Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for New Players and Teams Looking to Join Big Apple Softball League.

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Is Big Apple Softball League (BASL) only open to the LGBTQ+ Community?

No! While the league is marketed predominantly in the LGBTQ+ community, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, is welcome to play in our league. Playing in our league should not be considered an indicator of any particular sexual orientation or gender identity.

How long is a season?

In the spring season teams will play an average of ten weekends (around 20 games total) not including the playoff tournament weekend.

In the fall season teams will play an average of 5 weekends (around 10 games) no including the playoff tournament weekend.

How much does it cost to play in the BASL?

Our Spring Season Player Fee is $105.

This league fee covers the cost of field permits, equipment bases, softballs, first-aid kits, and trophies, and various other league operational expenses.

Each player may also need to pay an additional $100-$200, to help their team cover the cost of uniforms, supplementary insurance, and umpire fees. Some teams defray this cost by getting sponsors/partners such as local bars, restaurants or small businesses. The more sponsors/partners pay, the less you do!

Interested in Sponsoring a team? Contact us at hello@bigapplesoftball.com

What Equipment Do I need to buy?

Most teams have bats to share, or they buy them collectively out of team funds. You are expected to provide your own fielder’s glove and rubber-soled cleats,sneakers are allowed but metal cleats.

If you are new to softball and aren’t sure which glove to get check out this helpful guide. You specifically want a glove for slowpitch softball.

Some of our games are played on grass fields and others on turf.

I'm a new player, am I allowed to move teams after I am assigned?

While we try our best to ensure players end up on teams that are a good fit for their skill level and interests, we know that we don’t always get it right.

BASL wants to ensure that all players have a positive and fun experience in our league. If you are not enjoying your time in the league, reach out to your division rep or the assistant commissioner within two weeks of the end of the second recruitment day to discuss options. Head over to https://www.bigapplesoftball.com/board/ to find their contact information.

How do I know if my playing ability (or lack thereof) is appropriate for BASL?

We offer a place for players of all skill levels to play softball in a friendly and fun environment.

The league is currently divided into open (mixed gender) divisions and women+ divisions. Each division represents a different skill level and competitive attitude, from the highly competitive to the purely recreational. We have a place for everyone!

When are the games?

All games are played during the day on weekends.

Most Spring games are on Saturdays, but sometimes we do play on Sundays. Playing times are usually between 9 am and 6 pm. The schedule of games will be listed on the BASL website.

We do not have games over holiday weekends including Memorial Day, NYC Pride Weekend, and Independence Day.

Fall Ball Games are ONLY on Saturdays.

You can review the schedule from previous seasons.

How many games do teams play each week?

Most weekends teams will play two 90-minute games. Games are usually consecutive, however, depending on the number of teams in your division, there are sometimes 90-minute breaks between games.

Am I required to be at every game?

Players should try to be at as many games as possible, but we recognize that players have prior commitments or potential unseen circumstances. However, your team depends on you, and if too many players are not available for a particular game, the team may be forced to forfeit that game and pay all umpire fees. If you already know about conflicts in your schedule, let your manager know immediately.

Please Note: To be eligible to play for your team in the playoffs, you are required to attend AT LEAST half of your team's regular-season games (whether or not you actually play in every one of those games).

When are the games?

All games are played during the day on weekends.

Most Spring softball games are on Saturday but some are on Sunday. Playing is usually between 9 A.M. and 7 P.M. Game times are listed on website.

Fall Ball Games are ONLY on Saturdays.

You can review the schedule from previous seasons.

How do I know if games are cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather?

There are several ways to check the status of games:

  1. Official announcements are posted on the bigapplesoftball.com Home page: look for a green or red bar.
  2. We also post updates to games on our Facebook Page.
  3. Emails are sent out to players via Teamsnap emails.

Messages are usually sent out around 7:30AM for early morning games. They might recommend you check back if you have afternoon games—fields may become playable later in the day on sunny days.

