Mission & History

Welcome to SVGLS (Sacramento Valley Gay & Lesbian Softball.) We welcome your interest and participation in our quickly expanding league. It is our mission is to provide the opportunity for LGBT individuals to play, and support the play of, organized softball. We strive to create a safe, healthy, and supportive environment, to develop skills, promote competition, and build fellowship within our community.

A small group of dedicated volunteers founded the league in 2010 following a trip to Francisco where they went to watch some of their Sacramento friends play in the Golden Bear Classic Softball Tournament. We started out on one field in Midtown Sacramento and have expanded from an original 7 teams in one open division to more than 18 teams in three divisions ranging from strictly recreational to highly competitive play at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

We now have nearly 250 players from the Sacramento region including Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, and parts of Solano and Contra Costa Counties. In 2012 we became affiliated with NAGAAA (North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance) providing an opportunity to send teams to compete in the Gay Softball World Series with sister leagues around the United States. SVGLS is also affiliated with the ASA (Amateur Softball Association) and follows both ASA and NAGAAA guidelines.

The Board of Directors of the Sacramento Valley Gay & Lesbian Softball League (SGVLS) reported during its regular Board meeting on May 8th 2013 that the Internal Revenue Service has approved its application for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization status. Sacramento Valley Gay & Lesbian Softball does not discriminate against anyone regardless of age, race, creed, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, athletic experience or ability.