Softball – Men's, Women's and Co-Rec

2014 Fall Softball timeline

June 27 All returning teams receive email with 2014 Softball registration packet
June 30 - July 21 Returning team registration period.
July 22 Transfer processing period, no registrations will be accepted during this time.
July 23 New team registration opens, at this time registration is open to all teams
August 4 Deadline to withdraw from league and receive refund, less the $50 service fee
Week of August 11 Managers' meetings will be held, times and location to be announced after registration
August 25 2014 Fall softball season begins.

2014 team registration fees (New lower fees!)

  • Resident fees: $525 + tax = $563.20
  • Non-Resident fees: $580 + tax = $622.20

2014 legal softballs for Bloomington leagues

Teams are required to provide their own softballs for games, the ball provided does not need to be a new ball, but it must be verified it is a legal ball. Legal balls must be optic yellow in color and follow the guidelines listed below for each gender.

  • When a male is batting - 12 inch red stitched ball with a COR of .52 and a maximum compression of 300 pounds
  • When a female is batting - 11 inch red stitched ball with a COR of .44 and a maximum compression of 375 pounds

The following local retailers are expected to carry legal softballs for the 2014 season:

  • Instant Replay Sports, Bloomington
  • Big Kids Sporting Goods, Savage
  • Dick's Sporting Goods, Richfield

2014 Bloomington softball league designations

To assist teams in finding the appropriate Bloomington softball league for the upcoming season, the Parks and Recreation Division is reclassifying its softball leagues.  We will continue to sanction teams with ASA and USSSA at A,B,C,D & E levels but will no longer designate leagues in that manner.  Starting in 2014 all Bloomington softball leagues will be converted to Open, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Church/Spiritual league designations.  To help teams understand the new designations, definitions for each league designation is listed below:

  • Open leagues:The "Open" designation refers to a league which is open to teams of all classification levels seeking the most competitive league experience and who regularly participate in tournaments throughout the season. The Open Leagues are Bloomington's most competitive leagues.
  • Gold leagues:Competitive leagues intended for teams seeking a highly competitive league experience and who participate in multiple tournaments throughout the season.
  • Silver leagues:Recreational leagues intended for teams who do not participate in tournaments throughout the season but desire a moderately competitive league experience.
  • Bronze leagues:A recreational softball experience with a low level of competition.
  • Church/Spiritual legaues:A casual softball experience for teams which consist primarily of participants who are members of a church or spiritual organization.

2014 registration information

Registration for the 2014 Fall Softball Season will be open June 30 - July 21 for returning teams who played in a 2013 Bloomington Fall softball league. Further registration details will be emailed to returning teams on June 27. New softball teams are welcome to register beginning July 23. Any registration received prior to the opening of the appropriate registration period will not be accepted and will be immediately returned to the team's contact.

All teams registered for a Bloomington softball league are subject to transfer at the discretion of the League Director. A mandated transfer by the League Director may occur due to (but is not limited to) level of competition, previous league results, balancing number of teams per league, or team classification. Teams who are subject to a mandated transfer and wish to withdraw their league registration as a result of the transfer must make their request to the League Director within 48 hours of being notified of their transfer to receive a refund. After 48 hours has expired, all refunds will be subject to the Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy listed below.

Registration is available online, in person, by mail, via email, or by fax. Processing registrations submitted via email or fax may take up to two business days. Registrations will not be accepted if they are not accompanied by full payment. Any registration received without payment or prior to the opening of the appropriate registration period will be immediately returned to the team contact and not accepted until payment is received or the appropriate registration period has opened.If you have questions please call 952-563-8877.

How to register

Online – Registrations can be submitted online at league registration.

Returning teams who participated in a league the previous year may register online during the returning team registration period, June 30 - July 21. Returning teams must use their 2013 team's username and password for online registration to activate their team's priority registration for the league and night they participated in the previous year. If you do not have this information please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 952-563-8877.

Any team that did not participate in a 2013 Bloomington Fall softball league the previous year (not previous season – i.e. fall teams do not receive priority registration for summer leagues etc.) shall be considered a new team. To register online, new teams should create a login and password (any time prior to registration) and submit their registration on or after July 22, based on the availability of the league.

When registering online, the registration software will designate your team’s Resident/Non-Resident status based on the address of the team manager. If your team’s Resident/Non-Resident status needs to be changed, prior to registration please contact the Parks and Recreation Office prior to registration at 952-563-8877 or by email at parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. If necessary, a refund for the appropriate amount between the Resident and Non-Resident fee can be issued after the registration has been processed by contacting the Parks and Recreation Office.

In person – Stop by the Parks and Recreation Office, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our address is:

  • 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By mail – Mail a completed registration form with payment (check, money order, or credit card information) to:

  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
    Attn: League Registration
    1800 West Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By email – If you have the ability to scan your registration form, this works great! Just scan with credit card payment information and email it to parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. Processing may take up to two business days.

By fax – Fax your completed registration form and credit card information to 952-563-8715 (fax number). Please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt of your registration. Processing may take up to two business days.

Returning team transfers

Returning teams who wish to play on a different night or in a different league must first register and submit payment for the league and night they participated in the previous year prior to the returning team registration deadline, on July 21. Upon completion of registration, the team must request a transfer in writing by submitting a Registration Form which includes their Team Name, Team Manager and Phone Number, previous night and league played, and their desired night and league to the Parks and Recreation Office. This form cannot be submitted through the online registration process, it must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Office in person, via mail, email or fax and must be received by July 21. If submitting your transfer requests via email or fax, please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt.

Transfers will be processed on July 22 transfer processing period based on availability and in the order registrations are received. Upon review, teams will be notified of their transfer status. If a team is transferring to a league with a higher registration fee, the balance must be paid to the Parks and Recreation Office within 48 hours of notification in order to complete the transfer process.

Teams not awarded their transfer request and wish to withdraw their league registration and receive a full refund must make the request to the League Director within 48 hours of being notified their transfer was unable to be processed. All refunds will be issued to the person/business who submitted the payment by check or credit card, based on their original form of payment. Check issued refunds may take up to two weeks to be processed.

After 48 hours has expired, all refunds will be subject to the cancellation/withdrawal policy listed below.

Cancellation/withdrawal policy

  • Full refunds will be processed if the league your team is registered for is cancelled by Parks and Recreation due to lack of teams.
  • Prorated refunds will be processed if scheduled games are cancelled and make up dates are not available due to unavailable facilities.
  • Teams will receive a full refund less a $50 service charge if your team withdraws at least 3 weeks before the start of play.
  • Refunds will not be processed if your team withdraws less than 3 weeks before the start of play or if your team is removed from the league due to disciplinary action.

Weather/Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 1.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.

League information

League standings and schedules

For more information, contact:

Parks and Recreation
PH: 952-563-8877, TTY: 952-563-8740, FAX: 952-563-8715
Email: parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov

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