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Captains wanted for 2022!

Hear Ye!! Hear Ye!!
If you are looking to help run a team please reach out to and let me know.

You will get a fancy "C" on your chest and you get to pick your dream.....or nightmare team for the 2022 season.

Covid Assessment
The covid self assessment must be completed on game day before showing up to the diamond. You cannot play or umpire unless this form is completed.
No excuses nor exemptions

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AGM and Playoff Update
Good Morning Everyone,

A quick update on the Annual General Meeting. We have set the date for the AGM to be held on Thursday October 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm. The AGM is held every year to present the status of the league, financial updates, Board of Director election and proposed Bylaw amendments. You must be a member in Good Standing for 2022 to vote on any Bylaw amendments or vote on the Board of Directors. This means you must be registered for the 2022 season.

2022 Board of Directors - We have a few current Board members who will not be running for re-election. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, please refer to the Election Process in the Bylaw section on the web site. To submit your name for consideration you have until October 14, 2021 to do so. Please send your notice by e-mail to me directly at The voting and counting process will be the same as last year.

Bylaw Amendments - Again, please refer to the Bylaw section on the web site for the process to submit an amendment request. Same deadline applies, Bylaw Amendment requests must be submitted by October 14, 2021 and sent to me as well.

Once again, due to COVID restrictions, we will need to hold the meeting virtually. More instructions will follow on how we will manage the meeting. Since we need to send invite links out to all of those who would like to attend, I would ask that you respond to me by e-mail that you would like to be added to the invite list.

We will also be looking for non-Board volunteers to assist with the counting of votes. If you are interested in helping out, please send me an e-mail.

Playoffs - Great job to everyone getting round 1 completed. This week's weather doesn't look great but please remember that playoffs are rain or shine!! Only the City can cancel games by pulling permits or the Umpires can cancel games due to lightening or dangerous field conditions. We are working on contingency plans to make up any cancelled games, should they occur. It may mean back to back days, double headers, different parks or even different days. Lets hope it doesn't happen but we are working on it in advance to minimize the impact.

Good luck to everyone in Round 2 and thanks for your patience and understanding this year. It's been a challenging season to get completed but we're almost there.

Scott Sinclair

Posted by SteveBourke on Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:54 am
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Shave a beard for the food bank
Michael Drexler Jr AKA Drex, AKA Junior, AKA Drexy has offered to shave his beard if we can reach $1000 in donations for the foodbank!

We will use the month of September to collect donations and on our last game whether we make it to the finals or not we will live stream the shaving of his miraculous beard!

Help us reach this goal by donating any dollar amount you are comfortable with to if you cannot etransfer please make contact with myself with your cash donation and I will make arrangements to etansfer the amount.

We will keep the overall donations a secret so everyone can be surprised.

Posted by SteveBourke on Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:04 am
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Playoff Update
Greetings Everyone,

The draw for the Playoff POD seeding was conducted yesterday by the Board. The website has been updated to show the first round POD's and the updated schedule. PLEASE NOTE: Every team's schedule will have changed to reflect the new playoff schedule. Second round game schedules will depend on the results of the first round so these haven't been determined yet. We would ask that everyone review the new schedules. Also, Captains - please review the schedule with all of your teams.

Playoff games begin Wednesday September 8, 2021.

Please be reminded of some playoff rules:

Maximum innings of any game is 7. Therefore, game ends at time (90 minutes, no new inning after 75 minutes) or 7 innings, whichever comes first.
Plus or Minus tie breaker is in effect so the home team will bat in the last inning if leading by less than 8 runs. Maximum plus/minus is 8 so the home team would only bat until they reach an 8 run advantage.
Coin flip to held by the umpire to determine home and visitors. 6:30 games are to share responsibility of diamond setup.

Replacement Players:

Historically we do not allow replacement players in the tournament playoff format. Given that rosters are reduced this year AND we are playing a midweek playoff, we are going to allow replacements. The allowance of a replacement will be as follows:

Any team needing a replacement will only get 1 player. If a team has 9 players showing up, no replacement, they borrow a catcher. If a team has 8 players showing up, they borrow a catcher from the other team and qualify for on replacement. If a team has 7 players showing up, they borrow a catcher from the other team and they qualify for one replacement (must play with only 9 fielders). If a team only has 6 players confirmed, they forfeit. If a team asked for a replacement but 9 roster players show up for the game, the replacement player IS NOT ALLOWED to play. The team will simply borrow a catcher.

Replacements will only be supplied from the Pool list and be approved by the Membership Committee. If any team uses a Non approved replacement, the game will be forfeited. The replacement provided will be a player as close to the AVERAGE rating of the players that are going to miss the game.

