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 promoted good sportsmanship but also gave back to the community.
Today, we offer three co-ed wooden bat 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. This year, we also began offering international softball service trips, with an inaugural trip to Belize in July, to expand our reach even further. We look forward to seeing you on the field!
PALS in Belize
We were honored to host our first ever softball service trip to Belize from July 14 through July 23, 2019. Click the link below to learn more!
**This trip is now over, but we will host another trip in 2020. To be added to the list or for more information, email email@example.com.**
WHAT WE OFFER
At PALS, we focus on the reasons you love to play the game.
PALS only focuses on softball and we understand what players are looking for in a league. We offer USA registered and/or trained umpires and equipment (including wooden bats for men and composite bats for women). 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 an atmosphere of good sportsmanship. We offer celebrations at the beginning and end of the season and 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. In July of 2019, we offered our very first softball service trip to Belize.
The league is co-ed and all players must be 18 years of age or older. Each team can have up to 20 players (15 t-shirts will be provided per team). Each team must have at least four women on the team roster.
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 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.
For a complete list of rules, click here!
We currently offer three leagues: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. We offer two seasons per year, with the first season starting at the end of March. Games are held from 6pm to 10pm.
All games are held at Mill Creek playground in West Philadelphia (48th and Brown). There is ample free street parking.
Registration and Pricing
The cost for teams for 2019 is $750 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. Registration for 2020 will open in January, so check back soon!
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 are hosted our first ever softball service trip to Belize to support local efforts to expand access to softball and baseball for youth and adults. We facilitated youth softball clinics for 100 young people and donated 1,200 pounds of equipment to enable the start of softball programs at 12 primary schools and a baseball program for at-risk youth including those in the youth detention center in Belize City. We are proud to partner with the Belize City Softball Association in this project.
ACCT Philly & Animal Rescues
A portion of league fees support a range of animal rescues and shelters throughout the City of Philadelphia and beyond, with a specific emphasis on ACCT Philly, Philadelphia's only open intake animal shelter. We also host wish list drives throughout the season and at the end of the season parties to support the animals they serve. In February 2019, we hosted a group volunteer outing at ACCT Philly. As a part of our softball service trip to Belize in July 2019, we made monetary donations to the Cayo Animal Welfare Society, Belize Raptor Center, Caye Caulker Animal Shelter, and SAGA Humane Society.
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.
Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
Since our inception, we have supported the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House through player donations, league fee donations, and wish list drives, including supporting a Happy Fund to provide tickets to local attractions and bring in traveling exhibits for children and their families. 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 and resource poor communities, especially 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 their vision of a country of peaceful communities with sustainable livelihoods for all co-existing in a healthy environment. Though Heifer has now exited Sierra Leone, previous league fees supported the construction of a rice mill in rural Kailahun District.
Thanks so much to our amazing sponsors for their support of the league!
© Philadelphia Adult League Softball 2019