifying information.
Any team, after participating in a Tournament, that forfeits the start of a subsequent game during that Tournament will be suspended from the remainder of the Tournament and will receive no points.
Teams must compete in two (2) of the four (4) Events to be eligible for the Senior Circuit Championship. Players must compete in a minimum of one (1) Event to be eligible to participate in the Ontario Championships.
Slo-Pitch Ontario is proud to partner with a number of hotels in the London, Ontario area to provide our Members with great rates and even greater amenities, suitable for all budgets and preferences for all teams.
Rates for 2022
NEW - Fanshawe College
Be sure to contact our Accommodation Partners directly when booking and tell them you are a SPO Member in order to get the best rate. We'll also be providing information to our Members about the new Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for eligible Ontario residents.