Softball Austin: FAQ

Tuesday, February 2
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Softball Austin?

Formed in the fall of 2004, Softball Austin's mission is to offer the Central Texas gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered (GLBT) community, along with its straight alliances, the opportunity to experience and enjoy recreational softball in a competitive, inclusive environment. Softball Austin is truly a "League of our own."

Why do we need our own league?

Softball Austin helps build a stronger, more cohesive GLBT community. Players and fans are free to be who they are in a fun, safe environment.

When are the seasons?

The league currently plays a spring and fall season. The season normally lasts six to eight weeks and includes a 12 game schedule for each team. Games are played on Sunday and begin at 10 a.m. The last game begins no later than 4 p.m. Teams usually play two games each Sunday. Schedules are distributed to coaches and posted on the website in advance of the season.

Where are the games played?

All Softball Austin games are held at the Monroe "Lefty" Krieg Complex, 515 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Austin (78741). The fields are conveniently located about seven minutes from downtown Austin. Check out our Maps and Directions page for more information.

How long does the season last?

Our seasons usually begin the first week of October (fall) and the last week February (spring). Check the website often to keep informed on league activities.

Are the rules the same as the City of Austin softball rules?

Basically but with a few important differences which are reviewed with coaches and addressed at pre-season informational meetings. Check our home page for information about these crucial pre-season meetings.

Who runs the league?

An elected board of directors works with coaches and managers of each team to operate the league. League officers include a Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Secretary, Treasurer, plus dozens of volunteers. The current Board membership can be found here.

Who's eligible to play in the league?

Anyone who joins the league, signs a waiver form, and pays a player fee is eligible to participate. Player fees help administer the league and pay for field rental, balls, umpires, website management and social events. Because teams will have a closed roster every player must be a member of Softball Austin before they can play in a game. Unlike the city's league, if a team is short players it is not allowed to pick up players from the bleachers or another team. That's why teams are encouraged to carry at least 13 or 14 players on their roster.

Is there a place for me in Softball Austin?

Absolutely. This is an inclusive, affirming "open" league where all are welcome men, women, gay, straight, transgendered. Women make up approximately 50 percent of the league's membership.

How much is team registration?

Team registration is $350.

What is NAGAAA?

Softball Austin is a member of the National American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA). Created in 1977, NAGAAA currently has 49 gay and lesbian softball leagues in 35 cities in the United States and Canada. Teams representing these leagues participate in the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), hosted each year in a different member city.

Who sponsors Softball Austin?

Softball Austin enjoys broad support from the Central Texas community. A current list can be found here. We encourage you to support these sponsors as they support Softball Austin.