2022 Summer Game Schedule & Playoff Structure

This is the 2022 Summer Game Schedule for the Durham Softball League. Games will be played at Pineywood Park and will start between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Full schedule and details will be posted shortly after registrations close for the season.

Week Date
1 Sunday, August 14, 2022
2 Sunday, August 21, 2022
3 Sunday, August 28, 2022
OFF Sunday, September 4, 2022
4 Sunday, September 11, 2022
5 Sunday, September 18, 2022
6 Sunday, September 25, 2022
7 Sunday, October 2, 2022
8 Sunday, October 9, 2022
9 – Playoffs Sunday, October 16, 2022
10 – Playoffs Sunday, October 23, 2022
11 – Backup Sunday, October 30, 2022

Playoffs

For Summer 2022, we’ll have 14-teams and 2 weeks to play our playoffs, so we are able to play three end-of-season tournaments.

  • The 1st – 8th place teams advance to a single elimination tournament to decide the Championship winner.
  • The 9th – 12th place teams advance to a single elimination tournament to decide the Consolation winner.
  • The 13th and 14th place teams will play a single game against each other to end the season.

To win the title of Durham Softball Champion, your team will need to finish in the Top 8 of 14 during the regular season and win three consecutive games in the playoffs. The teams that finish between 9th and 14th place will have a post-season format of their own, with the same amount of donation prize money on the line each game as the Championship bracket. While these teams are out of the running for the Championship, they can still earn $50 per game for their team’s sponsor charity, plus $100 for taking the Consolation title.

Below is the anticipated schedule for the playoffs, but this may be subject to change based on field availability and weather as we get closer to the date.

Week 1:

  • 10:00am. Game 1. Consolation Bracket. #11 @ #10.
  • 11:20am. Game 2. Consolation Bracket. #12 @ #9.
  • 12:40pm. Game 3. Championship Bracket. #5 @ #4.
  • 2:00pm. Game 4. Championship Bracket. #6 @ #3.
  • 3:20pm. Game 5. Championship Bracket. #7 @ #2.
  • 4:40pm. Game 6. Championship Bracket. #8 @ #1.

Week 2:

  • 10:00am. Game 7. Last Place. #13 @ #14.
  • 11:20am. Game 8. Consolation Bracket Title Game. Winner G1 vs. Winner G2.
  • 12:40pm. Game 9. Championship Bracket, Final Four. Winner G3 vs. Winner G6.
  • 2:10pm. Game 10. Championship Bracket, Final Four. Winner G4 vs. Winner G5.
  • 3:40pm. Game 11. Championship Bracket, Title Game. Winner G9 vs. Winner G10.

End of Spring 2022 Softball Donation Standings!

End of Spring Softball Donation Standings
  1. Don’t Waste Durham – $442
  2. South Durham Little League – $362
  3. Girls on the Run of the Triangle – $213
  4. Central Piedmont Community Action, Inc – $201
  5. Miracle League of the Triangle – $182
  6. Meals on Wheels Durham – $130
  7. Vets to Vets United, Inc – $127
  8. Crayons2Calculators: The Durham Teacher Warehouse Corporation (C2C) – $117
  9. Housing for New Hope – $95
  10. The Animal Protection Society of Durham – $94
  11. PORCH-Durham – $90
  12. Josh’s Hope – $63
TOTAL: $2,116!
With 214 players contributing, each player entry accounted for ~$10 that will be donated to our charity partners this year!
Thanks to everyone who participated and I hope you’ll play again this Summer!
(Note: Photos are missing $100 from donation drive winners)

2022 Spring Tournament Brackets

Congratulations to DON’T WASTE DURHAM for winning the 2022 Spring Durham Softball Championship! 

Championship Bracket

Consolation Bracket

Regular Season Standings

2022 Spring Standings

Tie-Breaker Details

  • #5 Housing for New Hope (4-4) vs. #6 APS of Durham (4-4)
    • Head to Head: No Head to Head matchup this year. Tied.
    • Wins vs. Top 4: HNH (0 wins), APS (0 wins). Tied.
    • Wins vs. Top 8: HNH (2 Wins – Vets / C2C), APS (1 Win – Vets). HNH wins.

2022 Spring Playoff Structure

With 12 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 a seeded tie-breaker format, as described here.

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

The Bottom 4 Teams will play a Consolation Tournament against each other to determine 9th-12th Place.

  • 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.

Game Schedule: 

Sunday, June 5, 2022:

10:30am. Game 1. #10 Seed vs. #11 Seed.

11:45am. Game 2. #9 Seed vs. #12 Seed.

1:00pm. Game 3. #4 Seed vs. #5 Seed.

2:15pm. Game 4. #3 Seed vs. #6 Seed.

3:30pm. Game 5. #2 Seed vs. #7 Seed.

4:45pm. Game 6. #1 Seed vs. #8 Seed.

Sunday, June 12, 2022:

10:30am. Game 7. Winner Game 1 (#10/#11) vs. Winner Game 2 (#9/#12). Consolation Bracket Final.

12:00pm. Game 8. Winner Game 3 (#4/#5) vs. Winner Game 6 (#1/#8).

