Eastern Ontario Fastball Blog

A blog dedicated to news about the Greater Ottawa Fastball League and other happenings in the world of fastball / fastpitch softball in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with occasional stories featuring Mrs Fitzroy Fastball, Fitzroy Fastball Junior and the Caveman. If you have info to send on, send me an email at fastball[at]fitzroyharbour.com. Follow @fitzroyfastball on Twitter.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Minor Softball Registration time

Local minor softball organizations are in the process of ramping up for the 2013 season. See below for a list of local organizations offering fastpitch softball for kids. Many of these have in person registration days in the next few weeks.

If I have missed any, let me know.

West Carleton Minor Softball Association (home of Fitzroy Junior and the Caveman!)

Stittsville Minor Softball Association

Richmond / Munster Minor Softball Association

Orleans Amateur Fastball Association

Athens Minor Softball

Augusta Minor Softball

Barrhaven Children's Softball

Cornwall Kinsmen Minor Girls Recreational Softball

Gloucester South Youth Softball Association

Kenmore Softball Association

Rideau Osgoode Minor Softball Association

Greely Softball Association

Vars Softball

There are some other organizations (McNab/Braeside Minor Ball, Upper Ottawa Valley Minor Softball) for which I can't find websites.

Also check out the listing on the Softball Ontario site for our zone.


Blackburn Men's League Registration

The 2013 BMFL registration will be held on March 4 and 19 at the Blackburn Arms (2586 Innes Road) from 7 to 9 pm. Games will once again be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights in Blackburn. For more information visit the league website.


Trend Arlington Registration

Registration Night for the Trend Arlington Men's Fastball Leauge is March 4 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, at PJ Quigley's, 250 Greenbank Road in Nepean. See their website for more information on this recreational men's fastball league.


Death of Jake Rouleau

John "Jake" Rouleau, 62, of Arnprior died yesterday. Jake was a former teammate of mine on the Arnprior Arrows fastball team back in the 90s. Jake's brothers Chris, Paul, Tim and Jeff all played fastball as well in the Arnprior league and Fitzroy leagues, and his brother Steve umpired fastball, as did Jake after he quit playing ball. Jake was also a minor and men's hockey referee in Arnprior for almost 30 years. Just a few weeks ago, Jake officiated some fast-paced 40+ hockey action in the league in which I play.

Jake leaves a widow and four sons, and plenty of extended family and friends. My condolences to the Rouleau family - Jake was a "good lad" as we say in the Ottawa Valley and will be missed.


GOFL Winter Meeting 2013

The Greater Ottawa Fastball League met on February 6 to discuss the upcoming season. Few new things, but a few points of interest:

- Fitzroy Harbour will host the Final Weekend Showdown tournament to determine the playoff champion.
- Pitching regulations will be more strictly enforced.
- The league will introduce the "Tim Craig Utility Player of the Year" award to be determined by team representatives at the conclusion of each season.

Adam Brown (WC Electric)
Steve Edgerton (Barrhaven)
Lindsay Medynski (Barrhaven)
John Craig (Stittsville)
Marcel Mondoux (Blitz)
Eric Rosenquist (I4C Victory)
Cory Morrison (Kars)
Joe McCleary (Quyon)
Steve McCord (Quyon)
Ted Mecalfe (EOUA)

