Adult Softball

Adult Softball Leagues are offered in the Spring and Fall at various ballfields throughout the city. Both Competitive and Recreational leagues are available. Men’s teams may carry up to 20 players and coed teams may carry up to 25 players. Games consist of doubleheaders per night of play, with either 6:45/7:45pm or 8:45/9:45pm start times.
Due to continued hiring challenges being faced by contracted officials organizations, schools and Parks and Recreation, league maximum capacities will continue to be impacted. Due to these reduced capacities, leagues have been filling prior to registration end dates. If your desired division is filled, please contact Sports Management at 385-0458 to be added to a waiting list or if you have any additional questions. Register early for the best opportunity to play. We appreciate your understanding.

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  • Competitive (Comp): consists of teams with experience playing softball. Playoffs are offered in each league, and a 1+1HR limit is used (i.e. a team cannot hit its 2nd home run until the opposing team has hit 1). 
  • Recreational (Rec): consists of teams with minimal experience playing softball. This league is recreation focused where teams are playing as a social/work/family event. Playoffs are not offered, and a 0HR limit is used (i.e. a home run is an out).

NOTE: Any player on a Recreational league roster is ineligible to be on a Competitive league roster and any player on a Competitive league roster is ineligible to be on a Recreational league roster. A player may participate on multiple Competitive league teams or multiple Recreational league teams during regular season play (only) as long as: 
  1. The teams are not in leagues which play on the same night 
  2. The player(s) have enrolled or signed each team’s roster 

FOR SPRING AND FALL 2022: For individual players appearing on multiple regular-season rosters: if more than one of their teams qualify for Championship Play (playoffs), they must choose ONE team to participate with prior to their first game, and for the duration of the playoffs.

FOR SPRING AND FALL 2022: Top two (2) high division teams from each night of play (men’s and coed) will advance to a high-level championship. Top two (2) low/mid-division teams from each night of play (men’s and coed) will advance to a low-level championship. 

Registration Information

As we continue to face significant staffing shortages, we must accept fewer teams which will limit league availability. If your desired division fills, we will be taking a waiting list. Please contact Sports Management at 385-0458 to be added to this list or if you have any additional questions. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Registration is taken on a team basis:
    • Online registration (for credit card payments) is available on our website (during open registration) 
    • In-person registration (for check/money order payments made payable to Treasurer, City of Virginia Beach) is accepted at the Sports Management office (4001 Dam Neck Road). Note: multiple checks (for one team) and cash payments are not accepted.
  • Each team pays a franchise fee to enter (payable at registration)
    • Competitive leagues (includes playoffs): $600
    • Recreational league (no playoffs): $525
  • ​​No residency requirement ​
  • 14 game minimum
  • Players must be at least 18 years old or a high school graduate. Players under 18 years of age who are high school graduates or graduating high school seniors must provide written parental consent. Players under 18 years of age can only be added by submitting a team roster or an Adult Softball Add/Release form with the written parental consent attached.
  • Leagues are subject to close-out prior to the last day of signups. If you see “Only # spaces left. Register now!” under the “Add to Cart” link and/or “Adding a team failed because it would exceed the maximum allowed” when creating your team, the activity is full. Please consider another option or contact the Sports Management Office to get on the waiting list.
  • Individuals who are looking to join a team can contact the Sports Management Office for more information. Placement is not guaranteed.

Fall 2022 Season Information

Online individual registration ends August 12. Beginning August 13, players can only be added to a roster by submitting an adult softball add/release form to the Sports Management Office. 

Coaches are encouraged to check their online rosters to ensure accuracy. Rosters and schedules can be found by following the Schedules & Standings link. No roster changes will be accepted after 4:00 pm, Friday, September 16.

  • Team Registration:  July 8 – July 22. After July 22, if space is available, teams may be added and will incur an additional $50 fee.
  • Coaches may register/pay for their team but players should not be added online until the Individual Player Registration period. During team registration, players who join the team online will be removed and must re-enroll during the Individual Player Registration period. 
  • Individual Player Registration: July 27 – August 12 (players may join registered teams online with the team password from their coach, or by the coach submitting a team roster form or an Adult softball add/release form). Beginning August 13, players can only be added by submitting an Adult softball add/release form.  Last day for roster changes is 4:00 pm, Friday, September 16. 
  • Paper Rosters must be submitted to the Sports Management office no later than August 12 at 4:00 pm.
  • Divisions Offered: Men's Comp (Tue/Thu), Coed Comp (Mon/Fri), Coed Rec (Mon/Fri) – When necessary, games may be rescheduled on alternate nights of play (due to excessive cancellations and/or to maintain consistency of same level league end dates). For competitive divisions, playoffs may be scheduled for Monday/Wednesday/Friday (Coed) and Tuesday/Thursday (Men's).
  • Maximum number of teams per division/league: 8
  • Practices: None 
  • Season (approximate): Mid August – Late October.  No games will be scheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Instead, games will be scheduled to play on Wednesday, September 7. NOTE: Coed Friday Divisional games will play on Friday, September 2. 
  •  In an effort to balance the competition, Sports Management will administer the following: 
    • Spring 2022 and Fall 2021 playoff teams are eligible to move up to the next division/level of play 
    • Spring 2022 and Fall 2021 performance will be used to determine divisional placement 
    • Divisional assignments will be made at the discretion of Sports Management

Fall 2022 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Game Bats

​All bats must have one or more of the following stamps in order to be used in Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Leagues: 
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Bats that have one or more of the above stamps but are listed on the “ASA Non-Approved Bat List” are illegal and may not be used in Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Leagues. This list is subject to change throughout the season. Questions regarding bat legality that arise during a game will be decided by the umpire(s). For more information on bats and other certified equipment, visit the USA Softball Certified Equipment page​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fall 2022 Game Balls

​All leagues will use the following balls: 
  • Men - Optic Yellow 12 inch .52 COR and 300 Compression ball with A.S.A. Stamp or USA Softball Stamp
  • Women - Optic Yellow 11 inch .52 COR and 300 Compression ball with A.S.A. Stamp or USA Softball Stamp

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Optic yellow balls are required for all leagues. COR/compression and A.S.A. stamp or USA Softball Stamp must be legible. Teams hit their own balls in all games. See Adult Softball Bylaws for additional information.​​​​