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

Mets Pride Game

Feb 22, 2018

Register for the Mets Pride Game on Saturday, August 4th.

The Mets take on the Atlanta Braves starting at 7:10pm.

Follow this link to register to sit with the Big Apple Softball League in the Coca-Cola Corner. All tickets include a voucher for beer and food.

Note: We will group the ticket distributions according to BASL team

Meet the Board – Dan Westervelt

Feb 19, 2018

 Q&A With BASL Panarace Division Representative, Dan Westervelt

Fun fact, one of our managers (we won’t name who) found Dan by posting about the league of Reddit.


What do you do for the BASL?

As the Panarace divsion rep, I make sure the managers and players are in the loop with league business. I plan our division’s schedule and handle any other division-specific issues. I’m a co-manager for the Stonewall Swingers. I also recently co-managed a Fall team (and we won the championship!).

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I started playing in the Spring of 2014. I found out about the league on the world wide interwebz. I recently moved to NYC and was looking for a new league and couldn’t have found a better one!

Where are you from?

Kind of all over. Born in central Illinois, raised mostly in East Tennessee, moved to Indiana for college, Pittsburgh for grad school, and NYC since 2013. I plan on sticking around here in NYC for awhile.

What do you do for fun? 

I like to explore NYC, there is just so much to do and see here. I watch a lot of sports. I watch a lot of horror movies. I’m a professional science nerd for a living, so I like to keep up with all the crazy things going on in the science world. I’ll read occasionally, with sci-fi/fantasy and non-fiction being the most common genres.

What three words describe you best?

motivated, nerdy, Batman

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I was appointed division rep in January of 2017. I think I actually saw about the position vacancy in the Inside Pitch newsletter. I remember going to the board meeting to officially declare my interest in volunteering in November of 2016, which happened to be the day after the election. So to me it felt like good timing to do some volunteering for a good organization.

Editor’s Note: Email execboard@bigapplesoftball.com if Dan has inspired you to get involved!

What do you love about BASL? 

I love that the league can be both serious and competitive yet fun and recreational at the same time. I’d played in too many leagues in the past that were just way too disorganized and laid-back. I like the social aspects, specifically how a lot of teams like to go out to their partner/sponsor bars after games. I really like that there is an active contingent of players in essentially all divisions that like to travel for tournaments — playing in tournaments has been one of my favorite things.


 

#babyDan 2008

 


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Meet the Board – Emily Levin

Feb 1, 2018

 Q&A With BASL Mousseau Division Representative, Emily Levin

This is Emily’s very first season as a BASL Division Representative for the Women’s Mousseau Division and we’re all really excited to have her on board (thanks Tarah!).


What do you do for the BASL?

I’m the Rep for the Women’s Mousseau Division, my job is to make sure that all the mangers and players in my Division are up-to-date on whats going on with the league. I help problem solve any issues that come up, find ways to improve the experience for all players, and I’m an advocate for my division’s needs. This season I’m really focused on ways to grow the women’s divisions. I would love to have at least two more teams added to both Green Batten and Mousseau by the 2019 season!

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I started playing BASL in 2010 on the Silent Assassins, I had missed the draft and so I emailed join@bigapplesoftball.com and was placed with them. I was looking for ways to meet more gay people and have something to do so I googled ‘gay softball’ and here we are! It was for sure one of my best googles!

Where are you from?

New Jersey! Hey, to all the Jersey trash out there. I grew up in South Jersey, by LBI and then moved to New York after college and I still live in my Hell’s Kitchen apartment I moved into in 2007.

What do you do for fun? 

If you can’t find me on the softball field all summer then I’m most likely on a beach. I always want sun and beach!

What three words describe you best?

This question stresses me out. Does that say enough? Just come say, “Hi!” to me and you’ll find out! I’m friendly, that I know!

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I’m a pretty outspoken and a get-things-done kind of person, so as soon as I got to know the league better I began to see ways that we could improve and I started talking about it. My teammates (Hey bombers!) and Manager (shout out to Sulyn!) gave me the initial push to get more involved. But it was Tarah Burns, our wonderful former Woman’s Commish that really pulled me in and was basically like, “You have to.”

