2018 Slow Pitch Survey Results

Thank you everyone who participated and encouraged other to participate in the survey. We received amazing feedback and criticism from 260 submissions! The board is meeting before Christmas to set dates for manager’s meetings and to discuss these results and potential changes.

We will be in touch via the website and Facebook with any calendar notes. If you have any extra comments that you would like considered please email us at sfmsps@gmail.com

How long have you played in our league?

0-3 seasons 51
4-6 seasons 59
7-10 seasons 65
11-15 seasons 42
16+ seasons 41

How do you feel about a potential flip flop rule if the home team is down by X runs after 6, that the final inning flips (so the home team bats through 3 outs twice in a row), to potentially speed games up.

Against – 1 109
2 39
3 45
4 33
For – 5 31

How do you feel about a potential player fee paid to the league to help offset the team fee to the league?

Against – 1 103
2 32
3 72
4 26
For – 5 23

How do you feel about potentially switching to a split season format where teams potentially move up/down (within the same night) half way through the season?

Against – 1 34
2 25
3 70
4 65
For – 5 64

If there were more schedule league events at community friendly venues, would you attend?

Against – 1 15
2 39
3 110
4 60
For – 5 33

How do you feel about the new rule that allowed players to play on two teams with limitations?

Against – 1 43
2 24
3 43
4 64
For – 5 84

Currently we have a two umpire system. Most leagues in the area do not. Switching to a one umpire system would save each team roughly $100. Lean 5 for staying with 2 umpires, lean 1 for switching to a 1 umpire system.

Switch to One Ump- 1 61
2 29
3 31
4 34
Stay with 2 Ump – 5 102

There have been suggestions of switching to a progressive HR limit, where after a certain amount of home runs, teams can progressively hit more if the other team also hits home runs.

Against – 1 38
2 18
3 41
4 47
For – 5 112

Player statistics potentially on the website

I don’t care. 88
I would visit and like to see stats on the website. 80
I do not want stats on the website. 35
I would visit and like to see stats on the website., I would definitely enter my teams stats on the website. 21
I would definitely enter my teams stats on the website. 16

Preferred way of communication from the league

Website 169
Facebook 129
Text 115
Slack/GroupMe 26
Twitter 21
Email 15

Currently for potential weather issues, we wait for the last possible minute to attempt to play games as schedule. Do you…

I prefer to have a set time where games get called off/on, just make a decision and move on. 152
I prefer to play games if possible, wait as long as you can to call them. 74
I would prefer less game get called off, if the city lets us play, let’s play. 48
I would prefer more games to get called off due to cold/wet, knowing that there’s risk of NOT being able to reschedule those games. 24

Currently we hand out trophies, plaques and shirts as prizes to top finishing teams…

I like being able to receive these prizes. 118
I prefer trophies over plaques. 47
I prefer plaques over trophies. 33
I like the shirts. 122
I don’t like the shirts. 14
I don’t know what, but I prefer something else. 13

Currently we have 8 divisions playing over 5 nights. Division size ranging from 6 teams to 16 teams.

I prefer playing on a full night to not have to play the same team multiple times. 96
I don’t mind playing in small divisions to keep competitive balance. 79
I would support moving up a division if the schedule was weighted for competitive balance. 74
I want to stay in my division on my night, no matter what. 37
I’d play on a bigger night if the odds of winning prizes were better. 16

If every team paid in an extra $100 into a division prize pool, that would be 100% paid back out at the end of year division tournament that we expanded to fit all teams. For example in 16 team division there would be $1,600 split and paid out in total.

I would be very against this. 58
I support only if the tournament was single elimination. 8
I support only if the tournament was double elimination 88
If we did it, I would prefer money prize to be spread amongst top half of finishing teams. 32
If we did it, I would prefer money prize to be spread among top quarter of finishing teams. 84
If we did it, I would prefer winner take all. 18

Fields are good, Fallball starts tonight!

