Kitchener-Waterloo Masters

 Slo-pitch League

Standings as of 7/18/2017 - Final Regular Season

Game Results

Schedule
(updated for playoffs)
Playing Rules Bat Log
 
     

Umpire's Corner

Updated home run league rule (to conform more closely with SPO):

home run "trot": SPO rules 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 catch it.

There has 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: http://slopitch.org/content/2012-spo-handbook
(It says 2012 but its valid)

Many rules are not specifically listed in the SPO hand book but can be found in the Softball  Canada rule book.
http://www.softball.ca/english/about/regulations/rulebook.html

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Park Locations
Bloomingdale Park
1031 Snyders Flats Rd,
Bloomingdale, ON N0B 1K0

Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club
1229 Beitz Road, Breslau, ON N2G 4B6
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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

 

Playoffs Start 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 here.

  • 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 determined.

  • 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 here.

 

Clarification on 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.

 

Pre-season Website Updates

  • Park locations are listed with addresses for GPS, and a Google Map is also available.
  • 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 league's agreements.

Less than 1 week to Opening Pitch!!!

Some 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 coming season.

 

 
 

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, and 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 afterwards.

Contact us at info@kwmastersslopitch.com