We founded Philadelphia Adult League Softball in 2012 because--as avid softball players--we wanted to be a part of a league that not only provided an excellent playing experience and a welcoming, inclusive environment but also gave back to the community.
Today, we offer three co-ed softball leagues in West Philadelphia that provide a fun and competitive atmosphere and personalized service for all of our players while supporting a range of non-profits engaged in meaningful, high-impact work. In 2019, we also began offering international softball service trips, with an inaugural trip to Belize in July 2019, to expand our impact and partnerships even further. We look forward to seeing you on the field!
WHAT WE OFFER
At PALS, we focus on the reasons you love to play the game.
PALS only focuses on softball--no other sports--and we understand what players are looking for in a league. We provide USA Softball trained and registered umpires for all games as well as access to equipment (including wooden bats for men and composite bats for women). All teams also receive 15 t-shirts, a USA Softball rule book, and a score book at the start of the season. The season’s League Champions receive long sleeve championship t-shirts, a trophy, and a plaque.
At PALS, teams are encouraged to socialize both on and off the field and we promote a welcoming atmosphere of inclusion and fair play at all times. We offer celebrations at the beginning and end of the season as well as end-of-season awards.
PALS supports a range of non-profit organizations committed to local and international causes through monetary donations, in-kind contributions, and volunteer efforts. A portion of league fees are donated to charity each season and we also collect additional monetary and in-kind donations from our very generous players at the field every week and at our end of the season parties. We also host group volunteer outings at least once a year. In July of 2019, we offered our very first international softball service trip to Belize.
Teams + Players
The league is co-ed and all players must be 18 years of age or older. Each team must have at least four women on the team roster and on the field during play. 15 t-shirts will be provided per team.
PALS promotes inclusion and welcomes and encourages players to participate in the league as members of the gender with which they self-identify.
Seasons + Game Times
We currently offer three leagues: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. We offer two ten-game seasons per year, with the first season starting at the end of March or beginning of April each year. Games are held from 6pm to 10pm. The Spring/Summer 2021 Season begins on Monday, April 5!
All games are held at Mill Creek playground in West Philadelphia (48th and Brown). There is ample free street parking.
This is a wooden bat league for men. Men are not permitted to use any aluminum, metal, or composite bats. Women are welcome to use USA (formerly ASA) approved bats (you can view the list here). Composite bats with a 2000 or higher ASA/USA stamp are allowed; as a reminder, the USA banned bats in the last column of the list ARE NOT eligible. Metal cleats are not permitted.
Games will be scored by a league official. The weekly league standings will be updated within 48 hours of the last game’s completion.
Registration + Pricing
The cost for teams is $795 per season (plus $15 a game for ump fees paid at the field). Registration includes at least 10 regular season games and a single-elimination playoff tournament, culminating in an overall League Championship game. Team registration for the Spring/Summer 2021 Season is now closed! Check back in late spring for registration info for the Summer/Fall 2021 Season!
Over the past several seasons, we have supported a range of non-profits engaged in vital, life-changing work in the local community and beyond. Our players have also gone above and beyond to contribute to these organizations.
Belize City Softball Association
In July of 2019, we hosted our first ever softball service trip to Belize to support local efforts to expand access to softball and baseball for youth and adults in partnership with the Belize City Softball Association (BSCA). We facilitated youth softball clinics for over 100 young people and--through team fundraising efforts and partnerships--donated 1,200 pounds of equipment to enable the start of softball programs at primary schools and the youth detention center in Belize City. We are proud to support the work of the BSCA and look forward to returning when it is safe to travel!
Black Lives Matter
We believe that Black Lives Matter and stand in support of and in solidarity with those who protest, fight back against, and are harmed by systemic, structural racism and white supremacy--both in and out of the criminal justice system. In 2020, we donated to the Philadelphia Bail Fund, Morris Home (the first residential recovery program to offer comprehensive services specifically for trans and gender non-conforming individuals which has also been a steady home for BIPOC trans and GNC people), the Innocence Project, and Black Lives Matter.
Mill Creek Recreation Center
Mill Creek Recreation Center, run through the City of Philadelphia, offers athletic opportunities and after-school programming for children and families in the Mill Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia. Our games take place at their softball field each week. We supported their after-school Bravo Hood program for several seasons and, in the summer of 2014, began supporting the first annual Mill Creek Tee-Ball Camp, run by the neighborhood organization Men of Mill Creek. We also sponsor the trophies and t-shirts for the Tommy C. Howell summer basketball camp each year and the t-shirts for the Norman Pennock mini basketball camp.
Animal Welfare Organizations
We support animal rescues and shelters throughout Philadelphia and beyond through league fee and player donations and wish list drives. In August 2020, we hosted a socially-distanced group volunteer outing to Diamonds in the Rough Rescue (shown) and, in February 2019, we hosted an outing at ACCT Philly, the City's only open intake shelter. As a part of our Belize service trip in July 2019, we made donations to and/or volunteered with the Cayo Animal Welfare Society, Belize Raptor Center, Caye Caulker Animal Shelter, and SAGA Humane Society.
In November 2020, we participated in a fully-masked and socially-distanced group volunteer outing to MANNA to prepare 1,500 Thanksgiving week meals for their clients. MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal by cooking and delivering nutritious meals and providing nutrition counseling to individuals who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, and HIV/AIDS.
Muslims Serve at Hub of Hope
In January 2020, we participated in a group volunteer outing to provide dinner service to individuals experiencing homelessness through the non-profit Muslims Serve at Hub of Hope in Center City Philadelphia. Muslims Serve offers complimentary meal service five nights in coordination with Philabundance. Hub of Hope is an engagement center made possible through Project Home, the City of Philadelphia, and SEPTA, and the nightly meal service is one of the resources they provide.
Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
Over the years, we have supported the children and families of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House through player and league fee donations as well as wish list drives. In addition to providing donated food items for the pantry and donated gift cards for families, this support established a Happy Fund to provide tickets to local attractions and bring in traveling exhibits, such as the Zoo on Wheels, and also allowed for the purchase of a Pop-A-Shot basketball game and assorted video games. Since 1974, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House has supported families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.
Heifer International Sierra Leone
Heifer International Sierra Leone worked with vulnerable communities, especially with women and youth, to alleviate hunger and poverty. They helped impoverished families become self-reliant through the gift of farm animals and training in order to realize a shared vision of a country of peaceful communities with sustainable livelihoods for all co-existing in a healthy environment. Though Heifer has now concluded their work in Sierra Leone, previous league fees supported the construction of a rice mill in Kangama in rural Kailahun District.
SCHEDULE + STANDINGS
Click below to see the weekly schedules and standings!
PALS HALL OF FAME
We are proud to honor the following longtime players who exemplify the PALS spirit of competition, camaraderie, and community.
Kids Who Hit Good
Thanks so much to our amazing sponsors for their support of the league!