Softball leagues gear up around Bay Area

A new adult coed softball league for synagogue teams in San Francisco and Marin is looking for interested congregations and potential players.

The plan for the inaugural season for Bay Area Temple Softball (BATS) is an eight-game schedule from April through July, with games every other Sunday. Practices will begin next month.

For the past few years, a few games have been played annually among congregations Kol Shofar of Tiburon, Rodef Sholom of San Rafael and Emanu-El of San Francisco, and now organizers want to add three additional squads to make it a league. Games will be played in south Marin.

“I’m shooting for six teams total from San Francisco and Marin,” said Kol Shofar member Steve Sockolov, who is spearheading the effort. “I’ve reached out to Beth Sholom and Sherith Israel [in San Francisco], and we also would consider JCC teams.”

Sockolov noted that the teams will be coed and that “this league is more about fun and camaraderie than competitiveness.” Players can be ages 19 to 90.

For more information or to sign up, contact Sockolov at or (415) 388-8399.

Meanwhile, in the East Bay, the Diablo Valley Tzedekah adult softball league is getting ready for its 32nd season. Practices will start in early March, and the season will run April through July, with games at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek every Sunday morning.

Last year, there were nine teams in the league. Temple Sinai in Oakland and Temple Isaiah in Lafayette each fielded two squads; Beth Abraham in Oakland and B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek each had one. The plan this year is for 10 teams.

There is a marginal cost to sign up, which helps pay for the fields, umpires, uniforms and equipment. Visit the “DVT Softball” page on Facebook, or contact commissioner Sandy Zimmerman at