ECSA: Excellence, Community, Sportsmanship and Acceptance
ENTERING ITS 35TH YEAR, Seattle's Emerald City Softball Association is the Pacific Northwest's largest softball organization geared to LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ individuals.
In 2014, ECSA features 36 teams in the B, C and D Divisions -- with C and D Divisions each entering the season split into two even divisions -- plus another Masters Division team, for players ages 50 and older. Games are typically on Sundays, April 6 through late June.
The ECSA started in 1980 in Seattle as a group of friends playing ball and has grown to be a welcoming place for LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ players to partake in the competition and spirit of softball. It is now one of the oldest and largest gay-softball leagues in the nation.
As a member of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) -- which represents more than 10,000 players and 800 teams in 44 member cities in the U.S. and Canada -- the ECSA sends its top teams to each year's NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series. The 2014 World Series is in Dallas. In the past 10 years, the ECSA has produced more World Series champions than all but one city.
Where and when we play
The 2014 ECSA season begins April 6 and runs until June 21. All games are on Sundays, except for June 21 games and rainout makeups.
The full schedule is available here (PDF). Team pages on this site will be updated in the next few weeks with scheduled games.
- North SeaTac Park (map), S. 128th St. and 20th Ave. S., SeaTac, Wash.
- Moshier Park (map), 430 S. 156th Place, Burien, Wash.; fields 3 and 4
- Celebration Park (map), 1095 S. 324th Place, Federal Way, Wash. (June 21 games only)
Directions from North SeaTac to Moshier (map): Left on S. 128th St., left on Des Moines Memorial Hwy., right on S. 156th St., right on Fourth Ave. S. into park. About 2.3 miles. Reverse directions for Moshier to NST.
RAINOUTS: Makeup dates for rained-out Sunday games are the following Saturdays; rainout date for Saturday, June 21, games is June 22.
Important dates for the 2014 season
Friday, May 2: Season change date, C Division. This the final date C teams can add players to their rosters for the remainder of the 2014 regular season.
Friday, May 9: Season change date, B and D Divisions. This the final date that B and D teams can add players to their rosters for the remainder of the 2014 regular season.
Saturday, May 31: Last day for ratings appeals.
Sunday, June 1: Last day to register at $400 rate for Emerald City Classic, if team spots are still available. Rate increasing to $450 through June 15 registration deadline if tournament is not yet full. More information here.
Sunday, Aug. 3: Fall Ball season begins. Signup occurs in late June/early June. For more information, check out the Fall Ball page on this site.
Monday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 27: 2014 NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series in Dallas. For more information, check out the Dallas World Series Facebook page.
ECSA Newsflash now available
All registered ECSA players, coaches and managers periodically receive an ECSA Newsflash email containing league news and updated information.
Haven't received one? Check out PDF versions here:
Questions? Email ECSA secretary Jon Ericson.