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Frequently Asked Questions

Playing in the League

How do I play?
If you are currently on a team but not yet registered, please contact your Coach or Team Manager. They will send you an invite where you can login and pay your registration fee. If you are not on a team, please email

How are League announcements handled such as rainouts/cancellations/etc.?
We have several means of communication with players and coaches. Our primary means is by email. We also update regularly on our official Softball Austin Facebook page

What kind of bat can I use?
The League follows USA Softball rules which means that all bats have to be ASA Certified. Please see USA Softball's article on Certified Bats. Also see this for a listing of approved bats. Your Team's Coach can also provide guidance on the type of bat that is approved.

What equipment do I need in order to play?
Uniform: Your team will provide or make available for purchase a uniform (at minimum a team jersey).
Glove: You will need your own glove, though some teams and players have extra gloves to lend to new players.
Bat: Players generally share bats, though you may wish to purchase your own eventually. 
Shoes: Cleats or turf shoes are recommended to provide additional traction on playing surfaces. Metal cleats are not allowed due to safety purposes. 
Batting Gloves: These are recommended but not required.

Where are games played?
All Softball Austin games are held at Krieg Softball Complex, 515 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Austin. The fields are conveniently located about seven minutes from downtown Austin. For detailed information about individual field locations and parking, visit the Krieg Softball Complex field map

When are games played?
Softball Austin hosts both spring (February - June) and fall (September - November) seasons. Games are played on Sundays, typically between 9:00am and 3:00pm (with exceptions). Please visit the schedule page for the most current information. Teams usually play two games each Sunday.

What are the rules for Softball Austin's games?
Softball Austin's games follow USA Softball rules as well as the rules of the two national leagues that govern our organization, NAGAAA and ASANA, as well as the Softball Austin Bylaws (IOG)

About the League

What is Softball Austin?
Formed in the fall of 2004, Softball Austin's mission is to offer the Central Texas LGBTQ+ community, along with its straight allies, the opportunity to experience and enjoy recreational softball in a safe, competitive, inclusive environment. Softball Austin is truly a "League of our own."

Why do we need our own league?
Softball Austin helps build a stronger, more cohesive LGBTQ+ community. Players and fans are free to be who they are in a fun, safe environment.

Who runs the league?
An elected board of directors works with coaches and managers of each team to operate the league, alongside dozens of volunteers. The current Board membership can be found on the Board of Directors page.

Who's eligible to play in the league?
Anyone who joins the league, signs a waiver form, and pays a player fee is eligible to participate. Player fees help administer the league and pay for field rentals, game balls, umpires, website management, and social events. Every player must be a member of Softball Austin before they can participate in a game. These closed roster rules do not allow teams to pick up players from the bleachers or another team. Teams are encouraged to register enough players to avoid having to forfeit games due to lack of participation.

Is there a place for me in Softball Austin?
Absolutely. This is an inclusive, affirming, "open" league where all members of our community are welcome. Softball Austin has five divisions to accommodate players of all skill levels. We offer both an Open Division (co-ed) and Women's Division, and women may play in both divisions.

How much does it cost to register?
Team and player registration fees are announced at the beginning of each season. Fees for the Spring 2023 season were $425 for teams and $50 for players. Please note that some teams charge players a separate fee to help offset their registration costs and practice field rentals. Ask your Coach or Team Manager for details. 

What is NAGAAA (Open Division)?
Softball Austin is a member of the National American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA). Created in 1977, NAGAAA currently has 54 member cities in the United States and Canada. Teams representing these leagues participate in the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), hosted each year in a different member city.

What is ASANA (Women's Division)?
Softball Austin is a member of the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA). Created in 2007, ASANA currently has 28 women's division softball leagues in the United States and Canada. Teams representing these leagues participate in the ASANA Softball World Series (SWS), hosted each year in a different member city.

Who sponsors Softball Austin?
Softball Austin enjoys broad support from the Central Texas community. If you are interested in sponsoring Softball Austin, please email

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