I’m very happy she made me step up because I love getting to help bring more people into the league and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about getting involved to come talk to someone on the board.  We can help find a place for you to be involved that works both for you and for us!

Editor’s Note: Email execboard@bigapplesoftball.com if Emily has inspired you to get involved!

What do you love about BASL? 

I love that still get to play softball as a grownup!

I love that I get to meet new people all the time that also love to play.

I love that this league is a safe space for people to come and find their tribe.

I love that this whole thing exists because enough people volunteer their time and brains to make it happen.


 

#babyEmily During her first season with the Silent Assassins in 2010

 

Emily with her current team, The B-Bombers at their Sponsor Bar, Henrietta Hudson


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Returning Player Registration is Open

Jan 29, 2018

Happy 2018 Big Apple Softball Leaguers!

We have some good news, Early Registration for the 2018 Spring/Summer Season is now open.

Click this Link to Register Today

Instructions to Create your 2018 Profile:

  • Go to Link
  • Click Red “Pay Now” Button on BASL Website
  • Log into your Teamsnap Account (Same Account you used last season)
  • Click “Import Participant” (Your information should be in TeamSnap from previous seasons)
  • Sign Initial Waivers
  • Fill out form and Additional Options
  • Pay*
  • Note: Your registration is NOT complete until FULL PAYMENT is received

 

Early Registration is $90 (Early Registration is until February 28th)

Starting March 1st Regular registration will be $105

NOTE: We have added additional options to the Player Registration Form this year.

You can register for our BASL Skills Clinic ($20)

  • This year the Skills Clinic will be directed by Lisa Rizzo of Challenge U Softball
  • It will be on Randall’s Island
  • There will be 1:00pm Session & a 2:30pm Session (Each Session is 1.5 hours)
  • There will ONLY be enough slots for 39 players in each session
  • OFFENSE: Hitting – Breakdown For Power, Hand-Eye Coordination, Consistency
  • DEFENSE: Throwing Mechanics for Power and Consistency, Elite Throwing Progression to Warm Up Correctly, Fielding Position Baserunning, Position, Sliding with sliding mat – Head First, Bottom First, Outfield Tracking, and Crow Hop Throws

You can register for the Mets Pride Night on August 4th ($25)

  • This will be for the “Fan Experience Package”
  • Seats will be located in the Coca-Cola Corner – section 302
  • There is a limited number of tickets. (50)
  • This will come with a Food Voucher

There will be separate sign-ups available each of those options for those that wish to signup at a later date but there are still only a limited number of slots available.

Click this Link to Register Today


NOTE TO NEW PLAYERS:

If you are looking to join as a New Player please signup for our newsletter and join us for one of our New Player Drafts in the early Spring. (Dates TBA). The Draft determines your Spring/Summer 2018 Team and you cannot register without a team.

 

Please reach out to hello@bigapplesoftball.com with any questions.

 

Draft Day – 2018

Jan 27, 2018

Players Looking to Join the Big Apple Softball League for the Spring/Summer 2018 Season are invited to attend ONE of or Two New Player Draft Days.

Day 1
Sat. March 31st at Chelsea Fields
10:00am – 12:00pm (Women’s Division)
12:00 pm – 2:00pm (Open Division)
Please Join us afterwards for the BASL Post-Draft Afterparty at Walter’s Bar (BASL volunteers will guide you to the party!)

—- OR —-

Day 2
Day 2  Sat. April 7th
at Randall’s Island Field #34
10:00 am – 12:00pm (ALL DIVISIONS)
Please Join us afterwards for the BASL Post-Draft Afterparty at the Randall’s Island Golf Center Beer Garden
(BASL volunteers will guide you to the Golf Center!)

Questions? Check out our New Player FAQ

Stay Tuned for more information regarding Facebook Events. And we ASK all current BASL members to share the facebook events and pending event flyer with their friends!

