GENERAL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
The following is an outline of the important things you should know for this event.
All teams must register online through the Slo-Pitch National website. Payment is accepted through the Slo-Pitch secure payment gateway via Mastercard or Visa. There is an option to forward a certified cheque for those teams who choose not to pay with Mastercard or Visa. Teams who opt to send payment via certified cheque will not be confirmed into the event until the funds have been cleared by Slo-Pitch National. All NSF cheques will result in the immediate suspension of all team members until payment has be made.
Entry Fee: $525 (SPN Affiliated LEAGUE teams) or $550 (SPN Affiliated Individual Teams)
All tournament participants must have a valid email address. (if a player doesn’t have an email address they can create one in Google or Hotmail). All players will be notified via email that they have been added to a team, and must agree to the terms and conditions of the event to be eligible to participate.
Registration assistance can be provided at the SPN office at 416-674-1802.
TEAM WAIVER / ROSTER AND PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
You have submitted your 2017 Provincial Championship Team Waiver/Roster for the Provincial Championship tournament. This is the only roster that is accepted for this event. Teams can have a maximum of 16 players and 2 coaches.
You may not add any players at tournament check in or throughout the tournament weekend.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE A COPY OF YOUR TEAM WAIVER / ROSTER. TEAMS WILL BE GIVEN A COPY OF THEIR TEAM WAIVER / ROSTER AT TOURNAMENT CHECK IN TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW WHO IS/IS NOT ON THEIR TEAM WAIVER / ROSTER.
Team Waiver/Roster may be checked at registration by the team manager only. NO TEAM MAY ADD PLAYERS FOR ANY REASON, EVEN IF THAT LEAVES THE TEAM UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE.
PLAYERS ARE ADVISED TO CARRY PHOTO IDENTIFICATION TO EACH GAME. ROSTER CHECKS WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT THE EVENT.
TEAM CHECK IN
1 player MUST check the team in at tournament headquarters. Team check in will commence as follows:
Masters - Niagara Falls - Friday Aug 25, 2 hours before 1st scheduled game
Coed - Niagara Falls - Saturday, Sept 2, 2 hours before 1st scheduled game
Mens A,B,E & Womens A,B,C - Niagara Falls - Thursday Sept 7, 7:00pm-9:00pm; Friday Sept 8, 7:00am
Mens C,D & Womens D,E - Niagara Falls - Thursday Sept 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm; Friday Sept 15, 7:00am
The official tournament draw is posted at tournament headquarters. Please note: The tournament schedule could change at any time. All teams are reminded to check the scoreboards after each game to ensure that no changes to the schedule have been made. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of 3 scheduled games during the tournament. A round robin format will be used with a portion of the teams moving into a single elimination tournament format.
It is the responsibility of each team to know their schedule throughout the event. (both Round Robin and Eimination Games).
In the event that the tournament has to be stopped for any reason, all teams are to remain at the diamonds. The umpires will contact tournament headquarters for direction. The tournament convener has the right to revise the tournament schedule at any time, including reducing the number of guaranteed scheduled games.
Patrick Cummings Sports Park is the home of slo-pitch in Niagara Falls.
Patrick Cummings Sports Park is located at 3540 Weinbrenner Rd, Niagara Falls L2G 7Y4 .
This is a 6 fenced diamond complex, and features a children’s playground and splash pad area, in addition to a licenced gazebo where refreshments will be sold, along with the arena where the main tournament headquarters is located. All tournament information and tournament scores will be available at the arena. Absolutely no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted within the arena or the softball complex. City bylaws do not permit the consumption of alcohol or smoking at any satellite diamonds. Offenders will be eliminated from the tournament. Satellite diamonds will be used to accommodate the number of teams in the tournament. Tournament headquarters features all of the tournament scores, tournament check in, umpire headquarters, beer and food sales along with Homerun Sports who will be onsite each weekend with terrific deals on all Slo-Pitch National Sponsor’s Sporting equipment and souvenirs,
All teams should be familiar with the SPN rulebook - these are the official tournament rules. Make sure that your team has reviewed these rules and that you have a copy of the 2017 Rulebook at the Championships. Please note that there is a time limit of 1 hour 10 minutes for each game (excluding the final game - mercy rule is still in effect).
