Wed
Aug
11
06:45 PM
Vipers
Diamondbacks
13
12
Wed
Aug
11
06:45 PM
Regina Rage
Elite
3
13
Wed
Aug
11
06:45 PM
Power
Dakota Winyan
0
15
Thu
Aug
12
06:45 PM
Elite
Diamondbacks
7
14
Thu
Aug
12
06:45 PM
Rampage
Kaos
12
3
Thu
Aug
12
08:30 PM
Kaos
Pride
4
6
Mon
Aug
16
06:45 PM
Vipers
Diamondbacks
19
11
Mon
Aug
16
06:45 PM
Anonymous
Dakota Winyan
11
21
Mon
Aug
16
08:30 PM
Anonymous
Dakota Winyan
13
6
Tue
Aug
17
06:45 PM
Rampage
Pride
4
3

2021 Fall Meeting Minutes


 

2021 RLSA FALL General Meeting - December 7, 2021 8:00 PM via Zoom

 

  1. Call to order: 8:07

 Teams not in attendance:  Storm, Iskotew

 

  1. Adoption of agenda

1st: Danielle Swartz; 2nd: Muriel Goodwill; carried

 

  1. Adoption of minutes from Spring 2021 Meeting (can be viewed on website under ‘About Us/Meeting Minutes’

1st: Steven Macknak, 2nd: Matt Johner; carried

 

  1. Treasurer’s report - Gwen Fex
  • Gwen presented the financial statement that was sent via email to the teams on December 7, 2021
    • Bingo brought in just over $10,000 for a 5-month period plus the SLGA grants received
    • MAP grant - we received quite a bit more money from Softball Saskatchewan this year due to the limited number of tournaments/provincials held
    • Paid out slightly more in affiliation expenses to Softball Saskatchewan then collected from the team
    • City experienced water meter issues so what is reported is an estimate
    • Dropped the phone line
    • Total assets of $74,630

 

Gwen Fex made a motion to accept the report as presented; 2nd: Jolene Sentes; carried

  1. Bingo report
  • No bingos in April, May and June
  • Seven bingos in July, August and September
  • Effective in October, Centennial cancelled all late-night bingos
    • Were able to pick up some evening bingos. Expenses are higher than the late night but also the opportunity for higher revenues. 
    • Analysis is being done to determine whether we want to continue with the evening bingos long term
    • Any teams that are interested in working should let the Bingo Coordinator Maureen know.

 

  1. Douglas Park review
  • Work was done to repaint the bleachers
  • Planned Work:
    • work on the northside of the building due to water - this will be completed in the Spring. Brenda will apply to the City for a grant to cover up to 50% of the cost
    • Pitching bullpen maintenance

 

Question to teams:  Are there any projects that you would like to see done at the park?

 

Duane Bakken asked if the same Contractor will be doing all the landscaping to the north side of the building? Answer from Brenda Anderson was yes.

 

  1. 2021 Season review:
    1. Regular season - June 14th to August 3rd = 12 games per team
      • Season start was delayed due to Covid 19

 2. Division structure

Division I - 7 teams

Division II - 8 teams

Division III - 7 teams (Pasqua withdrew effective July 20th)

 

3. Rescheduling games - 0 due to COVID; 14 games by 11 teams

4. Default games = 7 (6 game nights); 6 regular season + 1 playoff.

 Teams that had games defaulted against you will be reimbursed

Any games that were not played due to Pasqua withdrawing will receive $50

 The reimbursement will be deducted from next year’s league fees. If you prefer to be paid out at this time you can email Brenda Anderson at bj14@sasktel.net.

 

5. League tournament - cancelled

6. League playoffs - Div I = 4 teams; Div II = 5 teams; Div III = 4 teams. Double knockout format for all divisions

7. Affiliation process - Sarah to provide update

- Challenges were adhering to the due date and requesting to add players after the deadline

- Suggestion to add more players onto the rosters as there is room to affiliate 20 players

- Softball Saskatchewan has moved their website to be hosted by Ramp the same host used by RLSA. They plan to use the RAMP registration system in 2022.  Request that you get your players added to the Ramp system ahead of time as the due date will be May 1, 2022.

 

8. Umpires - Ian Bowers to provide update

- A few games where we only had one umpire

- Looking to build up the umpire numbers

- Covid created challenges in running clinics

- Anyone interested in umpiring can get in contact with Ian Bowers or Duane Bakken, District 2 Umpire In Chief

- Duane Bakken: 306-551-3069 (text only) or djbakken@sasktel.net

- Ian Bowers: 306-530-5977 or ibowers@myaccess.ca

 

Question from Dani Maley: Is there any value to promote the league, look for umpires, etc. through social media.  She offered to do this for the league.

           

  1. 2022 Season Preview

1. Start date - Do we want to start mid-May? Sunday, May 15th or Monday, May 16th?

Poll question presented to the teams:

- When would you want to start the season?

Early may 36%

Mid may - majority 64%

Other

- What day of the week to start?

Sunday 32%

Monday 27%

Either 41%

 

2. RLSA tournament dates - Tentative as June 3rd-5th

3. Team indications

- Pasqua will not be returning for 2022

- No others noted

 

  1. Constitution & By-laws Amendments - see page 4
  • Performance Bond:

Poll sent out to teams. All proposed changes were carried.

