2021 Spring Rainout Policies

Rainouts / Cancellations Due to Weather

We will be using DPR facilities at Pineywood and have a hard deadline to finish the season before all DPR facilities close for the Summer on July 1. Because of this time restraint, we will not be rescheduling games that are cancelled or rained out. Every effort to play all our games each week will be made, but DPR will ultimately decide if the fields are playable and determine if we can use the fields each day. This is to ensure the full season is finished before the fields close for the Summer.

To make up for the missed game, we’ll be offering players $5 per game CREDITS as compensation for any cancelled games. The credits can be used towards future Play NC & Durham Softball registrations, including the Fall 2021 softball season. These will be issued as coupon codes to use on our website for any event or league we offer, or you can consider the cancellation as a “donation” towards our charities. At the end of the season, we will total any amounts owed from cancellations and send you a form to either request the coupon code or add the funds to our donation pool.

2021 Spring Playoff Structure

With 10 Teams in the League, only the TOP 8 TEAMS during the Regular Season will advance to the 2021 Durham Softball Spring Playoffs. The Teams that make the Playoffs will be determined by:

  1. Win-Loss Record.
  2. Head-to-Head Record.
  3. Run Differential.
  4. Runs Scored.

The Top 8 Teams will play a single elimination tournament to determine the winner.

The Bottom 2 Teams will play a Consolation Tournament, which could be up to two games long.

Of the 4 teams to lose in Week 1, the Highest Seed will advance to the Consolation Championship against the winner of the 9/10 matchup. The winner of the 9/10 matchup will advance one more week to play the “Highest Seed to Lose” for one more game before the end of the season and a chance at the Consolation Championship.

  • Every Win during either tournament will earn $50 for the Winning Team’s Charity.
  • The Championship Winning Team will earn $200.
  • The Consolation Winning Team will earn $100.
  • total of $700 in donations will be awarded between our 19 Charities during the Playoffs.

Play NC Field Attendant Job Description

Play NC Field Attendant Job Description

Start: 11:45am         End: 6:15pm             Total Hours:  6.5 Hours / Day for 11 Sundays

Pay: $15 / Hour = $97.50 / Day = 71.5 Hours / Season = $1072.50 / 11 Week Season

Where: Pineywood Park Baseball Field, 400 E Woodcroft Pkwy, Durham, NC 27713

Description: Field Attendant required for adult softball league. Responsible for setting up field prior to game start each week and breaking down field at the end of the day. Will take player attendance, keep game score, verify registrations, and distribute jerseys. Will represent the league in enforcing COVID-related protocols and requirements by helping players adhere to safety measures.

  • Arrival: You should arrive at the field at 11:45am, or 15 minutes prior to the first game. You will be required to set up items listed here, in order of task priority:
    • BASES: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base need to be placed on the field.
    • PITCHING RUBBER: Pitching Rubber needs to be placed on the field.
      • Front of Pitching Rubber is 50’ from back of plate.
    • SPACING ROPE: 150’ rope from start of dugout down fence line. Two ropes, one per side. Linked to the fence with three carabiners.
    • SCORE TRACKER: Flip-card scoring system set up at Registration.
    • LINEUP CARDS: Home and Away Line-up Cards should be hung from the fence near each team’s dugout.
  • Attendance: During the 1st time at-bat through each lineup, document the players for each team by referencing their lineup cards and asking the players if there is anyone absent. Record attendance and save records; this will be used in the event of a reported COVID-positive player and help with any necessary contact tracing.
    • If there are any spectators at the field, ask their first name and which player they are with. Document their name and association for future reference, as needed.
    • Each team is allowed up to 5 spectators, with a maximum of 10 total spectators at the field. If there are more than 10 spectators, you will need to ask the extra spectators to leave.
  • Score Keeping: During the game, help the umpire keep score by updating the Score Tracker. The umpire will be responsible for the official score, but you will be responsible for making sure the Score Tracker shows the official score.
  • Sanitizing: During the games, take note of where the players for each team are gathering. When possible, spray and wipe down any areas that were frequently used by the previous team.
  • Questions: While you are at the field, you will represent Play NC. If anyone has questions about the league, charities, or softball, answer them or get their name and email so we can reply later.
  • Registration Table: During the first 2 weeks, Players will stop at the Registration Table to sign waivers (if not already completed) and collect jerseys.
    • Week 1:
      • Verify that each Player has signed a Liability & COVID waiver.
        • Most Players should complete online, but we may need to collect their signatures in person.
      • Each Player receives a Jersey.
      • Distribute Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer, as needed.
    • Remaining Weeks:
      • Any Player that missed Week 1 can sign their waivers and pick up their jersey at a future week.
      • Table will be FA’s main command station, with extra masks and hand sanitizer available near the entrance for all players.
  • Leaving: Preparing to end the day and leave the field.
    • After the last game has started, the Registration Table, Face Masks, and Sanitizer can be packed away and returned to the parking lot.
    • Once the last game has finished, collect the Spacing Ropes, Bases, Pitching Rubber, Lineup Cards, and Score Tracker from the field.
    • Pack all items away and prepare them in storage for next week’s Arrival.

