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Umpire's Corner

by Paul Del Net

This is a question from Jim Moisse of Wild Wing.

Thanks to Jim for this questions as it is a regular event for us because we play in such short fields.

4 base award.

 This happened in a game the Bandits were playing in, we were batting, one of our guys hit the ball over the right field fence, it was going out any ways but the defensive player made a try to catch it and it nicked his glove and continued over the fence.  I ruled it a home run because it would have gone out anyways if it wasn’t touched. This used to be the rule, in fact this rule has changed about 3 times in the past 10 years for some reason.

I was wrong, the rule as it is now states;

 From the rulebook.

“Any ball touched by a defensive player which then goes over the fence in fair territory shall be a four base award and not considered a home run”

Intent is not considered in this rule. Any touch means it is a 4 base award.

Good sportsmanship will be critical when calling this.

 There was another event the other night involving the 2 base award on an over throw.

From the rulebook.

·        all runners, including the batter-runner shall be awarded two bases from the last base legally touched based on their position at the time that the thrown ball left the fielder’s hand if there are two runners between the same bases, the award is based on the position of the lead runner  

Consider the scenario, unlikely but possible, when there are runners on first and second, the batter hits a fair ground ball and everyone starts to run.

The batter/runner and the guy on first are extremely fast and the guy on second running to third is really slow, all three runners are between second and third when the outfielder throws the ball and it ends up out of play. The important element here is that the runner that started at 2nd base has not yet touched 3rd base.

The base awards are as follows.

The runner that started on 2nd  is awarded 3rd and home, 2 bases. The runner that started on second is only award 3rd  because of what the lead runners position was and the batter/runner is awarded 2nd base.

This is a rare event but a variation of this did happen the other night.

And 1 last quick item:

I was asked the other day if on a force play can the fielder hold the ball in his hand and touch the base with his glove to get the out.

The answer is yes,

As long as the player is in control of the ball, in his glove or hand, and it is a force play then the out is recorded.

A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball, while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove.

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)

Many rules are not specifically listed in the SPO hand book but can be found in the Softball  Canada rule book.

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

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

League News and Announcements

Final Day Schedule - September 15, 2018 - Revised

Please Note:  Game times have been altered.  Make sure you check!

Here is the schedule for next Saturday.  We will have 3 groups: A, B, C. A will have the top 4 teams from North. B will have the remaining team from North (as top seed) and the top 3 teams from South. C will have the remaining 3 teams from South.

  • higher seed from playoff round robin is home team in all games

  • In A and B divisions, 9:00/9:30 games are semi finals, 11:30 games are consolation games, and 2pm are Finals. All games must have a winner - no ties.  International tie-break if tied after 9 innings.

  • In C division, each team will have 2 games. Best record wins C trophy (tie break by: winning pct, head to head, run differential, runs allowed). Ties are allowed in these games.

  • Awards and refreshments to follow at Edelweiss at 4pm.

A Division B Division C Division
A1: 9:30am - Hallman1: N1 vs N4 B1: 9:00am - Budd1: N5 vs S3 C1: 9:30am - Hallman2: S5 vs S6
A2: 9:30am - Hallman3: N2 vs N3 B2: 9:00am - Budd2: S1 vs S2  
11:30am - Hallman1: Loser A1 vs Loser A2 11:30am - Hallman3: Loser B1 vs Loser B2 C2: 11:30am - Hallman2: S4 vs S6
2pm - Hallman1: Winner A1 vs Winner A2 2pm - Hallman3: Winner B1 vs Winner B2 C3: 2pm - Hallman2: S4 vs S5


Regular Season Champs - Cock'd N Loaded - Congratulations!

Playoff Setup for 2018

Believe it or not, only a couple more weeks of regular season.  Playoff round robin will begin July 18.  With 11 teams this year, playoffs won't be as straight forward as last year.  Here are the highlights:

  • top 5 teams from the regular season will be in the North (N) division. They will play each of the other 4 teams in the North division 4 times, for a total of 16 possible round robin games.

  • remaining 6 teams will be in the South (S) division.  They will play each of the other 5 teams in the South division 3 times, for a total of 15 possible round robin games.

  • After the round robin playoff schedule is complete, teams will be announced for the A, B, and C championship groups - these games will be played on Saturday, Sept 15.  There will be 2 morning (8:30) games at Budd Park, but all other games will be at Peter Hallman Ball Yard.  More details to come on the format for the final day.

  • For reference, you can find a copy of the playoff round robin schedule here.  Once the final regular season games are completed on July 17, we will determine the final standings based on winning percentage, add the names of the teams to the playoff schedule, and distribute it.  There will be 1 game played on July 18 - we will let those teams know as soon as we possibly can.

Welcome to the 2018 Season!

Some changes for this season:  Your links at the top of this page for Standings and Schedule and Game Results will now take you to our site at GameOn Mobile.  We will be maintaining our schedule and standings there.  You can also download the app on your iPhone or Android device.

You can find past year Results by clicking the new link on the top menu.

We have also added a historical list of the winners of our 2 annual awards - the Emma Wolfe Award for Sportsmanship, and our Super Senior Award, recognizing one of our grizzled veterans.

As we started last year, we will continue in 2018 with the Umpire's Corner,  by Paul Del Net.  If you have any questions about rules, or items you'd like clarified, please pass them along to Paul.

Games Cancelled week of Apr 30

Unfortunately, due to field conditions as a result of the late spring, both Bloomingdale and BRG diamonds are closed the week of Apr 30 - May 4.  We are expecting to play a full schedule beginning May7 at both Parks.



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. In addition, in 2018, as soon as games are cancelled, they will be updated as such on GameOn Mobile.
  If you don't hear anything, game is on!  Decisions may also be made at the park by the teams.



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.

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