2021 Spring Softball Registration

$70.00

Welcome to Durham Softball! Please complete registration by following the directions below. Thanks for playing!

  • Individual Registrations are available for $70.00 / player
  • Small Groups (2-5 Players): 2% off per player$68.60 / player
    • Coupon Code “SMALL2021
  • Large Groups (6-15 Players): 5% off per player$66.50 / player
    • Coupon Code “LARGE2021
  • Full Teams (16 Players): 15% off per player$59.50 / player
    • Coupon Code “TEAM2021

If you have a preference for which non-profit organization you’d like to play for, please rank your preferred options and we’ll try to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

If you have any questions, please email play@durhamsoftball.com prior to registering. Thanks for playing!

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Description

Registration for Durham Softball’s 2021 Spring Season

Welcome to the Durham Softball League! This is the page to register and pay your entry fee for Individual, Small Group, or Full Team participation in Durham Softball’s 2021 Spring Co-Ed Recreational Softball League.

Registrations for Spring 2021 have CLOSED! Registrations for Fall 2021 will open on June 1. 

Registration Details

  • Individual Registrations are available for $70.00 / player.
  • Small Groups (2-5 Players): 2% off per player$68.60 / player.
    • Coupon Code “SMALL2021
  • Large Groups (6-15 Players): 5% off per player$66.50 / player.
    • Coupon Code “LARGE2021
  • Full Teams (16 Players): 15% off per player$59.50 / player.
    • Coupon Code “TEAM2021
    • $952 total for a 16-Player Team
  • Choose a non-profit sponsor to play for and sign up as an individual or as a group to raise money for their cause.
  • Between 15% and 25% of all entry fees will be donated to local non-profit organizations.

League Details

  • Games will be played on Sundays at Pineywood Park Baseball Field.
  • Games start between 12:00pm and 5:00pm.
  • Regular Season games will be 7 Innings or 55 minutes.
  • Scheduled for 9 Regular Season Games + 1, 2, or 3 Playoff Games.
    • Please note Rainout, COVID, and Holiday policies.
  • Two End-of-Season Tournaments – Championship (Top 6) and Consolation (Bottom 6).
  • Game Rules and PDF of the 2021 Durham Softball Rule Book.
  • Spring Season: Begins March 21; Ends before June 27
  • Summer Season: Begins August 29; Ends before Thanksgiving

Benefits Included With Registration

  • All players receive a team jersey, made by Gonzo Custom Tees in Durham.
  • Championship Jerseys and Prizes awarded to winners of End-of-Season Tournaments.
  • Priority Seating at Bralie’s Sports Bar! (1725 Carpenter Fletcher Road, Ste. 108, Durham, NC 27713)
    • We are working on a new discount deal for our players this year, but we should all support Bralie’s even without being offered a free beer. They were hit hard by COVID, they are only 2 miles away from Pineywood, and they have been great hosts for our league in the past. Please stop by after your game to enjoy a beer in their outdoor tent or call ahead (919-806-1441) to order delicious meals to pick-up after your games. 
  • The good feeling of supporting 19 Durham non-profits!

Sponsor Organizations

We have recruited a great group on local Durham non-profit organizations to be a part of our 5th Charity Softball Season and we’re really excited to support and unite these incredible causes. For more information on the team sponsors that you’ll be playing for, and against, during the season, please check out these organizations below.

During the season, each team will be competing to win donations for their Sponsor Organization. The amount each Sponsor earns during the season is determined based on team’s results during the season. Basically, if your team wins a game, places in the Top 4 during the regular season, or does well in the playoffs, then your charity will receive a larger donation from Durham Softball at the end of the season. For details, check out the details of our Sponsor Donation Pool.

You do not need to have any type of previous affiliation with any of these organizations in order to play for their team. You can choose the play for any team you’d like, for any reason. We hope you’ll learn a little about each sponsor’s mission and find a cause that you fully support so you are excited about helping them out every week on the ball field.