VOLUNTEERS –
We will be looking for BASL Volunteers to help with the distribution of flyers and for volunteers day off to help greet draftees and assist with hitting fly and ground balls etc. If you think you’d be interested in volunteering please contact asstcommishwomens@bigapplesoftball.com (Women’s draft)
Or asstcommish@bigapplesoftball.com (Open Division Draft)

Eyes Wide Shut Party – Feb. 13th

Jan 27, 2018

Join The Big Apple Softball League for our February Social.

The Event Starts at 5pm on Tuesday, Feb. 13th

There will be lots of prizes AND Drink Specials.

Any questions? Reach out to Gandy at social@bigapplesoftball.com.

We’ll be at the Brand New Boxers UES at 1664 Third Avenue

 

Meet the Board – Melo Vasquez

Jan 24, 2018

 Q&A With BASL Dima Division Representative, Carmelo Vasquez

Big Apple Softball League LGBTQ+ league that welcomes people of all walks of life. Melo is an example of that. Melo joined BASL over a decade ago just looking for somewhere to play ball but he’s now found a community.


What do you do for the BASL?

I am currently the coach of NY Fusion which I help found 14 years ago. I was also the head of the investigation committee of one and currently I am the Dima Division Representative.

When did you start playing in the BASL?

In 2003 I was sitting on a porch one Saturday morning when I got into a conversation with a male in a baseball uniform. Conversation went a little like this Me: hey where do you play, can I play Male: I play for BASL it’s a Gay league Me: I don’t care if it’s game I just want to play. Since then it has been one of the greatest experiences of the last 15 years.

Where are you from?

I was born in Jersey City but was raised in the 5 boroughs.

What do you do for fun? 

I like to draw and I love watching my kids grow. I also like taking down the 1%ers while building stronger jobs.

What three words describe you best?

Big hearted, loyal and stubborn

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I got involved because I love what this league has given me. BASL has given me a foundation and an extended family. I wanted to make sure those values are afforded to everyone.

What do you love about BASL? 

I love the fact that when the game starts the competition is fierce but when the games are over all you feel is the love.


Melo during the first year of the NY Fusion

Playing with the Wings in 2004 at a Tampa Tournament


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Meet the Board – Randy Price

Jan 19, 2018

 Q&A With BASL Treasurer, Randy Price

Hall of Famer Randy Price was inducted in the very first BASL Hall of Fame class, along with the likes of Chuck Dima (aka The Godfather of Gay Softball), Burt Sachs (The namesake of the Open Sachs division) and John Panarace (the namesake of the Open Panarace divsion). So it’s safe to say that Randy has been involved with the league for a very long time and has been involved in shaping the Big Apple Softball League. We thank Randy for stepping up as BASL Treasurer and for helping to run a league we love so much!


What do you do for the BASL?

I’ve been Treasurer for the past year, a position I held previously for 10 years in the late ’90s-early ’00s.

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I joined the league in 1983 after hearing then-Commissioner Howie Katz promote the league on WBAI’s gay radio program. That year I started on Jerry Fitzpatrick’s Buddies team, but ended the season playing for the Boot Hill Bandits. The following year, I took part in the Bandits’ Greasers/Cheerleaders act, which was the highlight of the BASL Follies.

Where are you from?

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. My family moved to Essex County, NJ, in 1960. I moved into the city in 1979.

What do you do for fun? 

I do a monthly internet show for Top Shelf Oldies, concentrating mainly on “uncommon oldies” from the 1960s, and I continue to add to my collection of CDs and vinyl records. I also administer the online Chart Archives for Cashbox Magazine and am currently working on transcribing the Country and R&B charts for that archive.

What three words describe you best?

Jocular (no pun intended). Musical. Young-at-heart.

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I first joined the board in 1986 as Secretary, at the urging of other board members. Around that time, I founded the BASL newsletter, and later joined Paul Caruso as co-editor and production manager of BASLines, the newsletter that was mailed out to the membership four to six times a year from 1995 through 2000.

What do you love about BASL? 

I love playing softball in a competitive and gay-friendly environment and meeting others who feel the same.


 

Randy Price with the Bullets, circa 1997 or ’98


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Register for the Skills Clinic

Jan 18, 2018

 

BASL is Partnering with Challenge U Softball to put on a professionally run Skills Clinic. Dust off those cobwebs from a long and ice cold winter and brush up on your softball Skills with Coach Lisa.

