North Waterloo Fastpitch started in 1974 as North Waterloo Rural Minor Softball League (NWRMSL). In the early years it was very much a rural league as the larger urban centres were not allowed to affiliate. After a time, larger towns and cities were included and the divisions were divided into A and B groupings to reflect the affiliated centres’ populations. For years the general league meetings were held at the Maryhill Knights of Columbus. In 1999 the Knights hosted the 25 Year Anniversary celebrations for the NW. Following the sale and closing of the Maryhill K of C, general meetings moved to Hillside Park Clubhouse in Waterloo. In more recent years the general meeting has been held at the Wilmot Rec center as it has been more central to most teams in the league.
There have been numerous changes to the North Waterloo (NW) over the past three decades. In the early 1990’s the NW fielded separate boys’ and girls’ divisions. The boys’ divisions had A and B groupings. There were more than 70 teams playing in the NW in those days. By the end of the 1990’s the NW girls’ division had ceased to exist, and local girls’ teams had joined into the Grand Valley League. On the boys’ side there no longer were A and B groupings but all five minor divisions remained. (In early years there had also been a junior men's division in the NW.) Boys’ teams in recent years have come to play in North Waterloo from the GTA, OwenSound, Arthur and Springfield. In 2009 all Peewee, Bantam and Midget Perth boys’ teams played in the NW. In recent years the number of teams in the NW consistently has a total of 40-45 teams.
Playing rules have changed over the years as well in the NW. Unlimited substitutions, mercy rules, playoff tournament formats and player release guidelines are examples of the game has evolved and how it is played. Throughout its history the NW has produced excellent fastball players and teams. NW teams have garnered numerous OASA provincial awards plus there have been several Eastern Canadian Championships. The Elmira Laser Videos won National titles at the midget and junior levels.
The NW endeavours to offer a friendly and competitive level of play for its affiliated centres. Playing season runs from early May to August. At present divisions usually play an 18-game regular season with a mid-season all-star game and season ending championship tournament, typically split into A and B divisions based on standings. Affiliated centre reps meet four times a year to govern the league’s operation. An appointed executive and divisional conveners oversee the day to day operations of league play. Many volunteer hands work diligently to make the North Waterloo Rural Minor Softball League an inviting place for our fastball athletes to play. New teams looking for a place to play are always welcomed into the NW.
Prior to 1984 ` Dave Rouselle, Bloomingdale, Dick Osinga, Caledonia