1:30pm. Game 9. Winner Game 4 (#3/#6) vs. Winner Game 5 (#2/#7).

3:00pm. Game 10. Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 (Highest Seed is Home Team). Championship Bracket Final.

Sunday, June 26, 2022: Rainout Date, if needed.

2022 Spring Game Schedule

This is the 2022 Spring Game Schedule for the Durham Softball League. Games will be played at Pineywood Park and will start between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Full schedule and details will be posted shortly after registrations close for the season, likely before February 20, 2022.

Date Week of Games
Sunday, March 6, 2022 1
Sunday, March 13, 2022 2
Sunday, March 20, 2022 3
Sunday, March 27, 2022 4
Sunday, April 3, 2022 5
Sunday, April 10, 2022 6
Sunday, April 17, 2022 OFF – EASTER
Sunday, April 24, 2022 7
Sunday, May 1, 2022 8
Sunday, May 8, 2022 OFF – MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 15, 2022 9
Sunday, May 22, 2022 10
Sunday, May 29, 2022 11 – Playoffs
Sunday, June 5, 2022 12 – Playoffs
Sunday, June 12, 2022 13 – Backup
Sunday, June 19, 2022 OFF – FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 26, 2022 14 – Backup

2021 Summer Donation Pool Structure & Playoff Format

Because of the unique schedule this season, we’ve adapted the playoff format and donation structure slightly for this season. Details below.

Donations will be awarded to the team’s charity two ways:

  1. $1 per Run Scored during the season (max $20 per game).
  2. Bonuses for finishing in the Top 8.
  3. Wins during the Playoffs.

End-of-Season Bonuses shall be awarded, as follows: 

  • 1st Place, +$150
  • 2nd Place, +$100
  • 3rd Place, +$75
  • 4th Place, +$50
  • 5th – 8th Place, +$25

PLAYOFFS

Because the Parks will be closed after November 1, and still allow one backup rain date, we are scheduling our Playoffs for Sunday, October 24. With only 1-week for playoffs in Summer 2021, we’re playing a modified schedule from a standard 2-week playoff format.

  • The 1, 2, 3, and 4 teams advance to a single elimination tournament to decide the Champion.
  • The 5, 6, 7, and 8 teams advance to a single elimination tournament to decide the First Consolation.
  • The 9, 10, 11, and 12 teams advance to a single elimination tournament to decide the Second Consolation.
  • The 13 and 14 teams advance to a single elimination tournament to decide the Third Consolation.

The Second and Third Playoff Consolation games will be played AT ANOTHER FIELD IN DURHAM (TBD), also on Sunday, October 24.

Playoff Game Bonuses shall be awarded, as follows: 

  • $50 for any First Round win.
  • $150 for the Championship.
  • $100 for First Consolation Championship.
  • $75 for Second Consolation Championship.

For example, if a team scores 82 runs and comes in 2nd Place, they will earn $182 for their charity. If they also win their 1st round game and the Championship, they add +$200 to their winnings to donate a total of $382 to their sponsor’s charity on the season!

At the start of the 2021 Summer season, we are projecting about $2000 in donations this season! We’ll see if we can meet that goal!

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 (Updated January 1, 2022)

Start: 10am         End: 6pm             Total Hours: Up to 8 Hours / Day for 13 Sundays

Pay: $15 / Hour

Where: Pineywood Park Baseball Field and Valley Springs Athletic Fields.

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 requirements by helping players adhere to safety measures.

  • Arrival: You should arrive at the field at 9:45am, 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.
    • SCORBOARD: Scoring system set up behind home plate.
    • LINEUP CARDS: Home and Away Line-up Cards should be hung from the fence near each team’s dugout.
  • First Aid: During the games, pay attention and offer any first aid supplies we have for minor injuries. Includes providing players with ice packs, bandages, gauze, wound spray, etc., as needed. Direct medical care is not expected.
  • Photography: Your goal will be to take a photo of every player during the game, or ~20 photos per game. These can be as artsy and creative as you’d like, so have fun with it! Photos will be uploaded after the games for league use.
  • 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.
    • Remaining Weeks:
      • Any Player that missed Week 1 can sign their waivers and pick up their jersey at a future week.
  • Leaving: Preparing to end the day and leave the field.
    • After the last game has started, the Registration Table, Shirts, First Aid Kit, etc. can be packed away and returned to the parking lot.
    • Once the last game has finished, collect the Bases, Lineup Cards, and Scoreboard 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 wear Durham Softball shirt. Minimum surface knowledge of how to play baseball or softball preferred, but not required.

Fall 2022 – Date – Week of Games

Week Date
1 Sunday, August 14, 2022
2 Sunday, August 21, 2022
3 Sunday, August 28, 2022
OFF Sunday, September 4, 2022
4 Sunday, September 11, 2022
5 Sunday, September 18, 2022
6 Sunday, September 25, 2022
7 Sunday, October 2, 2022
8 Sunday, October 9, 2022
9 – Playoffs Sunday, October 16, 2022
10 – Playoffs Sunday, October 23, 2022
11 – Backup Sunday, October 30, 2022

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.