The Peter Hallman Memorial Tournament takes place this weekend, June 24-26, in St. Clements. The field features 10 ISC-ranked teams, as well as a four-team under-21 division:
#1 Hill United Chiefs
#2 Toronto Gators
#3 New York Gremlins
#6 Scarborough Force
#11 Northeast Drillers
#12 Toronto Batmen
#13 Kitchener Cubs
#14 Elmira Expos
#22 Shakespeare Falcons
#27 Wiarton Nationals
There will be more than 20 KFL players participating, as well as a half dozen of the KWUA umpires who regularly call the action at Budd Park. Check out the program for more information.
- Mike Brown
After much discussion of the pitching rule over the past year, at the April 2016 meeting, team representatives agreed to abide by the International Softball Congress (ISC) pitching rule, relying on the umpires’ judgement regarding enforcement.
As stated in section N.4 of the KFL Constitution, “The league will adhere to the International Softball Congress rules on illegal pitches with the exception that an illegal pitch will constitute a ball on the batter but base runners shall not advance.” Of course, if the illegal pitch results in ball four on a batter, they will take their base and any runners forced to do so by that action will also advance.
As always, players who hassle umpires excessively on this (or any other) issue run the risk of being ejected. If you have any questions, please direct them to your team representatives.
- Mike Brown
The second meeting of the 2016 KFL season took place on Tuesday, April 26, marking the final meeting of team representatives prior to the start of game action for the year. Among other business, the 2016 KFL Executive was officially voted in, following its expansion from three to five members at the March meeting.
Long-time Treasurer Pat Lemieux will continue in that role, while former Vice President Mike Brown will take over as President. Three newcomers were also welcomed to the league’s administrative body: James Gallo (Athletics) as Vice President, Ron Woodworth (Bell Cartage Outlaws) as Director of League Relations, and Dan Polischuk (Athletics) as Director of Communications.
Other meeting highlights included debate over the pitching rule and structure of the B-side playoffs.
On the matter of the pitching rule, it seemed neither the teams nor umpires were thrilled with the experience from last year’s modified pitching rule and team representatives voted to return to following the International Softball Congress rules on illegal pitches. A further explanation on this will be posted to the website prior to the start of league play.
The format of this year’s B division was also discussed; both a round-robin format followed by a one-game final and a more traditional playoff format resulting in a best-of-three final were considered. Team representatives voted for the latter, meaning the 2016 B playoffs will involve one-game semi-finals (9 vs. 12 and 10 vs. 11), with the winners meeting in a best-of-three series. Team reps agreed to revisit this matter next year, depending on the number of teams in the league.
For any further information about last night’s meeting, contact your team representatives.
- Mike Brown
The regular season schedule for the 2016 KFL season has been officially released - and opening night is less than three weeks away!
The season is set to begin on Monday, May 9 with a double-header featuring the Smoke and Bulldogs in the early game, followed by the Thunder and Selects at 9 p.m. The league's reigning champs, the 37s, begin their title defense on Tuesday, May 10 against the Kings, while the KFL's newest squad, the Brewers, start things off that same night against the Classics. View the full slate of games on our Schedule page.
We look forward to seeing all the KFL's players, umpires, and fans for another year of excellent fastball at beautiful Budd Park!
- Mike Brown
The first meeting of the 2016 KFL season took place on Wednesday, March 23. The Brewers, the league’s newest team, were officially welcomed. Combined with the decisions of the Jays and Red Sox not to field a team in 2016, the KFL will have 12 teams for the upcoming season.
The meeting proceeded with preliminary discussion of schedule and budget options, as well as the league’s pitching and mercy rules. Notably, an amendment to the league’s Constitution, designed to expand the Executive from three to five members and more equitably distribute the workload, was brought forward and passed unanimously.
The Vice President and Treasurer roles remain largely the same, while two positions – Director of League Relations and Director of Communications – were created to lessen the burden on the President. More detailed breakdowns of the positions are reflected in the revised Constitution (section C).
Team representatives will elect new Executive members at the next meeting in late April. Anyone who is potentially interested in an Executive role should contact the Interim President for more information.
- Mike Brown
|Bell Cartage Outlaws||17||15||1||1||31||0.882|
|Tim Dubois||Bell Cartage Outlaws||5|
|Tim Barnard||Bell Cartage Outlaws||4|
|Vice President||James Gallo|
|Director of League Relations||Ron Woodworth|
|Director of Communications||Dan Polischuk|