To request a replacement, Captains must contact the membership committee 24 hours before your game starts. Same day requests will not be addressed so please advise your captains as soon as possible if you are going to miss any games.

If anyone is interested in joining the replacement pool that isn't already on the list, please contact the Membership Committee.

The teams that finish first in the Championship and Consolation side playoffs will receive the usual tournament playoff award.

Good luck everyone and see you on the diamond!!

Scott Sinclair
BOSL President

Posted by SteveBourke on Wed Sep 01, 2021 10:28 am
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Season Update #5
Greetings Everyone,

We are officially at the half way point of the season. By all indications everyone is enjoying the time back on the field and the fun and fellowship of the BOSL. We have experienced great weather with only a game or 2 lost. We've had a few injuries and withdraws but pool players are helping out to try and avoid forfeits.

Playoffs - Due to popular demand, we have made the decision to conduct a playoff format for the month of September. The playoff format will be the same format as our regular tournament style playoff. By that I mean, we will conduct a round robin tournament but games will be played on our regular week nights. After the first round, the top 2 teams from each pod will go the Championship side of the next round robin and the other 2 teams will go to the Consolation side.
The top 2 teams from each side will play for the championship. We will be build a small buffer in to the schedule to accommodate any games lost due to weather. The finals would take place on Thursday September 30.
We still have a few things to work out but the Board is working on a schedule. More to come on this.

COVID Update - Everyone is doing a great job with the on line screener with only a few people neglecting or forgetting to complete this before every game. Some members have expressed concern over players not following COVID protocols. We would ask that you share these concerns with your captain and they can either deal with it directly with your teammates or with the other captains. If the captains need assistance from the Board, we will assist if required. The Board has created the protocols that allowed us to return to play but we are not at every game to police. The captains and individual members must follow them and enforce where necessary. It is not the Umpires job to enforce protocols.

Charity Donation - Thanks to the generosity of those members that donated their refund to the Burlington Food Bank we will be presenting them with a cheque for $8857. We will try to get over to the Food Bank in the next week or so to present the cheque.

Thanks for everyone's participation so far and please stay safe.

Scott Sinclair
BOSL President

Posted by SteveBourke on Tue Aug 17, 2021 10:54 am
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Season Update #4
Greetings Everyone,
As most of you have already heard the great news from your captains, with the recent announcement for re-opening, the City is currently firming up permits to allow us to start the season. We are pushing for a July 5th start. The Board of Directors is working hard to get everything in order to meet that date. We have already met with all the captains and shared what we knew at the time. We would like to share the following with you and ask for your patience during this opening. As with all things COVID related, situations change rapidly, and we will endeavor to keep everyone informed.

Membership Fees
Those players that took refunds or any new players that haven’t paid yet will need to send their payment in by Friday July 2, 2021 if they want to start playing on July 5th.
There are 2 options for payment. You can pay through the Registration Process on the website or e-transfer to We will not be accepting payment by cheque.
The fee amount for those who haven’t paid yet will be $220

For those members that have already paid, the refund amount will be $65.
We will be offering 2 options for your refund. First option, e-transfer. You must e-mail from an e-mail address that you want to receive your e-transfer. Second option, donate your refund to our charity, Burlington Foodbank. If you would like to donate your refund to the foodbank, please send an e-mail to and advise him. If we don’t hear from you either way by July 31, 2021, we will be donating any remaining refunds to the Burlington Foodbank.

There will be no limits on the number of people allowed on the diamond. There will also be no league limits.
Spectators - Outdoor sport facilities with spectator seating is permitted at 25% capacity. If no bleachers, then spectators are to be physically distanced along the sidelines.
We will be back to regular Slo-Pitch rules.
All COVID Protocols for return to play will be focused around Social Distancing. A copy of these protocols will be sent to your captains who will forward to all of you.
Game Day Screening – The main requirement we need to meet for the City is COVID screening for EVERY game and we must keep these on file. Our VP and IT Director, Steve Bourke, has developed a tool on the League website where members can go in answer the screening questions any time during the day of your game. You will be able to complete the screening on your phone. This screening must be completed by every single player and your captains will be able to monitor who has completed it. Players will not be able to play that game if you don’t complete the screening. Steve will be sending instructions on how to complete the screening to your captains to share with you. In order to use this screening tool,you must register and create a sign in for the BOSL website. Do this immediately to avoid issues as we get closer to game time.

Posted by SteveBourke on Sat Jun 26, 2021 11:29 am
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Season Update #2
Greetings Fellow BOSL Members,

With the recent announcement of the 3 step Provincial re-opening plan, I would like to share with you the update we received from the City. Each has a step 21 day duration requirement.

