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Adult sports and leagues

Parks and Recreation offers leagues and programs through out the year. The sports are offered at different levels of play - there is a sport for everyone from beginner to the serious player. General information including registration is listed below. Click each sport for specific information.

PDF icon Summer Adult Sport Leagues Information

Baggo

Baggo has been a back yard and tailgating favorite. Now you have the chance to test your skills in this fun, recreational league! Teams of two will be playing eight exciting weeks of league play, followed by a single elimination playoff. The league is open to male and female players. Baggo boards and bags will be provided. Offered by the collaboration of the cities of Bloomington and Richfield.

  • Days: Tuesdays
  • Dates: June 7 - August 9, No games July 5 or August 2
  • Fee: $50 per team
  • Registration Deadline: May 24, 2016
  • Location: Taft Park, 1800 E. 63rd St Richfield, MN

Basketball

Teams play a ten week regular season schedule and a single elimination playoff. All games will be officiated by two officials. Games are played five versus five. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

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3 vs 3 Basketball

Games will be played half court.League supervisor is provided but teams call their own fouls.  Offered in cooperation with the cities of Richfield and Bloomington.

PDF icon 2016 3-on-3 Bball Information and Registration Form

  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Dates: March 23 - April 20
  • Times: 8:45 or 9:30 p.m.
  • Resident Fee: $110/team
  • Registration Deadline: March 16, 2016
  • Location: Richfield Middle School - 7461 Oliver Avenue South Richfield Mn 55423

Dodgeball

Relive your childhood with a gym class favorite, Dodgeball! League is supervised but teams call themselves out when hit. Teams can be composed of men, women or a combination of both. Offered by the collaboration of the cities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and St. Louis Park.

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Football

Games are played on fields that are 90 yards from end line to end line and 40 yards wide. Field markings include 15 and 35 yard lines that also serve as first down markers. Bloomington has the luxury of having the MSF's Touch Football Rules Interpreter work as the lead official for the leagues. Games are played seven versus seven. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

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Kickball

Grab your friends and join us for a blast from your gym class past with the all new kickball league! Co-Rec teams will play six games with officials and bases. League fees includes: kickball (1 per team), scheduling of a field, game official and league championship prizes. Offered by the collaboration of the cities of Bloomington and Richfield.

  • Dates: Thursday, May 12 - Late July
  • Times: 6:15 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $275 per team
  • Registration Deadline: April 29th
  • Location: Valley View Playfields #3, 501 E 90th St, Bloomington

Lacrosse

Interested in Lacrosse? Join us and play! No matter if you have playing experience or have never played, this 7 v 7 recreational league is great opportunity for players of all ability levels to come enjoy the game of Lacrosse! Play is open to both male and female players (games played according to modified men's rules). Individual registrations will be taken and teams will be created. Games will be played on a modified field with two, 20 minute (running time) halves. Playing fields will vary throughout Richfield, Bloomington, Edina, and St. Louis Park. 

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Pickleball

Pickleball: An up-and-coming sport in Bloomington

What is pickleball?

Pickleball is a racquet sport; much like a combination of badminton, table tennis, tennis, racquetball and similar sports.

Pickleball is played on a court about one-third the size of a tennis court. The ball we use is a whiffle ball. The racquets we use are similar to table tennis paddles, but a little larger and built to handle the larger ball; but smaller than a racquetball racquet. The net across the court is like that on a tennis court, but just a little lower in height. And the markings on the court are much like those of a tennis court, badminton court, or table-tennis table.

We play games to eleven points, you must win by two points. Doubles play is the norm, but singles is growing in popularity.

