What we're about

HI THERE, AND WELCOME TO BRONX PICKUP SOFTBALL!

If you're looking to play totally casual softball, you've come to the right place! BPS is a group that gets together as often as we can to play adult pickup games in the Bronx.

It is our mission to provide an environment for people to enjoy a day or evening of softball in a fun, welcoming way.

This is not a league. If you're joining this group with aspirations of winning the World Series I hate to disappoint you. At BPS we're just trying to hang out and run around a bit in the process. This group is perfect for for you if you want to play without committing to an entire season, want to add a game to your schedule, or just want to meet some new people. And most importantly we want to have a great time! If you are not someone who wishes to engage in our culture of fun and camaraderie then you may want to stop reading right now and start searching for another group.

Groups meet on Wednesday nights at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx during the spring, summer, and fall seasons, and holiday Mondays in the winter. Anyone is welcome to join.

If you are new to Meetup.com let me tell you that being a member is very convenient, and best of all, is free! Once you sign up and join the group you get notified each time a new event is scheduled. Then you just RSVP "YES" or "NO" each time. It's that simple! And it's even easier with the app.

The games themselves:

-Regular Lob Pitch with Clincher softballs

-Each at-bat begins with a 1-1 count. If the batter reaches a two-strike count by any means, then one extra foul ball will be granted. After that, the next foul ball will result in a strikeout.

-Running the bases only AFTER contact

-Tagging from any base

-Infield fly rule when applicable

-Bunting or tomahawk chop swings are not allowed, and if done will simply count as a strike

-Balls are live unless thrown past the border of the dugout or into the woods. If a ball inconsequentially trickles past the dugout it will be at the umpire's discretion whether or not to award bases.

-Outfielders including the rover my not encroach on the infield dirt until contact is made

-ANY foul tip caught by the catcher will result in an out, regardless of the height of the ball.

-Ground rules are established before the first game depending on field location/conditions

-Designated runners in lieu of intentional walks or 3 pitch walks. This means that if the batter walks without ever seeing a strike, the team may appoint a random player to occupy first base, and the batter continues to bat with a brand new 1-1 count. The batter however does have the option to take first base in the traditional sense if he/she so wishes.

-Co-ed rules are not applicable at BPS. The rules recognize each player equally regardless of gender.

-Any person playing, waiting, or spectating may pinch run for any base runner, for any reason, at any point during play.

-At Pelham Bay Fields 4 or 5 any ball hit beyond the fence counts for a homerun.

-Rounding the bases on automatic homeruns is optional.

-After a ball is batted into play, if the batter turned runner turns around and steps away, he/she is AUTOMATICALLY OUT. The ball is still in play until time is called.

-Players are chosen for teams anonymously either by two captains or the organizer.

-If players are waiting on the sidelines, games end after 5 innings regardless if the game is tied. The home team must WIN in the final inning in order to play in the next game. Otherwise they are considered the losing team.

*Please also keep in mind that posts on the site should be in the interest of pickup softball. It's not a bulletin board to recruit people for your team. For those inquiries please refer to the NYC Softball Recruit Farm at https://www.facebook.com/groups/19270751743 ...

To purchase athletic gear from the BPS store visit https://www.liebmansuniforms.com/ecommerce/sports-teams/bps.html

Upcoming events (2)

*B*O*N*U*S M*O*N*D*A*Y on the turf @ Serrano ($2 donation)

Serrano Playground

A change in the forecast has prompted a last minute Bonus Monday on the turf at Serrano on Lafayette and Castle Hill! RSVP ASAP

$2 TURF SOFTBALL @ SERRANO (Lafayette & Castle Hill)

Serrano Playground

Since the lights are a moot issue and I don't want to go deep puddle diving after the flood, this week's meetup will be on the turf at Serrano Park @ Lafayette & Castle Hill. Advise your guests to join Meetup. -Mike

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