2/27/2021: MALE REGISTRATIONS have SOLD OUT! Male Players can place a backorder for a roster spot this Spring. If we cannot add you to a team before 3/5/2021, you will receive a refund. We still need Female players!

If you have any questions, please ask!

Individual Registration

If you would be considered a “Free Agent” and do not have a requirement to play with a particular group of people, you should register as an individual.

  1. Choose Male or Female.
  2. Choose Jersey Size.
  3. Choose Team Sponsor Preferences.
  4. Add the Product to your Cart and Checkout.

If you are signing up as an individual and want to be matched with another player, you should consider signing up as a Group to save money. If you still want to register as an individual, please note their name in the Order Notes at Checkout, or complete our Group Registration Form.

Final Team Assignments will be made before Friday, March 5, or ASAP after the final Spring registration deadline on February 28, 2020.

Small / Large Group Registration

If you have a group together already and you would like to play with a specific group of people, you may register as an group to ensure everyone stays together. If you have between 2 and 15 players together and need to join up with others to field a full team of 16 players, follow these steps:

  1. Take all the same steps for an Individual Registration and repeat for each person in your group.
  2. Add a unique Registration for each person to your Cart, so that each one represents a different person in your group.
  3. Checkout and purchase registrations at one time with your entire group added to one Cart.
    • For 2-5 Players, use Coupon Code “SMALL2021” in your Cart to receive 2% off per player.
    • For 6-15 Players, use Coupon Code “LARGE2021” in your Cart to receive 5% off per player.
  4. After you have paid, complete our Group Registration Form with the names, email addresses, and jersey sizes for your teammates.

If you want to sign up as a Small Group, one person in your group should add multiple Roster Spots to their Cart and pay for everyone at once. For example, if you have a group of 8 people who want to play together, one person should purchase 8 Roster Spots on the same order. Please add registrations “as if you were that player,” including the jersey size requested for all players on your team (eg. Add 1 Small + 2 Mediums + 3 Larges for 6 Players registering for the same team).

Please note your teammates’ names and email addresses on our Group Registration Form after you pay for your order. Team Assignments will always prioritize keeping groups together over playing for a specific team, so you will always get to play with your friends regardless of what charity you are assigned.

Full Team Registration

If you have an entire Team (16-20 Players) ready to play and do not want Free Agents added to your team, you can sign up as a Full Team.

If you have 16 or more players in a group and do not want to add any free agents to your team, follow these steps:

  1. Take all the same steps for an Small Group Registration and repeat for each person in your group.
  2. Once you have added your 16th Player Registration, stop. You only need to pay for 16 of the 20 possible players on the roster.
  3. Add a unique Registration for each person to your Cart, so that each one represents a different person in your group.
    • For 16+ Players, use Coupon Code “TEAM2021” in your Cart to receive 15% off per player.
  4. Complete the purchase at one time with your entire group added to one Cart.
  5. After you have paid, complete our Group Registration form with the names, email addresses, and jersey sizes for up to 20 players.

If you want to sign up as a Team, one person in your group should add multiple Roster Spots to their Cart and pay for everyone at once.

Limited League Size

To adapt to field use restrictions and pandemic precautions this season, we are limiting the league to 12 Teams and 192 players. We have had 16 Teams in each of the last two seasons we’ve played, so registrations will be limited relative to previous seasons. For the Spring 2021 season, we will not have the capacity to consider more than 12 Teams. We can add you to a waiting list, but cannot promise a roster spot if you are not one of the first 192 players to register.

