Founded in 1978, the Beantown Softball League is the largest athletic organization open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual people in New England. The League fosters sportsmanship, friendly competition, and access to the sport of slow-pitch softball. The League boasts twenty-four teams in four divisions of play: competitive, intermediate, and two recreational divisions. Players of all ability levels find a fun and competitive home within the Beantown Softball League. Our Membership varies in age from 19 to 73 and includes non-players (significant others, ex-players, etc.).
We play slow-pitch softball with a pitch arc between 6'-12'. There's no leading or stealing. We enforce fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior from all our members. We use USA Softball and NAGAAA Guidelines for on-field playing rules.
Our primary softball season. Teams-based season having 3 (three) divisions averaging 20 season games and an unknown number of playoff games. This season plays Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday nights in Boston.
Our secondary softball seasons. Draft seasons having teams playing an average of 12 games. This season plays Saturdays and/or Sundays in Boston.
Our players and teams travel to Member Cities Tournaments throughout the year across North America.
Our divisions are organized by competition and skill level (conflict: superior: D1, competition: advanced: D2, co-existence: intermediate: D3, co-operation: novice: D4).
Our membership is diverse in age ranges, sexual identities, and walks of life. We have players and non-players on our teams.
Our purpose is to provide an environment free from intimidation that fosters growth and advancement in the sport of slow-pitch softball.
You become a member when you roster with a team for the Spring season. Teams look for players at the Clinic and Fall. Teams recruit all year.
The League hosts a yearly clinic for players looking for teams. You become a member once you join a Spring team.