As of May 22 - order states no outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

Highlights for the BOSL:

Estimated start June 14
• Outdoor team sports – training only, 10 people max, 3m distance
• Outdoor sports training only – 10 people max, 3m distance

Posted by SteveBourke on Wed May 26, 2021 11:13 am
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Season Update #1
Greetings Fellow BOSL Members,

As you may have already expected, the recent “Emergency Brake” shutdown in Ontario is going to have an affect our ability to get out on to the ball diamonds. How significant an affect? We just don’t know at this time. It was looking very promising that a May 3rd start was a possibility but with the recent variants causing a third, and in some cases fourth wave, we are not as optimistic anymore. I’m not sure that the Ontario Health department is going to allow sports back to scrimmaging and playing after the 4 week shutdown is over but we’ll have to wait and see. Vaccine roll out is picking up the pace so maybe things will look a bit different in the next month. The situation is definitely going to be fluid the next 2 months.

So saying that, the Board of Directors is moving forward as if the season is going to start. When that date is, we don’t know yet, but barring a catastrophe we are going to start the season this year. Even if it’s only 2 months.

So what are we doing in the mean time?

We’re meeting virtually this week with the City along with all of the other Diamond Users. We’re hoping to get some better guidelines on what back to play requirements look like.
We are communicating with the City on the appropriate park booking policies to allow for cancellations based on the regional status of play.
We’re looking to connect with Slo-Pitch Ontario to find out what they are hearing through their meetings with the Ministry of Health.
All of the vacant Captain positions have been filled.
The Membership committee is working diligently on replacement players for those that have withdrawn. The goal is to replace like for like and to keep as much parity as possible.
Target roster number at this point is 13 players just in case we’re held to the 25 player limit on the diamond.
Umpires are being lined up for the season start.
Jerseys are being handed out to Captains to be ready for when we get the Okay.

I feel I need to repeat, we are playing a regular season this year regardless of start date. If the start date moves to sometime in the summer, we will look at extending the year through September. We may not get a 19 week season in like we normally do but we will get a season in. If we lose too many players to field a 16 team league, we will play with whatever we have when we start. The message to everyone is that we have to be ready to pull the trigger as soon as we get the okay to start.

After my previous update I received quite a few questions:

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2021 BOSL Season
Greetings BOSL Members,

I hope everyone is doing well and continuing to keep safe. I have heard from a few members that have already received their first vaccinations. This is great news. I’m sure many of you are interested in an update on where we stand for the 2021 season. The City of Burlington finally reached out to all of the sports leagues yesterday to start the conversation about park permits. As everyone might expect,play on the City parks is strictly forbidden without permits.

What do we know so far?

  • The City will only be granting park permits in 2 month increments, so only May & June will be allocated at this time
  • The next block of permits (July & August) will be assessed closer to June and allocation will depend on the conditions at that time
  • Currently Burlington is in the Red/Control health measures which means:

  • We can be completely shutdown if the status moves to Grey
  • COVID protocols similar to last summer will have to be used
  • Game attendance will be limited to 25 players total per game
  • Tournament permits will not be given at this time

What does this mean for BOSL?

  • As of today it looks like we will be starting May 3rd and be playing a regular schedule at our regular diamonds
  • Monday & Wednesdays @ Nelson, Tuesday & Thursdays @ Millcroft, Nelson and Sherwood
  • We have made the request to find another park for Tuesday and Thursday to try and eliminate Monday & Wednesday - we’ll see how that plays out but we’re not expecting a positive outcome
  • We have roughly 27 players who will not be returning from the draft rosters of 2020 but our waitlist has enough players to cover this
  • Our Membership committee will be working diligently over the next couple of weeks to fill vacant positions
  • Unfortunately we’ve had a few captains withdraw so this will be our first priority to fill
  • The Board of Directors will dust off the COVID protocols from last season’s Fall Ball and make some adjustments before we submit them to the City – Just to share with everyone, we had zero COVID cases during play last year

Posted by SteveBourke on Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:00 pm
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Are you getting antsy?
It is around this time every year where the draft has been completed and we are hard at work putting in the orders for the jerseys, balls, chalk and other items to get ready to play ball.

Covid is making things a bit difficult but while we are carrying over the 2020 teams and jerseys to 2021 we still have some items to take care of. We are still awaiting diamond allocations from the city before we officially announce we are playing.

We will update everyone as soon as we know. Please check out the site while you are here and let Steve Bourke know if you come across any issues or if you have any suggestions.

Posted by SteveBourke on Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:23 pm
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About Us!
The Burlington Oldtimers Slo-Pitch League is softball for players aged 35+ based in Burlington, Ontario - played twice a week from May to September including two tournaments. A mid-season tournament in June and the season finale at the beginning of September. We have a solid base of players that come back year after year but we always welcome newcomers of all skill levels to experience our unique balance of competition, fun and fellowship!

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