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Masters open 2019 SCIFL men’s fastpitch season in Palmdale

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

SCIFL Masters (age 50-older) rollout their season in Palmdale, Calif. Sunday, April 7. Photo By BOB OTTO

By Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL Commissioner
P.O. Box 6572
Burbank, CA 91510
Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
Phone: 661-510-8928

PALMDALE, Calif.SCIFL Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 7, 2019 in Palmdale, CA at Marie Kerr Park 39700 30th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551.

Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by Sunday, March 31, 2019 so the field rentals can be paid the following day. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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SCIFL men’s fastpitch tournament at Los Nietos Park Saturday

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Press Release
Jesse Ortiz, SCIFL Commissioner
P.O. Box 6572
Burbank, CA 91510
Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
Phone: 661-510-8928

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is hosting a one-day Alliance Tournament, Saturday, May 30 at
Los Nietos Park, 11143 Charlesworth Road, Saturday, May 30.

Pool play games start at 9 a.m. with single elimination starting at 1:30 and the championship game scheduled for 4:30.

Click on Tournament Bracket for teams and field assignments.

SCIFL men’s fastpitch features talented players, teams and plenty of action during the So. California men’s fastpitch softball season. Photo By BOB OTTO

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Fifty Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams Heading To Las Vegas Road Trip

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Press Release
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President

LAS VEGAS – This year the Las Vegas Road Trip XII will have 50 teams maximum; the most ever participating in the event. Teams from Canada, Mexico, and the United States are all represented in this tournament.

The tournament will be using SCIFL rules. Teams will have the option to bat up to 10 players using the Extra Hitter (EH), a Designated Runner (DR), and a Courtesy Runner (CR) may be used for the pitcher or catcher ONLY but it must be the last recorded out.

Three Games Guaranteed

All divisions will use the 3-game guarantee NAFA bracket. The championship games are scheduled for 3:00 PM on Sunday with “IF” games immediately after if necessary, except for the A-Division which will not have an “IF” game.

“All winners will have paid berths to the NAFA World Series except for the A-Division which will have the top two teams with paid berths,” Ortiz said.

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Masters Open SCIFL Men’s fastpitch season in So. Calif.

Friday, March 8th, 2019

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) opens it’s 2019 season with the Masters division (ages 40-50-60-plus) at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Sunday, Mar. 10.

The first pitch will be thrown in the one-day event at 9 a.m. with the final game scheduled for 3 p.m. Ten teams will compete in the round-robin format.

SCIFL Masters Teams

  • RPM
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen 40
  • Budmen 50
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Patriots
  • Max Air
  • So Cal Knights / Syndicate Air
  • Bandits 50
  • Knights
  • SCIFL Masters schedule for Sunday, Mar. 10 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo Courtesy of SCIFL

    To watch the action, click on Directions to Little Lake Park.

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    Jesse Ortiz commits to save SCIFL

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the 2017 NAFA World Series checking bats to certify that they meet NAFA specifications. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.


    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif
    . – Someone had to step up, and if he wouldn’t, who would?

    In 2015, the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) was facing a leadership crisis. Its long-time president, Robert Hernandez, was retiring with no one willing to take the reins. Except for one man.

    Realizing the league was in danger of folding when Hernandez stepped down, Jesse Ortiz essentially said, “I’ll do it.”

    “It was going to fold unless someone took over,” said Ortiz, 44. “So I decided to step up and do it to keep it going.”

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    Men’s Masters Teams Rollout Southern California’s Fastpitch Season

    Monday, February 25th, 2019

    Jesse Ortiz is the president of the So. California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), and he also pitches for the So. Cal Bandits. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) is opening the 2019 season with its Masters Tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

    Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com by email by Monday, February 25, 2019 so the fields can be paid the following day, per the City of Santa Fe Springs permit agreement.

    Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments so please make sure you notify Jesse in a timely manner.

    Participating Masters Teams

    1. Budmen 40
    2. Budmen 50
    3. So Cal Knights 60
    4. Patriots
    5. Bandits
    6. Casa Trejo
    7. Quakes
    8. RPM

  • Please let me know, as soon as possible, if I missed any teams or if one needs to drop out.
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    Plan now for 2019 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP XII men’s fastpitch softball tournament

    Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

    By JESSE ORTIZ
    SCIFL President

    LAS VEGAS – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) and the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) are pleased to announce the twelfth edition of the “Las Vegas Road Trip” men’s fast pitch tournament.

    The event will be held April 12-14, 2019 with the first round games starting Friday at noon, and the Championship games scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday.

    PLAN EARLY AND LATE

    Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

    While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by SCIFL; any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL Tournament Director Jesse Ortiz.

    NAFA DIVISIONS

    Teams will be separated in the following divisions: A, A-Major (depending on amount of teams), AA/AA-Major (depending on the amount of teams. The split in the higher classifications will be based on the amount of teams that enter.

    NAFA PITCHER’S LIST

    The NAFA pitcher’s list will be used to monitor pitchers in the tournament as well as the team’s current classification. No open class pitchers are allowed to pitch in these three divisions. Confirmation into the tournament will be based on the entry fee and roster received.

    The classification list posted on the NAFA web site on January 31, 2019 will be the list used to classify pitchers. There will be no appeals for pitchers after that date for this tournament.

    The NAFA 3-GAME GUARANTEE BRACKET will be used for all divisions. With a minimum of eight (8) teams in a division, the winner will have their 2019 NAFA World Series entry fee paid for the division they played in.

