2018 Summer Playoff Format

With four teams now half way through their regular season schedule, here is a reminder of this season’s playoff structure. Just like last season, each victory in the playoffs will earn $50 for that team’s sponsor! The Championship Bracket’s winner will earn $200 for their charity, so we’ll have at least $600 up for grabs over the two week tournament. Should be a fun couple of weeks!

Valid Starting Lineups

Our goal is to always allow teams to play a game that counts, even if they have to play at a disadvantage. The most likely cause of an invalid roster is not having enough female players to field a full “7 Males / 3 Females” defensive lineup. To make sure the game can be played, we have relaxed the rules and requirements for a valid roster to also accommodate 1 or 2 Females on the roster. Below are the scenarios that might come up with the number of players who arrive each game.

  • 1 Female Defensive/Offensive Lineup
    • 8 Males, 1 Female, Opponent as Catcher
    • M-M-M-M-F-M-M-M-M-(Out)
    • Max. 9 Players in the Lineup
    • Additional Males can substitute in during the game
  • 2 Female Defensive/Offensive Lineup
    • 8 Males, 2 Females, Male as Catcher
    • M-M-M-M-F-M-M-M-M-F
    • Max. 10 Players in the Lineup
    • Additional Males can substitute in during the game
  • 3 Female Defensive/Offensive Lineup (Preferred Minimum Lineup)
    • 7+ Males, 3 Females, Any Player as Catcher
    • M-M-M-M-F-M-M-M-M-F-M-M-M-M-F
    • Max. 15 Players in the Lineup
  • 4+ Female Defensive/Offensive Lineup
    • 6-7+ Males, 3-4+ Females, Any Player as Catcher
    • M-M-M-M-F-M-M-F-M-M-F-M-M-M-F
    • Max. 15 Players in the Lineup

A maximum of 10 defensive players are permitted on the field at any time. At least 4 of those players must be positioned in the Outfield Grass prior to the pitch.

No more than 4 Male Batters can hit in a row. This includes the end of the lineup, where the order wraps around back to the top of the lineup.

If a team has only 1 Female Player available, the other team may volunteer a Catcher who’s only responsibility is to return pitched balls to the pitcher.

If a team has only 2 Female Players available, a Male on their own team must play catcher.

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.

The Bottom 4 teams during the regular season will play a Consolation Tournament to decide 5th Place and compete for a 2% bonus for the winner.

  • Game 1: 8th Place @ 5th Place
  • Game 2: 7th Place @ 6th Place
  • Game 3: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 for the Consolation Prize

The Top 4 teams during the regular season will play a Championship Tournament to decide 1st Place and play for a chance at a 6% bonus for the winner and a 3% bonus for the runner-up.

  • Game 1: 4th Place @ 1st Place
  • Game 2: 3rd Place @ 2nd Place
  • Game 3: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 for the Championship Prize

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.

2018 League Schedule

The Durham Softball League starts playing games during the first week of April each year. Easter is on April 1 this season, so the 2018 season will start on Sunday, April 8. The year will be split into two separate seasons, with the second season beginning one week after the first season’s Championship game.

Season Schedule

During 2018, there are 26 eligible weeks during the year where Durham Softball League games may be played:

Date Week
Sunday, April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Today – OFF
Sunday, April 8, 2018 1
Sunday, April 15, 2018 2
Sunday, April 22, 2018 3
Sunday, April 29, 2018 4
Sunday, May 6, 2018 5
Sunday, May 13, 2018 Mother’s Day Today – OFF
Sunday, May 20, 2018 6
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Memorial Day on Monday – OFF
Sunday, June 3, 2018 7
Sunday, June 10, 2018 8
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Father’s Day Today – OFF
Sunday, June 24, 2018 9
Sunday, July 1, 2018 10
Sunday, July 8, 2018 11
Sunday, July 15, 2018 12
Sunday, July 22, 2018 13
Sunday, July 29, 2018 14
Sunday, August 5, 2018 15
Sunday, August 12, 2018 16
Sunday, August 19, 2018 17
Sunday, August 26, 2018 18
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Labor Day on Monday – OFF
Sunday, September 9, 2018 19
Sunday, September 16, 2018 20
Sunday, September 23, 2018 21
Sunday, September 30, 2018 22
Sunday, October 7, 2018 23
Sunday, October 14, 2018 24
Sunday, October 21, 2018 25
Sunday, October 28, 2018 26
TOTAL 26 Weeks to Play 18 Weeks
8 “Built-In” Rainout Dates

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

With 8 Regular Season Weeks and 1 Playoff Week, the two seasons will require a total of 18 Sundays each year. With 26 Eligible Sundays between April 8 and November 1, 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, April 8, 2018; ends after 9 eligible weeks.

The Spring league has the potential to finish on June 24th, which is the 9th eligible week of the season. With at least a couple rain-outs likely, a more realistic date for the 9th week’s Championship game might be July 1 or July 8, the 11th and 12th eligible weeks of the year. Whenever the Championship game from the Spring season is played, the Summer season will begin exactly one week later.

Summer Season: Starts 2 weeks after Spring Season; ends after 9 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 June 24, 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 8 or July 15.

With good weather, it is possible to end both seasons as early as September 9th, the 19th eligible week of the season (one “Bye” week allowed between seasons). For each rain-out during the year, the seasons would get one week longer.

Weekly Schedule

Games are played on Sundays and start between 11am and 5pm, for a total of 7 games per week.

  • 6 of the 8 teams will play a double header, with one game immediately after the other.
  • The other two teams will play a single game at either 11am or 5pm.
  • Over the 8-week regular season, each team will have 6 double headers and 2 weeks with only a single game.
  • If you only play 1 game, it will be at either 11am or 5pm.
  • All teams will play each other twice, home and away.
  • The 9th 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.

Each week, scheduled games will follow the following format:

Game Team #1 Team #2
11:00am 1 8
12:00pm 1 2
1:00pm 3 2
2:00pm 3 4
3:00pm 5 4
4:00pm 5 6
5:00pm 7 6

One “Featured Organization” Each Week

With an 8-week regular season and 8 teams, 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 featured organization plays the 11am/12pm double header during the first two games to start the week. 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 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 always 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.