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On Saturday, August 20th beginning at 10:00 am EDT Strong Voices Television (SVTV Network) will make history by becoming the first television network to stream live coverage of the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA) Softball World Series in Washington, D.C. Coverage of the ASANA Series will begin here on OUTvoices on Thursday, August 18 with early round and elimination tournament play — but for the Championship games the SVTV Network will have your exclusive ticket.
The live stream will include at least three championship games featuring instant replay, on-screen graphics, and player profiles. Calling the action will be veteran Queer broadcasters Roman Jimenez and ASANA Hall of Famer Rosalyn Bugg.
The live streams are the latest in a string of sporting events SVTV has carried exclusively as the LGBTQ+ subscription-based service continues to build its collection of live sports, most recently three games with the WTFL (Women’s Tackle Football League) including The Legacy Bowl, All-Star game, and Skills Challenge, as well as the Big Peach Softball Tournament.
“We are very excited to partner with SVTV to carry Championship Saturday at ASANA,” said Angela Smith, ASANA’s Executive Director. “Partnerships like these help make ASANA sustainable and the reach SVTV has to attract such a huge global audience is important to our growth strategies.”
“Our mission at SVTV Network is to be the home for LGBTQ+ sports because our community’s goals for equality should extend to the playing field too,” said Sheri Johnson, CEO of SVTV Network. “Opportunities for inclusion multiply when people see and ultimately respect and cheer on queer athletes in inspiring leagues such as ASANA. We are proud to be their partner and can’t wait to share the championship excitement from Washington D.C.”
SVTV subscribers will be able to log in and watch the coverage Saturday, August 20th starting at 10 am Eastern. For those non-subscribers wishing to catch the action, memberships are available starting at $5.99 each by going to svtvnetwork.com and creating an account.
SVTV’s coverage will wrap up an exciting week of softball in the Washington D.C. Metro Area as the 2022 ASANA Softball World Series puts a capstone on a big week. Teams will have come from as far away as Washington State, Southern California, Phoenix, Kansas City, Orlando, Nashville, and more. Games will have started on Wednesday with teams competing from sun-up to sundown. With most teams eliminated on Friday, only the championship teams will remain on Saturday, creating an exciting atmosphere for the players, coaches, and fans at the tournament complex, which will no doubt come across on the live streams.
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ASANA — Amateur Sports Alliance of North America — was created in 2007 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of amateur athletics for all persons regardless of gender, age, race, creed, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation with a special emphasis on the participation of women, trans men, trans women, non-binary and agendered people. ASANA Softball currently has 25 member cities across the United States and hosts the annual ASANA Softball World Series that brings together over 70 teams for a 4-day championship tournament.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2022 ASANA Softball World Series will bring together nearly 70 of the most competitive adult softball teams in the country to Washington, D.C. August 16 – 20. The tournament, which welcomes LGBTQ cisgender women, transgender men, transgender women, and non-binary people and their allies, will bring together top teams from nearly 30 cities across the country. The event is being welcomed to the D.C. area by the Chesapeake & Potomac Softball League (CAPS), the DC area’s LGBTQ softball league, members of which are serving as the hosting committee for the tournament.
“We are very excited to be heading to the D.C. area this year for the 2022 ASANA Softball World Series,” said ASANA Commissioner Angela Smith. “The Host Committee has been fantastic to work with to make sure this event is one of our best ever. I know all of our teams are looking forward to experiencing all there is to do and see in the area and playing some incredible softball along the way.”
“Having the bid to host the ASANA World Series before the pandemic, the DC community was eagerly anticipating the event,” said Tony Mace, Co-Chair of the DC Host Committee. “Little did we know that the world would shut down for over a year, but our Host City committee never stopped working to bring the best player experience for ASANA athletes and families. After three years in the making, the Host City committee and I are looking forward to welcoming the first players who arrive.”
