Updated home run league rule (to conform more closely with
home run "trot":
allow for not having to run the bases if a ball is hit over
the outfield fence for a home run. In our league, the choice
should be the batter’s: if someone hits a home run and it is not
a regular occurrence, they should be able to run the bases (and
enjoy it!). Conversely, if you don’t want to, SPO rules say
the batter and any runners do not
need to run the bases but go directly
to their team area.
Clarifying Home Runs vs 4 Base Errors:
SPO states that if a batted ball would have cleared
the fence without being touched it is counted as an “over
the fence home run” and counts towards the +/- tally of the
team that hit it.
If in the discretion of the
umpire the ball would have cleared the fence the “touch”
does not factor in the ruling and would not be considered a
4 base error even if the fielder made an error trying to
also been some discusion about the “touched or untouched”
part of the sentence. In fact this section of the rule has
changed (in SPO) a couple of times in the past few years. As
an example, this did come up in a Bandits / Panthers game
this season. The Panthers pitcher thought it was a four base
error (we hit it) - I corrected the call and in fact
caused us to have it count as a walk (we were already at +2)
not a 3 run - four base error.
The order of precedence for the
rules we use are:
- Special league rules that
supersede those of SPO.
- If not modified by our
bylaws the SPO Handbook should be used.
The SPO handbook can be found at:
(It says 2012 but its valid)
rules are not specifically listed in the SPO hand book but
can be found in the Softball Canada rule book.
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League News and Announcements
Congratulations to the
Royals as Regular Season Champions!
And playoff round robin starts - NOW - games
begin July 20
Next Week - July 20
Its seems like it was just last
week that the season started, and we were all getting
rained out! Well, the "regular season" portion of
the schedule is almost over, and we're getting rained
out a little less often (although there is a rumour that
the Tigers will play through any weather!).
After Tuesday's games are
finished and reported, Linda will issue the final
regular season standings. Then, the scheduling and
website staff (me!) will get the names filled into the
Playoff Round Robin schedule and post it here, as well
as send it out to the team captains via email.
Playoffs will feature a triple
round robin (15 games) for the North (top 6 teams) and
South (bottom 6) divisions. After the RR is
completed, our final tournament day on September 16 will
feature 3 groups of 4, each battling for their own group
championship. Note: First playoff
round robin games are on Thursday July 20 for the 5th
and 6th seeds in both divisions.
Rules update (6/9/17)
Please review the Rules page for
updates / clarifications on these items. The exec
has discussed each of these items, and the resulting
revisions are now official. Here is a summary, but the
full rule description for each is
late game starting time:
adjust to let early game finish.
rain out games in progress:
what is official game and how is the final score
catch up rule: edited to say
6 or more runs behind.
flip-flop rule: adjusted to
allow for flip-flop regardless of which team is
ahead / behind.
As always, if you need
clarification or have a suggestion, let someone on the
exec know, or email us
cancelations - your contact for whether games are
on or not is your team captain. If the league is
notified of any diamond closings, captains will be
emailed, and they will then contact their teams.
If you don't hear anything, game is on! Decisions
may also be made at the park by the teams.
- Park locations are listed
with addresses for GPS, and a Google Map is also
- New/modified rules have
been updated on the rule page - let us know if
anything seems off or needs further explanation.
- Park agreements - park
agreements are linked on the Rules page. Take
a look through sometime so you are familiar with our
Less than 1 week to
notes as we get ready to start the 2017 season:
1. Spring Training Event is April 27 at Edelweiss
Tavern, starting at 7pm. Come out and meet up with
teammates, and friends from all teams. A great
chance to welcome the new players to our league as well.
2. Speaking of welcoming newcomers, a big welcome to the
Beer Nuts and the Royals, our 2 newest teams, bringing
our total number of teams up to 12.
3. Schedule is posted here.
Games begin May 1 at Bloomingdale. This season, we
will have 4 games at Bloomingdale on Monday, 2 games at
Bloomingdale and 2 games at Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club
on each of Tuesday and Thursday. Final tournament
day is September 16.
More to come
later in the week, as we post new/altered rules for the
Kitchener-Waterloo Masters Slo Pitch League is recreational and
open to men 40 and over. Our games are played at
Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club and
Bloomingdale Park, at 6:30 or 8:15 Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday. Our season runs from early May to mid September and
consists of over 35 games including playoffs. We use Slo
Pitch Ontario rules with a few exceptions. Cost is only $135
per fulltime player for the 2017 season.
This is a great way to spend an evening
or two a week in the park, rekindling your youthful exuberance,
and making new friends. Many of our members review the
highlights of their game over refreshments and munchies