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 16th Annual ASA/SPA Dick Ernst Senior Softball Classic

GenderAgeClassStart DateEnd DateEntry CutoffRoster Entry CutoffEntry FeeTourn FormatRing Tourn
Men50All4/13/20244/13/20243/30/20243/30/2024$240.00Round Robin
Men55All4/13/20244/13/20243/30/20243/30/2024$240.00Round Robin
Men60All4/13/20244/13/20243/30/20243/30/2024$240.00Round Robin
Men65All4/13/20244/13/20243/30/20243/30/2024$240.00Round Robin
Men70All4/13/20244/13/20243/30/20243/30/2024$240.00Round Robin
Men75All4/13/20244/13/20243/30/20243/30/2024$240.00Round Robin

Entries must be received NO LATER THAN date shown above, and   
On-Line Team Roster Must be Entered by: Roster cutoff shown above.
  It is the Managers responsibility to insure that the entry fee is submitted on time.
Please make Checks Payable to John A. Zampatti

There will be a mandatory Manager's Meeting at the Date, Time, and Location shown below. 
GenderAgeClassMgr Meeting DateMgr Meeting TimeLocation
Men50All4/13/20258:00 AMAt the softball complex
Men55All4/13/20248:00 AMAt the softball complex
Men65All4/13/20248:00 AMAt the softball complex
Men70All4/13/20248:00 AMAt the softball complex
Men75All4/13/20248:00 AMAt the softball complex

Please Contact John Zampatti  at (937) 371-9717   or  Email:  for further information.
Entries with fees may be submitted via US Mail to:  John Zampatti
441 Kenec DR
Middletown , OH  45042

Click Here for the Official Entry Form

Click Here for Local Hotels Listing (Availability & Optional Booking)
(Arranged by distance from ballpark)

Park Location: BERLINER PARK COLUMBUS, OHIO   Click here for larger Map/Directions

  • All Teams will need to be prepared to play at 8:30 AM each day (unless notified otherwise by SPA Tournament Officials)
  • All SPA Rules will apply
  • All teams must be registered with SPA, have a Team Sanction number SPA Team sanction fee for the 2024 season is $40
  • All Team Rosters must be submitted "On-line" prior to date shown above
  • Players are required to be registered with the SPA, and must present BOTH their valid SPA Player's Card AND a current Drivers License prior to any participation. (ECARDS and EDrivers License are acceptable).
  • All awards are based upon a minimum of 8 teams per division

Tournament Rules

Rules:  SPA Official Rulebook
Balls:   All Softballs will be Provided
Bats:   All bats used in SPA play must have a factory/manufactured stamp with either
          “Senior Softball NTS Approved,” OR BPF of 1.21 or less.
          Bats will be checked prior to each game.
          Illegal bats will be confiscated and held until the end of the tournament or longer.

Player ID Card Check-in: All players must bring their SPA Player Registration Card AND Drivers License to the softball complex for player check-in.  All approved players Must Sign Roster at the tournament.

Time Limits: Pool Play - One (1) hour, finish that inning plus one more inning
                     Bracket Play - 75 minutes, finish that inning plus one more inning

Run Rule:  20 Runs after 4 Innings, 15 Runs after 5 Innings, 10 Runs after 6 Innings

Seeding Process: The Tournament Director has the authorization to place the teams based on the overall strength and skill of the team, using the following information as a guideline.

  • Win - loss Record
  • Head to head results (applies only when all teams play one another)
  • Runs allowed
  • Run differential
  • Total runs scored
  • Flip of a coin

Tournament Format Policy:  SPA tournament format guidelines are as follows:
                                                  (Except with special exception for specific tournaments)

SPA reserves the right to combine teams with other age groups or classifications as deemed necessary.  When ages or classifications are combined in the same finals bracket, only 1 set of awards will be presented for that bracket.

  • When only two teams are entered and cannot be combined with another age group or classification - tournament will be played as a "best of 5" competition.
  • When less than 4 teams are entered and cannot be combined with another age group - tournament will be played as a Double Round Robin followed by a Single Elimination Bracket and individual awards will not be given.
  • When 3 or more teams are entered - tournament will be played as a two-game pool followed by a Double Elimination bracket.
NOTE: When ages/classifications are combined for Championship play, only one set of awards will be provided.

3 game format Tattoo 44/375 ball will be used.