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.

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!

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.

2019 League Schedule

The Durham Softball League starts playing games during the first week of April each year. Easter is on April 21 this season, so the 2019 season will start on Sunday, March 31. 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 2019, there are 25 eligible weeks during the year where Durham Softball League games may be played:

Date Week of Games
Sunday, March 31, 2019 1
Sunday, April 7, 2019 2
Sunday, April 14, 2019 3
Sunday, April 21, 2019 NO GAMES – EASTER
Sunday, April 28, 2019 4
Sunday, May 5, 2019 5
Sunday, May 12, 2019 NO GAMES – MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 19, 2019 6
Sunday, May 26, 2019 NO GAMES – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, June 2, 2019 7
Sunday, June 9, 2019 8
Sunday, June 16, 2019 NO GAMES – FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 23, 2019 9
Sunday, June 30, 2019 10
Sunday, July 7, 2019 NO GAMES – JULY 4TH WEEKEND
Sunday, July 14, 2019 11
Sunday, July 21, 2019 12
Sunday, July 28, 2019 13
Sunday, August 4, 2019 14
Sunday, August 11, 2019 15
Sunday, August 18, 2019 16
Sunday, August 25, 2019 17
Sunday, September 1, 2019 NO GAMES – LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, September 8, 2019 18
Sunday, September 15, 2019 19
Sunday, September 22, 2019 20
Sunday, September 29, 2019 21
Sunday, October 6, 2019 22
Sunday, October 13, 2019 23
Sunday, October 20, 2019 24
Sunday, October 27, 2019 25
Sunday, November 3, 2019 26
Sunday, November 10, 2019 NO GAMES – VETERAN’S DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, November 17, 2019 27
Sunday, November 24, 2019 28
Sunday, December 1, 2019 29
Sunday, December 8, 2019 30
Sunday, December 15, 2019 31
TOTAL 31 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 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, March 31, 2019; ends after 10 eligible weeks.

The Spring league has the potential to finish on July 14th, 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 21 or July 28. 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 10 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 21, 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 28 or August 4.

With good weather, it is possible to end both seasons as early as October 6th, 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 10am and 5pm.

  • Each team will play a single game each day.
  • The regular season will consist of 10 games.
  • The 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 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.

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.

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.