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How to join as a player

Tryouts

Tryouts for the league are held each spring in March (specific dates are posted below). To try out for the league, come to one of the dates posted and bring a glove with you. You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to bat, field and throw. You will be ranked for each skill and will receive a score that will determine your overall level of ability (beginner, low intermediate, middle intermediate, high intermediate or advanced).

Because the PPWSL is instructional, you will be placed on a team according to your ranking as well as according to what openings there are on the teams for players of your rank. First priority is given to people who tried out for the previous season but were not placed on a team. Once those people have all been placed, those who have tried out for the upcoming season will have their names drawn randomly, by rank, until all the teams’ rosters are filled.

You will be notified as early as mid-April as to whether you have been selected to be on a team. If you are not contacted at that time, do not despair. As the season gets under way, people inevitably drop out due to schedule conflicts or other reasons. You can be contacted about joining a team through June 1 and possibly through the end of June. If you do not get on a team the season you try out, you will be given priority for the following season.

2017 Tryouts

Come join us during open tryouts for the Prospect Park Women’s Softball League (PPWSL), a women’s instructional softball league. All skill levels, ages 18 and over are welcome.

Additional message for women pitch and players with advanced softball skills: the PPWSL has a specific need for – please consider trying out this year and joining the PPWSL!

  • Pitchers – PPWSL plays modified fastpitch (not high arc/slow and not fastpitch/windmill), as per ASA Pitching Rules
  • Players with advanced playing skills to help instruct and motivate lower-rated players

Tryout schedule: Important, you MUST register during the registration period in order to tryout. Late arrivals will be turned away.

  • Saturday, March 25, Sunday March 26 & Wednesday, March 29.
  • Location: Greenwood Playground, corner of Fort Hamilton and East 5th Street.

Cost and equipment: There is a mandatory, non-refundable tryout fee of $5.00 due at time of registration. Please bring sneakers and a glove. The tryout is held on a hard surface so no street shoes or cleats please.

Tryout location: Greenwood Playground’s Kevin F. Conroy Ballfield in Windsor Terrace. The Playground is located at the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and East 5th Street. Please note: this location is subject to change – please check www.ppwsl.org prior to tryout date for any changes.

Subway: The southernmost portion of the Fort Hamilton F-train station exits at the southeast corner of the playground. Queens-bound passengers should exit at the rear of the train and Coney Island-bound(Brooklyn) should exit at the front of the train.

About the tryouts: To try out for the league, come to one of the dates posted. Potential players will be rated on their ability to bat, field and throw and will receive a score that will determine their overall level of ability (beginner, low intermediate, middle intermediate, high intermediate or advanced). Players will be placed on a team in a “blind” draft according to their ranking as well as according to what openings there are on the teams for players of that rank. First priority is given to people who tried out for the previous season but were not placed on a team (this number varies from season to season). Once those people have been placed, those who have tried out for the upcoming season will have their names drawn randomly, by rank, until all the teams’ rosters are filled. Please note: trying out does not guarantee you a position on a team.

About the games: The PPWSL is a modified pitch (not-high arc/slow pitch and not fastpitch/windmill), instructional league and plays in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on weekday nights beginning in late April or early May. Games begin at 6:20pm.Weather: March weather is often questionable. Despite that, the tryouts will go ahead unless there is a true downpour or steady rain that makes the playground field unsafe and unusable.

The 2014 PPWSL tryouts have been completed!

The 2014 PPWSL tryouts are now over. Congrats and thanks to the over 60 women that tried out on Wednesday 3/26, Saturday 3/29 and Sunday 4/6.

The anonymous (or “blind”) draft was held in early April. If drafted, you will be notified by the team that selected you shortly after that time.

If you don’t hear from a team in April you may still get drafted. Each team is required to have 20-players. The draft serves to fill openings in team rosters that exist at the start of the season. Despite trying out, a number of the women who were selected in the draft may decide not to play. In addition, other current players may chose, for reasons not foreseen at this time, to drop out of the league. To address that, coaches/managers will be reaching out to women that remain in the draft pool that have not yet been selected. Team rosters will not be closed until the end of June and you could receive a call to join a team from April until that time

If you are not selected this season, your name with rating will be placed into the 2015 draft pool and we will make selections according to need and rating PRIOR to adding the tryout information of the women who will tryout next year, in 2015.

Right now, League play is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of 4/27. Come back soon for updates!