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The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA) is a dynamic organization with a strong LGBTQ+ community presence in the US and Canada. By joining ASANA, you join 20 other cities; including over 400 teams and 4800 LGBTQ+ athletes. ASANA offers our member cities the chance to network and participate in competitive softball by sending their champions to the ASANA Softball World Series each year. Beyond the World Series, each of our member cities offer many other benefits to our teams and players. 

Our Membership Guidelines are available for you to download here Membership Packet.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below for answers to your most pressing questions.

Q: What is the ASANA Softball World Series?

The ASANA Softball World Series is a 4-6 day tournament, usually held between July and early October, that brings over 50 womens softball teams to a member city each year. It provides a six game minimum for all teams, as well as daily social events in the local host city. This provides the opportunity to compete and socialize with other LGBTQ+ people from the US and Canada.

Q: How many divisions of play are there in ASANA?

ASANA has six divisions -- B, C, D, E and 50+. These division designations pertain to the competitive level of play, with "B" being the most skilled and the "E" supporting the most recreational levels of play.

Q: How are players rated?

ASANA has a 20 question player skills rating system. Based on the answers to these questions for each player, it determines which divisions the player should be playing in.

Q: How do cities join ASANA?

Please fill out a new member application. Written application must be submitted to at least thirty days (30) prior to the start of the Winter meetings. New member bids are reviewed during the Winter Meetings and voting takes place immediately. Acceptance of membership and payment of member dues gives the new association the right to begin voting during the Winter Meeting and them rights to participate in that year's World Series.

Organizations creating a league for the first time must have concrete plans to present to the Winter Council meeting: Financial Plans, League Size, Recruiting plans, number of teams, growth potential, Leadership of Organization and Organizational documentation, ASANA fees due upon approval of membership at the Winter meeting. Member leagues must be able to support a league of at least three (3) teams.

Another option is that Cities may apply to send one team one time to the World Series but then must join at the following Council meeting.

Q: What is the cost for a city to be a member of ASANA?

The annual membership fee for ASANA member cities is approximately $200 a year typically due at the Winter Meeting. Each city sending a team to the World Series also needs to pay a hotel deposit of $275. The deposit is refundable after the series if X nights are stayed at the host hotel by the city. The World Series Team Fee is currently $595 per team (subject to change annually) plus $5 player fee (to be paid at the Opening Party).

Q: What are ASANA meetings?

ASANA meetings are held twice a year -- Winter (Jan/Feb/Mar) and Summer (to coincide with the World Series)  --  in the city hosting that current year's ASANA World Series. The agenda for each meeting is set in the month leading up by the ASANA Board and usually includes a variety of topics: member city updates, bids for hosting future World Series, election of officers, rules of governance, membership review, fundraising planning, budget review, committee assignments, etc.

Each current member organization is required to send representation to both meetings with one vote per member association allowed.  While only member organizations can vote on issues before the Council, anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and speak to the issues according to the agenda, but without the right to vote.

Q: Does ASANA dictate how their members must run their local city leagues?

ASANA encourages each of their member cities to manage and run their local leagues as they see best to maintain a competitive and welcoming atmosphere for their local members.

Q: How can my team join ASANA if my city is not (yet) ready to join?

Cities may apply to send one team one time to the World Series but then must join at the following Council meeting.

Individual teams may also attend world series qualifier tournaments. In many member city tournaments, non-ASANA teams can compete to win berths to the World Series.

Q: Is ASANA only open to the LGBTQ+ Community?

No. While ASANA is marketed predominantly to the LGBTQ+ community, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, is welcome to play in our tournaments and the World Series. Playing in our World Series should not be considered an indicator of any particular sexual orientation.

Q: How do I know if my playing league's ability (or lack thereof) is appropriate for ASANA?

ASANA offers a place for players of all skill levels to play softball in a friendly and fun environment. Each division is based on a different skill level and competitive attitude, from the highly competitive to purely recreational. We have a place for everyone.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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