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posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
ECSA launches 'ECSA Gives Back' program
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ECSA launches 'ECSA Gives Back' program

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) Open Division kicked off the 'ECSA Gives Back' program on February 6 at R Place during their Super Bowl party. The program is an effort to put used softball equipment into the hands of players just starting out with the league.

ECSA Gives Back coincides with the league's annual new player recruitment drive. This year, the league is hosting two New Player Skills Clinics. The first is scheduled for 11 a.m. on February 12 at the Rainier Beach Playfields (Cloverdale St. just west of Rainier Ave. S. in South Seattle). If there is a rainout, February 13 will be the makeup date.

The second new player event will take place at Bobby Morris Playfield (E. Pine St. and 11th Ave. E.) on February 27 at 11 a.m.

The ECSA Gives Back program will be active at each of the new player events. Active or retired players can donate their old equipment at either New Player Skills Clinic.

'Our number-one objective is to collect the most basic equipment - softball gloves and cleats - which costs about $100 for somebody just starting out to buy them new,' said ECSA Commissioner Jeff Card.

'The league is also collecting bats, balls, and other equipment,' said Card.

'Our league keeps growing every year, and it's always a challenge for new teams to gather the equipment they need,' he said.

Seattle's Gay softball league is the fourth largest in country, boasting more than 500 players on 35 teams last year, and is poised to grow even larger this season.

The Super Bowl party at R Place doubled as a fundraiser to support players needing help with the league's player fee. Rental prices for Seattle fields have spiked in recent years, and the fees players pay have increased for the first time in several years.

'Our local business community has been the backbone of our league, and we appreciate R Place's generous support to help make sure anybody who wants to play Gay softball will have the opportunity to do so,' Card said.

ECSA's new player events are open to all skill levels. Teams are classified by skill level, with the greatest growth in recent years coming from novice-level teams. Games start in April, but teams start looking for new players as early as February.

For more information about the ECSA Gives Back Program and the New Player Skills Clinics, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

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