Scheduled playtimes and locations

Days Dates* Times Type of Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays November 2, 2015 to April 29, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Open play, all abilities welcome
***Tuesday and Thursdays November 3, 2015 to April 28, 2016 The facility will only open when scheduled events are organized by a group of volunteers Lessons and drills as scheduled
Armory pickleball fee options Fees
1 time session $3.00
Unlimited monthly pass $35.00
Unlimited 3 month pass $75.00

*Armory closed on national holidays
**The City of Bloomington leases space at the Bloomington Armory, please be respectful of the National Guard, its staff, equipment and building. For any questions, please call Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877 or email us at parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov.
***There will not be regularly scheduled "open gym" play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lessons and drills may be scheduled upon requests and lead by a group of volunteers. For specific information regarding pickleball opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursday please contact southwestmetropickleball.swm@gmail.com.

  • Bloomington Armory
  • Hyland Hills
    Summer Months – open play (unscheduled)
  • Bloomington Westwood Athletic Fields
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 9 a.m.

Pickleball in more detail...

When playing pickleball, the serve must be hit underhand and each team must play their first shot off the bounce. After the ball has bounced once on each side, both teams can either volley the ball in the air or play it off the bounce. This eliminates the serve and volley advantage and prolongs the rallies. To volley a ball means to hit it in the air without first letting it bounce.

No volleying is permitted within the seven-foot, non-volley zone (called the kitchen). Players cannot executing a smash from a position within this seven-foot zone on both sides of the net. This promotes the drop volley or "dink" shot playing strategies, which makes Pickleball a game of shot placement and patience, not brute power or strength.

Both players on the serving team are allowed to serve, and the team scores points only when serving. A game is played to eleven points and a team must win by two points. Points are lost by hitting the ball out of bounds, hitting the net, stepping into the non-volley zone when volleying the ball, or by volleying the ball before the ball has bounced once on each side of the net.

The serve

Players must keep one foot behind the back line when serving. The serve is made underhand. The paddle must pass below the waist. The serve is made diagonally cross-court and must clear the non-volley zone. Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve and lands in the proper service court) then the serve may be taken over. At the start of each new game, the first serving team is allowed only one fault before giving up the ball to the opponents. Thereafter both members of each team will serve and fault before the ball is turned over to the opposing team. When a point is scored the server and partner change sides (right court to left court, etc.)

Faults

  • Hitting the ball out of bounds.
  • Not clearing the net.
  • Stepping into the non-volley zone and volleying the ball.
  • The double bounce rule: On the serve and first return shot, the ball must bounce once before returning.

The court

The court dimensions are 44' by 20' for both doubles and singles. The net is hung 36" on each end and 34" in the middle. A non-volley extends 7' on each side of the net. There remains 15' on each side of the court. On each side, these 20' by15' rectangles are further divided into two equal rectangles measuring 10' by 15'. When laying out the court, allow adequate space in each end and sides of the boundaries.

Softball

Softball Managers’ Meetings will be held Tuesday, April 12th in the Council Chambers and Wednesday April 13th in the City Hall Cafeteria (past the Parks and Rec Counter at the end of the hall).  Both meetings are at 6pm and the rooms are in Bloomington Civic Plaza located at 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.  

2016 Spring/Summer Softball timeline

January 27 All returning teams receive email with 2016 Softball Registration Packet - see below
January 29 - Feburary 19 Returning team registration period.
February 20 - 24 Transfer processing period, no registrations will be accepted during this time.
February 25 New team registration opens, at this time registration is open to all teams
April 1 Deadline to withdraw from league and receive refund, less the $50 service fee
April 11 - 14 Managers' meetings will be held, times and locations to be announced after registration
April 22 2016 Spring/summer softball season begins

 Online League Registration

PDF icon 2016 Summer Softball League Info

PDF icon Adult Sports League Registration - Interactive

PDF icon 2016 Spring/Summer Softball Roster-Waiver Interactive

2016 team registration fees

  • Resident league fees:
    • Double header leagues (20 games): $800 + tax = $858.20
    • Single game leagues (10 games): $525 + tax = $563.19
  • Non-resident league fees:
    • Double header leagues (20 games): $825 + tax = $885.02
    • Single game leagues (10 games): $550 + tax = $590.01
  • NEW! Sunday night leagues: (men's and co-rec leagues offered in collaboration with Richfield Parks and Recreation)
    • Double header leagues (14 games + single elimination playoffs - games played in Richfield under USSSA guidelines): $695 

2016 legal softballs for Bloomington leagues

Bloomington Parks and Recreation will provide each team with a supply of game balls as part of the league registration fee.  Teams will receive their softballs at the start of the season.  Each team will be responsible to ensure games balls are provided for each game.  Balls do not need to be new, but clearly defined as a legal ball.  Legal balls must be optic yellow in color and follow the ASA guidelines listed below for each gender.