- The seven teams (and their home diamonds) confirming their participation for 2013 are as follows:
o WC Electric: Fitzroy Harbour - Tuesdays, potentially a Friday or two
o Barrhaven Broadway Blues: Manotick on Wednesday
o Ottawa Blitz: Manotick on Wednesday
o Stittsville 56ers: Stittsville on Wednesday
o Kars Aces: North Gower on Tuesdays
o I4C Victory: Carp on Thursday
o Quyon: Quyon on Thursday
- Another team expressed interest previously in entering a team in the GOFL. It was determined that the league would welcome a team and the schedule could be 'creative' to permit them to play in the league. There was a decision to give them until March 15 to make a decision.
- Ted Metcalfe is the umpire in chief for the league.
- Ted reviewed the new rules and forwarded a summary to Adam who distributed to all teams
- Adam has volunteered again to create the schedule. Teams were asked to forward any special scheduling requests to Adam.
- Doubleheaders will be scheduled whenever practical. Manotick will continue to host a doubleheader every Wednesday. Other locations could also be able to host some double dips.
- Regular season will start the second week of May, with the regular season schedule running for 11 weeks. Rainout make ups and playoffs to follow.
- Teams will play a balanced schedule of 18 games (9 home, 9 away), with three games against each team. (Subject to change if additional team does enter)
- Each team will continue submit a line up card at the plate meeting to the umpire & their opponent. Joe contacted Mike Branchaud at Softball Canada about ordering line up cards for the league teams.
- Game cancellation: as per before if a team needs to cancel a game (for any reason other than weather), 24 hours notice should be given to the opposing team’s representative. If a visiting team fails to show up with enough players or cancels too late to notify the umpires, then the visiting team will pay for the officials’ fees. If diamond fees are going to be charged to the home team, the offending team will have to pay for the make up diamond rental fee.
- In case of weather-related cancellations, the umpires and opposing team must be given two hours notice. This is the home team's call.
- Rain shortened games: for games to count in the standings for regular season four (or three and half) innings are completed. Games not "official" will need to be replayed at a later date. For playoffs, same as before, the game will resume at a later date from the point at which the game was delayed.
- Game stories can be sent as soon as possible so the blog can be updated. Report should at a minimum include the score, the winning and losing pitcher and any home runs hit.
- Statistics should be updated by team representatives as soon as possible on GOFL.ca. Jon Ferguson of the Blitz will manage GOFL.ca.
- For the regular season, each team is responsible for their own expenses, including by not limited to diamond fees, umpire costs, balls, etc. (see exceptions below re: playoffs).
- Regular season tie-breaking: 1) points (2 for a win, 1 for a tie) 2) wins 3) head-to-head 4) run differential in head to head 5) coin flip
- Playoff format continues:
o 1st place team to be awarded bye to final weekend showdown. Team may decline the bye, and it would go to the next team down the standings and could be waived down to the next team, etc.
o Play off series: best of five, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th, 4th vs. 5th. To be completed during August.
o Final Weekend Showdown: four team double knockout tournament, with top seed playing lowest seed in one of the first round games. Two games on Friday September 6, remainder of the tournament on Saturday September 7, Sunday September 9 and/or the following weekend will be the rain date. Fitzroy Harbour will host the FWS.
- Playoff extra innings: if a playoff game is tied, the ‘international rule’ shall being in the 8th inning.
- To be eligible for playoffs, a player must have participated in six league games for his team. In addition, if this player wants to pitch in the playoffs, he must have thrown 18 innings during the regular season. To have this rule waived due to injury or other reasons, the requesting team can ask for a vote of the other team captains to allow playoff participation.
- The cost sharing formula for playoffs will continue. For the playoffs series, if there are an odd number of games (3 or 5), teams shall split umpiring and diamond costs for the final game.
- For the FWS, all teams shall share equally in the umpiring costs; the host team will pay for the diamonds and retain all profits from such things as Pepsi sales; each team will supply one new ball for each FWS game.
- Playoff winner fund: $500 to the FWS winner and $200 to the FWS finalist. The I4C Trophy will be awarded to the playoff champion.
- Edgy will look into ordering softballs through Softball Canada for the league and advise.
- “8 man rule”: in order to continue to ensure minimal defaults, teams will be permitted to start games with 8 players. There will be no “auto-out”. If the ninth player shows up late (or a lucky fan is found), then the team can insert this player in the ninth position in the line-up. However, if a team has only 9 players and one is ejected, the team will then forfeit the game. If a team has 9 players, and there is an injury and the player cannot continue, the team may still play with 8, but then the auto-out will apply.
- “Mercy rule”: will continue as 7 after 5, 5.5, or 6
- “2 out catcher rule”: optional.
- “Discipline”: Same as previous years: first ejection player at a minimum receives a “yellow card” - next ejection automatically results in one game suspension, minimum. Each ejection will result in an umpire’s report and a team’s report. Suspension could be given for any ejection depending on severity. In the past few years this has not been a problem with the GOFL and hopefully that will continue.
- “Bat rule”: The GOFL will continue with the ISF / ISC bat rule. Any bat with the ISF stamp or ASA 2004 or 2008 stamp would be legal. As per Ted, the 2013 stamp is for slow pitch only.
- NEW: “Pitching rule”: It was determined that the league will ask the umpires to be more stringent in enforcing the pitching rule. Pitchers need to ensure front foot stays on the pitching rubber during windup. Pitchers must also stay "in the chute". Each team manager will discuss with their pitching staff so they are not surprised if called by the umpire.
- "Injury substitution" rule: If a team has used all substitutes on the bench, and a player in the lineup cannot continue due to injury, one of the previously substituted players can return to the game in his place, even if he is not "re-entering" as per the rules. This applies in an injury situation only.
- Other Softball Canada rules apply. Note new rules as forwarded by Ted.
- There are no restrictions on team rosters (any player, junior, senior, etc. can play). Once a player participates in the league for one team, he cannot play for another team that season.
- Eric will obtain insurance coverage through the OASA for all interested teams.
- NEW: The GOFL will honour the late Tim Craig with the "Tim Craig Utility Player of the Year" award, to be determined through the league All-Star voting at the end of the season. Joe will look into getting a plaque or trophy made.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pickering Invitational Tournament

