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.

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

End-of-Season Tournaments

At the end of each Regular Season, all teams will play a single-elimination tournament to decide the Playoff Champion. The tournament seeds will be determined based on each team’s performance and win/loss record during the regular season.

Tournament Games will be structured exactly like regular season games, with the following exceptions:

  • Games cannot end in a tie. Extra innings are allowed.
  • An extra 10 minutes is added in between game start times to allow teams to play a full game.

Donations are earned for every tournament win, with Consolation Prizes equal to 50% of the Championship Prizes.

8-TEAM LEAGUE

Two Tournaments:

  • The Bottom 4 teams during the regular season will play a Consolation Tournament to decide 5th Place and compete for a Consolation Prize.
  • The Top 4 teams during the regular season will play a Championship Tournament to decide 1st Place and compete for the Championship Prize.
  • Round 1 will be played Week 1, with the Championships during Week 2.

10-TEAM LEAGUE

Two Tournaments:

  • The Bottom 4 teams during the regular season will play a Consolation Tournament to decide 7th Place and compete for a Consolation Prize.
  • The Top 6 teams during the regular season will play a Championship Tournament to decide 1st Place and compete for the Championship Prize.
  • Round 1 will be played Week 1, with the Championships during Week 2.

12-TEAM LEAGUE

Two Tournaments:

  • The Bottom 6 teams during the regular season will play a Consolation Tournament to decide 7th Place and compete for a Consolation Prize.
  • The Top 6 teams during the regular season will play a Championship Tournament to decide 1st Place and compete for the Championship Prize.
  • Round 1 will be played Week 1, with the Championships during Week 2.

16-TEAM LEAGUE

Two Tournaments:

  • The Bottom 8 teams during the regular season will play a Consolation Tournament to decide 9th Place and compete for a Consolation Prize.
  • The Top 8 teams during the regular season will play a Championship Tournament to decide 1st Place and compete for the Championship Prize.
  • Round 1 will be played Week 1, with the Championships during Week 2.