Gay Softball Is Tipping Its CAPS to Washington, DC
The month of July is undoubtedly one of the most popular months of the calendar year for many reasons. The July 4th holiday reminds us that the United States is another year older with all of the patriotic pomp and pageantry including parades, ceremonies, fireworks and family get-togethers. Therefore, it’s only fitting that the Diamond Dish’s monthly league spotlight for July 2014 is the Chesapeake & Potomac Softball (CAPS) League headquartered in Washington, DC.
Tournament wise, it has been a very busy and productive last 12 months for CAPS as it hosted the 2013 Gay Softball World Series last August and moved its yearly M.A.G.I.C. Tournament to coincide with July 4th weekend! Obviously, hosting the GSWS was a huge undertaking and it was widely considered a success, but the more current topic surrounding CAPS has to do with its upcoming M.A.G.I.C. Tournament that is making its debut on the very crowded 4th of July weekend NAGAAA tournament schedule.
Tony Mace is the co-tournament director for the M.A.G.I.C. Tournament and is the acting CAPS Open Division Assistant Commissioner. The Washington, DC gay softball scene is brimming with excitement from the GSWS and in part from the new tourney date for the M.A.G.I.C. Tournament. “Hosting the GSWS last year has gotten more members excited about travelling to other places and playing at the national level,” said Mace.
The 2014 GSWS is fast approaching this September and with it a change in the tournament format as the widely criticized Consolation Bracket has been removed after just one year at the 2013 Series. The DD asked Mr. Mace his thoughts on the consolation bracket that was instituted at last year’s tournament in his city. “I believe that switching back to four pool play games will keep more teams interested in the tournament later in the week. The consolation bracket took away from cities supporting teams in the main bracket,” added Mace.
All told, it is a big month for CAPS with the M.A.G.I.C. Tournament coming up at the beginning of the month, along with bringing its 32nd season to a close at the end of July. It’s evident that CAPS has used their 2013 GSWS host status to reinvigorate its membership and in the process has put itself back in the national spotlight within the gay softball community.
CHESAPEAKE & POTOMAC SOFTBALL – BY THE NUMBERS:
League Founded: 1983
Membership: Open (20), Women’s (7)
Regular Season: May 4 – July 27
Venue for League: Watkins Regional Park – Upper Marlboro, MD
Best Team Finish @ GSWS: DC Disturbance, B Division Champions – 2005
DC JR’s Gamecocks, C Division Champions – 1995
Season Cost Per Player: $50 early bird special, $60 regular cost
League Sponsors: Nellie’s Sports Bar, Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
Host Tournament: M.A.G.I.C. Tournament – July 4 – 6, 2014
League Website: http://www.capssoftball.leagueapps.com
*The DD would like to thank Tony Mace, CAPS Assistant Open Commissioner and Co-Director of the 2014 M.A.G.I.C. Tournament for his input and information related to this league spotlight article.*