Quick Links

Tuesday Open

Tuesday Lower

Monday Upper

Monday Lower

Fall League 2018 Rules

August 27th-October 8th

  • $500 entry fee per team (Paid in full by August 23rd, 2018)
  • 6 weeks of double headers (12 games)
  • 13 teams per division – first come, first serve
  • Four different divisions to choose from
    • Tuesday Open: Open rosters, 6 Home Runs
    • Tuesday Lower: 3 Thursday Players, 3 Home Runs
    • Monday Upper: 2 Thursday Players, 2 Home Runs
    • Monday Lower: 1 Thursday Player, 2 Home Runs
  • Players can play on both nights of Fall League.
  • Pay fees, pick up schedules/softballs, and/or check your bats at one of two nights
    • Tuesday, August 21st, 5:30-7:00 PM (Championship Night)
    • Thursday, August 23rd, 5:30-7:00 PM
  1. Rosters may be copied from summer squads. Players can be added/dropped.
  2. All players who have signed waivers, do not need to sign again.
    1. Players that have not signed, will need to sign the waiver.
  3. All bats will need the 2018 SF Men’s USA bat sticker, bats that already have the 2018 sticker do not need to be checked.
  4. All USA Rules and SF Men’s Slow Pitcher Summer Rules will apply except for those specifically mentioned below.
    1. Each team is provided with 6 Dudley 52 COR/300 compression softballs. Additional purchased balls must be same league approved ball.
    2. All players may bat, but only ten are allowed to play in the field. You must tell the umpire at the beginning of the game how many players you will bat. In case of ejection, you must have an eligible substitute to replace the ejected player to continue play without forfeit.
    3. Females may play in our fall league.
    4. Home Run Rules
      1. Monday – 2 Home Runs
      2. Tuesday Lower – 3 Home Runs
      3. Tuesday Open – 6 Home runs
    5. Run Ahead Rules: 15 runs after 3 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings.
    6. There are no playoffs for fall league. Winners in each division will be given awards. Tie breakers will be broken as such:
      1. Head to Head Play
      2. Highest winning percentage among teams tied (3 or more) using the common record among the tied teams.
      3. Run Differential
      4. Coin toss.
    7. Players may play on both nights provided the teams still follow the roster restrictions.
      1. These players must appear on both rosters.
    8. Managers running teams below the Tuesday Open division will put an asterisk (*) by Thursday players that are playing in their line up on the official line up card.
    9. Rain outs will be determined as soon as possible. Please anticipate playing games unless notified. Makeup games, depending on how many are necessary may be played on a Thursday or Friday if necessary. Schedules, news and notes will be on the website https://sfmensslowpitch.com and on our Facebook page.
  5. The Sioux Falls Men’s Slow Pitch League reserves right to alter team’s requested placement to a division that is a fit for competition level. The league nor team are not obligated to participate until the required league fees are paid.

Championship Night 2018

The league enjoyed eight championship games last night that featured some of the best weather we have had all summer. The crowds were large for the summer season end and in the end eight champions were crowned.

Congrats to the champions!

  • Thursday: River Ridge 16 – Gateway – RPS Painting 10
  • Wednesday: Interstate Batteries 15 – Howe Electric 12
  • Tuesday Upper: Coast2Coast 16 – Wasted Talent 13
  • Tuesday Lower: Mini Critter Scorpions 16 – Corner Pub/Lawn & Snow Co 11
  • Monday Upper: The Deuce 11 – CarSwap 3
  • Monday Lower: The Rush 17 – Longview Tax Solutions 4
  • Friday Upper: Frozen Ropes 13 – Prairie Tickets 12
  • Friday Lower: Archer Rebuilders 14 – BarCode 11

Photos from last night:

Deadline for Fallball Signup Tomorrow at 7PM.

Balls hand outs, bat checks, and signups will be taken tomorrow night at the league shack at Harmodon. Don’t miss out. If you need to make arrangements, please reach out to any board member!