This means you will have a skills clinic put on by certified coaches. The cost of registration is $20 Per Player and is REQUIRED in order to partcipate in the Skills Clinic this year.

There will be 2 Sessions on Saturday, April 7th at Randall’s Island #34. There is a limited number of spots per session. Secure your spot today!

Session #1 Starts at 1:00 – 2:30 (Click here to register for Session 1)

Session #2 Starts at 2:30 – 4:00 (Click here to Register for Session 2)

Spots are Limited! You MUST register to attend the Skills clinic.

Join us immediately after the sessions for a Happy Hour at the Randall’s Island Beer Garden.

Skills clinic is available ONLY to BASL Registered Players

Congrats to All Our Tournament Teams

Jan 18, 2018

The Go! Girls travelled all the way to Las Vegas for the Sin City Classic in early January and came home with some First Place Medals in the Women’s C Division. They played a marathon of 8 games with only a 1 hour break and still managed to keep the games close, they pushed all the way to force the IF Game. Thanks to the managers and players of the Go! Girls who represented the Big Apple Softball League and brought home the silver!

The Demons were also at the Sin City Classic, playing in the Open D-1 Division where they managed to snag 5th place in a pool of dozens of teams. Thanks to Charlie and company for treking all the way out to Las Vegas and representing the Big Apple Softball League.

 

The Grizzlies and the Wildcats also represented the Big Apple Softball League at the Sin City Classic. They fell just short in elimination play. The Grizzlies were also in attendance to celebrate the 40th Birthday of 5 year BASL vet Scott McNabb. Happy Birthday, Scott!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Fusion went to the Orlando Meltdown Charity Tournament in Sunny Florida. And they send us this photo as proof.

 

Mets Pride Game

By Paige | Feb 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Mets Pride Game

Register for the Mets Pride Game on Saturday, August 4th.

The Mets take on the Atlanta Braves starting at 7:10pm.

Follow this link to register to sit with the Big Apple Softball League in the Coca-Cola Corner. All tickets include a voucher for beer and food.

Note: We will group the ticket distributions according to BASL team

Meet the Board – Dan Westervelt

By Paige | Feb 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet the Board – Dan Westervelt

 Q&A With BASL Panarace Division Representative, Dan Westervelt

Fun fact, one of our managers (we won’t name who) found Dan by posting about the league of Reddit.


What do you do for the BASL?

As the Panarace divsion rep, I make sure the managers and players are in the loop with league business. I plan our division’s schedule and handle any other division-specific issues. I’m a co-manager for the Stonewall Swingers. I also recently co-managed a Fall team (and we won the championship!).

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I started playing in the Spring of 2014. I found out about the league on the world wide interwebz. I recently moved to NYC and was looking for a new league and couldn’t have found a better one!

Where are you from?

Kind of all over. Born in central Illinois, raised mostly in East Tennessee, moved to Indiana for college, Pittsburgh for grad school, and NYC since 2013. I plan on sticking around here in NYC for awhile.

What do you do for fun? 

I like to explore NYC, there is just so much to do and see here. I watch a lot of sports. I watch a lot of horror movies. I’m a professional science nerd for a living, so I like to keep up with all the crazy things going on in the science world. I’ll read occasionally, with sci-fi/fantasy and non-fiction being the most common genres.

What three words describe you best?

motivated, nerdy, Batman

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I was appointed division rep in January of 2017. I think I actually saw about the position vacancy in the Inside Pitch newsletter. I remember going to the board meeting to officially declare my interest in volunteering in November of 2016, which happened to be the day after the election. So to me it felt like good timing to do some volunteering for a good organization.

Editor’s Note: Email execboard@bigapplesoftball.com if Dan has inspired you to get involved!

What do you love about BASL? 

I love that the league can be both serious and competitive yet fun and recreational at the same time. I’d played in too many leagues in the past that were just way too disorganized and laid-back. I like the social aspects, specifically how a lot of teams like to go out to their partner/sponsor bars after games. I really like that there is an active contingent of players in essentially all divisions that like to travel for tournaments — playing in tournaments has been one of my favorite things.