Requirements: 18+ Years Old. Must commit to work every Sunday of each season. Must be enthusiastic about helping local charities. Must agree to follow all COVID-related guidelines. Must wear Durham Softball shirt. Minimum surface knowledge of how to play baseball or softball preferred, but not required.

Spring Schedule:

  • Sunday, March 21. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W1.
  • Sunday, March 28. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W2.
  • Sunday, April 4. No Games for Easter.
  • Sunday, April 11. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W3.
  • Sunday, April 18. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W4.
  • Sunday, April 25. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W5.
  • Sunday, May 2. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W6.
  • Sunday, May 9. No Games for Mother’s Day.
  • Sunday, May 16. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W7.
  • Sunday, May 23. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W8.
  • Sunday, May 30. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W9.
    • Games ON for Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Sunday, June 6. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W10.
  • Sunday, June 13. 11:45am – 6:15pm. W11.
  • Sunday, June 20. No Games for Father’s Day.
  • Sunday, June 27, Rainout Date. Possible W12.

Rainouts: If all games are Rained Out in a week, you will not receive payment for that week. If some games are Rained Out, you will receive partial payment for that week, relative to how many games were played.

2021 Spring COVID Policies

These rules replace specific rules outlined above and add to existing rules to clarify and update league protocols related to COVID. For the 2021 season, the new rule below shall take precedent over any rule outlined previously in the league rulebook.

These guidelines are fluid and may change from week-to-week. We hope to be able to relax some of these measures and all players will be notified of any changes during the season.

Face Masks

All players will be required to wear face masks at all times on the field, with one exception.

  • Outfielders have the option to remove their masks while they are in the field.
    • Masks must be carried with the player onto the field so that they have their mask with them at all times.
  • Outfielders must put their mask back on as soon as possible after the third out each inning, but always prior to coming within 20’ of any other player or crossing over the foul line into their bench territory.
    • If an Outfielder does not replace their mask before coming near another player or crossing the foul line, the next batter up will start their at-bat with a 1-2 count, instead of a 1-1 count.

Masks will be required before and after games. Players must begin to wear a mask once they leave their car in the parking lot and advance towards the field. After games, players should continue to wear their masks until they have reached their car.

All spectators over 4 years old will be expected to follow the same guidelines as players.

Masks with ventilators, holes, mesh, tears, or any other defect will not be considered acceptable face masks and must be replaced with a more effective covering. The League will provide you with an acceptable face mask if you do not have one. If you do not agree to wear a mask at the field, you will be asked to leave.

Strike Zone Mat

To keep our umpires safe by preventing close contact to every single player each week, while also allowing catchers to have more distance between themselves and the batters, a Strike Zone Mat shall be used to determine if a pitched ball is a Ball or a Strike.

The Umpire shall determine if a pitch reached a maximum height between 6’ and 12’. If so, the pitch shall be valid. The Strike Zone Mat shall determine if a pitch lands within the Strike Zone. If the mat is hit by a valid pitch in the air, the pitch shall be a Strike. Home Plate will still be considered a Strike, as normal.

