Harry’s 2011 Wooden Bat Fundraiser Slo-Pitch Tournament rules!
Actually, it’s the variation on the traditional slo-pitch rules that makes this annual event so much fun for all involved. This year’s tourney goes Aug. 26-28 at Lewis Park and for the second year proceeds will go to the Green Light Laser machine for treatment of enlargement of the prostate at St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital.
Some symptoms from enlargement of the prostate can be treated with medication, but when that fails, or if the patient suffers acute or chronic retention, surgery is necessary, St. Joseph’s states on its website. New Green Light Laser Therapy is used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyerplasia (BHP) – the enlargement of the prostate.
“Green Light Laser Therapy is the gold standard for treatment and is the only BPH treatment that can fully shift in-patients to out-patients as well offers other patient benefits,” notes Dr. William Tinmouth, St. Joe’s urologist.
Harry Lavoie, who has run his fundraiser tourney for the last several years, says having the Green Light Laser Therapy in the Comox Valley cuts down on travel time for patients needing treatment, reduces time spent in hospital and is a much simpler and more effective operation than previous options.
Now about those rules … Each batter will get a maximum of five pitches, and will start with one strike on them. Every base runner may steal second and third. Female batters may bunt. Teams may play either six-and-four or seven-and-five.
The tourney is a modified round robin. All teams (maximum 16) play three games, with won/loss record determining playoff seeding. There will be an “A” Tier and a “B” Tier plus a Toilet Bowl game. Playoffs are single knockout with a single game final in both divisions.
Entry fee is $200 plus a 24-pack of beer (preferably a Labatt’s product) and entry must be received no later than Aug. 18. Entries may be dropped off at the Lewis Park concession or mailed to: 2400 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, B.C., V9N 2L6. For more information, contact Harry Lavoie at 250-338-8101; firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mike Trimble at 250-792-1807; email@example.com.
There will be a beer garden and great food in the concession. “All proceeds will stay right here in the Valley,” Lavoie said.