  • When a male is batting - 12 inch red stitched ball with a COR of .52 and a maximum compression of 300 pounds
  • When a female is batting - 11 inch red stitched ball with a COR of .52 and a maximum compression of 300 pounds (NEW of 2016)

Please also be sure you have a legal ASA bat to use, non-approved bats are listed here:  PDF icon ASA Non- Approved Bats

2016 Bloomington softball league designations

To help teams find the appropriate Bloomington softball league for the upcoming season, the Parks and Recreation Division classifies our softball leagues with Open, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Church/Spiritual league designations.  To help teams understand each league designation, definitions for each league type are listed below:  All Bloomington softball teams will also be sanctioned with both ASA and USSSA at A, B, C, D & E levels.  

  • Open leagues: The "Open" designation refers to a league which is open to teams of all classification levels seeking the most competitive league experience and who regularly participate in tournaments throughout the season. The Open Leagues are Bloomington's most competitive leagues.
  • Gold leagues: Competitive leagues intended for teams seeking a highly competitive league experience and who participate in multiple tournaments throughout the season.
  • Silver leagues: Recreational leagues intended for teams who do not participate in tournaments throughout the season but desire a moderately competitive league experience.
  • Bronze leagues: A recreational softball experience with a low level of competition.
  • Church/Spiritual leagues: A casual softball experience for teams which consist primarily of participants who are members of a church or spiritual organization.

2016 registration information

Registration for the 2016 Spring/Summer Softball Season will be open Friday, January 29 – Friday, February 19 for returning teams who played in a 2015 Bloomington Spring/Summer Softball league.  Further registration details will be emailed to returning teams on January 27.  New softball teams are welcome to register beginning Thursday, February 25.  Any registration received prior to the opening of the appropriate registration period will not be accepted and will be immediately returned to the team’s contact.

Due to the large number of teams participating in Bloomington Softball Leagues, the Parks and Recreation Division has a Transfer Processing Period from February 20 - 24. During this period, Returning Teams who have requested a transfer to a new league will have their requests reviewed and processed based on availability and in the order they were received. Upon review, teams will be notified of their transfer status at least 48 hours prior to New Team Registration opening on Thursday February 25. No registrations will be accepted during the transfer processing period.

All teams registered for a Bloomington softball league are subject to transfer at the discretion of the League Director. A mandated transfer by the League Director may occur due to (but is not limited to) level of competition, previous league results, balancing number of teams per league, or team classification. Teams who are subject to a mandated transfer and wish to withdraw their league registration as a result of the transfer must make their request to the League Director within 48 hours of being notified of their transfer to receive a refund. After 48 hours has expired, all refunds will be subject to the Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy listed below.

Registration is available online, in person, by mail, via email, or by fax. Processing registrations submitted via email or fax may take up to two business days. Registrations will not be accepted if they are not accompanied by full payment. Any registration received without payment or prior to the opening of the appropriate registration period will be immediately returned to the team contact and not accepted until payment is received or the appropriate registration period has opened. If you have questions please call 952-563-8877.

Online RegistrationReturning teams who participated in a league the previous year may register online during the returning team registration period, January 29 - February 19. Returning teams must use their 2015 team's username and password for online registration to activate their team's priority registration for the league and night they participated in the previous year. If you do not have this information please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 952-563-8877.

Any team that did not participate in a 2015 Bloomington Spring/Summer softball league the previous year (not previous season – i.e. fall teams do not receive priority registration for summer leagues etc.) shall be considered a new team. To register online, new teams should create a login and password (any time prior to registration) and submit their registration on or after February 25, based on the availability of the league.

