Leagues Played November - March
Full teams join all the time, plus we create free agent teams in each coed league that include other players around the same age. These teams aren’t made until all spots are filled, so sign up and request to play with friends while there’s space! Then you’re guaranteed to play together. Or join solo! That’s common too.
As an independently run and locally focused league organization, we’re proud to offer the cheapest team prices in Chicago while still providing the best overall league experience! Our full team fees are $200-$350 less for a season than other leagues out there. Free agent players save $25-$40 too!
We pride ourselves in running the most organized & SOCIAL leagues that you’ll ever play in. And we’re the ONLY leagues where after games ALL teams walk to the same nearby bar for post-game parties and exclusive specials!
What People Are Saying
- Quinn Myers
Been playing S3 summer and fall softball for ~7 years now and every one has been great. The league is super organized and management is very accessible and prompt at answering questions, helping out, etc. Unlike other leagues, S3 is a perfect mix of competitive and fun -- 99% of people who play S3 are good people and the league feels more like a family than some giant faceless softball corporation.
- Sophia Kassam
Highly recommend! Not knowing anyone in Chicago when I first moved, this was the best way to meet people. I joined a random kickball team in 2016 and today those people are still some of my best friends!
- MaryClaire Cieply
S3 is a great league! It is inexpensive, and Ben has been more than accommodating and flexible in helping with getting my teams signed up every year. Solid competition, and you can't beat the bar deals--no other league I've played in offers them!
- Mark Elg
I have been playing in S3 Leagues for a few years. A number of different sports during different times of the year. Always a fun way to stay active with sports and meet new people. They also do a tubing float trip a couple times during the summer and that is a blast! If you’re new to the city, enjoy playing sports, and want to meet new people who share that interest, definitely give S3 Leagues a chance!!
- Cash DeWitt
Joining S3, Simply Sport and Social, has been a great way to grow my community in Chicago.I've been in Chicago for 4 years and have played sports my whole life, but found most other sports leagues here to be more exclusionary. I would rarely hang out with my teammates outside of games and rarely found other events hosted by those leagues to be very fun.When I found S3, I signed up because the times and locations were convenient to my schedule. The BIG difference between S3 and other leagues is the people. I quickly developed friendships with my teammates and competitors and have since gone on to develop great relationships with these people. Where as other leagues could often feel exclusionary S3 feels inclusive. I still have a great time with playing the sports (volleyball, kickball) with some nights being very competitive. At the end of the night we all go to the bars to hang out having a great time laughing about the games. Also I have done many of the other activities such as float trips in the summer which are fun and relaxing.Ben the organizer of S3 is very organized and friendly which just adds to the experience.
Join S3 to find out why we are "More than just a league"!
Countless new friendships, relationships, champions & great memories made --- plus tons of S3 weddings and babies!
S3 by the numbers
Every league crazy fun, every time.
How We Play Dodgeball
How we get our dodge on!
THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE
All Players are reminded that in any dodgeball league you are on the honor system and when hit by a ball are expected to go out of the game. This is a SUPER rec league, and although dodgeball can get competitive, we expect all players to be honest and fair about playing. Cheating to win is VERY LAME. It’s not possible for the ref to catch every single thing in these games, especially determining if you got hit. If the referee sees someone get hit and remain in the game, that team will receive a warning. If it happens again that a player on the same team does not go out after being hit by the ball then they will automatically forfeit that game. If it continues to happen you will forfeit the match.
Teams must have at least 4 players with at least 1 of each gender to avoid forfeit. Each team member must have signed the waiver before the season begins. If a team is found out to be playing with a player who has not signed the waiver, the team will forfeit all of the games during which this player participated.
A maximum of 8 players per team may take the court at the beginning of each game. A normal full team on the court is 5 guys and 3 girls. Teams may have no more than 5 guys on the court at one time. If a team is short on players, they may recruit subs prior to the match THAT ARE NOT RINGERS AND WHO MUST SIGN THE WAIVER BEFORE PLAYING. A team may only brings subs or pick up players if they are below the 8 needed to play.
How We Play
How We Play
5. If a ball rolls outside the court, players from your team may kick the ball back in play from your side only, but active players may not leave the court to get a ball. You MAY NOT step onto the court to kick a ball back.
b. If you cross the center line while throwing your throw will not count unless caught.
c. You cannot jump over the center line to throw the ball at someone. If you do, you’re out and the throw does not count unless caught.
d. If you cross and touch the other side of the center line to retrieve a ball from the other side then the ball must be returned to the back wall of the opposing side.
a. ARE VERY BAD.
f. Players may not intentionally initiate head contact with a ball in order to have the thrower called out. If a player is found to intentionally initiate head contact with a ball, they will be ejected.
Standings & Playoffs
Playoffs will be run as a tournament the final night of games.
More info will be provided on this after the regular season.
Standings & Playoffs
The reason for the harshness of this is because we want all teams to be able to play. If your team is a no-show, then the other team also doesn’t get to play, and that’s not cool. So just get subs or at least let us know if you’re not going to make it!
If you know in advance that your team will be forfeiting a match, you are required to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let your opponent know that you won’t be showing up.