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Got balls? San Diego’s got softball and pool

Softball Call to Arms The America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) is beginning preparations for its upcoming Spring season in what will be the league’s 30th anniversary. With one of the largest playing contingents in the country, AFCSL offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level competition for men and women in the greater San Diego LGBT community. League officials will be high- lighting the Women’s Division and Open B Division during the current offseason, in an effort to get their team count compa- rable to the most popular Open D and Open C groups.

The Women’s Division is pretty self-explanatory.

feats, they are eligible to play in the beginning D division. If a C or B team will take them, they are also welcome to play in the higher divisions.

The point of the ratings system is to keep “ringers” who belong in higher divisions from playing in the lower divisions, making the games more fair and fun for everyone. The last thing anyone would want to see if a player just learning the sport getting nailed by a line drive from a superstar.

Open C is the largest divi- sion and in recent years, the

new to town, or haven’t heard about this popular softball league, you’re encouraged to contact the league right away to find out how you can get on a team. Everyone who registers to play will be placed on a team. League fees are only $55 per season and typically, the schedule consists of 18 to 22 games, played on Sundays in Poway and Santee.

Clinics will begin at the end “The last thing anyone would

The ladies play their season at the same time as the Open Divi- sion (which is mostly men but some women as well). In Wom- en’s and Open, players are placed on teams based on their skill level. For example, in the Open Division, B is the highest level of competition offered in San Diego (there is an A Division nation- ally). Players are rated on a series of 27 questions which measure their ability to perform certain feats during games. If they can perform no more than 11 of those

title has come down to the final two weekends of the four-month schedule. As noted, the B Divi- sion is looking for more players to either form a team themselves, or to attend the clinics and allow the league to help form another team or two. San Diego has a vast number of exceptional athletes who participate in other sports such as the popular flag football league (SDAFFL,, ten- nis, and basketball (San Diego Hoops, If you are an athlete and are

want to see is a player just learn- ing the sport getting nailed by a line drive from a superstar.”

of January and continue into February. New players are required to attend one of these clinics in order for league of- ficials to gauge your skill set and determine your division eligibil- ity. If you have already found a team to join, just inform a league representative at the clinic. If not, they will place

you on a free agent list, where coaches will contact you with an offer to play.

The AFCSL is all about fun, fantastic competition at every level, and the social aspect of team sports really makes playing in the league a rewarding experi- ence for LGBT athletes and their friends. The best teams are rewarded with berths to the Soft- ball World Series towards the end of the year, which is a week- long extravaganza of games and social events that takes place

Julio Montano (Outlaws) delivers a pitch in a C game. (Courtesy Michael Brian Studios)

each year in a different city each. Furthermore, cities across the country host weekend tourna- ments that San Diego teams often travel to during holidays. For more information about the league and how you can get involved, visit and let them know that you are inter- ested.

Mission Valley Resort Wins Pool Title

The San Diego Pool League (SDPL) A Division finals were played on Monday, Dec. 13 at top-seeded Mission Valley Resort (MVR), and the hosts dispatched of second-seeded Flicks handily in a 9-2 victory that included a table run by the victors. The match pitted the top two heavyweights in the league, as Flicks boasted a ros-

ter of players who each had .500 records or better during the season. Meanwhile, MVR was led by Joe Myers, whose 33-8 regular-season record easily led the A Division.

MVR, led by captain Jeff

Brayshaw, will now represent the SDPL in team play at the West Coast Challenge, held Jan. 7-9 in San Francisco.

The league will hold a ban- quet on Monday, Jan. 3 at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, where awards will be presented. Players inter- ested in joining the league need to form a team with at least four players, and find a sponsor bar that has a pool table for match play. For more information about the league, visit the website at sd- or contact Jorge at (760) 717-9900. Spring season begins in mid-January.♚

December 17-30, 2010 GAY SAN DIEGO

23 DUGOUT CHATTER with Jeff Praught

Fun times with the San Diego Pool League (Courtesy Ashi Fachler) SWIMCARE

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