Fall League 2018

August 27th-October 8th

  • $500 entry fee per team (Paid in full by August 23rd, 2018)
  • 6 weeks of double headers (12 games)
  • 13 teams per division – first come, first serve
  • Four different divisions to choose from
    • Tuesday Open: Open rosters, 6 Home Runs
    • Tuesday Lower: 3 Thursday Players, 3 Home Runs
    • Monday Upper: 2 Thursday Players, 2 Home Runs
    • Monday Lower: 1 Thursday Player, 2 Home Runs
  • Players can play on both nights of Fall League.
  • Pay fees, pick up schedules/softballs, and/or check your bats at one of two nights
    • Tuesday, August 21st, 5:30-7:00 PM (Championship Night)
    • Thursday, August 23rd, 5:30-7:00 PM

2018 Summer Team* (if its a new team select, This is a NEW team)

Do you want to copy over your summer roster?*
YesNo

Team Name for Schedule/Standings*

Team Manager*

Manager's Address*

Manager's City*

Manager's State*

Manager's ZIP*

Manager's Cell Phone Number*

Manager's Email*

Requested Fall Division*

Additional comments, concerns, notes and suggestions:

Other Notes

  1. Rosters may be copied from summer squads. Players can be added/dropped.
  2. All players who have signed waivers, do not need to sign again.
    1. Players that have not signed, will need to sign the waiver.
  3. All bats will need the 2018 SF Men’s USA bat sticker, bats that already have the 2018 sticker do not need to be checked.
  4. All USA Rules and SF Men’s Slow Pitcher Summer Rules will apply except for those specifically mentioned below.
    1. Each team is provided with 6 Dudley 52 COR/300 compression softballs. Additional purchased balls must be same league approved ball.
    2. All players may bat, but only ten are allowed to play in the field. You must tell the umpire at the beginning of the game how many players you will bat. In case of ejection, you must have an eligible substitute to replace the ejected player to continue play without forfeit.
    3. Females may play in our fall league.
    4. Home Run Rules
      1. Monday – 2 Home Runs
      2. Tuesday Lower – 3 Home Runs
      3. Tuesday Open – 6 Home runs
    5. Run Ahead Rules: 15 runs after 3 innings or 10 runs after 5 innings.
    6. There are no playoffs for fall league. Winners in each division will be given awards. Tie breakers will be broken as such:
      1. Head to Head Play
      2. Highest winning percentage among teams tied (3 or more) using the common record among the tied teams.
      3. Run Differential
      4. Coin toss.
    7. Players may play on both nights provided the teams still follow the roster restrictions.
      1. These players must appear on both rosters.
    8. Managers running teams below the Tuesday Open division will put an asterisk (*) by Thursday players that are playing in their line up on the official line up card.
    9. Rain outs will be determined as soon as possible. Please anticipate playing games unless notified. Makeup games, depending on how many are necessary may be played on a Thursday or Friday if necessary. Schedules, news and notes will be on the website https://sfmensslowpitch.com and on our Facebook page.
  5. The Sioux Falls Men’s Slow Pitch League reserves right to alter team’s requested placement to a division that is a fit for competition level. The league nor team are not obligated to participate until the required league fees are paid.

 

Championship Night, Manager Awards, and Fallball

2018 Championship Night

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

  • 5:30 PM Shack – Fall Ball Registration, Ball Pick up and Bat Checks
  • 6:30 PM Field E – Monday Lower (The Rush v Longview Tax)
  • 6:30 PM Field F – Monday Upper (The Deuce v CarSwap)
  • 6:30 PM Field G – Friday Lower (Archer Rebuilders v Bar Code)
  • 6:30 PM Field H – Friday Upper (Prairie Tickets v Frozen Ropes)
  • 7:30 PM Field E – Tuesday Upper (Coast to Coast v Wasted Talent)
  • 7:30 PM Field F – Wednesday (Howe Electric v Interstate Batteries)
  • 7:30 PM Field H – Tuesday Lower (Corner Pub v Mini Critter)
  • 8:30 PM Field F – Thursday (Gateway/RPS v River Ridge)
  • 8:00 PM Shack – Join us at the League Shack for a free beer. We will start serving after the last championship game begins until it runs out.
  • Manager of the Year Award hand outs!

Manager of the Year Awards

Thank you to all of the managers first and foremost. Running and managing a team is a job that doesn’t get enough thank yous in the end, but you all do a wonderful job of getting players organized and out here. This year for the first year we held a vote for each division to hand out Manager of the Year awards to recognize managers who went above and beyond to make our league better.

