2022 Champions - Nasrids

The Nasrids beat the Mughals 20-9 enroute to their first BSL title.  The game started with the Nasrids jumping out to a quick 10-0 lead thanks to two HRs by Jibran Waqar and one by Nabeel Jabbar. The Mughals fought back to get the game to 10-9 with the tying run on 2nd in the 5th inning but that is as close as they would come. A big 7 run inning in the bottom of the 5th inning sparked by Ismail and Ahmed helped the Nasrids pull away. The Nasrids played lock down D the rest of the game to close out their first title. Congrats to the Mughals and the rest of the teams on an impressive season. The 2022 playoffs were probably one of the best in history.    

The title was the third for Baseer Yasseen (2016, 2021); the second for Saqib Khokhar (2021), Faisal Khan (2018), Jibran Waqar (2016); Jav Ahmed (2019) and the first for Osman Buttar, Nirvaan Latif, Raza Zahur, Zeshan Alam, Ismail Mohamed, Ahmed Jowhar, and Nabeel Jabbar. Congratulations! 



2022 Playoffs

[written by Zahid Merchant]

The Playoffs are here! It has been a record breaking season this year and we look forward to more excitement in the playoff tournament on Saturday Sept 10th and Sunday Sept 11th.
The bracket is as follows and there will be no re-seeding.  
2022 Playoff Format and Rules: 
1. Game times for our playoffs games have been posted. The higher seed will always be home team: 2022 Playoff Schedule

2. All regular players are EXPECTED to play all playoff games. If you are not able to play, please contact league management ASAP. (No Subs will be allowed)
3. All games will be 9 innings or 2 hours (no new inning after 110 mins but will have a hard stop with warning). Any games that ends in a tie, will go to international rules (Inning begins with 1 out and last out starts at 2B)
4. All games will have 2 umpires officiating the game (Home plate umpire and bases umpire)
5. Intentional walk rule will be ENFORCED by the umpires and there will be stricter penalties
6. Only current team members are allowed in the dugout and as base coaches
7. League will be providing snacks for players on Saturday and Sunday as a thank you for our success during charity days 

Good Luck to all teams!

Key Dates for 2022

[written by Zahid Merchant]

The season is in full swing and the excitement is building. Visit our weekly podcast at http://www.brotherhoodsoftball.com/?p=podcast
Key Dates: 
1. Each team will have a charity day where they will raise money for our league campaign. The teams the raise the most money will get priority selection on time and home field for the final regular season game. Seedings for final regular season game will be determined by charity day standings. Islamic Relief Poverty to Prosperity in Pakistan 
Here are the team charity days: 
May 29 - Nasrids
June 5 - Ottomans
June 12 - Mamluks
June 19 - Abbasids
June 26 - Mughals
July 24 - Sultans
Aug 14 - Seljuqs
Aug 21 - Ayyubids  

2. Playoff schedule will be slightly different this year. Top two seeds will get a bye to the semi-finals. Seeds 5-8 will be in a play-in game before playing in the wild card. All games will be 9 innings in the playoffs. 
Playoff schedule:
Sept 10th - Play-in and Wild Card games (between 2pm to 10pm)
Sept 11th - Semi-finals and Finals (between 2pm to 8pm)
3.  Accept your SPN Insurance waiver. You would have received an email from SPN to accept your waiver to be covered by league insurance. Without that, you will not be covered by our policy. 

Good Luck this season!  

Preseason Update #2

[written by Zahid Merchant]

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you all the best during this blessed month. Please contribute your Zakat/Sadaqah to our BSL fundraisng campaign to make widows and orphans self-sufficient with Islamic Relief.
Visit https://islamicrelief.ca/bsl to learn and contribute.

Latest 2022 updates: 
1. We have 24 new members this year with a mix of experienced and new players. Welcome to the league and we are excited for your contributions to make this league even better.    

2. The teams have been drafted and the schedule has been uploaded. Go to your team page and download the schedule to your calendar: http://brotherhoodsoftball.com/?p=teams

3. The regular season begins May 29th however we will be holding pick up games on May 8th and 15th to get back into shape. Stay tuned for more details.  
4.  Accept your SPN Insurance waiver. You would have received an email from SPN to accept your waiver to be covered by league insurance. Without that, you will not be covered by our policy. 

5.  We are always looking for volunteers whether it be graphics work, scorekeeping or even diamond set up. Contact us if you can help out. 

We will keep you updated as more details are available inshaAllah. 

Stay safe and hope to see you soon.   
JazakAllah Khair

Preseason Update #1

[written by Zahid Merchant]

Welcome to the 2022 BSL Season. As the weather improves, we all start getting the itch to get back on the diamond. We have begun planning for the 2022 season but we need your feedback.  We will be launching our Ramadan campaign in early April, stay tuned for more details. 

2022 updates: 
1. We received your feedback through the survey, half the players want a bye week and majority prefer a custom designed jersey.   

2. The last couple years BSL subsidized league fees and kept our costs down for players. This year as we return to a normal season, our costs will return to normal with better jerseys and additional features. The cost for 2022 will be $195 per player for minimum 18 games plus playoffs. 

3. Registration will open Sunday for Returning players.  After that registration will open to former and new players. 

4. We have additional weeks to play this season with Ramadan ending earlier but we will be trying to provide bye weeks for players to plan their family time. 

Here is the tenative schedule for the 2022 season
Pick up: May 8th  
Pick up: May 15th  

Off week: May 22nd (Victoria Day)
Week 1: May 29th 
Week 2: June 5th
Week 3: June 12th
Week 4: June 19th
Week 5: June 26th
Off week: July 3rd  (Canada Day)

Off week: July 10th (Eid-ul-Adha)
Week 6: July 17th (Bye week for half the teams)
Week 7: July 24th
Midseason Tourny: July 31st  (Civic Day)
Week 8: Aug 7th (Bye week for half the teams)
Week 9: Aug 14th
Week 10: Aug 21nd
Week 11: Aug 28th
Off week: Sept 4th (Labour day)
Playoffs: Sept 10th  (Saturday)
Playoffs: Sept 11th 

We will keep you updated as more details are available inshaAllah. 

Stay safe and hope to see you soon.   

2021 Champions - Seljuqs

The Seljuqs beat the Sultans in the 2021 BSL Final en route to the franchise's first title.  The game started slow with the Seljuqs jumping out to a 3-2 lead heading into the 6th inning when Zain Khilji hit a grand slam followed by a Riz Merchant solo HR to give the Seljuqs a 9-2 lead. The Sultans would chip away and found themselves down by 5 runs with only 4 outs left to play with. Atif Khan drew a walk, followed by an Ahmad Ammad single when Jibran Waqar stepped up to a hit monster HR to give the Sultans hope. The Sultans would bring home 2 more runs on a Hamid Malik double to tie the game going into the 9th. With the top of their order up, Sameer Rafique hit a double and Captain Umair Jabbar hit a 2 run dinger to give his squad the lead again. Up 3, the Seljuqs held the Sultans in the bottom half to clinch the title.  

The title was the third for Khizer Channa (2017, 2018); the second for Baseer Yassen (2016), Rizvan Merchant (2016), and Sameer Rafique (2019); and the first for Umair JabbarOmer Dhaduk, Saoud Ramjaun, Zain Khilji, Saqib Khokhar, Shoaib Gaya, Tausif Hussain and Zaid Ghansar. Congratulations! 





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