When registering online, the registration software will designate your team’s Resident/Non-Resident status based on the address of the team manager. If your team’s Resident/Non-Resident status needs to be changed, prior to registration please contact the Parks and Recreation Office prior to registration at 952-563-8877 or by email at parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. If necessary, a refund for the appropriate amount between the Resident and Non-Resident fee can be issued after the registration has been processed by contacting the Parks and Recreation Office.

In person – Stop by the Parks and Recreation Office, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our address is:

  • 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By mail– Mail a completed registration form with payment (check, money order, or credit card information) to:

  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
    Attn: League Registration
    1800 West Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By email – If you have the ability to scan your registration form, this works great! Just scan with credit card payment information and email it to parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. Processing may take up to two business days.

By fax – Fax your completed registration form and credit card information to 952-563-8715 (fax number). Please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt of your registration. Processing may take up to two business days.

 Returning team transfers

Returning teams who wish to play on a different night or in a different league must first register and submit payment for the league and night they participated in the previous year prior to the returning team registration deadline, on Friday, February 19.. Upon completion of registration, the team must request a transfer in writing by submitting a PDF icon Registration form   which includes their Team Name, Team Manager and Phone Number, previous night and league played, and their desired night and league to the Parks and Recreation Office. This form cannot be submitted through the online registration process, it must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Office in person, via mail, email or fax and must be received by July 20. If submitting your transfer requests via email or fax, please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt.

Transfers will be processed during the February 20 - 24 transfer processing period based on availability and in the order registrations are received. Upon review, teams will be notified of their transfer status at least 48 hours prior to new team registration opening on Thursday February 25. If a team is transferring to a league with a higher registration fee, the balance must be paid to the Parks and Recreation Office within 48 hours of notification in order to complete the transfer process.

Teams not awarded their transfer request and wish to withdraw their league registration and receive a full refund must make the request to the League Director within 48 hours of being notified their transfer was unable to be processed. All refunds will be issued to the person/business who submitted the payment by check or credit card, based on their original form of payment. Check issued refunds may take up to two weeks to be processed.

After 48 hours has expired, all refunds will be subject to the cancellation/withdrawal policy listed below.

Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy:

  • Full refunds will be processed if the league your team is registered for is cancelled by Parks and Recreation due to lack of teams
  • Pro-rated refunds will be processed if scheduled game are cancelled and make up dates are not available due to unavailable facilities
  • Teams will recieve a full refund less a $50 service charge if your team withdraws at least 3 weeks before the start of play.
  • Refunds will not be processed if your team withdraws less than 3 weeks before the start of play or if your team is removed from the league due to disciplinary action.

Weather/cancellations:

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 1.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.

Spikeball

A sport that's described like volleyball and foursquare, but on steroids! This 2 vs 2 sport takes place in a circle as opponents bounce the Spikeball off a center net in an effort to stop the other team from being able to return it. Join us for this new and exciting league which offers a new twist in a classic sandy setting! Offered in collaboration from the cities of Bloomington and  Richfield

  • Dates: Mondays, June 6 - August 8 (No games July 4)
  • Fee: $65 per team
  • Registration Deadline: May 20
  • Location: Dred Scott Playfields, Sand Volleyball Courts, 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road

Tennis

Leagues are a long-standing tradition in the city of Bloomington. Singles and Doubles leagues at a variety of ability levels are offered to both men and women. Leagues run June through August and take place at a variety of courts throughout Bloomington.

*Please note that tennis nets will be installed on April 15 and removed on October 15. If an extended season is available, it will be posted here.

Men's and mixed doubles tennis leagues

This year, Bloomington Parks and Recreation is offering a Men's Doubles league and a Mixed Doubles League. Play begins June 1 and continues through August.