Pickering, ON

Men's Fastball Tournament
Thursday June 13 to Saturday June 15

(Father's Day Weekend - no Sunday games)
3 game guarantee
Looking for 12 teams, top 4 to earn prize money
Contact: Dave Northern dave.northern@sympatico.ca


Cobourg Tournament

Cobourg Jim Bradford - Neil Cane Invitational
June 7-9, 2013

Two men's tournaments at the same venue:
- Masters, Intermediate and Junior tournament
- Open tournament / Major Men's tournament
Cobourg Legion Fields.
Entry is $400 - guaranteed 4 games
Entry must be in by May 1st

Steve Bedard


May long weekend tournament in Woodstock

Crush Victoria Weekend May 2-4 Tournament in Woodstock

The Crush Men's Fastball team will again be hosting the Annual Woodstock Victoria Weekend Fastball Tournament for 2013. This tournament runs: May 18th, 19th, 20th (Possibly to have games start on Friday, May 17th)

Entry Fee : $400.00
Cheques to be made out to: "Crush Mens Fastball Club"
Prize Money: TBD based on a pending # of teams
Format : TBD based on a pending # of teams
We would like to again have Pool Play with "A", "B", "C" Finals
3 or 4 game guarantee depending # of teams participating

Tournament Eligibility - (same Rule as 2012 tournament)
This tournament will be open to all positional players who have and have not played at the Senior level in the past. However, we will not allow any Senior pitchers who have current ISC PRAWN status (as a pitcher) to pitch in the tournament. This restricted list will be posted shortly.

There will be a licensed beer garden, with food.
There is again a Midway with rides for the kids of all ages.
Victoria Day Parade will be on route by the ballpark on the Monday Morning.

Darryl Wharram



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Blackburn Tournament 2013

BMFL Mens and Womens Summer Kickoff Tournament (June 13th-16th)

Due to the tremendous success of the 2 tournaments we put on last year, we are kicking off the 2013 with a bang.

This year we are looking to not only have a Men's division but we want to add a Women's division as well.

We would like to have a minimum of 8 teams per division. The Men's division will be Fastpitch and Women's will be orthodox/conventional.

The entry fee will be $300 per team.

Any teams who wish to register please email derek.t.martin@hotmail.com.


Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration open

The Glen Cairn Men's Fastball League registration site is now live. See info from the site below.

Registration is open to all men who are 18 or older as of May 1st 2013. The cost is $150 for new players and former players, and $175 for returning 2012 players. Game nights are Monday through Wednesday at the A.Y. Jackson High School diamond on Abbeyhill Rd. in the Glen Cairn neighbourhood of Kanata.

Games are played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, May through September.

Season will start Monday May 6, 2013.


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Dunkirk Tournament July 19-21

from Dopey W

Dunkirk fastpitch team is hosting a 3 game guarantee open fastpitch tournament on July 19-21 in Dunkirk, NY.

Entry fee will be $300, looking to get 12 teams. Top 8 make single elimination on Sunday. Beer and food stands at the main diamond, hotels located just under a mile from fields great atmosphere at ballparks with lots of fans in attendence.

Top 4 teams will be paid a minimum of $1200 1st place, $750 2nd, $350 3rd n 4th.

If interested contact Tom at 716-679-6797 or dopeywdowiasz@hotmail.com.