 

#babyDan 2008

 


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Meet the Board – Emily Levin

By Paige | Feb 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet the Board – Emily Levin

 Q&A With BASL Mousseau Division Representative, Emily Levin

This is Emily’s very first season as a BASL Division Representative for the Women’s Mousseau Division and we’re all really excited to have her on board (thanks Tarah!).


What do you do for the BASL?

I’m the Rep for the Women’s Mousseau Division, my job is to make sure that all the mangers and players in my Division are up-to-date on whats going on with the league. I help problem solve any issues that come up, find ways to improve the experience for all players, and I’m an advocate for my division’s needs. This season I’m really focused on ways to grow the women’s divisions. I would love to have at least two more teams added to both Green Batten and Mousseau by the 2019 season!

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I started playing BASL in 2010 on the Silent Assassins, I had missed the draft and so I emailed join@bigapplesoftball.com and was placed with them. I was looking for ways to meet more gay people and have something to do so I googled ‘gay softball’ and here we are! It was for sure one of my best googles!

Where are you from?

New Jersey! Hey, to all the Jersey trash out there. I grew up in South Jersey, by LBI and then moved to New York after college and I still live in my Hell’s Kitchen apartment I moved into in 2007.

What do you do for fun? 

If you can’t find me on the softball field all summer then I’m most likely on a beach. I always want sun and beach!

What three words describe you best?

This question stresses me out. Does that say enough? Just come say, “Hi!” to me and you’ll find out! I’m friendly, that I know!

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I’m a pretty outspoken and a get-things-done kind of person, so as soon as I got to know the league better I began to see ways that we could improve and I started talking about it. My teammates (Hey bombers!) and Manager (shout out to Sulyn!) gave me the initial push to get more involved. But it was Tarah Burns, our wonderful former Woman’s Commish that really pulled me in and was basically like, “You have to.”

I’m very happy she made me step up because I love getting to help bring more people into the league and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about getting involved to come talk to someone on the board.  We can help find a place for you to be involved that works both for you and for us!

Editor’s Note: Email execboard@bigapplesoftball.com if Emily has inspired you to get involved!

What do you love about BASL? 

I love that still get to play softball as a grownup!

I love that I get to meet new people all the time that also love to play.

I love that this league is a safe space for people to come and find their tribe.

I love that this whole thing exists because enough people volunteer their time and brains to make it happen.


 

#babyEmily During her first season with the Silent Assassins in 2010

 

Emily with her current team, The B-Bombers at their Sponsor Bar, Henrietta Hudson


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Returning Player Registration is Open

By Paige | Jan 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Returning Player Registration is Open

Happy 2018 Big Apple Softball Leaguers!

We have some good news, Early Registration for the 2018 Spring/Summer Season is now open.

Click this Link to Register Today

Instructions to Create your 2018 Profile:

  • Go to Link
  • Click Red “Pay Now” Button on BASL Website
  • Log into your Teamsnap Account (Same Account you used last season)
  • Click “Import Participant” (Your information should be in TeamSnap from previous seasons)
  • Sign Initial Waivers
  • Fill out form and Additional Options
  • Pay*
  • Note: Your registration is NOT complete until FULL PAYMENT is received

 

Early Registration is $90 (Early Registration is until February 28th)

Starting March 1st Regular registration will be $105

NOTE: We have added additional options to the Player Registration Form this year.

You can register for our BASL Skills Clinic ($20)

  • This year the Skills Clinic will be directed by Lisa Rizzo of Challenge U Softball
  • It will be on Randall’s Island
  • There will be 1:00pm Session & a 2:30pm Session (Each Session is 1.5 hours)
  • There will ONLY be enough slots for 39 players in each session
  • OFFENSE: Hitting – Breakdown For Power, Hand-Eye Coordination, Consistency
  • DEFENSE: Throwing Mechanics for Power and Consistency, Elite Throwing Progression to Warm Up Correctly, Fielding Position Baserunning, Position, Sliding with sliding mat – Head First, Bottom First, Outfield Tracking, and Crow Hop Throws

You can register for the Mets Pride Night on August 4th ($25)

  • This will be for the “Fan Experience Package”
  • Seats will be located in the Coca-Cola Corner – section 302
  • There is a limited number of tickets. (50)
  • This will come with a Food Voucher

There will be separate sign-ups available each of those options for those that wish to signup at a later date but there are still only a limited number of slots available.

