Announcements from around the league
BASL Women’s Divisions will kickoff the 2017 season with a 1-day tournament at Randall’s Island on APRIL 8th!! Tournament Bracket.
Mousseau will be on Randall’s Island #33/34,
Green-Batten will be on Randalls #25/13.
Seeding is based on reverse 2016 regular season finish – just to shake things up! It’s all about learning the ASANA World Series rules and shaking off the winter rust.
The tournament is mandatory for all BASL women’s teams for the Spring 2017 season. Players need to be registered before taking the field. Register Now
Please be sure to read up on the tournament rules as they are different from our regular BASL rules:
- Roster: Teams must start with 9 players with the 10th vacant position listed last. The 10th vacant position will be recorded as an out each time it comes up in the order. Teams may start with 10 players without penalty. Teams may roster up to 12 players on the batting order with only 10 playing defense at any one time. All other eligible players shall be listed as substitutes and must be present upon submission of official lineups prior to the start of the game.
- Courtesy Runner Rule: ASA Rule 8 Section 9B2: Any eligible player on the official line-up including available substitutes may be used as a courtesy runner. A courtesy runner may be used once per inning. (All Adult Slow Pitch except Senior’s.)
- Game Times/Innings/Ties: Pool games are 55 minutes (no new after 50) or a full 7 innings, whichever occurs first and can end in a tie score. Elimination games up to but not including the Championship and IF games are 60 minutes (no new after 55) and a winner must be declared (no ties). If at the end of time or 7 innings the game is tied the International Tie Breaker rule will be used. Championship and IF games are a full 7 innings and a winner must be declared (no ties). If at the end of 7 innings the game is tied the International Tie Breaker rule will be used.
- Count: All games including Championship and IF games will be played with a 1 ball and 1 strike count with nothing to waste meaning if the batter has two strikes and fouls off another pitch the batter is out.
- ASA: RUN RULE application to all games including Semis, Finals and IF games:
- 20 runs ahead after 3 innings
- 15 runs ahead after 4 innings
- 10 runs ahead after 5 innings
The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA) was created in 2007 as a non-profit organization comprised of women dedicated to promoting the participation LGBTQ+ people in organized softball competition.
Currently 23 cities in the United States are members of ASANA. Teams representing these leagues participate in the ASANA Softball World Series which is hosted each year in a different member city.
ASANA has six divisions — B, C, D, E and 50+. These division designations pertain to the competitive level of play, with “B” being the most skilled and the “E” supporting the most recreational levels of play.
The ASANA 2017 World Series will take place in Austin, Texas during July 4 – 8, 2017 where you will have to “Come and Take It”. There is a 6 game guarantee for all teams, and there will be plenty of food, fun and good times for all. If you’re interested in bringing a team to the series, please contact Tarah Burns at email@example.com. Additional information about ASANA and the World Series can be found here:Article Link
A little info about how the New Player Draft Works.
We will host two days:
Both of these days will be at Chelsea Park on 27th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues.
The schedule looks like this:
Registration: 9:30 am
Draft Activities: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration: 12:30 pm
Draft Activities: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Weather can be unpredictable so we recommend that you wear layers.
*In case of Inclement weather please check the website the morning of the draft.
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!
BASL has over thirty teams separated into two main divisions, a Women’s Division and and Open Division. Those are pretty self-explanatory, but under those divisions we separate our teams out a little more.
In the Women’s Division we have two more divisions; Mousseau, is our more competitive league with more experienced players, and Green-Batten, which is more recreational.
In the Main Open Division there are four divisions; Sachs, Panarace, Fitzpatrick and Dima, in order from more recreational to competitive.
Fun fact: These divisions are named after players in our Hall of Fame.
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 Division in the morning & the Draft for the Open Divisions in the afternoon.
New Players will arrive early to fill our their information and get their draft numbers. 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. We ask that you do not speak to team managers directly until after the draft.
Now the fun begins. You’ll be called over and you’ll hear from a BASL member. They’ll give you a little heads up about how it works, introduce you to some of the volunteers and give a little tutorial about some of the softball drills they’ll be doing. The drills involve basic fielding skills and afterwards you’ll do some hitting. Afterwards the division managers will get together and pick players. When it’s all said and done, hopefully you’ll meet your new team manager right away. If 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 Tarah.)
Now you’re all done. And you’ll probably 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.
