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Abundant in athletic homosexuals, Atlanta offers plenty of options for sports-minded LGBT members. Want to chase men around a field? Try the Bucks Rugby Football Club or the National Flag Football League of Atlanta. Enjoy hitting balls over a net? Check out the Atlanta Team Tennis Association. Prefer kicking them around? Try Hotlanta Soccer. Or perhaps you’d rather use a bat? Then the Hotlanta Softball League is for you. Find out more about these and other sports organizations below.
Hotlanta Softball League
Organized in 1982, HSL is one of the oldest members of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association. HSL will have more than 30 Open Division and 10 Women’s Division Teams in the 2012 spring season. There are four divisions in the Open Division A, B, C and D. The Open Division allows both men and women to participate. The Women Division has two divisions—one competitive and one non-competitive. The league expects at least 40 to 50 teams will be playing this season.
All games and the Big Peach Tournament will be played at the Metro Softball field at 7301 Cambelton Road in Atlanta.
HSL will host player sign-ups on the following dates:
January 29 at Blake’s from 3 to 6 p.m.
February 2 at Joes on Juniper from 7 to 10 p.m.
February 18 at Woofs from 1 to 4 p.m.
For details, visit www.hotlantasoftball.org.
Atlanta Tennis Team Association
With more than 250 members, the ATTA sponsors teams in men’s, women’s and mixed leagues, and tennis is played year-round in the various leagues. Each season typically lasts seven weeks, followed by the playoffs. There are also opportunities for singles players and doubles pairs in ladders and league play for individual competitors. The United States Tennis Association runs a full schedule of tournaments for all skill levels, and ATTA organizes two tournaments each year including The Peach International Tennis Championships celebrating its 25th year in 2012. ATTA also sponsors monthly social tennis events and weekly Open Play.
Important ATTA dates include:
ChATTAhoochee Doubles Classic (early March)
ATTA Singles Ladder begins (mid-March)
ALTA Spring Season begins (March 17)
ATTA Doubles Ladder begins (mid-April)
Summer Season (ALTA Mixed/USTA) begins (June 2)
The Peach International Tennis Championships (Labor Day weekend)
ALTA Fall Season begins (September 8 )
USTA Winter Season begins (November 10)
For more information about ATTA, visit www.atta.org
National Flag Football League of Atlanta
Registration for the 2012 Spring/Summer NFFLA League is currently open. The league fees are $70 for early registration on or before 11:59 p.m. on February 6 and $80 for regular registration on or before 11:59 p.m. on February 27. Pre-season games will be held March 10 and 17, with the regular season beginning March 24.
NFFLA’s annual “Play ‘N Greet” orientation sessions will be held February 25 and 26. These sessions are optional for returning players, but attendance at one of them is mandatory for all new players. The 2012 Draft is scheduled to be held February 28, and the Team Reveal Party will be March 1.
To register, visit www.NFFLA.com.
Front Runners Atlanta
Front Runners Atlanta is a running, walking and social club for gay people and friends. With about 80 registered members the club is open to all people regardless of race, pace, age, gender, sexual orientation or athletic ability. Through weekly runs and social events, the club offers opportunities for fun, fitness and socializing.
There are no minimum requirements and FRA allows each member to determine his or her own level of involvement. Online registration for 2012 opens in February, with annual membership dues costing $25. The club’s big event of the year is the Pride Run 5K held in Piedmont Park during the last Saturday in June.