Welcome to NAGAAA - The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance
Let us introduce ourselves...
Created in 1977, the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance Open Division
is a 501(c)(3) international sports organization comprised of men and women dedicated
to promoting amateur athletics for the LGBT community. NAGAAA was formed to encourage
the participation of gay men and lesbians in organized softball competition.
Currently, over 800 teams in 45 leagues across the United States and Canada are
members of NAGAAA. Teams representing these leagues participate in the NAGAAA Gay
Softball World Series (GSWS), hosted each year in a different member city.
The NAGAAA Open Division teams consist of men/women mixed teams or exclusively male
teams. We have five divisions of play -- A, B, C, D and Masters (individuals that have reached 50 years of age). These division designations
pertain to the competitive level of play, with "A" being the most skilled,
and the "D" supporting the more recreational levels of play.
NAGAAA Past and Future
The legacy of NAGAAA will be kept and passed down to future generations of softball
players from current and new member cities by way of a "Hall of Fame".
In 1997, NAGAAA initiated the "Hall of Fame" to honor the achievements
of people and member cities in gay softball (Both on and off the playing field).
NAGAAA inducted the founding fathers from New York and San Francisco that same year.
In 1998, the first woman was inducted in a ceremony held during the GSWS festivities.
While the primary focus of NAGAAA remains the organized athletic competition of
gay softball, NAGAAA is also committed to helping our community. Through its annual
talent show (Held each year during GSWS week), NAGAAA raises thousands of dollars
which goes to support various local HIV / AIDS and other organizations in the host
city of that year's GSWS.
- Annually supports the Gay Softball World Series and, through fund raising activities
at these games, supports national and local AIDS organizations and other charities.
- Gives participants from member cities the opportunity to travel to other cities
across the US & Canada to meet new people and form bonds of friendship that
will last a lifetime.
- Promotes the idea of athletic competition and good physical health in support of
the gay lifestyle - Encourages the formation of new gay softball leagues and assists
in their start up - Provides an opportunity for gay men and women to work and socialize
together for common goals.
- Provides a communications link between the leagues and the gay community in member
cities as well as with other gay organizations within the member cities - Strives
for high standards of sportsmanship and conduct to attain fair play on and off the