Ontario Championship Men's Intermediate "A" Tournament - 2012

September 25, 2011

Sudbury, ON

                                              There is excitement I the air as far as fastball goes for the Greater Sudbury Area . Fastball has now been over for a full week following the 6th Annual All Star Classic but already the news of a possible very elite tournament coming to Greater Sudbury for the first time in several years may soon become a reality after November the 15th . Shortly after that date , the decision will come down as who is to host  the 2012 Intermediate Men’s “A” championship tournament . Following an exchange of several emails and two important phone calls from Christine Patenaude  from Softball Ontario , I’ve been told that I’m the only who’s applied for this tournament at the present time and since we haven’t hosted a tournament of this magnitude in over 30 years going back to the late 70’s or early 80’s our chances are very  good .
                                                           From that point in November  what would be the procedure if we were awarded the tournament . We as hosts would have a team .We then would be looking for the remaining 7 elite teams from across the province . Of course it would be a three day tournament with a  double knockout format .  There would be no money involved here . The winning team receives a championship banner plus individual awards to all players . The date for this tournament is already set by Softball Ontario as the third weekend in August and for our sake this would mean the Northern Ontario “Shamou Shoot Out “ would then have to be moved either the weekend before or after .
                                                            The umpiring blue crew would be some of our top officials from across this province . As chairperson , I will be selecting the head umpire in chief and also make the decision on who will be the manager and coach of our host team . The manager ,coach and myself will be selecting the 15 top 18 men roster representing our great city of Sudbury .
                                                             I think we should be getting excited because I strongly believe we will be awarded with this elite tournament as we were awarded with the ISC II qualifier in 2009 . Of course this three day elite tournament will be held at the Terry Fox Sports Complex .
                                                             Keep in touch and check your email on a regular basis . Once I get the news hopefully positive sometime in mid November or earlier , you’ll be the first the find out . When that come through then the wheels will start turning and  working hard with the tournament at that point just 10 months away ..
Yours in fastball ,
Roger Legendre
Head statistician ,scheduler and public relations liaison/advisor for the Rick McDonald Memorial Fastball League
Committee chair for the  application to bid for the 2012 Ontario Men’s “A: Fastball Championship