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A Side of Sports in San Diego: SDAFFL, AFCSL and SD Surge wrap up their seasons & celebrate

Were you picked on as a kid? Maybe never picked until last for sport teams in school? Did you really love a sport, but fall behind early or get injured, only to have your parents pull you -- and you never got to live up to your full potential?

Was there a sport you always wanted to try but your parents either didn't have the money or discouraged you from participating? Were you too afraid to try out? Or maybe you just didn't fit in?

If any of these are true, odds are you are in pretty good company right here in the San Diego LGBT community. We've all been there.

I'm proud to say that we have so many great LGBT-oriented sports organizations here, and I encourage you to get off the couch and get involved in one or many of them.

Seek out a sport you loved as a child or teenager and truly embrace it, once again. Find a sport you've always wanted to try - and try it now - you'll be surrounded by the most encouraging people you could ever find, and they are all people you have lots in common with.

Flag Football

San Diego American Flag Football League (SDAFFL) wrapped up its season last weekend, on Saturday, June 11th. Players and fans alike experienced a smashing success of a championship and an equally successful end-of-the-season banquet at Eden the following evening.

For more information and some amazing action shots from those exiting playoffs see Russ Edra's column HERE.

Softball

America's Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) has had a lot of changes this year, with an exciting and interactive new website, a brand new field to use, and its 30th anniversary to celebrate.

After several months of competitive spirit on the field, the league will be wrapping up their 30th annual Spring season this Sunday, June 19th.

To kick the final weekend off, the Women's Division is having a "Summer Softball Social" tonight, June 17th, at Gossip Grill. For more information see Bianca Waxlax's column.

Division winners are yet to be confirmed, as some are still duking it out for the top spots. If you'd like to catch some great softball before the season ends, make sure you head out to the fields on Sunday.

    Here are the details for Sunday's games:
  • The Women's Division will be playing on three different fields at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, with the first game beginning at 9:00 am, and the last "play ball" announcement at 1:00 pm.
  • The Open Division will be battling it out at the Poway Sportsplex, with the first game kicking off the last day of season starting at 8:00 am. Games will play concurrently on the three different fields and continue on throughout the day, until the last game of the day begins at 3:00 pm.

Starting at 5 pm that same day, players, managers, coaches and fans are invited to attend the AFCSL end of the season banquet. The festivities will be a little more formal than usual this year, taking place at the San Diego LGBT Center.

A cocktail reception will start the event at 5 pm, with a catered, sit-down dinner and awards ceremony immediately following. Paid AFCSL players are free, but there is a $5.00 fee for any guests or non-paying participants.

This will be the first year Hall of Fame inductees are recognized at the league end of the season party.

VOTE AFCSL board is also encouraging all players, coaches and managers to take part in deciding your new board members. See the website for more details.

Women's Tackle Football

Also wrapping up their spring league last weekend was the San Diego Surge - a women's full-contact tackle football team.

The Surge took the Western Conference Champions and wish to celebrate that accomplishment with their fans in San Diego this Saturday at Numbers during Femme Fatale. For more information, see Bianca Waxlax's column HERE.

The Surge will next move on to the play-offs, where they will take on the Silver State Legacy on Saturday, June 25th at Mira Mesa High School, starting at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00 and are available online. The first 100 fans through the gate win a Surge cup.

Women's Golf

Last month we announced in this column that the San Diego Lady Links were to be heading to Pala Mesa golf course for their monthly outing in June, but that has changed. They've decided to do a joint-event at Pala Mesa in September with their golf-buddies from Palm Springs, the Stonewall Golfers. Details are pending.

This month the ladies have been rescheduled to the Maderas golf course, and at last count, head honcho Vicky Minneti had 15 confirmed, so if you want more information visit the Lady Links website or email Vicky at gr8putt@aol.com.

Coming Soon

As the summer unfolds we will bring you information on lots of outdoor events and sports organizations here in San Diego.

Hiking, 5K Run/Walks, Tennis, basketball, softball tournaments, and more. Stay tuned.

LGBT Volleyball?

A reader of SDGLN would like to know if there are any organized LGBT volleyball groups here in San Diego. If anyone has any details at all, please forward them to me.

Morgan M. Hurley is the Assistant Editor of SDGLN and also edits the Sports Section. Please forward any information or questions to her via email at morgan@sdgln.com. You can also contact her at (877) 727-5446, x710.