    HOW SWEET IT IS! The Budmen of So. Calif. greet Robert McCarrie with jubilation after he hit a two-run home run to give the Budmen a walk-off 10-9 victory over Wololok, Calif. in the A Division of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, Saturday, at Sunset Park. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 Las Vegas Roadtrip

    CONTACT AND PLAYING INFO

    Teams interested in participating should contact Jesse Ortiz by email at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com or by cell at (661) 510-8928 and inform him if your team can play all three days. Teams that can play all three days will be placed on the priority list, teams that say they can only play on Saturday and Sunday will be placed on the secondary list. No one will be given a “selected” game time as everyone is traveling to the event.

    HOW IT WORKS / MAXIMUM TEAMS

    We are accepting 34 teams in total, but it may change. Teams will be placed on a list as first come first serve basis. Once the tournament is full, additional teams will be added to the waiting list and if they pay their entry fee (in full) they will have an opportunity to participate if a team drops out or does not pay by the due date. If a team on the waiting list pays their entry fee and is not able to get in, their entry fee will be refunded.

    This tournament has been filling up quickly within the past couple of years so I would suggest you contact Jesse as soon as possible if you want to be added to the team list.

    ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION

    The entry fee for the tournament is $475, which includes the $35 Annual NAFA Team Registration Fee. We will start collecting the entry fee beginning January 2, 2019 and once it’s received you will be sent an email to confirm your entry.

    All teams will need to submit their entry fee along with their team’s roster, listing all their players and identifying their pitchers to ensure teams are placed in their proper classification.

    *** You can pay online by visiting our website (www.sciffastpitch.com) and clicking on the “Pay Online” button on the left hand side column or by check. OR pay by check made out to “SCIFL” and mailed to:

    SCIFL
    PO Box 6572
    Burbank CA 91510

    DUE DATE

    If money is not received by March 1, 2019, a team may lose their spot to a team on the waiting list who has paid their entry fee. This due date will provide teams on the waiting list sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements to participate, if they get in.

    ARIZONA CHARLIE’S BOULDER

    Please help keep the tournament cost down by booking with Arizona Charlie’s and receive the following special rate.

    For the 12th year, the host hotel will once again be Arizona Charlie’s Boulder. The rate will be $60 per night for Friday and Saturday and $40 for Thursday and Sunday nights, if you book directly with the hotel using their 800 number.

  • In order to receive this rate you must book by midnight of cut-off date March 28, 2019.
  • Arizona Charlie’s Boulder offers a casino, buffet and sit down dining along with live music in the casino bar/lounge.

    MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH THE 800 NUMBER

    To make your reservations call 800-362-4040 and use the reference code C-SCIFL or mention So Cal Independent Fast Pitch League. If you need to book more than three (3) rooms on the same credit card, please contact Kathy Brennan at 702-951-5942 in the group sales department and she will be more than happy to assist you. Also, if the 800 say’s they do not have the SCIFL listing, please call Kathy to book your room. If she is not there, leave a message and she will get back to you.

    DONNIE ATKINSON rips into a pitch during Hector’s NAFA Selects 8-5 victory over Salt Lake City Page Brake in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SUNSET AND WARM SPRINGS PARKS

    Information regarding the event, game results and player statistics will be posted on the SCIFL website. This year’s tournament once again will be played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park; both are located within 1/4-mile of each other and are located by the Las Vegas International Airport.

    Game times will be available once the tournament is filled and everyone has paid their entry fee or two weeks after March 17, 2019, which is when we will start working on the schedule.

    Please feel free to contact Jesse if you have any questions regarding this tournament We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

    Sincerely,
    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President
    (661) 510-8928

    Jesse Ortiz, pitching in for NAFA and his league

    Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

    JESSE ORTIZ is kept busy at the NAFA World Series checking bats to certifiy that they meet NAFA specifications. Ortiz is in his third year assisting at the NAFA World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series.

    FARGO – At his home ballpark in Southern California, Jesse Ortiz can be found hustling from one field to another. He’s an administrator, a resolver of disputes, he oversees the scorekeepers, and he even does some field maintenance when the need arises.

    Ortiz is the executive director of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL). It’s a job with a lot of duties and some headaches, but he sets all of that aside when it’s his turn to pitch.

    He works diligently for long hours on several weekends throughout the fastpitch season to ensure that SCIFL Alliance tournaments run smoothly.

    “The SCIFL tournaments went well this year,” said Ortiz, 42. “We did have to cut back on some tournaments because of a conflict with the city (Santa Fe Springs). We had one tournament at Camp Pendleton (Marine Corps Base) and that went well.”

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    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Tournament In Santa Fe Springs

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – SCIFL is hosting a masters tournament (age 40-over) Sunday, June 4, at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    TEAMS PARTICIPATING

  • Knights
  • Patriots
  • Bandits
  • Quakes
  • Casa Trejo
  • Budmen
  • Streamline
  • Panteras
  • THE SCHEDULE
    SCIFL Masters Schedule

    SCIFL CONTACT

    So Cal Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL)
    Jesse Ortiz, Commissioner
    P.O. Box 6572
    Burbank, CA 91510
    Email: info (at) scifastpitch.com
    Cell: 661-510-8928

    SCIFL Tournament Coming To Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

    Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single during a 2016 SCIFL Tournament. SCIFL men’s fastpitch action returns, June 24, at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    BURBANK, Calif. – The next So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Alliance tournament will be held June 24, 2017 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. It will be a one day tournament, maximum of eight teams, with a two game Round Robin followed immediately by a Single Elimination.

    Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by June 10, 2017 because all personnel entering Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton must complete a “Sponsored Visitor Request Form” (attached). This is a simple process, but again, ALL personnel must do this, or risk being denied entry to the Base.

    CampPendletonVisitorForm(Team)

    This process will expedite entry; specifically, when the vehicle comes to the gate, the “occupants” will simply have to show appropriate identification (Driver’s License or State issued ID).

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