What is Slo-Pitch National?

Slo-Pitch National Softball Inc., commonly known as Slo-Pitch National or SPN, first started offering tournaments to Canada's slo-pitch community in 1989. SPN offers, to member teams, a Canada-wide qualifying tournament program leading to Regional, Provincial and National Championships in over 22 categories and calibre levels. Slo-Pitch National, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, administer, coordinate and regulate over 950 provincial qualifying tournaments each season across Canada.

SPN also offers other incentives to member teams, leagues and tournament conveners that are provided by SPN sponsors. Support for the SPN program is provided by such high-profile, respected and nationally-recognized companies as: Easton Sports Canada, Worth (official ball), Rawlings, Miken, Mizuno, Home Runs Sports and Molson Coors Canada. Also, strong regional sponsorship support is provided by esteemed companies in various regions of Canada. The SPN marketing committee is always aggressive in its on-going search for further sponsorship and support for the SPN program.

Slo-Pitch National offers membership benefits to teams, leagues and umpires on an annual membership basis. One of the benefits available through membership is access to SPN's group insurance program which offers teams and umpires secondary accident insurance along with a third-party liability coverage of up to $5,000,000. As well, when an entire league joins SPN as a fully-insured member league, then SPN will extend liability coverage to the league executive for the league's regularly scheduled games including league playoff games. League banquet and tournament convener host liquor liability insurance is available to qualified members.

Included in the SPN team/umpire membership package is the Official SPN Rulebook (value $8.00) plus two annual magazines. Also, each league president and secretary receives a complimentary rulebook and magazine. These magazines are extremely informative and include editorials, playing tips, tournament results, umpire columns and articles of interest to the Canadian slo-pitch community. Upcoming tournaments are listed in these magazines. For less than half the price of a single trip to your local theatre per member, your team(s) can be fully insured with Slo-Pitch National for the entire slo-pitch season and take advantage of all of the following:
• Team registration
• Full league registration at special discounts
• National rating system for teams at all levels
• Programs for men, women, masters, seniors and coed teams in a wide variety of age and/or calibre levels
• Special member prices on various sponsor products/services
• Liability insurance coverage available for league executive, individual teams, tournament conveners
• Group team accident insurance that acts as a form of secondary accident insurance, beyond players normal insurance
• Slo-Pitch National Official Rulebook
• Umpire insurance, testing and manual/casebook
• Tournament listings
• Tournament advertising at special rates
• Fundraising opportunities for teams and leagues
• Access to international tournaments
• Provincial/regional qualifying tournaments
• National qualifying tournaments
• Provincial/regional championships
• National championships
• Access to centralized information bureau (national office) whose resources are available to all members, teams and leagues
• Attendance at the Annual General Meeting where members have an opportunity to meet the directors and to exchange information about any aspect of the sport or organization
• A program administered by experienced slo-pitch people
• The opportunity to participate as a player, volunteer or administrator