Each award was be voted on my managers from each of the teams, umpires, and league board members.

The award was created to acknowledge and bring attention to the best managers in our league lead by example with good sportsmanship. They are gentlemen towards other teams, umpires and officials. These managers play by and respect the rules. Finally they represent and advocate for the league to the highest degree both on and off the field.

Winners of the Manager of the Year Award will receive a $25 gift card and a award certificate as a thank you from the league. They will be available tomorrow night for picking up!

2018 Winners:

  • Thursday: Bruce Grieme
  • Wednesday: Eric Kannas
  • Tuesday Upper: Matt Ramstad
  • Tuesday Lower: Matt Scholten
  • Monday Upper: Nick Nielson
  • Monday Lower: Craig Sauer
  • Friday: Scott Kringstad

Fall Ball Registration

Fall League 2018

August 27th-October 8th

  • $500 entry fee per team (Paid in full by August 23rd, 2018)
  • 6 weeks of double headers (12 games)
  • 13 teams per division – first come, first serve
  • Four different divisions to choose from
    • Tuesday Open: Open rosters, 6 Home Runs
    • Tuesday Lower: 3 Thursday Players, 3 Home Runs
    • Monday Upper: 2 Thursday Players, 2 Home Runs
    • Monday Lower: 1 Thursday Player, 2 Home Runs
  • Players can play on both nights of Fall League.
  • Pay fees, pick up schedules/softballs, and/or check your bats at one of two nights
    • Tuesday, August 21st, 5:30-7:00 PM (Championship Night)
    • Thursday, August 23rd, 5:30-7:00 PM

2018 Summer Team* (if its a new team select, This is a NEW team)

Do you want to copy over your summer roster?*
YesNo

Team Name for Schedule/Standings*

Team Manager*

Manager's Address*

Manager's City*

Manager's State*

Manager's ZIP*

Manager's Cell Phone Number*

Manager's Email*

Requested Fall Division*

Additional comments, concerns, notes and suggestions:

Friday Night Playoffs Review

Friday night was a beautiful August summer night out at Harmodon. A great time for some softball games. The night started out with The Misfits winning in shutout fashion 7 to 0, and almost clawing their way into the championship. However, Bar Code held on for victory winning the semi-final round game over the Misfits 4 to 3.

TK Granite faced off against Tinners in a high score affair, TK outlasting Tinners 24 to 15. Back to back wins were hard to come by through the night though as TK Granite ran into Archer Rebuilders who won 18 to 3.

Archers will face off against Bar Code on Championship Night tomorrow at 6:30 PM.

In the upper brackets it started with an upset. Gateway Lounge had the early lead against Black Angus. However, in the bottom of the 7th Black Angus put together many runs to tie the game 19 to 19. Gateway Lounge scored their revenge in the top of the 8th and took the game 24 to 19.

Gateway then faced off versus the Frozen Ropes and the number two seed Frozen Ropes won 13 to 5 despite only having 9 players available to play.

Prairie Tickets faced off with Sioux Empire Auto in the fourth corner of the bracket and got away with the classic 5 vs 4 upset. Prairie Tickets scored 14 and that was enough to outlast Sioux Empire Auto who managed 8 runs.

Finally Prairie Tickets put together the night’s only back to back victories, when they took on number 1 seed and regular season champion CarSwap/NCI and beat them in a 9 to 3 battle.

Prairie Tickets will take on the Frozen Ropes on tomorrow night at 6:30 PM.

Friday Upper

Friday Lower

Wednesday and Thursday Review

Thank you again to all the volunteers who helped get the fields ready to play for last night’s playoff games. The fields were not perfect, but they came a long ways because of the work from Sioux Falls P&R and volunteers from the league. It was a beautiful sight to see so many guys out there excited to play ball enough to come out and rake in some dirt. Just for some idea how quickly our fields at Harmodon can clear:

This was taken at 12:30PM yesterday (and it rained until closer to 2PM):

And at 5:30PM, after some work from our volunteer crew:

Brackets

Playoffs moved on and we have two more match-ups for championship Tuesday next week. Good luck to Gateway-RPS Patining, River Ridge, Interstate Batteries and Howe Electric!