A pitch shall be considered a Strike if the pitch meets these conditions:

  1. Moderate speed.
  2. Tossed from below the hip.
  3. Reach above a peak arc between a minimum of 6’ from the ground.
  4. Stay below a peak arc of 12’ feet from the ground.
  5. The ball lands on either the Strike Zone Mat or Home Plate.

The Umpire will determine if a pitch hit the Strike Zone Mat in the air.

Socially-Distanced Bench / Fence Spacing

Teams will have the option of distancing along the fence lines when they are up to bat or not playing in the field. The league will provide the infrastructure to allow teams to distance themselves in specific, isolated areas along the fence line, and encourage all players to practice social distancing as much as possible at the field. However, there will be no league requirement for teammates to distance themselves away from the dugout during their game and no penalty if a team decides not to use these resources.

Teams and individuals must determine how they want to protect themselves when they are on the bench. We hope that team social dynamics, peer pressure, and your own individual considerations of “safe” precautions will help make this work for everyone.

While teammates are allowed to determine their own distancing guidelines, players will not be allowed to interact with the other team while at the field. Players should make every possible effort to remain at least 10’ away from opposing players before, during, and after the game.

Teams must stay on their side of the field, but there will be no requirement to distance teammates on the sidelines. We hope you will practice social distancing and not sit too closely to each other, but that decision will be yours to make.

Arriving & Leaving The Field

To help keep Teams distanced, all Players must gather before the games in specified waiting areas. Players that arrive early will be required to wait in designated areas.

  • Home Team sits on the FIRST BASE side of the field.
    • Pre-Game: Team should gather at BEHIND THE 1ST BASE DUGOUT.
  • Away Team sits on the THIRD BASE side of the field.
    • Pre-Game: Team should gather NEAR THE LEFT FIELD FOUL POLE.

You will be expected to know if you are Home or Away. If you are unsure, check the schedule on durhamsoftball.com or ask the Field Attendant.

All Players are expected to stay at least 10’ away from any Player on any other Team, whenever possible. You will necessarily be close to your Teammates before the games, but you should try to avoid interacting or coming close to Players on other Teams.

  • PLAYERS LEAVING: After the game, please exit the field immediately and return to the parking lot. You will be required to keep your mask on until you reach your vehicle in the parking lot. Each Team should do their best to leave the Playing Area quickly (under 2 minutes) and efficiently while staying distanced from other Players. Players should grab all of their things and leave the dugout immediately, even if they must re-organize away from the field before they leave the grounds completely. Please try to stay at least 10’ away from any other Player while you are leaving the field.
  • PLAYERS ARRIVING: Players that are awaiting their turn to take the field should be patient and wait until the previous Team has completely left the area. Once the Team that occupied their side of the field has distanced themselves from the field, the Players may place their items in the dugout or along the fence. The Home Team should immediately take the field and prepare for the start of the game. Games will start ASAP after both Teams have entered the dugout, so warmup before the previous game is over and get ready to begin quickly.

We have a mandate to restrict the number of people gathered at the field for our events. Our gathering must be limited to no more than 50 people at one time. With 2 teams playing, and 2 teams waiting, we will approach 50 people in-between games. It is very important that players leave the field quickly and waiting teams gather in their assigned areas prior to the game.

Attendance

You will not be allowed to play if you have a fever (100+) or recent exposure to a known or suspected COVID-positive person. We will be relying on the honor system and expect players to use good judgment in staying away from their friends and teammates if they might put them at risk by playing the game. We will refund you $5 if you miss a game due to illness or self-quarantine, so please do not come to the field if you might put others at risk.

We will have a Field Attendant at our games. The Attendant will be responsible for taking attendance of all players and spectators at the field, for two reasons:

  • To ensure our 50-person capacity is satisfied, and limit access to the field if we approach an excess of players & spectators at one time.
  • To document potential contacts and exposures throughout the league as a form of contact tracing if the league learns of COVID-positive players after the game.

We hope contact tracing is unnecessary because our players agree to take necessary precautions and stay away from the field if they are sick or exposed, but we must plan to be safe, anyway. Please be courteous to the Field Attendant when they take attendance during the game.

Spectators

Up to 20 People per Team will be allowed at the field each game, including all family, friends, kids (ages 5+), spectators, and players. The number of spectators allowed for each team depends on the number of players at the game. The total number of people allowed at the game for each side must equal 20.