Women's tennis leagues

The Bloomington Women's Tennis Club offers a Singles Ladder, where players of a variety of ability levels challenge each other and have the flexibility to schedule their own matches. There are also Doubles Leagues for beginner, intermediate and advanced level players. Doubles play is on Wednesdays and Thursday June 3 - August 27.

Women's rankings

Volleyball

Volleyball is offered on sand during the summer and indoors in fall and winter. Officiated Women's and Co-rec leagues are available for the fall and winter seasons and unofficiated Co-rec sand leagues are in the summer. Each season offers leagues with different levels of play to allow participants to choose the level of competition that suits their team.

**For the unofficiated Summer Sand Volleyball leagues, a City staff member is at the courts each night to provide equipment, collect scorecards and supervise play.

  • Dates: Weds & Thurs. June 1 – Aug 4, 2016
  • Fee: Resident – $214.55 per team, Non-Resident – $241.37 per team
  • Returning Team Registration Period: March 8 – 21
  • New Team Registration Opens: March 22 – May 16
  • Location: Dred Scott Playfields, 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road

For the fall season, returning 2014 team registration period is August 11 - 31. New team registration is September 1 - 18. Play begins September 30. Teams will play a ten-match regular season schedule.  Teams are encouraged to play with three females and three males; however teams consisting of four females and two males are acceptable.  Teams should plan to provide a warm-up ball if they desire. One ball will be provided for play per court during the season.

Winter season registration for returning 2014 teams is November 3 - November 20. New team registration is November 23 - December 11. Leagues begin Monday, January 4 and play a 10 match season. Each match consists of 3 games played to 25 points using rally scoring system. All matches have a 1 hour time limit. A variety of competition levels are offered to allow participants to choose the level of competition that best suits their team.

To assist teams in finding the appropriate Bloomington volleyball league for the upcoming season, the Parks and Recreation Division classifies its volleyball leagues with to Gold, Silver, and Bronze designations.  We will continue to sanction teams with MRPA at B, C, & D levels but does not designate leagues in that manner.  To help teams understand the new designations, league definitions are:

Gold Leagues:
Bloomington’s highest level of play, intended for teams seeking a competitive volleyball experience; additionally, players must have the ability to accurately call fouls on themselves.

Silver Leagues:
Leagues intended for teams who desire a moderately competitive, recreational volleyball experience.

Bronze Leagues:
A fun and recreational volleyball experience with a limited level of competition.

General registration information

There are 5 ways to register for your adult sports league! The options are listed below. Registrations will not be accepted without full payment and completed registration form. Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, check or cash. Please see your respective sports informational page for information regarding fees, registration periods, transfers and deadlines.

Online–  Register by submitting your information and payment through our online League Registration

OR Download the appropriate registration form using the links below. Forms may be submitted in person, by mail, by email or by fax. Payment is due at time of registration.

In person – Stop by the Parks and Recreation Office, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our address is:

  • 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By mail– Mail a completed registration form with payment (check, money order, or credit card information) to:

  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
    Attn: League Registration
    1800 West Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By email – If you have the ability to scan your registration form, this works great! Just scan with credit card payment information and email it to parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. Processing may take up to two business days.

By fax – Fax your completed registration form and credit card information to 952-563-8715 (fax number). Please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt of your registration. Processing may take up to two business days.

League standings and schedules

For standings and schedules, click on the above link. Log on as "Guest" (click the "Guest" button). Then use the "Find" menu at the top of the page to locate the information you are interested in.

Note: You can access the Online Registration page from anywhere on our site. It's listed in the "Arts & Recreation" menu in the strip running across the top of the page.

Cancellation/withdrawal policy

  • Full refunds will be processed if the league your team is registered for is cancelled by Parks and Recreation due to lack of teams.
  • Prorated refunds will be processed if scheduled games are cancelled and make up dates are not available due to unavailable facilities.
  • Teams will receive a full refund less a $50 service charge if your team withdraws at least 3 weeks before the start of play.
  • Refunds will not be processed if your team withdraws less than 3 weeks before the start of play or if your team is removed from the league due to disciplinary action.

Weather/Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 1.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.