Cactus Cities is a slow pitch softball league for primarily GLBTQ person in Phoenix, Arizona.
The purpose of the CCSL is to foster local, regional, national and international sports competition predominately for gays, lesbians and anyone dedicated to promotion of the amateur athletic experience for persons of all skill level and abilities regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, creed, religion or national origin. The primary focus of the CCSL will be to provide venues for adult slow-pitch softball competition. Additionally, the organization will endeavor to develop people of all abilities and experience to participate in sports competitions. A brief history of the league can be found here.
League play takes place almost every Sunday, except as noted on the schedule, at Cesar Chavez Park (35th Ave & Baseline) for the open and women's division. If you are interested in joining league go to the information page and download our liability waiver. In addition, feel free to contact us using our contact page. Your information will be immediately sent to one of our player representatives so they can then contact you and get you started in the league. Likewise, this will allow us to keep you informed of Cactus Cities news and events.
If you are new to the league, please come to one of our open play dates to help get integrated into the league. Open play for the Spring season will take place on February 17, 2013 at 10:00 am at Esteban Park (32nd Street and Roser).
New players may join the league until rosters close on March 17, 2013. We strongly encourage new players to send us and email using our contact form to help you get connected with a team and integrated into the league even if you made it to one of our open play dates.
Registration for the Spring league opens January 21, 2013. The Spring league starts on February 24, 2013 and ends on May 19, 2013.
Teams must register and pay online by February 10, 2013 if they wish to participate in the Spring league. You may contact any of the board members through the email addresses found on the information page or send us an email through our contact form letting us know you will be entering a team.
Where We Play:
The open and women's division will be playing on Sundays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Cesar Chavez Park located at 35th Avenue and Baseline Road. Any rain out games will be made up. If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, please use our contact page to email our league officers.
Hall of Fame:
There will be a Hall of Fame dinner on February 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm at Ticoz. Those that are already in the Hall of Fame, those who are being inducted, or current CCSL board members are welcome to attend and help recognize the contrubitions of those who have helped make the league what it is today.
20th Year Celebration:
The upcoming Spring season will be the 20th Spring season for CCSL. The celebrate this upcoming milestone, the league has planned a celebration to kick off the season for February 23, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Charlie's. We hope you will join us to celebrate this great accomplishment. Rosters will be available for members to sign. The team with the highest percentage of people to sign their rosters for the open and women's division will receive half off their Saguaro Cup entry fee. If there is a tie between teams with the highest percentage of people to sign the roster, names will be drawn out of a hat so to speak to determine the winner.
The Chili Cookoff will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Roscoes. Entry form for the event will be posted soon. Mark your calendars as you are not going to want to miss this fun filled event.
most Sundays from
Feb 24, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Open and Women's division
games at Cesar Chavez
Be sure to support the AIDS Walk on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
The AIDS Walk is way way to show your support for those affected with HIV/AIDS. Infection rates are on the rise, and our communities of color, especially the African American community, have experienced alarming increases in the number of people testing positive for HIV. More people need care than ever before, but federal and private funding for medical care and supportive services continued to decline.
You can help make a difference! AIDS Walk Phoenix has been steadily increasing in visibility and in funds raised since its reintroduction. Tell your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family that HIV is an issue worth supporting by joining and donating to a worthy cause, the AIDS walk. When you register here, be sure to join team "Cactus Cities Softball League". Please consider having your teams walk together as a way to bond outside the softball field.
Cactus Cities will be walking in remembrance of those we have lost within our own league and softball family to this disease. If you know anyone that should be included in this list, please let us know by sending us an email via our contact page.
|We walk in remembrance of:|
|Doug Ceaser||Jeff Hull||Steve Meier|
|Ric Correa||Tim Kinnell||Paul Peach|
|Terry Egger||Dan Legg||Rob Pennington|
|Joseph Escalante||Tim McNelis||Daryl Wormington|
|Enrique Galindez||Brent Miller|
We look forward to seeing you out at the walk!
Judges' Choices for Salsa:
Judges' Choice for Chili:
People's Choice Awards:
A big thank you to all participants, volunteers, and supporters for making this year's Chili Cookoff a huge success! We ending up raising over $2,000 for the league, which will help provide fields, umpires, and equipment for upcoming seasons.
Pictures of the event are posted in the photo section.
Not only is Cactus Cities the largest gay sports organization in the valley, but listen to what these people have to say about it, both players and non-players alike.
Well, what can I say? I have been involved in this league for, gulp, 16 years. It has been the most wonderful thing to ever happen in my life (besides you, honey.) Every year has been very special to me. So many memories, so little memory.
I have made SO many friends and friendships, that it's such a community within a community. Everyone, in every city, knows other softball players from all the different tournaments that I/they have attended. The best part is the camaraderie amongst everyone involved.
I have the honor of being inducted into the NAGAAA (North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association) Hall of Fame, lord willing, in 4 years. That is quite an accomplishment for any athlete much less a gay one.
If you ever get the chance, please come out and watch the boys and girls PLAY BALL! It really has been an awesome experience.
So, admittedly, I don't play. But my partner does. And it's wonderful. People bring their dogs, their girlfriends, their grandmas. And yes, I would agree with Adrian. A definite community builder. For instance, I don't even play on a team...but I've been welcomed as a spectator and a friend. And everyone who plays is friendly and outgoing.
A ton of fun. People should just come watch or join a team. I don't know how often they have try outs.
If you come to Cesar Chavez Park on Sunday mornings, you can ask around and I'm sure one of the legit athletes could tell you!
Don't just take their word for it; come out to Cesar Chavez park and see for yourself!