  • eg. If a Team has 12 players at the game, they may have 8 spectators. If a Team has 16 players at the game, they may have 4 spectators.

Children under 4-years old do not count towards the total number of people at the game. All Spectators must follow the same COVID precautions as our players, including not coming to the games sick, following mask requirements, and maintaining distancing measures.

Teams should discuss and coordinate their own spectators to ensure compliance. If a Team has more than 20 combined players and spectators at the game, spectators will be asked to leave. If the extra spectators do not leave the field after being warned, their Team will lose 1 Strike per minute until the spectator has left.

Respecting Others

Since some of these measures and recommendations are subjective, we must consider that all players will not have the same concern for properly following protocols. Still, everyone must respect everyone, regardless of their personal opinion. Even if you do not want to adhere to certain restrictions, you cannot prevent others from attempting to keep themselves safe.

If you have a teammate that you believe is being disrespectful, speak with them. If they refuse to change and continue to be disrespectful, please notify the league. For example:

  • Player refuses to socially distance themselves from you. You have asked them to stay 6’ away from you when it isn’t necessary, but they don’t.
  • Player refuses to wear a mask. They may think the umpire doesn’t notice, but you noticed and don’t feel comfortable with their actions.
  • Player lied about their health. They played with symptoms of illness or falsely reported answers to our pre-game screenings.

Players can report a teammate for inappropriate behavior by emailing the league at play@durhamsoftball.com.

  • If you are reported by one teammate, you will be questioned.
  • If you are reported by three teammates, you will be suspended for one game.
  • If you are reported by five teammates, you will be removed from the league.

2020 Durham Softball Schedule

The Durham Softball League starts playing games during the first week of April each year. Easter is on April 12 this season, so the 2020 season will start on Sunday, March 29. The year will be split into two separate seasons (Spring and Summer), with the second season beginning one week after the first season’s Championship game.

Season Schedule

During 2020, there are 25 eligible weeks during the year where Durham Softball League games may be played:

Date Week of Games
Sunday, March 29, 2020 1
Sunday, April 5, 2020 2
Sunday, April 12, 2020 NO GAMES – EASTER
Sunday, April 19, 2020 3
Sunday, April 26, 2020 4
Sunday, May 3, 2020 5
Sunday, May 10, 2020 NO GAMES – MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 17, 2020 6
Sunday, May 24, 2020 NO GAMES – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, May 31, 2020 7
Sunday, June 7, 2020 8
Sunday, June 14, 2020 9
Sunday, June 21, 2020 NO GAMES – FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 28, 2020 10
Sunday, July 5, 2020 NO GAMES – JULY 4TH WEEKEND
Sunday, July 12, 2020 11
Sunday, July 19, 2020 12
Sunday, July 26, 2020 13
Sunday, August 2, 2020 14
Sunday, August 9, 2020 15
Sunday, August 16, 2020 16
Sunday, August 23, 2020 17
Sunday, August 30, 2020 18
Sunday, September 6, 2020 NO GAMES – LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, September 13, 2020 19
Sunday, September 20, 2020 20
Sunday, September 27, 2020 21
Sunday, October 4, 2020 22
Sunday, October 11, 2020 23
Sunday, October 18, 2020 24
Sunday, October 25, 2020 25
Sunday, November 1, 2020 26
Sunday, November 8, 2020 27
Sunday, November 15, 2020 28
Sunday, November 22, 2020 29
Sunday, November 29, 2020 NO GAMES – THANKSGIVING
Sunday, December 6, 2020 30
TOTAL 30 Weeks to Play 22 Weeks

The league does not play games on Sunday when national holidays fall on a Sunday or Monday during the year.

With 9 Regular Season Weeks and 2 Playoff Weeks, the two seasons will require a total of 22 Sundays each year. With 30 Eligible Sundays between April 8 and December 6, we have 8 “built-in” weeks to accommodate rain-out reschedules and still get both seasons in before the end of the year.

Spring Season: Starts Sunday, March 29, 2020; ends after 11 eligible weeks.

