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posted Friday, January 23, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 04
ECSA Field Day set for January 24
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ECSA Field Day set for January 24

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) invites players of all types to its annual Field Day, 10 a.m., January 24, at North SeaTac Park (128th Street and 20th Avenue S., SeaTac, WA).

The new-player clinic and skills assessment is designed for players of all skill levels - novices are strongly encouraged to attend, as are seasoned pros.

'Haven't thrown a ball since childhood? You won't be alone,' league officials say.

Representatives from many of the ECSA's 35+ teams will be on hand to introduce themselves and potentially recruit new players for the 2015 softball season, which runs from April 12 to July.

'Whether you are a seasoned player or someone who has been marginalized from organized athletics, we have a team for you,' says James Neely, the ECSA's membership director.

Neely adds that of the more than 40 individuals who took part in last year's Field Day, numerous players ended up representing Seattle at the 2014 Gay Softball World Series in Dallas in each of the three skill-based divisions.

According to ECSA officials, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a mitt and molded plastic cleats (no metal spikes).

There is no cost and no RSVP required, though players can join the event on Facebook at bit.ly/Jan24FieldDay to stay apprised of event information.

In case of rain, Field Day will take place on January 25, same time and place. Go to emeraldcitysoftball.org for updates.

With more than 550 active players, the Emerald City Softball Association is among the largest U.S. sports organizations for LGBTQ individuals and allies.

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. Games are on Sundays.

As a member of NAGAAA - which represents more than 10,000 players in 36 member cities in the U.S. and Canada - the ECSA sends its top teams to each year's NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series.

In September, a record-tying nine teams represented Seattle and the ECSA in the World Series in Dallas.

This year's series is set for August 17-22 in Columbus, Ohio.

'What sets us apart from other sports leagues is the sense of community and support that our players experience,' Neely said.

To learn more about the ECSA or to get information on sponsoring the league or its teams, please contact marketing/communications director Tony Stasiek at marcom@seattlegaysoftball.com.

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