Fee Increase From 2020

We have increased the price of the individual registration this season by $10 for many reasons:

  • We are hiring a Field Attendant to work our games. This person will be responsible for setting up the field, taking attendance, providing masks and sanitizer, keeping score, and helping to enforce COVID protocols during games. The Attendant will be paid $15/hour for 6.5 hours per week, which will cost roughly $4.50/player for the season.
  • COVID. We will be purchasing masks and hand sanitizer to give to all players at the field. We are also creating physical distancing markers, buying strike zone mats, and adding more online tools to our website to help keep players safe at the field. COVID precautions are estimated to cost about $1.50/player for the season.
  • We are limiting the league to 12 teams. We donate all profits from this league, but obviously make more money if we have more teams. This $2.00/player increase allows us a bit more breathing room to continue operations and still be able to donate at least $1,000 to our partner charities, despite the extra expense involved in organizing a safe league.
  • We are being cautious. At the moment, the world is extremely unpredictable. $2.00/player is currently unaccounted and set aside to prepare for an unexpected expense. Falling short of our budget requirements could put players at risk. If things go well, we will lower our price for the Fall league and donate more money to charity than we expected this Spring.

Along with paying for the normal and new COVID-related costs involved in organizing a softball league, your additional contribution will also:

  • Continue to sponsor Play NC’s Miracle League of the Triangle team, the Junior League White Sox.
  • Renovate Shepard Middle School’s baseball field.
  • Clean Elmira Park.

Roughly 20% of your registration fee will be donated to 19 local non-profits. As a non-profit league focused on helping Durham, we can promise you that every possible dollar will go towards three goals: providing a great softball experience, patronizing a Durham business, or helping a Durham non-profit. The umpires and field attendant will be the only humans earning money from Play NC events and ~70% of all funds we receive are re-invested in Durham individuals or organizations by the end of the season.

We appreciate your support!

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.

COVID Policies

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. Because we do not want finances to be a reason you choose to play while sick or potentially exposed to COVID, we are offering $5 per game REFUNDS for any player who misses a game due to COVID or self-quarantine. If you stay home and miss a game because you are sick, tested positive for COVID, or are pending COVID test results after a potential exposure, we thank you for staying home and we hope you get better soon! We will gladly refund you for the games you miss and appreciate your consideration of others.

Read this post for a full breakdown of COVID-related precautions our league is taking this season. There are a few extra nuances and exceptions, but here is the TLDR:

  • You will be required to wear a mask while you play.
  • You will be asked to maintain distance from players and teammates, when possible.
  • We will be using a Strike Zone mat to call balls and strikes.
  • Players must follow specific directions and stay in designated waiting areas/paths when entering or leaving the field.
  • These rules are fluid and we hope to ease restrictions as soon as possible, but they will be strictly enforced to ensure we can continue to operate while keeping our players safe.

Our league has considered current CDC guidelines, standing Executive Orders, medical opinions, player feedback, and DPR facility requirements for use in determining these guidelines. We hope to get back to playing normally as soon as possible, but please remember that many of these rules are requirements for us to be on the field at all. It may be inconvenient or imperfect, but we’re playing.

Currently, wearing masks on the field is a requirement if we want to play softball at a city park. We agree with the rule, but is not our rule, so it is not currently up for debate. We must wear masks if we want to play softball. No exceptions. This rule will be strictly enforced while necessary to avoid jeopardizing our league’s use of the fields or the safety of our players. If you sign up to play, you should expect to wear a mask while you are at the field.

Holidays / Memorial Day

To give us one more chance to play this Spring, we will schedule games for Memorial Day weekend. We have historically avoided all holidays, but we thought this year might be an exception. Since the Memorial Day holiday itself is on Monday and we expect fewer people going out-of-town for vacation, we think more people will want to play softball that Sunday afternoon. To fit the weekend’s theme, we will be hosting a donation event in honor of Vets to Vets United during our games, so I hope you will all participate and help our veteran’s charity.

For Spring 2021, we WILL play games the Sunday before Memorial Day (5/30), but we WILL NOT play games on Easter (4/4), Mother’s Day (5/9), or Father’s Day (6/20).

Game Dates

We will be scheduling 2021 Spring Season games on the following dates. If things go perfectly, the Playoffs will start on June 6 and the Championship Round will be played on June 13. If the season ends on June 13, we will have a “free play / pick-up game” date for the entire league on June 27, after the season is over.

