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Editor's Note: This is a new weekly column meant to bring you as much information as possible about all the options to get your sports fix in the local San Diego LGBT Community.
If you live in San Diego, are part of the LGBT community and you like sports, believe me, you are never at a loss for a way to get your sport on.
It is amazing how many LGBT-sponsored or LGBT-friendly sports organizations there are in San Diego. We'll try to keep you updated on as many of them as we can, with a weekly spotlight on one.
Our first week we will just get the ball rolling in all sports directions to whet your palette. There are many other options that what I was able to throw together here, so stay tuned each week and we'll bring you more and more activities and clubs that may be to your liking. If you don't see a sport below that you are interested in, email or us or hang tight, we'll be rolling the info out to you as fast as we can.
America's Finest City Softball League (
Come out Sundays through June, from 8 am until the early afternoon to watch your favorite teams smack that ball around and chase each other around those bases.
Food and beverages (beer!) are available onsite at both locations, so please don't try to sneak anything in. There is a small fee to enter each facility, but that fee is applied to your first beverage.
Only two weekends left to check out the darling of the LGBT sports leagues. The San Diego American Flag Football League (SDAFFL) tears up the turf every Saturday in University City. Rumor has it that the fans are a huge part of the excitement and revelry. Come check out the fun from 9 am to noon for the next two weekends and see why it's been such a hit with players and fans, alike.
Also - to check out each installment of Russ Edra's SDAFFL column all season, click HERE. Russ brings you not only the Players of the Week and the scores, but also some play-by-play action and chatter from the fields themselves.
This league also has an amazing staff of professional photographers onsite with the best action shots around. You can preview them in Russ' column or find them at Tom Weigand Photography website. Make a purchase and support Tom's photography team.
If tackle football is more your game and you miss the NFL in its off-season, you should come out and support the two local women's tackle football teams dig up some dirt.
The Scorpions (who's tag line on their website says "All women, full contact, no fear") just tweeted this week that they had replaced their coach mid-season. The new head coach is Steve Crim.
This weekend the Scorpions are playing in Arizona, but when they are in town, they play near downtown at the historic Balboa Stadium, with their "official fifth quarter" played at East Village Tavern and Bowl. If you've never checked this place out, you are in for a treat.
The other San Diego women's full contact football team is the Surge. Unfortunately they've already wrapped up their final home stand, although they still have a few road games left. We'll try to keep you posted on any events they have going on throughout the rest of the year.
Running and Walking
San Diego's Front Runners and Walkers are celebrating their 30th year as a group.
Whether you like to run or walk, members (or even those just wanting to check them out) get together year-round, several times per week in Balboa Park. Participants gather at the SE corner of Balboa Park (corner of Sixth & Laurel) on Saturdays at 8 a.m., and Monday and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., all major holidays at 9 a.m. If you are a runner, they go three to six miles, walkers generally go two to three miles.
They also do fun runs throughout the year. Right now they are gearing up for the Pride 5K, taking place July 16th in Balboa Park, helping to kick-off San Diego's Pride activities.
We're going to have much more on this upcoming event in next week's column.
The San Diego Tennis Federation (SDTF) is making quite a racket these days as they prepare for their annual San Diego Open. This is their 26th annual event and one of the best of the best in the entire Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance circuit.
The tournament takes place July 2-4th and more details will be forthcoming in future columns.
This Saturday, the Swarm will be skating against the Diego Rollers at Del Mar Fairgrounds on a banked track. This is roller derby at its finest. You are in for a treat because the Juvenile Dollinquients (derby girls 8-17) will be opening up the bout with some theatrics of their own.
To get tickets click HERE.
The San Diego Roller Derby gals skate their home nights away at SkateWorld in Linda Vista. So if you don't want to hike up to Del Mar this weekend but want to see some roller derby gals going at it, then scoot yourselves up to Linda Vista for some flat track action.
This Saturday the San Diego Roller Derby Rockettes go head to head against the Inland Empire Derby Divas. Doors open at 5pm with their Cadettes kicking off the festivities at 5:15pm. Admission is just $12. That admission fee even gets you into the all skate immediately following the bout - what a deal!!!
For more information, visit the San Diego Roller Derby website or contact Skate World.
About A Side of Sports
Next week we'll be bringing you information about a plethora of other sports options in your LGBT Community, plus updates on things we already told you. So stay tuned!!!
Have questions? Have a sport club we may not know about? Are you having a fundraiser for your local team? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks! Until next week!!