Click this Link to Register Today


NOTE TO NEW PLAYERS:

If you are looking to join as a New Player please signup for our newsletter and join us for one of our New Player Drafts in the early Spring. (Dates TBA). The Draft determines your Spring/Summer 2018 Team and you cannot register without a team.

 

Please reach out to hello@bigapplesoftball.com with any questions.

 

Draft Day – 2018

By Paige | Jan 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Draft Day – 2018

Players Looking to Join the Big Apple Softball League for the Spring/Summer 2018 Season are invited to attend ONE of or Two New Player Draft Days.

Day 1
Sat. March 31st at Chelsea Fields
10:00am – 12:00pm (Women’s Division)
12:00 pm – 2:00pm (Open Division)
Please Join us afterwards for the BASL Post-Draft Afterparty at Walter’s Bar (BASL volunteers will guide you to the party!)

—- OR —-

Day 2
Day 2  Sat. April 7th
at Randall’s Island Field #34
10:00 am – 12:00pm (ALL DIVISIONS)
Please Join us afterwards for the BASL Post-Draft Afterparty at the Randall’s Island Golf Center Beer Garden
(BASL volunteers will guide you to the Golf Center!)

Questions? Check out our New Player FAQ

Stay Tuned for more information regarding Facebook Events. And we ASK all current BASL members to share the facebook events and pending event flyer with their friends!

VOLUNTEERS –
We will be looking for BASL Volunteers to help with the distribution of flyers and for volunteers day off to help greet draftees and assist with hitting fly and ground balls etc. If you think you’d be interested in volunteering please contact asstcommishwomens@bigapplesoftball.com (Women’s draft)
Or asstcommish@bigapplesoftball.com (Open Division Draft)

Eyes Wide Shut Party – Feb. 13th

By Paige | Jan 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Eyes Wide Shut Party – Feb. 13th

Join The Big Apple Softball League for our February Social.

The Event Starts at 5pm on Tuesday, Feb. 13th

There will be lots of prizes AND Drink Specials.

Any questions? Reach out to Gandy at social@bigapplesoftball.com.

We’ll be at the Brand New Boxers UES at 1664 Third Avenue

 

Meet the Board – Melo Vasquez

By Paige | Jan 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet the Board – Melo Vasquez

 Q&A With BASL Dima Division Representative, Carmelo Vasquez

Big Apple Softball League LGBTQ+ league that welcomes people of all walks of life. Melo is an example of that. Melo joined BASL over a decade ago just looking for somewhere to play ball but he’s now found a community.


What do you do for the BASL?

I am currently the coach of NY Fusion which I help found 14 years ago. I was also the head of the investigation committee of one and currently I am the Dima Division Representative.

When did you start playing in the BASL?

In 2003 I was sitting on a porch one Saturday morning when I got into a conversation with a male in a baseball uniform. Conversation went a little like this Me: hey where do you play, can I play Male: I play for BASL it’s a Gay league Me: I don’t care if it’s game I just want to play. Since then it has been one of the greatest experiences of the last 15 years.

Where are you from?

I was born in Jersey City but was raised in the 5 boroughs.

What do you do for fun? 

I like to draw and I love watching my kids grow. I also like taking down the 1%ers while building stronger jobs.

What three words describe you best?

Big hearted, loyal and stubborn

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I got involved because I love what this league has given me. BASL has given me a foundation and an extended family. I wanted to make sure those values are afforded to everyone.

What do you love about BASL? 

I love the fact that when the game starts the competition is fierce but when the games are over all you feel is the love.