For the fourth consecutive year, a selection of the tournament games, including all championship games, will be live-streamed in partnership with the Cloud Sports Network (CSN) through the ASANA Facebook page and YouTube channel. But, for the first time ever, those games will also be available to stream for free on OutVoices.us through an exclusive partnership agreement.
“Typically the ASANA Softball World Series will get anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 unique viewers each year just from the ASANA social media channels,” said Roman Jimenez. “That’s an already large and highly targeted audience who want to watch LGBTQ cis women, trans men, trans women, and non-binary softball players compete at the highest level. To be able to increase that audience by a factor of 3 or 4 as a result of our partnership with OutVoices.us is an incredible opportunity for a much larger portion of our community to be exposed to competitive sports by and for our community and our allies.”
For those who haven’t seen their coverage before, Jimenez cautions against having low expectations. “We’re not just a lone cell camera jury-rigged to a backstop,” he said. “We have multiple cameras, on-field microphones, on-screen graphics, instant replay, and professional broadcasters describing the action as it’s unfolding. We are as close to the Queer version of ESPN as you can get.”
The Cloud Sports broadcast team includes as its analyst ASANA Hall of Famer Rosalyn Bugg, who in addition to having competed as both a coach and player at the ASANA Softball World Series, is also the Commissioner of the Women’s + division of the Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA) and runs that division’s tournament at the Sin City Classic, the largest annual LGBTQ sporting event in the world. In 2022, Bugg was also inducted into the GLASA Hall of Fame. Describing the action play-by-play will be Jimenez, a veteran broadcaster and softball player, and coach who has helmed various championship teams for over 25 years. In 2019 Jimenez was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his hometown LGBTQ softball league in San Diego, America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL). In addition, both Bugg and Jimenez are championship-certified USA Softball umpires.
“Both Roman and I know the game,” said Bugg, “and we work great together as a team.”
As part of the 2021 ASANA Softball World Series broadcast, Bugg introduced player shout-outs to family members and friends who were watching the broadcast. This created an incredibly engaging atmosphere on the ASANA social platforms.
“I love highlighting not only the action on the field but also the players responsible for it,” Bugg said. “This tournament is all about the players and telling their stories is a privilege we take very seriously.”
The ASANA Softball World Series will consist of four divisions. The B Division is the highest level of skill and often includes players with a history of playing the fast-pitch version of the sport in high school or college level. The C Division includes players who, while highly skilled, aren’t quite at the same level as the B Division-caliber of players, or whose skills may have slowed with age. The D and E Divisions are for both newer players and for those who may have aged out of the higher divisions. Since many players have been playing in ASANA-affiliated associations for 20+ years, many will have experienced every division of play before settling into where their skills are currently best suited.
In total, nearly 3,000 athletes will be headed to D.C. for this year’s event and as you might guess, in addition to hundreds of volunteers, it takes a lot of money to make an event like the 2022 ASANA Softball World Series even possible. For that, both ASANA and the CAPS Host Committee have been engaging with sponsors to help offset costs.
“We want to thank our sponsors on both the national and local levels. Without them we couldn’t provide the experience we do for our players, their families, and for our fans,” said Smith. “We look forward to being able to share these experiences with them and with our live-streaming audience on our social channels and right here on OutVoices.us.”
Coverage begins Thursday, August 25th with early tournament play, continuing during “Elimination Friday” on August 26th all the way through to “Championship Saturday” on August 27th, when all four divisional championships will be broadcast. Stay tuned to this page for updates on game time and team announcements and to watch the games live.
ASANA — Amateur Sports Alliance of North America — was created in 2007 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of amateur athletics for all persons regardless of gender, age, race, creed, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation with a special emphasis on the participation of women, trans men, trans women, non-binary and agendered people.
The organization currently has 25 member cities across the United States and hosts the annual ASANA Softball World Series which brings together over 70 teams for a 4-day championship tournament. The World Series has four divisions to provide varying competitive levels of play, with "B" being the most skilled and the "E" supporting the most recreational.
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