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

League Announcements

Announcements from around the league

HoliGay Party – December 2nd

By Paige | Nov 19, 2017 | Comments Off on HoliGay Party – December 2nd

BASL invites you to our annual HoliGay means HoliGive Back party at Industry Bar on Saturday, December 2nd from 5PM – 9PM.


Please join us this year as we partner with THRIVE at Brightpoint, a Bronx-based program for young adults that not only provides a safe place for the LGBT community in the South Bronx but also provides comprehensive behavioral health, primary care, HIV prevention services, homeless youth outreach and home placement services. This year they are in need of clothing (specifically new socks and shirts) and toiletry items (toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant etc). Winter is upon us so new or lightly used coats/jackets or sweaters are needed.

Check out this Amazon Wishlist for all the items THRIVE needs.

We’ve seen so much anger and hate this year, let’s end it with an act of love.

Check out our Facebook Event for the Latest information.

Any question? Please reach out to for more information.

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The Gotham Softball Classic is Back!

By Paige | Nov 19, 2017 | Comments Off on The Gotham Softball Classic is Back!

We are excited to announce the return of The Gotham Softball Classic, the charity softball tournament run, hosted and organized by the Big Apple Softball League.

The tournament will finally make it’s return to New York City’s famous Central Park! There you’ll be in the very center of New York City where all the action is and be surrounded by native New Yorkers, and tourists alike! Not many people get the opportunity to say they’ve played in Central Park so you won’t want to miss out on next year’s Gotham Softball Classic.



The Tournament will be hosted on Memorial Day Weekend – May 26th and 27th in 2018. Please stay tuned for more information regarding Sign ups, early bird specials and many more details to come. Follow Gotham Softball Classic on Facebook for all the latest information and of course don’t forget to subscribe to the BASL’s Monthly Newsletter, where announcements are sure to find their way.

A special thanks goes out to the Gotham Softball Classic Planning committee and all their hard work to resurrect the GSC. We look forward to playing with you all in 2018!

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Meet The Board – Jeff James

By Paige | Nov 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Meet The Board – Jeff James

Q&A With BASL Commissioner Jeff James

BASL members new and old will recognize this familiar face. Jeff’s dedication to the Big Apple Softball League doesn’t go unnoticed and we’re all so thankful to have him run this awesome organization. In September, Jeff was recognized by the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) for his dedication to this league and we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving. Take some time to get to know our fearless leader!

What do you do for the BASL?
As BASL Commissioner, my goal is to give the players, the best 10-12 week softball experience possible and represent New York at the NAGAAA meetings. Beyond the 10-12 week regular season, it takes 8-9 months of preparation with the executive board and committee heads to get ready for the season. For the future, I’m working on a dynamic skills clinic, All-Star/Gay Pride Classic 1-day tournament along with the Pride March, and continue addressing the needs of the BASL players.
When did you start playing in the BASL?
I started playing in the BASL in 2001 after playing in straight Long Island leagues for years. I would commute out to Long Island every Sunday. Until one day, my friend mentioned that there was a GAY softball league in NYC. I was shocked. He told me to go to the LGBT Center for details. I found an ad for the draft at East River Park. I’m currently heading into my 18th Season.
What do you do for fun? 
I enjoy Friday evening happy hour with friends at GYM Sports Bar, Boxers or Mexi-cue. I am currently obsessed with Next Games – The Walking Dead (No Man’s Land) mobile game and spending time with my husband Ed.
What three words describe you best?
Fair. Compassionate. Empathetic.
How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?
With encouragement from John Panarace I decided to run for assistant commissioner in 2011. I wanted to give back to the BASL for all of the good times I had in my first 10 years in the league. I wanted to contribute in making the league the best it could be and hopefully pushing it forward into the future.
What do you love about BASL? 
BASL is family. We don’t get to choose our family. Due to my Jamaican heritage, my parents had a very hard time accepting the fact I was gay. Our relationship is so much better now. Being gay, we get to choose our family, our friends become family. Playing in the BASL made a huge difference in my life. It’s where I met ED!


#babyJeff (on far left) in 2002 – At John Panarace’s holiday party at his apartment. Jef was trying to update the Rebels Uniform and brought samples. Jeff is pictured here wearing the sleeveless. Ed (Jeff’s now partner) was wearing the sleeves and Jorge was wearing a dark navy jersey from Jeff’s work league.

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Meet The Board Series

By Paige | Nov 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Meet The Board Series

We are excited to announce the launch of our Meet the Board SeriesEach month we’re going to highlight some of the tireless volunteers that dedicate hours of their time to make the Big Apple Softball League run, your Executive Board Members!

To start off we’ll be highlighting your League Commissioner, Jeff James.

Don’t forget to Follow us on Instagram and Sign up for our Newsletter to get the latest news and information from the Big Apple Softball League.

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Follow us on Instagram!

By Paige | Nov 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Follow us on Instagram!

Big Apple Softball League is now on Instagram!

Check out our feed below and don’t forget to Follow Us! And if you have any team photos or player action shots please don’t forget to share them with Paige by emailing them to Thank you!

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Fall 2017 Results

By Paige | Nov 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Fall 2017 Results

That’s a wrap on this 2017 Fall Ball Season. BASL tried to create a more social atmosphere this Fall Season by mixing the teams and bringing them back to our sponsor bars at the end of each set of games. Special Thanks goes out to Claire Allen (Asst. Commissioner – Women’s) for all her hard work to make this idea a reality, to Jeff James (Commissioner), Mike Cohen (Asst. Commissioner) for running the Open division. And thanks to all the volunteers that helped balance the lineups, managed teams or brought equipment to the games. We introduced over two dozen new players to the Big Apple Softball League and hope at least a few of them will stick around for more seasons to come!

This is our first time trying this and would appreciate your feedback! Please Fill out the End of Fall Season Survey that will be making it’s way to your inbox.

Don’t forget to join us for our next event the HoliGay HoliGive Party on December 2nd. In the meantime check out the results and pictures below.

Women’s Division

Regular Season Results

Playoff Results:

1st Place OiTNB2

2nd Place Veruca Salt

Open Division

Regular Season Results

Playoff Results:

1st Place: Team Grey Worm

2nd Place: Yellow Jacket

Team Grey Worm Managed by Dan Westervelt



Thanks to Our Fall Ball Sponsors:

Interesting in Sponsoring the BASL? Learn how

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Get Involved!

By Paige | Sep 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Get Involved!

Big Apple Softball League needs your help. We’re looking for individuals interested in helping out on our various Committees!

The Skills Clinic and Gotham Softball Classic Committees are currently without committee chairs.

Check out the Committees here.

Do you have other ways you’d like to help out? Email us:

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Fall Season Schedule

By Paige | Sep 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Fall Season Schedule

The Fall Ball Season Schedule is now Available under the “Seasons” Tab

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PhotoBooth Photos

By Paige | Sep 20, 2017 | Comments Off on PhotoBooth Photos

Check out All the Photos from the Awards Party Photobooth

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Awards Party Photos

By Paige | Sep 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Awards Party Photos

Thanks to Enrique Menendez for volunteering to take all of these photos. Thanks to all that showed up to our 2017 End of Season Awards Party!

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Our annual HoliGay HoliGive Party is Sat. Dec 2nd from 5pm - 9pmClick to Learn More