Leagues Played September - 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.
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 Skeeball
Some more about how we get our skee on!
1. A MATCH consists of two teams playing 7 GAMES. In each GAME, every player on the team will roll one FRAME (throwing 9 balls) Every team member present and able to play must roll at least one full FRAME each GAME to get their personal FRAME SCORE. The top 8 scores of the team will count each GAME towards the TEAM GAME SCORE for determining which team won the game.
MATCH = 7 FULL GAMES
GAME = EACH PLAYER ON THE TEAM THROWS 1 FULL FRAME
FRAME = 9 BALLS THROWN TO GET A PERSONAL FRAME SCORE
FRAME SCORE = EACH PLAYER’S SCORE AFTER THROWING THE 9 BALLS
TEAM GAME SCORE = THE TOP 8 SCORES FROM THE TEAM FROM A GIVEN GAME
2. All GAMES won and lost will count towards the team’s record. So if you lose the first 6 GAMES, but win the 7th, your record for that night would be 1-6. Plus, 2 bonus points will be awarded to the team that wins the MATCH.
– If both teams have 8 or more players, the top 8 scores from each team will be used.
– If one team has 6 players and the other has 10 players, the top 6 scores from each team will be used.
– If one team has 5 players and the other has 7 players, the top 5 scores from each team will be used.
*The number of top scores used will be changed if more players from a team show up during the match.
Winning, Losing & Playoffs
1. After EVERY match EVERY night, we will do a raffle where half of ALL players will be bought a beer by S3!
Some players will be freakishly awesome, some embarrassingly terrible. Whichever you are, come knowing that no one cares how good you are and that we’re all here simply to hang out and meet some cool people. This is the most rec league you’ll ever play in with how we run it, which is kind of what bowling is meant to be anyways, so make sure to be super social and don’t think too hard about winning games. After a few weeks it’ll just be you and your friends hitting the lanes to bowl and winning becomes an afterthought. Also remember that all teams of individuals are put together at random by age (and friend requests). So while your team is your team for the season, make sure to meet others too! That’s the whole point of S3 Leagues!