The Spring league has the potential to finish on July 12th, which is the 11th eligible week of the season. With at least a couple rain-outs likely, a more realistic date for the Championship game might be July 19 or July 26. Whenever the Championship game from the Spring season is played, the Summer season will begin exactly one week later.

Summer Season: Starts 1 weeks after Spring Season ends; ends after 11 eligible weeks.

If the Summer season’s “one week later” start date lands on a holiday, the season will start two weeks later. This means the earliest that the Summer season might begin is July 19, because it is one week after the earliest date that the Spring season could end. Because it is unlikely for the Spring season to be completed with out any rain-outs, a more realistic date for the Summer season’s Opening Day is July 26 or August 2.

With good weather, it is possible to end both seasons as early as October 4th, the 22nd eligible week of the season. For each rain-out during the year, the seasons would get one week longer.

Weekly Schedule

Games are played on Sundays and start between 10:00am and 5:35pm.

  • Each team will play a single game each day.
  • The regular season will consist of 9 games.
  • The 10th and 11th week of each season will feature two single-elimination tournaments. The Consolation Tournament will be played between the Bottom 4 teams competing for 5th Place; the Championship Tournament will be played by the Top 4 teams competing for 1st Place.

“Featured Organization” Each Week

All teams will have a single week where their non-profit is featured to highlight and promote their non-profit to the other members of the league. The captain of the team, or a representative of the non-profit, is invited and encouraged to stay for the remaining games to talk with the other teams before their game, let them know more about your organization, and collect any donated items that teams may bring to the fields.

Rain-Outs / Rescheduling Games

When a week gets rained out, all cancelled games are rescheduled for the last week of the regular season. This makes sure that most games on the schedule are played as originally scheduled at the start of the season so players can better plan their weekends ahead of time.

If some games are played, but other games need to be rescheduled, those games would be made up during the last week of the season, even if other games get rained out after them. In an emergency, alternate arrangements to play games earlier/later in the day may be considered if both teams agree to the accommodations.

Due to time restrictions, the Spring season must end no later than the end of July, with the Summer season ending no later than the end of October. If we get rained out more than 4 times, games that cannot meet these time frames may be forced to cancel entirely.

Durham Bulls Community Captain Award Winner – Ryan Mentock!

Ryan Mentock wins Durham Bulls Community Captain Award on August 24, 2019.

Our commissioner, Ryan Mentock, has won the Blue Cross NC and Durham Bulls Baseball Club Community Captain award! The award is earned by “demonstrating an active involvement and dedication to serving their local communities through volunteerism, fundraising, hard work, and leading by example.” Click here for a poor quality video of the presentation!

The nice lady who walked me to the field asked me if I knew who nominated me for the Community Captain award. I said kind of – I thought a few people nominated me. “So many people nominated you, way more than anyone else. You were an easy choice. You should know that your community really loves you.” I love y’all, too.

Thanks for your support!

~Ryan

2019 Spring Champions – Shepard Middle School!

2019 Durham Softball Spring Champions

Congratulations to the SHEPARD MAGNET MIDDLE SCHOOL team for winning Durham Softball’s 2019 Spring Championship!

Game 1 for Shepard today was a dramatic, extra inning, 1-run victory over #3 Crayons2Calculators: The Durham Teacher Warehouse Corporation (C2C).

Game 2 was a comeback, 1-run victory over #2 Meals on Wheels of Durham.

Finally, the team was down 2-1 going into the 6th inning of the Championship Game against #4 South Durham Little League. The team scored two in the 7th and played tight defense in the bottom half to earn the title.

Shepard was down after the 5th inning in every game today, so great job by the team for never giving up and playing hard until the end of each game. There were some close games today and really good competition.

Thanks to all the players, charities, and fans who came out to support the league this season!

Changes from Spring to Summer, 2019

Thanks for playing, everyone! In our efforts to constantly improve our league, we have made a few small changes to the game rules for Summer League. These changes have been made based on feedback from players and umpires and they are designed to make the game more enjoyable for everyone.