  

  1. General Operating Rule Amendments - see page 4
  • Schedule Change:
  • Registration of Players (Softball Canada age category change):
  • Protests:

 

Poll sent out to teams. All proposed changes were carried.

 

 Question from Brenda Anderson: Are there any other ideas for how we can reduce the number of rescheduled or defaulted games

 

Options Presented:

  • Todd Emery - why restrict the number of games that AP players can play in (currently 5 games per season). Challenge is that as he is in Division III, he can only pull from Division III or else RMSL.

 

  • Jolene Sentes - They were one of the teams that were lucky last year with the schedule but was at the short end of the stick when other teams needed to cancel or reschedule which created challenges. She agrees it would make sense to trial removing the restriction around the number of games AP players can play in.  

 

  • Dani Maley asked what the process is when requesting AP players from another team. The answer was to reach out to the coach of the team you are wanting to request players from to get their approval.

 

  • Deanna Gerrard: Could we allow Division III to pull from Division II teams?

 

Sarah Stelmacovich reached out to other leagues (Moose Jaw & Saskatoon) to see how they handle defaulted and rescheduled games:

  • Both leagues responded that they do not have issues with defaults or reschedules games
  • Moose Jaw - allows for 3 AP players a game for up to 25% of the total games the team plays
  • Saskatoon: Have a bit of a different approach. No teams are allowed to cancel a game without 72 hours notice. If they forfeit a game, they lose their entire performance bond of $450, which must be brought current within 48 hours to continue to play.
    • Can only pull AP players from lower divisions and can only have AP players in 3 games

  

  1. Executive position elections - existing Executive have agreed to let their names stand
  • Vice-President - Kim Picot
  • Treasurer - Gwen Fex
  • Publicity Director/Statistician - Matt Johner
  • Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator - Ian Bowers

 

No nominations made at the meeting. All positions will continue to be held by the incumbents.

           

  1. Other Business

a) Softball Saskatchewan - Refer to their website or contact the office for more info:

- Reduced the cost & timeline for coaching certification. Clinics to be scheduled

- Skill development clinics for pitching, catching, hitting. Registration deadline 1/1/2022.  Mostly geared to athletes under age 16.

b) Reminder that league fees (budget $2,000) and rosters are due 24 hours prior to the start of the season so start thinking about that.

- Rosters will likely be due by May 1st, which is the Softball Saskatchewan Affiliation due date.

c) RMSL will be hosting the Women’s Canadian Championships August 17th - 21st

- Sue Gowans will be heading this up so if you are wanting to be on the planning committee or to volunteer you can contact her at 306-526-4543 or susangowans@myaccess.ca

d) Reminder to follow Softball Saskatchewan Return to Play for winter activities. Refer to: https://softball.sk.ca/

e) Softball Saskatchewan website notes that there is going to be a vaccine policy coming in January 2022, but no further details were provided at this time. As they are our governing body, RLSA will be following this policy.

 

 

  1. Acknowledgements & Adjournment

Congratulations to the league playoff winners:

  • Division I: Rampage
  • Division II: Vipers
  • Division III: Anonymous

 

Danielle Swartz made a motion to adjourn the meeting; 2nd: Deanna Gerrard; carried.                   





PROPOSED BY-LAW & OPERATING RULE CHANGES FALL 2021

 

  1. FEES - Performance Bond

 

The performance bond amount will be set at the fall annual general meeting.

 

Proposal - Keep performance bond at current amount of $350. 

 

 

 

PROPOSED OPERATING RULE CHANGES FALL 2021

 

  1. SCHEDULE

FROM:  The schedule shall be drawn up by the Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator prior to May 1st of the current year.

 

TO:  The schedule shall be drawn up by the Scheduler/Tournament Coordinator and distributed to teams a minimum of 10 days prior to the start of the season

 

 

 

3E. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS - changes required due to Softball Canada age category change from U16 to U17.

 

#A - FROM:  A player must be 17 years of age as of December 31st of the current playing year except for affiliated substitute players called to play in Regina Ladies Softball Association games. These AP must be at least 16 years of age as of December 31st of the current playing year.

 

#A - TO:  A player must be 18 years of age as of December 31st of the current playing year except for affiliated substitute players called to play in Regina Ladies Softball Association games. These AP must be at least 17 years of age as of December 31st of the current playing year.

 

#K - FROM:  To be eligible as an AP, the player must be affiliated with Softball Sask. These Affiliated Players must be at least 16 years of age as of Dec 31 of the current playing year.

 

#K - TO:  To be eligible as an AP, the player must be affiliated with Softball Sask. These Affiliated Players must be at least 17 years of age as of Dec 31 of the current playing year.

 

 

 

PROTESTS
 
#A - FROM: All protests must be submitted in triplicate and accompanied by a protest fee of $20.00 to the umpire in chief. This fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.

 

#A - TO:  All protests must be emailed to admin@reginaladiessoftball.ca within 48 hours of the game.  As well, a protest fee of $20.00 must be received by the Association prior to the protest being considered.  This fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.

 

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