Melo during the first year of the NY Fusion

Playing with the Wings in 2004 at a Tampa Tournament


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Meet the Board – Randy Price

By Paige | Jan 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet the Board – Randy Price

 Q&A With BASL Treasurer, Randy Price

Hall of Famer Randy Price was inducted in the very first BASL Hall of Fame class, along with the likes of Chuck Dima (aka The Godfather of Gay Softball), Burt Sachs (The namesake of the Open Sachs division) and John Panarace (the namesake of the Open Panarace divsion). So it’s safe to say that Randy has been involved with the league for a very long time and has been involved in shaping the Big Apple Softball League. We thank Randy for stepping up as BASL Treasurer and for helping to run a league we love so much!


What do you do for the BASL?

I’ve been Treasurer for the past year, a position I held previously for 10 years in the late ’90s-early ’00s.

When did you start playing in the BASL?

I joined the league in 1983 after hearing then-Commissioner Howie Katz promote the league on WBAI’s gay radio program. That year I started on Jerry Fitzpatrick’s Buddies team, but ended the season playing for the Boot Hill Bandits. The following year, I took part in the Bandits’ Greasers/Cheerleaders act, which was the highlight of the BASL Follies.

Where are you from?

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. My family moved to Essex County, NJ, in 1960. I moved into the city in 1979.

What do you do for fun? 

I do a monthly internet show for Top Shelf Oldies, concentrating mainly on “uncommon oldies” from the 1960s, and I continue to add to my collection of CDs and vinyl records. I also administer the online Chart Archives for Cashbox Magazine and am currently working on transcribing the Country and R&B charts for that archive.

What three words describe you best?

Jocular (no pun intended). Musical. Young-at-heart.

How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?

I first joined the board in 1986 as Secretary, at the urging of other board members. Around that time, I founded the BASL newsletter, and later joined Paul Caruso as co-editor and production manager of BASLines, the newsletter that was mailed out to the membership four to six times a year from 1995 through 2000.

What do you love about BASL? 

I love playing softball in a competitive and gay-friendly environment and meeting others who feel the same.


 

Randy Price with the Bullets, circa 1997 or ’98


Keep up with this and the rest of our editions of the Meet the Board Series by Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter

Register for the Skills Clinic

By Paige | Jan 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Register for the Skills Clinic

 

BASL is Partnering with Challenge U Softball to put on a professionally run Skills Clinic. Dust off those cobwebs from a long and ice cold winter and brush up on your softball Skills with Coach Lisa.

This means you will have a skills clinic put on by certified coaches. The cost of registration is $20 Per Player and is REQUIRED in order to partcipate in the Skills Clinic this year.

There will be 2 Sessions on Saturday, April 7th at Randall’s Island #34. There is a limited number of spots per session. Secure your spot today!

Session #1 Starts at 1:00 – 2:30 (Click here to register for Session 1)

Session #2 Starts at 2:30 – 4:00 (Click here to Register for Session 2)

Spots are Limited! You MUST register to attend the Skills clinic.

Join us immediately after the sessions for a Happy Hour at the Randall’s Island Beer Garden.

Skills clinic is available ONLY to BASL Registered Players

Congrats to All Our Tournament Teams

By Paige | Jan 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Congrats to All Our Tournament Teams

The Go! Girls travelled all the way to Las Vegas for the Sin City Classic in early January and came home with some First Place Medals in the Women’s C Division. They played a marathon of 8 games with only a 1 hour break and still managed to keep the games close, they pushed all the way to force the IF Game. Thanks to the managers and players of the Go! Girls who represented the Big Apple Softball League and brought home the silver!

The Demons were also at the Sin City Classic, playing in the Open D-1 Division where they managed to snag 5th place in a pool of dozens of teams. Thanks to Charlie and company for treking all the way out to Las Vegas and representing the Big Apple Softball League.

 

The Grizzlies and the Wildcats also represented the Big Apple Softball League at the Sin City Classic. They fell just short in elimination play. The Grizzlies were also in attendance to celebrate the 40th Birthday of 5 year BASL vet Scott McNabb. Happy Birthday, Scott!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Fusion went to the Orlando Meltdown Charity Tournament in Sunny Florida. And they send us this photo as proof.

 

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