Keep up with the Draft Days and Other League Events by Signing Up for Our Newsletter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Article Link
The Big Apple Softball League would like to offer condolences to the friends and family of Officer Michael Hance, 44.
Officer Michael Hance was the co-star, alongside BASL member Aaron Santis, in a video that went viral during NYC Pride a couple of years ago. The pair were filmed dancing during the NYC Pride Parade.
Officer Hance of the NYPD was also a hero. According to the the Daily News he served on the police force for 17 years and was a first responder during the 9/11 terror attacks. He passed away this week, at the age of 44, from 9/11-related cancer. He leaves behind two young daughters and a fiancée and according to his brother “8 million friends”.
On behalf of the BASL Community we would like to thank Officer Hance for bringing a smile to our faces.
We are working with the Gay Officers Action League to raise funds to benefit the family. If you can donate, please visit the Fundraiser Page.
There is a wake at Arthur White Funeral Home in Bethpage from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on both Thursday & Friday if any wish to play their respects.Article Link
The 2017 Season Opening Party has been announced for Friday, April 21st starting at 6pm.
We’ll be hosting the Opening Party at The Monster Bar (Located on the Corner of Grove Street and Washington Street in The West Village)
There will be 2 for 1 drink specials and Happy Hour.
See you there!Article Link
Reminder there are two General Body Meetings this March!
Wednesday, March 8th, 6:30 – 8pm.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:30 – 8pm.
Both will be held at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th Street in Manhattan. Check the board upon your arrival for the room number. All teams are required to send a representative.Article Link
Join us Tuesday, February 28th at Rockbar for our February BASL Social.
Event Starts at 5pm and ends at 9pm.
Drink Specials Including a New Orleans Inspired Hurricane for only $8
There will also be a 50/50 Raffle to Support our leagueArticle Link
Reminder there is a General Body Meeting This Wednesday Feb 8th starting at 6:30pm at the LGBT Center (Check the board for room number).
All Teams are asked to send a representative.Article Link
Teams looking to Join Big Apple Softball League for the Spring 2017 are asked to fill out a New Team Application. All Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis and teams will be placed based on skill level and division need. Applications are due before January 20th. If you have any questions about the league or how the Application process works please contact email@example.com or read our New Player FAQ which has some helpful information.
If you are the manager or representative for a team returning for the 2017 season. Meaning your team played in the Spring 2016 Season and wants to play again in the Spring 2017 Season you need to fill out the Returning Team Form to guarantee your teams spot in the 2017 Season.
If you are a returning player and already know which BASL team you are going to be playing on in the 2017 Season you can register today and save some $$ with the Early Player Registration Fee of $90 until the end of February.
Happy New Year from the BASL Team!Article Link
We know that it’s technically still winter but if you’re anything like us, you’re itching to get back on the Softball Field. So we’re opening Returning Player Registration now!
Here’s the deal. If you already have a team for the Spring 2017 season you can register RIGHT NOW. So you played Last Spring or Fall please reach out to your manager. If your manager says you’re good to go for next season then just follow the instructions here to register.
Looking for a Team?
If you have not played in BASL before or do not have a team to play on for the Spring 2017 (Don’t worry you’re not alone!) You can come to the Learn about the New Player Drafts which are scheduled for end of March 25th and April 1st (More detailed info to come out about that later). If you can manage it, we recommend keeping the morning and afternoon free so you can attend our after parties and meet some of the managers and experienced players. It’s always a blast.
If you haven’t already, sign up for the BASL Monthly Newsletter, The Inside Pitch. We’ll send out the latest information about BASL Events and Draft Days. Or Follow Us on Facebook. Even if you are New to BASL feel free to come to the event and meet some of our league members!
Any Questions? Reach out to Hello@bigapplesoftball.com, we’re happy to help!Article Link
Come to Ty’s Bar on Saturday, January 7th from 4pm to 8pm to Celebrate BASL’s 40th Season.
The Dream of a Gay Softball League in New York City took roots in 1976 and became a reality in 1977. A twelve team league sprouted in 1977 and has grown into a 40 team family. Please join us at one of the original partner bars as we celebrate BASL’s 40th season at Ty’s with Ty’s Ballbreakers. Drink discounts and raffle prizes. Happy 40th BASL. Thanks you Ty’s for your decades of support.
Learn More about BASL History at our website: http://www.bigapplesoftball.com/about/history/Article Link