The tradition of playing softball in New York City dates back more than 150 years, but a new policy being enforced by the Manhattan parks permit office will limit the number of permits available for softball, so we need your help!
If we, and the entire softball community, do not push back hard, YSA (and other established softball leagues), may have to take in fewer teams.
This spring and summer we have experienced a serious problem with permit allocation negatively impacting your team’s schedule and game locations, forcing us to schedule more early games and more CCY and RI games. We sincerely regret the inconvenience to you, our members.
We have verified that the Manhattan permit office has transferred permits from YSA to other adult sports leagues and has been holding fields idle during our permit slots.
On behalf of our teams and players, we confronted the permit office in April. Recently, after several months, numerous communications and our submission of videos of the idle fields or adult leagues, they have started releasing our permits.
However, my office just received an official email from the parks department, informing us that softball permits will not be given priority during the fall season. To quote: “Please be advised that Soccer, Football, Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee are priority for the fall season. All other sports will be reviewed and approved if space and fields permit.”
We are planning a multi-faceted approach opposing the implementation of this last minute policy change, including public relations, social media, email and letter writing campaigns and direct negotiations with the Parks Commissioner.
We need your help!
Thank you for playing with YSA leagues. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best league services in the city.