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.
Fall Ball registration is open: DEADLINE EXTENDED
New to Seattle? Can't get rid of the softball itch, now that the ECSA regular season is over? Want to play with your friends, even though they are in different divisions or on other teams?
You're in luck: ECSA Fall Ball begins Aug. 3, with games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 14 (no games on Aug. 31) at North SeaTac Park (except for Aug. 17). Sign up today. We've extended the registration deadline to July 28 to accommodate more players.
Applications accepted for 2 open ECSA board positions
Two Emerald City Softball Association Executive Board positions are now open. To apply, please send your qualifications and letter of intent to commissioner Frank Pichinini at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 1. Full position descriptions and criteria are available here (beginning on Page 22).
C Division assistant commissioner: The C Division assistant commissioner is the acting liaison between the C Division managers and coaches and the Executive Board. Duties include but aren't limited to attending board meetings, opening and closing the fields, ratings adjustments, scheduling, managing all aspects of the D Select Team and presenting the special needs of the c Division to the Executive Board. The candidate must have played in the ECSA for three years and in the C Division for at least two years. This is a one-year term. (Current C commissioner Bill Justyk has been elected director of competition.)
C Division assistant director of competition: The C Division assistant director of competition oversees player ratings for all C Division players, in addition to participating in all ratings reviews and requests for ratings changes. The candidate must have played in the ECSA for three years, been an ECSA member in more than one division and participated in two Gay Softball World Series as a player, coach or ECSA protest-duty representiatve. (Current C director of competition Brian Slegel will not be returning for the second year of his term.)
In addition, the following individuals have been elected to the ECSA board. Their two-year terms begin three weeks after the conclusion of the 2014 Gay Softball World Series in Dallas.
Director of competition: Bill Justyk
A/B Division assistant commissioner: John Voldal
D Division assistant commissioner: Jon Ericson
Secretary: Bam Mendiola
A huge thanks also is due to Denny Krantz, Joan Holzman, Brian Slegel and Sara Fetters for their contributions to the board.
5 inducted to ECSA Hall of Fame
The Emerald City Softball Association is proud to announce that the following five individuals will be inducted to the ECSA Hall of Fame in 2014:
• Sara Fetters
• Dan Haugen
• Chris Larson
• Floyd McIsaac / Changes in Wallingford
• Randy Robison
A private dinner for Hall-of-Famers and their guests is set for 7 p.m. July 28 at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 Fifth Ave., Seattle.
Inductees also will be honored at the ECSA Awards Party, Aug. 3 at North SeaTac Park. This event is open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to our new Hall of Fame members, as well as to all of the other deserving folks who were nominated!
Important dates for the 2014 season
Sunday, Aug. 3: End-of-Season Awards Party, 3 to 5 p.m., North SeaTac Park. ALSO: Fall Ball season begins. Registration is now open on the Fall Ball page on this site.
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.