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League Bat Policy

A Note From SPO:

We wanted to clarify some confusion on the Bat Policy and the League Bat Policy for the 2014 season.

We realize that not all players and teams, especially at the lower levels, will have, or even want, these “new” bats and we are cognizant that some Leagues have their own views of what rules they want to use.

SPO has always, and will continue, to allow individual Leagues to modify their rules to best suit their membership. This is especially true when it comes to which bats they will allow for play. Each League may determine what bats will be allowed in their own League.

For example, Leagues may wish to continue using our previous policy which allows any bat that has the new USSSA logo, or the older “USSSA BPF 1.20″ wording stamped on the bat. Some Leagues may wish to allow only the “old” aluminum bats. Still others may wish to adopt the policy followed in our Elite Programs (as set out above). The choice belongs to the individual League! SPO is here to provide services and benefits to our Members and to assist Leagues with their programs, not control them. (Please also be aware that no matter what policy you decide on, wooden softball bats are always legal.)

One of the concerns Leagues may have is to know that the bats used in their League are, in fact, legal and do not exceed the legal limit. SPO has purchased several Bat Compression Testers. These are available on a rental basis to allow a League to test the bats used in their League. Any interested Leagues should contact the SPO office for further details.

WARNING: Anyone purchasing a new model bat should make sure it has the new “USSSA BPF 1.20″ (Thumbprint) logo on it. Be sure you know where your new “legal looking” bat has come from. Some illegal bats are being repainted or ‘doctored’ and sold as “legal” bats. These bats can be dangerous and if someone was injured by one of these altered bats, the batter, and the person repainting/selling it, may be liable and any liability insurance they have could be null and void. Ignorance of where a bat came from or that it has been altered is not an excuse. This also means one should be careful when borrowing a teammate’s bat unless you know for sure it is a legal bat. Please note that bats with multiple standards listed must meet all the requirements of each of these standards.

If you need any more information about the Bat Policy, please feel free to contact us at (905) 646-7773 or spoleagues@slopitch.info

Kindest Regards,

The SPO Team

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Spring Cleaning

If you buy into the whole Groundhog Day thing, it looks like we’re in for another 6 weeks of this lovely winter stuff (it’s blowing up a pretty good one out there as I write!). So calling anything “spring cleaning” under those conditions may seem a little off – but it best describes the work I’ve been doing of late.

Over time, our website has become somewhat cluttered with day-to-day items (Rainouts, roster reminders, things along those lines) that don’t have any significance beyond the short term use that they served. I have removed all of those.

As SloPitch Central has evolved, I have made every effort to separate the leagues into their own unique sites – but that wasn’t always the case. All those posts have now been moved to their respective league sites.

Year-to-year we have users coming and going as their connection to the leagues changes – I have removed all users from the system except for a select few.

I have added security measures to try to counteract the spam that a busy website like ours tends to attract (52246 spammers caught since 2013/01/21 – and that doesn’t include the thousands per day that another security measure has already filtered out!).

I have simplified our forum to have only the functionality that we need to interact as league members and people looking to become league members. There are currently only a couple forums set up as we’re not at the point in our season yet where we need those other forums – they will be added as we near the actual season. (As a side note – if there are any forums that you would like to see added, please feel free to voice your request.)

The login / registration process has been simplified – you can now log in or register using the profile you already have set up with selected social media sites (Facebook, Twitter … you can see them all in the sidebar login area).

There are other changes going on that you won’t see until the time is right – updates to the score reporting system and the team management system are in the works.

Notices will be posted in the next little bit on the league sites for our upcoming league meetings – it’s getting to be that time of year again, folks.

Don’t let some little rodent projecting 6 more weeks of winter get you down – spring is indeed on the way!

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