Date Week of Games
Sunday, March 21, 2021 1
Sunday, March 28, 2021 2
Sunday, April 4, 2021 NO GAMES – EASTER
Sunday, April 11, 2021 3
Sunday, April 18, 2021 4
Sunday, April 25, 2021 5
Sunday, May 2, 2021 6
Sunday, May 9, 2021 NO GAMES – MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 16, 2021 7
Sunday, May 23, 2021 8
Sunday, May 30, 2021 9
Sunday, June 6, 2021 10 – Playoffs – First Round
Sunday, June 13, 2021 11 – Playoffs – Championship
Sunday, June 20, 2021 NO GAMES – FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 27, 2021 12 – Backup Date / Pick Up Games

Refund Policy

We promise a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Because your refund will be reducing our Donation Pool, we hope you’ll give us a chance to fix any problems before it gets to that point. However, you can still request a refund for any reason. You will have to actually give a reason (so we can try to fix it for the next player), but any reason will be accepted. After the start of the season, prorated refunds will be honored if you are not satisfied with our league for any reason.

Liability Waivers

All Players will be required to sign and complete two electronic forms prior to playing games.

  • General Injury Risk & Liability Waiver
  • COVID Risk & Liability Waiver

These forms will be emailed to you and your teammates once rosters have been determined. All players must complete both forms prior to playing softball.

Team Balancing

There are a maximum of 16 Roster Spots on each Free Agent team and 20 Roster Spots on each Full Team registration. If one team does not reach 16 Player Registrations, some Players may be asked to change teams and play for another cause to balance the rosters. This ensures all sponsors are able to field a full team each week to reduce the chance a team might forfeit, so balancing the rosters should make the league more fun for everyone involved. Our goal is to make sure every team has at least 13 Players so we can ignore this entire section.

If you have successfully registered for one of the 16 Roster Spots for your preferred sponsor, Team Balancing will never mean you are FORCED to play for another team. Every possible accommodation that can be made, will be made. We believe that all of our sponsors are worthy of your time and donations, so we hope that you wouldn’t mind playing for any of our great organizations if it made the league more fun for everyone involved. All teams will also be required to have at least 5 Female players, so Male registrations may be limited for a particular team if they do not already have at least 5 Females on their team. If we are unable to place you on your preferred team/charity and an alternate charity is not sufficient, a full refund will be granted.

In the event one or more teams fail to receive at least 12 player registrations, the league may contract their team and distribute their team members to other organizations for the season. Click here for a full description of this possibility. Players will be asked to change teams in reverse order of their registration, so sign up early to ensure your spot on the team of your choice!

Additional Durham Softball League Details

Additional information

Male or Female?

Male, Female

Jersey Size

Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large

Skill Level

New Player, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Superstar

Sponsor #1

APS of Durham, CPCANC, Crayons2Calculators, Don't Waste Durham, Families Moving Forward, Girls on the Run of the Triangle, Hope Animal Rescue, Housing for New Hope, Joshs Hope, Kidznotes, Meals on Wheels of Durham, Miracle League of the Triangle, NCCADV, NCFFF, Play NC, PORCH-Durham, Shepard Middle School, South Durham Little League, TreesDurham, Vets to Vets United, Any Team

Sponsor #2

APS of Durham, CPCANC, Crayons2Calculators, Don't Waste Durham, Families Moving Forward, Girls on the Run of the Triangle, Hope Animal Rescue, Housing for New Hope, Joshs Hope, Kidznotes, Meals on Wheels of Durham, Miracle League of the Triangle, NCCADV, NCFFF, Play NC, PORCH-Durham, Shepard Middle School, South Durham Little League, TreesDurham, Vets to Vets United, Any Team

Sponsor #3

APS of Durham, CPCANC, Crayons2Calculators, Don't Waste Durham, Families Moving Forward, Girls on the Run of the Triangle, Hope Animal Rescue, Housing for New Hope, Joshs Hope, Kidznotes, Meals on Wheels of Durham, Miracle League of the Triangle, NCCADV, NCFFF, Play NC, PORCH-Durham, Shepard Middle School, South Durham Little League, TreesDurham, Vets to Vets United, Any Team