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Adult softball leagues

2018 Fall Softball timeline

June 25 All returning teams receive email with 2018 Softball Registration packet.
July 2 - 20 Priority registration period for returning fall 2017 teams.
July 23 - 24 League transfer processing period. No registrations will be accepted during this time.
July 25 New team registration opens. During this time, registration is open to all teams.
August 6 Deadline to withdraw from league and receive a full refund, less the $50 service fee
August 17 Softball registration deadline.
Virtual Meeting Look for the fall virtual managers meeting posted on our website and sent to team managers' inboxes. The packet pickup night will be mentioned in the video.
August 27 2018 fall softball season begins!

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Team registration fees

Summer league fees

  • Resident* league fees:
    • Double header leagues: $860
    • Singe header leagues: $565
  • Non-resident league fees:
    • Double header leagues: $885
    • Single header leagues: $590

Fall league fees

  • Resident* league fees:
    • Double header leagues: $540
  • Non-resident league fees:
    • Double header leagues: $565 

*To be considered a resident team, at least 75% of players must reside or work in Bloomington.

League rules

The City of Bloomington leagues play by ASA rules. Please click the link below for the Bloomington league rules. *Fall softball rules will be available soon.

NEW FALL RULES:

Breaking Tie Games – Visiting Team 0.5 Run Rule

This new rule is to eliminate long extra-inning games to keep everyone on schedule throughout the night.  Home and Away will no longer be predesignated, so please ignore it on your league schedule.

  • Home and Away will be determined by a pregame coin flip where the winner has the option to be the home team and bat last, or be the away team and have the .5 run apply to their team in the event of a tie. All games have a 55 minute time limit; no new inning will start after 55 minutes of play.  Games that reach the time limit are considered a completed game.
    • Tie Breaker Rule: the away team will begin the game with a half a run (0.5) lead. The half a run is only to be counted in the final score should the game end in a tie whether the game ends after the completion of the 7th inning or earlier due to time limit constrictions.
    • If the “Shorthanded Rule” is used to begin the game the team that started the game with a legal team will begin the game with the half a run (0.5) lead. 

League equipment

Legal softballs: 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 

Legal bats: Please also be sure to use a legal ASA bat with either a 2000, 2004. or 2013 Stamp. Also, ensure that the bat does not appear on the non-approved bat list:  PDF icon 2018 Banned Bat List

Bloomington league designations and sanctioning

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:   

  • 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.

League sanctioning: All Bloomington softball leagues are dual sanctioned with ASA and USSSA. This allows teams to play in tournaments hosted by either body. Bloomington plays its league according to ASA rules. All bats and balls are required to follow ASA parameters. 

Registration information

Priority registration: Registration for the 2018 fall softball season will be open Monday, July 2 and continue through Friday, July 20 for returning teams who played in a 2017 Bloomington fall softball league.  Further registration details will be emailed to returning teams on June 25. 

New softball teams may begin registering Wednesday, July 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 person.

Transfer period: During the transfer period, July 23 - 24, 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 July 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 2017 fall league may register online during the returning team registration period, July 2 - July 20.  Returning teams must use their 2017 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 2017 Bloomington fall softball league (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 July 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.  75% of your team must reside or work in Bloomington to be considered a resident team.  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.

League transfer policy

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, July 20.  Upon completion of registration, the team must request a transfer in writing by submitting a 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 Friday, February 16. If submitting your transfer requests via email or fax, please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt.

Transfers will be processed during the July 23 - 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 Wednesday, July 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.

Team 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 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. 

NEW in 2018! You can receive Remind text notifications about league cancellations just by signing up! You can join by text, online or mobile app notifications. See instructions below.

  • Join by text: Text your league code to 81010.
  • Join online: Visit remind.com/join and enter your league code along with your mobile phone number. You'll get text notification at the number you entered.
  • Mobile app notifications: Download the Remind mobile app for iOS and Android devices and create a new account (or log in if you already have one.) To join a class, tap the + by Classes Joined and enter join using your league code. You'll automatically get app notifications. 

Fall league codes for Remind:

  • Monday softball - @cobfmonsb
  • Tuesday softball - @cobftuessb
  • Wednesday softball - @cobfwedsb
  • Thursday softball - @cobfthursb

Summer league codes for Remind:

  • Monday softball - @cobsmonsb
  • Tuesday softball - @cobstuessb
  • Wednesday softball - @cobswedsb
  • Thursday softball - @cobsthursb
  • Friday softball - @cobsfrisb

Tournament information

Summer State Tournaments: Bloomington will send up to 15 teams to one tournament from the Tournament Deposit and Listing Form below. Deposits are fully refundable after verification from the commissioner that your team participated in the tournament without forfeit, or ejection for any reason.

Fall State Tournaments: Bloomington will send up to 10 teams to one tournament from the Tournament Deposit and Listing Form below. Deposits are fully refundable after verification from the commissioner that your team participated in the tournament without forfeit, or ejection for any reason.

  • Fall deposit amount: $250
  • Fall State Deposit form coming soon!

League standings and schedules

For standings and schedules, click on the above link. Locate the Browse section on the left hand side of the page, and click "Leagues". Here you can search for your league type. Once you locate your league you will see the schedule button to access your standings and schedule.

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.

Free agency

Are you new to the area? Haven't played adult sports in a while? Having difficulty finding enough teammates? We may be able to help! Complete our  PDF icon Free Agent Registration Form

  • You can be picked up by a team to participate for one night, intermittently, or permanently.
  • If numbers allow, staff may reach out to gauge interest in creating a team from the list; in which members would be entered into the league, and be viable for their share of the fees.

Interested in umpiring?

The City of Bloomington is always looking for qualified new umpires. If you or a friend are interested in making some extra money this summer please contact Mike Ramirez at mramirez@BloomingtonMN.gov or 952-563-8877. Pay is $25.50 per game.