Whirlyball

Leagues Played November - March

Be Active & Get Social!

We've got the most fun (and only) Whirlyball leagues in Chicago.

Our Whirlyball Leagues

Sign Up A Full Team, Join With Friends or By Yourself

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.

The lowest team fees for the best overall league experience

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!

First-time groups of 3+ also get an additional hook up!

Email teams@s3leagues.com to save your team spot with a small deposit or register your group at reduced fees.

What People Are Saying

  • 5 star review  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.

    thumb Quinn Myers
    10/29/2020
  • 5 star review  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!

    thumb Sophia Kassam
    9/18/2020
  • 5 star review  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!

    thumb MaryClaire Cieply
    8/12/2020
  • 5 star review  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!!

    thumb Mark Elg
    7/08/2020
  • 5 star review  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.

    thumb Cash DeWitt
    3/08/2020

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!

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How We Play Whirlyball

@ Whirlyball Chicago

What exactly is Whirlyball?
And how do you play?

We play just for fun in this league, not to get all crazy and competitive.

Agility. Speed. Strength. None of these qualities will be of any use in the wild world of WhirlyBall. Although it combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars, WhirlyBall has caused great athletes of every stripe to laugh and holler their way to a crushing defeat. In the end, we play because it’s fun.

General Match Info

A match consists of one team playing another team for three 10-minute games and a bonus game that will act as a tiebreaker if any of the 3 official games ended in a tie (bonus games will only break one tie if there were multiple). If there was no tie, the bonus game is then just for fun. Your team will play a game, then sit out a game. Play a game, then sit out a game, etc. This will allow players to have a beer, mingle with their teammates, and come up with some strategies in between games! All teams will be “slotted” 90 minutes each night, and will be playing for 45 minutes of this “slot”.

How to Play

Watch this video for a quick tutorial.

Official S3 Whirlyball "Rules of the Road"

NOTE: The ref for our league works for Whirlyball and has been told to fully enforce penalties. Do not play dirty and try to get away with things cuz you’ll get dinged points if you do. And DO NOT argue with the ref, it’s pointless. Everything is their judgement call. Don’t forget that this is a FUN, SOCIAL league!

There are two ways to acquire points. One is by making the shot, which is good for two points. The second is by acquiring penalty points assessed against the opposing team. (In all cases, penalty points are awarded to the team not guilty of committing the penalty. Play does not stop.) The referee officiates from a mezzanine above the court and will keep score and call all penalties. The referee’s word is final but they can be bought. (just kidding)

  • 1 Point Penalty for hitting an opponent’s scoop or body aggressively, on purpose or by accident, at any time (after the call, the team retains possession). 2 Point Penalty for hitting their arm or scoop if he/she is within 8 feet of the basket with a clear shot, on a breakaway, or in the process of taking a shot that affects their possession of the ball or ability to take a shot (after the call, it’s a change of possession). Of course if there is a loose ball, all players have a right to go for it. But once a player has the ball in their scoop, you MAY NOT hit their scoop to free the ball. If their scoop hits yours while blocking with your scoop, that’s okay. You just cannot swing your scoop and hit their scoop or body. Whether you hit someone with your scoop on purpose or not, apologize!
  • 1 Point Penalty for collisions with excessive speed.
    The penalty goes against the person most responsible for the collision. You can still use your cart to strategically get in the way of other carts and move around, but to crash into someone full speed is not allowed and you will be penalized.
  • 1 Point Penalty for touching the ball with your hands unless it is stuck inside your scoop, it goes inside your cart, or loses it’s round shape and needs to be fixed. There is also a 1 Point Penalty for intentionally dropping the ball into a teammate’s cart as a “pass”, thus allowing them to use their hands to put it in their scoop. This is cheating, don’t do it.
  • 1 Point Penalty for not wearing your seatbelt or not wearing it tightly enough. It’s pretty simple to avoid this, just put it on when you get in the car and MAKE IT TIGHT. If it’s too loose and because of this you reach way out of your car or fall out of your car or rise up in your seat to do anything because it’s not on or not on snug enough, this penalty will be called because it’s a serious safety issue.
  • 1 Point Penalty for raising up in your seat to block a shot or pass. 2 Point Penalty for goal tending.