The league that hosted the FIRST EVER SPN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT in Canada in April of 1989.
Our league has been playing slo-pitch since the 1970’s and we still have teams and players participating since the early years of our league. In the 70’s this league was part of the YMCA/YWCA. It was then organized by the Burnaby Parks and was a business based league. Companies like Nabob Foods and Audrey’s Catering as well as several others, organized teams and played weekly. Then Burnaby Parks asked Fred West (first coach of The Burnaby Bulls) to become the first President and to organize a committee to run the league and it was called the Burnaby Senior Mixed Slo-pitch League.
The name changed just a few years ago to the Riverway Coed Slo-pitch League as our league primarily plays out of Riverway Park in Burnaby and everyone looking to join our league recognizes us as the Riverway Slo-pitch League.
The league started out as a 5 and 5 coed league (5 women & 5 men) but in 2014 we recently switched to a 6 and 4 format.. The league can accommodate approximately 40 teams divided into 5 divisions. While we do have some very competitive teams in the A division and more recreational teams in the lower divisions, everyone plays hard and has fun and enjoys the social aspects of slo-pitch.
The season starts in mid April and runs until the Playoffs in August. The league fees include: 24 league games, opening Ice Breaker Tournament in May, Playoff Tournament in August, SPN insurance, umpires, game balls, bases at each diamond, line up cards and scorebooks.
While the majority of games are played at Riverway Park at Marine Way and Nelson, we do play some of our games at Wesburn Park at Moscrop and Paterson and both parks are located in Burnaby
We play variable nights Monday to Friday depending on the park allotment. All games start at 6:25 and we start double headers in mid May. There is a time limit on the games of 1 hour. The second game starts at 7:40PM.
We have a wonderful group of members, some have come and gone over the years but it is amazing to see how many players come back to visit us on opening weekend and some players even come back to play. Please stop by to visit us at Riverway Park and if you are interested as a player or have a team you would like to bring to Riverway contact any member of the executive or check out the application available on the website.
We look forward to seeing you at the park
Our Men’s League has been playing slo-pitch in Burnaby since the early 1970’s and there are teams and players participating from those early years. Teams that are still around from those days are the Baron’s and Adanac’s. In the early years the league was run by the Burnaby Parks Board and played at Gilmore School grounds during the week.
Each year the Burnaby Parks Board Rep. would meet at a designated park and hand out to the (8) teams in the league (2) wooden bats, (2) new balls, throw down bases, and a schedule.
The League evolved , grew, and became very competitive over a short period of time, teams became increasingly better . A split in the League came with Paul Langford from the Batt’s forming an elite League playing out of the Newly opened Riverway Sports Complex, 2 diamonds. Although competitive, but not elite, the Men’s League grew to (40) teams and played at various parks in Burnaby (Confederation Park, Gilmore School, Westridge School, Suncrest Park, Moscrop Park, and Columbia College, Burnaby Lake). The League now solely plays out of the Riverway Sports Complex, which has grown to (7) diamonds.
We have 18 teams presently in the league, some have come and gone over the years, but it is amazing to see how many players have been playing well over the twenty five year mark. If you are interested as a player or have a team you would like to bring to Riverway, contact any member of the executive or check out the application available on the website. We look forward to seeing you at the park.
A Seniors league ( Old Fools League ) played on Tuesday nights along with some of the Coed teams for years. In 2011 the league merge with the Riverway Coed Slopitch League. ( now called Riverway Slopitch Society). The seniors continue play on Tuesday nights.
Our Ladies divison started in 2012, playing on Tuesday nights along with Seniors Division