  • Batters will start with a 1-1 count. This will speed up the game, allowing games to play more innings and get players in the field back to their water bottles faster.
  • Batters will receive a Courtesy Foul on the 2nd Strike. If you hit a foul with 2 strikes, you’ll receive one “free” foul ball. After that, the next foul ball is an OUT.
  • Less restrictive defensive requirements in the event of a missing Female player. If a team is forced to take an OUT every inning because they do not have 3 or more Females, that team may still play a Female at Catcher on defense. Previously, both Females were required to play in the field, with a Male playing Catcher.

That is it! Relatively minor changes, right? As we grow, we hope we’re getting closer to a more permanent rule structure. If / when we make another change, we will continue to explain our rationale for the changes and promise to always consider they player’s interests when we structure our game.

Because we reduced the number of regular season games from 10 to 9, we’re also guaranteeing that everyone will also play a Playoff Game!

  • Two tournaments: Championship (Top 8) and Consolation (Bottom 8)
    • Week 1: First Round games for both Tournaments, 4/each, 8/total
    • Week 2: Final Four and Championship Games for both Tournaments, 3/each, 6/total

As always, Teams will earn $50 bonuses for their charities for every Playoff win! This year, all of the Consolation Games will be worth the same amount as the Championship Games! That means we will have TWELVE games that will have $50 on the line for charity, plus TWO MORE Championship Games with $200 up for donation. There will be a total of $1,500 on the line for the Summer Playoffs, overall, so it should be a pretty fun finish to the season!

2019 Player Waiver: Download

2019 Spring Playoff Structure

With 16 Teams in the League, only the TOP 8 TEAMS during the Regular Season will advance to the 2019 Durham Softball Spring Playoffs. The Teams that make the Playoffs will be determined by:

  1. Win-Loss Record.
  2. Head-to-Head Record.
  3. Run Differential.
  4. Runs Scored.

The Top 8 Teams will play a single elimination tournament to determine the winner.

To keep the Bottom 8 Teams interested, the Top 8 Teams will be “adopting” one of the other charities to also compete for their cause during the Playoffs. These Sponsors will receive an additional 50% of the donations won by each Team during the Playoffs. Partner Organizations will be assigned in reverse order of finish, with #1 paired with #16, #2 paired with #15, #3 paired with #14, etc.

  • Each Game will earn $50 for the Winning Team’s Charity, with their Partner Charity also receiving $25, for a total of a $75 donation per game.
  • The Championship Team will earn $200, with their Partner Charity also receiving $100, for a total of a $300 donation on the line during the Championship.
  • A total of $750 in donations will be awarded between our 16 Charities during the Playoffs.

Everyone is still encouraged to come out and watch the games, support our charities, and visit Bralie’s after the game for a free beer!

Playoff Structure

We are lucky enough to have 16 Teams of Players join our league this season, with each group of 16 players supporting a great local cause with their efforts on the field. The game is fun and friendly, but we also want to keep it competitive. To work within the limitations of our facilities and schedule, while also making the Regular Season more meaningful, only the Top 8 Teams will make the Playoffs during the 2019 Spring Season.

At the end of the Regular Season, the Top 8 Teams will face off in a 1-week, single-elimination tournament to decide the overall League Champion. If your Team makes the Top 8 for the Regular Season, you will play 1, 2, or 3 games on a single day for the Playoffs. If your Team finishes ranked 9-16, you will have a Bye week and a break before the Summer League.

To keep the Bottom 8 Teams interested in the outcome, the Top 8 Teams will each be paired with one of the Bottom 8 charities to also earn donations for their cause during the Playoffs! The Team will “adopt” a second charity for the Playoffs by competing for an ADDITIONAL 50% of the donations they raise for their own charity to the other Team’s cause. Basically, the Teams that make the playoffs will be competing to earn donations for two causes during the playoffs.

For example: 

  • The #1 Seed will be paired with the #16 seed’s charity. If the #1 Seed wins a $50 game, the #16 Charity will receive a $25 donation. If the #1 Seed wins a $200 Championship, the #16 Charity also receives a $100 donation!
  • All Pairings:
    • #1 with #16
    • #2 with #15
    • #3 with #14
    • #4 with #13
    • $5 with #12
    • #6 with #11
    • $7 with #10
    • #8 with #9
  • For every $1 that a Team IN the Playoffs earns, their Partner Team that was OUT of the Playoffs will earn an additional $.50.