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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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The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA) is pleased to announce that 20 sports will compete at the 12th annual Sin City Classic Sports Festival. With registration now open, the festival has grown to include a global footprint and has become the world’s largest annual LGBTQ sporting event. The 2019 Sin City Classic will take place on January 17-20, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“As the festival continues to thrive, we know our athletes’ expectations remain high. To that end, we have added more nightly events than ever before to help keep the athletes busy both competing and making connections with other athletes and friends over the course of the four days,” said Ken Scearce, tournament director for Sin City Classic.
Each January the festival brings together LGBTQ sports associations from around the world in order for LGBTQ athletes, fans and allies to enjoy a weekend full of competition, companionship and fun. In addition to a full roster of sporting competitions, the festival includes nightly social events, including an Opening Night registration party and the Closing Night celebration, which will be held at the LINQ Promenade’s Brooklyn Bowl.
Just a few of the participants in last year's Sin City Classic LGBT sports festival.
This year the Sin City Class has adopted a new initiative, “Play You.” The tournament welcomes all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation, and promotes an open environment for everyone to participate in sports through the “Play You” initiative. Athletes attending the festival “play” sports in their local communities, but it is not always easy to be “you” in some cities. The Sin City Classic encourages athletes to attend, participate and live authentically.
GLASA started the Sin City Classic 12 years ago as a softball tournament. Over the years the tournament has grown to include over 240 participating softball teams, as well as an additional 24 sports having participated at some point throughout the years. GLASA remains committed to creating the best experience possible for all the dedicated athletes who participate and the fans and allies to come to enjoy the festival.
“Since 1978, GLASA’s mission has been to create a fun, safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people to play sports, regardless of their athletic experience or ability. While our primary focus is softball, partnering with many other great sports organizations on the Sin City Classic has allowed us to reach so many more people,” said GLASA Commissioner Larry Ruiz. “We sincerely hope that the Sin City Classic in Las Vegas is a blast for everyone who attends. We also hope that it helps to grow excitement for LGBTQ sports in local communities everywhere.”
The Sin City Classic is proudly hosted by The Flamingo Hotel and the LINQ Hotel. Additional sponsors include Toyota Financial Services, which is returning for its third year as presenting sponsor, as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Athalonz, Caesar’s Entertainment, Charlie’s Las Vegas, Cheers to Las Vegas, Compete, Human Rights Campaign, Piranha Nightclub, GayVN, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Topgolf and White Claw.
For more information about the Sin City Classic or to register your team, please visit www.sincityclassic.org.
Need another reason to be proud to call Nashville home? In the last year, Nashville's LGBT community has dramatically increased its athletic opportunities. Rivaling sports offerings in major cities, Nashville added soccer and rugby and expanded Memphis basketball into Middle Tennessee. And now Nashville is home to two softball leagues.
Metro Nashville Softball Association is bringing GLBT softball to West Park, located at 6105 Morrow Road. MNSA is bringing more than a new league, it's also bringing a new idea for opening day. A kickoff game will be held on Sunday, April 15, but this game is set to look more like comedy theatre than your traditional day at the ball park. This bat and rouge game may contain more than one diamond when Camp Drag replaces uniforms with dresses, and gloves with purses. If the (soft)balls seems a little larger than average, it's not your imagination - it's part of the entertainment. The games begin at 1:00 p.m.
The season will also feature an "after-party scheduled each week at one of our sponsor locations," says League Secretary Lynn Wise, with the first after-party of the season to be held at Trax. The kickoff game and after-parties will embody what Wise calls MNSA's goal to bring the GLBT and gay-friendly communities together to "enjoy camaraderie through sports."
While Wise reports that "the kickoff event will include a cookout with food available for purchase," don't let the festivities fool you. The league will provide some serious competition. With more than two weeks until the first official games, MNSA's Website lists 13 teams in two divisions. The official games start April 22 and run through September 9.
Along with providing a venue for fun competition, MNSA also has a serious goal of promoting tolerance. While MNSA is a GLBT oriented league, it is open to all players regardless of age, race, creed, national origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Wise emphasizes that the league's mission is "to unite the entire Nashville community by reaching out to GLBT and gay-friendly businesses and organizations... and to work together to achieve the goals of tolerance and acceptance for all members of the community."
If you would like to participate or just spectate, Wise reports that MNSA has room for even non-athletes from "fans to scorekeepers to committee volunteers." For more information visit http://www.metronashvillesoftball.org.