All teams are required to have 10 players, with a minimum of 3 females. There is no limit to team roster size.
- Recreational: This division is for teams consisting mostly of inexperienced players who are learning the fundamentals of the game. Some players in the Recreational division will still be learning the rules of Slo-Pitch, meaning that the flow of the game will not always be natural, due to players having limited experience in batting, base running, fielding, and pitching.
- Recreational Plus: This division is for teams consisting of a mix of experienced and new Slo-Pitch players. The flow of the game will be quicker than the Recreational division as there will be less stoppages and rule clarifications.
- Intermediate: This division is for teams consisting mostly of experienced Slo-Pitch players who have a solid understanding of the fundamentals and rules of the sport. Not all players in this division are highly skilled, but teams generally have several players with a higher level of skill.
- Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
- The CSSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The CSSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
- Games will be played using a Traditional format, where teams will pitch to the opposing team.
- Games will consist of 7 innings with a 1 and a half hour time limit.
- A team can score a maximum of 5 runs in one inning with the exception of the final inning where there are unlimited runs.
- All teams are scheduled at least 4 games.
Schedule and Times
The full tournament schedule will be sent to Team Captains and Individual Teams no later than 5:00pm, the Thursday prior to the tournament. This will include official arrival and end times.
Weekend League Conflict Information
If you are playing in the CSSC Slo-Pitch Tournament and a majority of your team is also scheduled to play in our Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday CSSC Slo-Pitch leagues, please read the following very carefully:
- First and foremost, the best solution is to plan ahead and find subs for your league game. If less than half of your tournament team members are playing in our leagues, it will be your responsibility to find league subs.
- If a majority of your team already plays in a Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday CSSC league, you MUST let Keanen know ASAP. We will require at least 1 week notice prior to the tournament but the sooner you can let us know, the better. Keanen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-244-PLAY (7529).
FRIDAY LEAGUE TEAMS
Provided that we are given at least 1 week notice, we will do our best to ensure that you do not have a Friday tournament game scheduled.
SATURDAY LEAGUE TEAMS
Provided that we are given at least 1 week notice, we will do our best to ensure that you have a large enough break during the tournament to attend your league game in Calgary. Although the tournament is in Okotoks, your players/team will be expected to still attend your league game in Calgary. If you do not have enough players for your league game, you will be subject to the league Default Policy.
SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAMS
- Afternoon: Provided that we are given at least 1 week notice, the CSSC will attempt to re-schedule your league game for another day and/or time. We will contact your league opponent and explain the situation, however, it is up to your league opponent whether or not they are willing to re-schedule. If they are not able to reschedule the league game or you are unable to make it to their proposed reschedule date/time, you will be required to find subs for your league game or you will be subject to the league Default Policy.
- Evening: Provided that we are given at least 1 week notice, the CSSC will attempt to schedule the tournament so that you would still be able to attend your league game that evening. However, this will not always be possible. If we are not able to ensure that you will make it to your league game, the CSSC will attempt to re-schedule your league game for another day and/or time. We will contact your league opponent and explain the situation, however, it is up to your league opponent whether or not they are willing to re-schedule. If they are not able to reschedule the league game or you are unable to make it to their proposed rescheduled date/time, you will be required to find subs for your league game or you will be subject to the league Default Policy.
- Camping is available on-site and is optional - Google Map
- No reservations are necessary.
- $10 per person per day/night (no day camping allowed without paying $10). If camping, players are allowed to bring outside food and alcohol to the camp ground, however, all outside food and alcohol must remain at the site.
- Trailers are allowed (no size restrictions or extra fees), however, there are no hook ups (power, sewer) onsite.
- Okotoks on Deck charges a Park Improvement Fee (PIF) of $2 per day per person. If a player is camping, the PIF is included in the camping fee and there will be no additional charge.
Although an Event Coordinator will be on-site to keep the tournament running smoothly, CSSC Tournaments are self-officiated, so each team must make their own calls. Each team is responsible for reporting their score after each game is played.
There will be an optional Home Run Derby during the tournament for both males and females. Teams are welcome to nominate either one male or one female from their team to participate if they choose. There will be a limit as to how many people can participate so sign-up early. Also, there will be a Radar Gun set-up throughout the weekend where players may compete to see who has the hardest throw (male and female). The winner of each Skills Competition will receive a grand prize.
The party goes all day at the on-site beer gardens, so stick around in between games and enjoy the music, games, and drinks! After the event, each championship team will receive a set of champ shirts.
CSSC Tournaments run rain, snow or shine! All teams should arrive prepared to play through some less-than-ideal conditions to keep the tournament running on schedule. If the weather conditions become dangerous (e.g. Lightning) the Event Coordinator may stop play and the tournament may be delayed.
Teams are placed into a tournament or event on a first-paid, first-served basis. The CSSC will attempt to ensure that all teams and players get placed into the option of their choice. It is not uncommon to have tournaments and events sell out, so registering early is recommended. If players/teams cannot be placed, a full refund will be issued. The CSSC reserves the right to move teams from one division to another. This often happens with little notice once registration is closed, divisions are being finalized and schedules are being built. The CSSC makes every attempt to place teams in divisions that are most appropriate by evaluating past standings and assessing other teams within each division. Team rosters do change from season to season, however, new player information is not used as a metric for gauging the skill level of each team as a whole; placement is based on the success of a team/captain’s most recent season. Teams may be moved for a number of reasons:
- The most qualified teams may be moved to fill spots in a division with lower registration numbers than the one they have registered in. For example: If there are 12 teams in Recreational and 4 teams in Recreational Plus, the 4 teams with the best prior records may be moved to the Recreational Plus division to create balanced leagues at 8 teams each.
- Some teams register below their ability. If a team has recently done very well in a league or tournament or has won a championship in either, they should register in a higher division when available. If they do not, the CSSC will correct this by moving the team to the appropriate division.
- If there is a large number of registrations for a particular division, it may be split into subdivisions (eg. Recreational A, Recreational B). Occasionally, large groups of teams will be placed into new divisions as a form of subdividing. For example: If 24 teams register in the Recreational league, and there are no registrations at other skill levels, the teams may be subdivided into 8 teams in Intermediate, 8 teams in Recreational Plus and 8 teams in Recreational based on their previous standings with The Club.
All teams that get moved into a different division or get placed into a lettered division will be playing with the same teams they would have been placed with regardless of division name or letter.