Big Apple Softball League: New York City's LGBTQ+ Softball League

Meet the Board – Mike Cohen

 Q&A With BASL Asst. Commissioner Mike Cohen

Mike Cohen is a somewhat fresh face to the Big Apple Softball League Executive Committee, having just joined as Assistant Commissioner last year but he’s been involved in the league long before that.  Any BASL member or NAGAAA league player will recognize this face anywhere!  If there’s a softball tournament happening, Mike’s probably at it.


What do you do for the BASL?

I’m currently the assistant commissioner for the open division. I’m also helping the Gotham Softball Classic get back into the swing of things as an advisor. I’m also working on the renewal of our (softball field) permits for the upcoming spring season as well as GSC.

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I started playing in the BASL in 2011. I really can’t believe that I just finished my 6th year. I found the league by just doing random searches when I lived in New Jersey.

What do you do for fun? 

I love to travel which softball helps me do. I also enjoy watching sports in particular baseball and football. Lastly, when I have time I’m an avid fisherman.

What three words describe you best?

Kind, respectful and lethargic.

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I originally became involved because I questioned a lot of things the league did, like most people do. I started as a team representative then the following year became the division representative. I was a division representative for two years and while also serving as the GSC co-director for three years. Shortly thereafter Jeff James spoke with me about making the next jump to my current position.

What do you love about BASL? 

I think,  like most people  I love the league because I get to meet some really great people while playing softball. This league has also given me friends from all across the country which I didn’t have before joining.

 

 #BabyMike in 2011 playing for the Rams in his first tournament representing BASL which was in Boston.