Pro Tip: If you have games on Randall's Island: The Randall's Island Twitter account usually tweets about the status of fields early in the morning.

Is the league only about softball?

Absolutely not! BASL is a great way to meet people.

There are many organized BASL events such as:

  • Season Opening Party
  • Awards Party
  • The Holi-Gay
  • Individual teams fundraisers throughout the year
  • Weekly post-game outings to sponsor bars/restaurants

Check out the BASL Facebook Page to keep up with League Events & Fundraisers.

Follow us on Meetup!

Are there ways to develop leadership skills or opportunities to volunteer?

Yes! Our league is entirely volunteer run. We look to players to manage teams, attend board meetings, be a member of a standing committee, volunteering at Recruitment Day, and many other opportunities.

We also have a governing board with each role holding specific responsibilities in BASL. For more information on the board and the positions, please see here.

Tell your manager if you are interested in getting involved in league activities or email us at hello@bigapplesoftball.com so we can help get you involved!

I don’t want to play but I’d like to be involved with a team. Is that an option?

Yes, the league has a status called “non-player.”

These individuals contribute in ways such as keeping score, coaching a base or serving as cheerleader. These folks pay a $40 non-player membership fee, primarily to be covered under the league’s insurance.

Note: Only registered Players and Non-Players are covered by our league's insurance and can be in the dugout and on the field. If an individual is not registered, they must remain in the stands to ensure everyone’s safety.

OK, I’m sold! I want to play! What do I do?

Fall Season players only need to register and submit payment when registration opens in late summer. Our Assistant Commissioners will then create mixed level teams (still in Open and Women+ divisions) for that season.

Spring Season begins with two weekends of new player recruitment days held in late March/Early April. You only need to attend ONE recruitment day. You have your best chance of getting on a team there. Please check our website for the dates, times and locations.

If you can’t make either of those, please email our recruitment team at join@bigapplesoftball.com and we will discuss opportunities for you to play.

I'm a new player without a team, should I register and pay the registration fee before the New Player Recruitment Day?

No, only new and returning players that already have made arrangements with a team manager should register.

Any new players who do not have a team must attend a New Player Recruitment Day. After the recruitment day, we will then make arrangements for you to register with your new team.

What is the New Player Recruitment Day like?

The new player recruitment day exists to make sure players of various skill levels are assigned to the proper division. It isn't a "try-out" rather an opportunity for our Commissioners, Division Representatives, and Managers to make sure you have a fun and successful first season in BAL.

Players are selected by team managers based on skill level and the needs of each team in a division. The event lasts for about two hours and will consist of light fielding and hitting drills.

If you are attending one of these events, please get there early so you can register and warm up. Try to bring a glove of your own, but if you do not have one ask the BASL staff to see if you can borrow a glove at the field.

Can I start a new team?

We accept new teams for the Spring Season only!

We accept new team applications up until January 30th and then review teams on a case-by-case basis depending on division availability.

See the New Team Page for more info.

What are the costs for a new team?

All costs are the same for new and returning teams.

Every team has to cover the $670 Sponsor Contribution, along with the $70 umpire fee for each double-header (each weekend is usually one double-header).

Teams are also responsible for their own jerseys, with numbers on the back. The BASL supplies each team with a set of bases and game balls for each game.

 

I have more questions, who should I contact:

Check out the below list to find the contact information for our league commissioners and Division representatives. Feel free to reach out to them at the below email addresses

  • Executive Board — board@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Commissioner — commish@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Assistant Commissioner — asstcommish@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Assistant Commissioner Women+ — asstcommishwomen@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Division Representative - Mousseau — mousseau@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Division Representative - Green Batten — greenbatten@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Division Representative - Dima — dima@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Division Representative - Fitzpatrick — fitzpatrick@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Division Representative - Panarace — panarace@bigapplesoftball.com
  • BASL Division Representative - Sachs — sachs@bigapplesoftball.com

More questions?

Head over to our ASK BASL page to send a question to our BASL Expert!