Big Apple Softball League: New York City's LGBTQ+ Softball League

Looking to join BASL for the 2017 season?

Come to one of our Draft Days! It's that easy!

The New Player Drafts for 2017 will be scheduled for two days this year:

Saturday, March 25th @ Chelsea Park (Facebook Event)

Saturday, April 1st @ Chelsea Park (Facebook Event)


Both days:

Women's Divisions
Registration: 9:30 am
Draft: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Co-Ed Divisions
Registration: 12:30 pm
Draft: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Please wear layers and wear athletic clothing since the weather is a bit unpredictable in the early spring. It is recommended that you come prepared with your own Softball glove but if you do not have one please email prior to the draft dates and we can try supply you with a glove for the draft day.

What to expect:

We know that the idea of a “Draft” sounds a little intimidating so we thought we’d tell you a little bit about how the process works and why we even have a draft in the first place! The league is currently divided into open (co-ed) divisions and women’s divisions. Each division is based on a different skill level and competitive attitude, from the highly competitive to purely recreational. We have New Player Drafts to ensure players are placed into the divisions relative to their skill and desired level of play, this ensures the league is safe and fun for everyone. We do our best to find a team for EVERY player.


What gear you need:

The only thing we recommend (besides athletic shoes and gear) is a Softball Glove. If you are going to purchase a new glove, we recommend getting a mitt that’s at least 12″ or larger. See this helpful guide about Softball Mitt Sizes.

The league will supply bats for the draft. If you are interested in purchasing a bat just make sure it’s an ASA approved Slowpitch softball bat (ASA approved bats are the only one’s allowed in our games) or just wait and ask your new manager!

Chelsea Field is a Artificial Turf Field. Some players prefer cleats, while others prefer to wear sneakers. It’s up to you what you think you’ll be most comfortable in but keep in mind that most BASL games are played on regular dirt/grass softball fields.


How it Works:

Each Draft Day is broken up into two parts. The draft for the women’s divisions in the morning & the draft for the open divisions in the afternoon.


Registration: Women's (9:30am) / Co-ed (12:30pm):

Upon arrival we'll ask you to sign-in with some basic contact info. You'll get a pinnie to wear during the draft activities so we know who you are. We recommend getting there early to sign in, stretch and throw before the draft activities begin. You will see draft volunteers walking around, feel free to ask them any questions you have about teams or about the league.


Draft Activities: Women's (10am) / Co-ed (1pm):

Now the fun begins. You’ll be called over by one of our BASL leaders who will give you a quick run down
about how the draft works, introduce you to some of the volunteers running it and give a little tutorial about some of the softball drills we’ll be doing. The drills involve basic fielding skills and batting practice. If you're a pitcher you'll also get the opportunity to show off those skills.

Afterwards the division managers will go do their draft while our volunteers will host a Q&A with all new players.  When it’s all said and done, you’ll likely meet your new team manager. In the small chance you don’t get placed on a team, don’t worry, managers always need to pick up players and we’ll ask you a few questions about your skill level and we’ll add you to the top of the player waitlist.

(If for any reason you have trouble getting in touch with your manager or have any more questions regarding your placement etc… please reach out to our Assistant Commissioner, Tarah.)


Draft After Party:

After the draft we'll invite you to follow our volunteers to the bar! We’re hosting an after draft happy hour at Walter’s Bar on 29th & 8th Avenue where there will be pizza and 2-4-5 PBRs. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the other new players, managers and learn more about the league so please come hangout!



If you have questions about the draft or about how the league works in general click here to check out our New Player FAQ and if you still have more questions please reach out to us and we’ll try our best to answer all of your questions.


Note: While your best chance of getting on a team is attending the new player drafts. We understand that things do come up and you might not be able to make the draft. Please reach out to AFTER THE DRAFT DAYS ARE OVER to find out about joining the waitlist. Be aware, players that attend the draft but aren’t drafted will be automatically added to the top of the list, so it’s in your best interest to attend a draft if you can.

Check out the New Player FAQ

Learn more about the Big Apple Softball League, player costs and social events on our New Player FAQ.

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