Rules specific to the Ontario Provincial Championships shall be:
Coed Rule: The Coed format shall be 6 males and 4 females. Additional players (above 10) must be in equal male/female numbers. A defensive line consisting of an arc 175 feet from home plate/strike mat shall be used. No outfielder (minimum of four) is allowed in front of the line until the ball is hit. If this is violated, the offence has the option of taking the result of the play or an award of one base to the batter and all runners. No outfielder may make a force out on the batter-base runner at first base. A scoring line at home plate/strike mat and a commitment line shall be used .
A scoring line at home plate/strike mat and a commitment line shall be used in all divisions.
A HOME PLATE/STRIKE MAT WILL BE USED TO DETERMINE BALLS AND STRIKES IN ALL DIVISIONS
1st place - Championship Rings & Champions Jackets
2nd place - Finalist Commemorative Watches & Hooded Sweatshirts
3/4th Place - Hooded Sweatshirts
All tournament prizing must be claimed at the event in which it is won. Slo-Pitch National will not be responsible for keeping unclaimed prizing from any event. Full teams are to report back to the Tournament Headquarters after the game has been completed to have a team photo taken and claim prizing. Prizing will not be awarded to players who are not in attendance to accept it. All teams must agree to have their photo taken.
All teams shall be ranked into the appropriate divisions, by Slo-Pitch National. Slo-Pitch National reserves the right to remove any team from the tournament at any time. Team Rankings cannot be protested at the event. All players must honestly indicate their highest level played in SPN and or SPO events in 2016 & 2017 seasons. Players who participate on SPO Super Series teams must list their highest levels played in those events. Failure to ensure your ranking is properly listed on your team roster shall be considered the same as misrepresenting and or falsifying information under STG&OR pages 58 & 59 of the 2017 Slo-Pitch National Rulebook.
All tournament participants shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Slo-Pitch National reserves the right to remove any team or tournament participant from the event for failure to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. All player ejections during games, shall be reviewed to determine if the player will be eliminated from the remainder of the event. Players expelled from a game shall face the penalties outlined in the 2017 Slo-Pitch National rulebook. Players or teams may be removed from the event if they are violating any municipal or provincial laws. PLEASE REFER TO OUR MEMBERS CODE OF CONDUCT.
ABSOLUTELY NO TAILGATING WILL BE PERMITTED AT THE TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS OR SATELLITE DIAMONDS DURING THE TOURNAMENT. TEAMS FOUND TAILGATING COULD FACE ELIMINATION FROM THE EVENT WITHOUT REFUND. TEAMS ELIMINATED FROM THE EVENT FOUND TO BE TAILGATING COULD FACE SUSPENSION FROM FUTURE PARTICIPATION.
Matching tops (same body colour) are mandatory. Numbers are preferred but not required.
Bases will be supplied by Slo-Pitch National. The home team will be decided by a coin toss prior to the game.
A two-man system will be used for all games in all divisions. In the event of an extenuating circumstance one umpire may be used.
The game umpire will check bats before each game to ensure that they meet with the bat specifications outlined in the rulebook. Any bats that do not meet specifications will be tagged and taken back to the official’s room at tournament headquarters. Teams may reclaim bats after they have been eliminated from the tournament.
Confiscated bats collected at the tournament are held at the SPN office until January 1. After January 1, all unclaimed bats are donated to various organizations..
ALLOW TIME TO GET TO GAMES
Niagara Falls is a busy place and construction continues along various points of the QEW, so please be prepared and allow extra time to get to your games. Maps are available at tournament headquarters and at www.slo-pitch.com
SOUVENIRS & SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Souvenirs will be on sale at the tournament headquarters through Home Run Sports.
There will be first aid on site at tournament headquarters. Serious injuries need to be treated at local hospitals.