Guide to gAyTX Sports

Austin is full of healthy and active people and Austin’s LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs. We’ve organized the Gay Austin Sports Fair since 2010 and we’ve seen the sports community grow in that time.

BASKETBALL

AUSTIN GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The Austin Gay Basketball League was created to provide a welcoming environment to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are interested in playing basketball, building friendships, and giving back to Austin’s community.
MISSION Our mission is to offer the Central Texas lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community, and our straight allies, the opportunity to experience and enjoy recreational basketball in a competitive, inclusive, and affirming environment.
COST We run 2 seasons per year, in Winter and Summer, with a player fee associated with playing in those seasons. The cost varies per season. We also host Open Play nights throughout the year, which is a pickup style game for anyone to come join us. A donation of $2 is welcome for those events.
REGULAR
EVENTS
We also host Open Play nights throughout the year, which is a pickup style game for anyone to come join us. A donation of $2 is welcome for those events.
MAJOR
DATES
Registration for our Winter 2016 Season will run throughout the month of November, with season games starting the 1st full week in January. Registration for our Summer 2016 Season will run throughout April with season games starting in early June.
VOLUNTEER The AGBL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We welcome any volunteers or donations. Volunteers can help with game night operations and assisting in social events.
CONTACT PO Box 40252, Austin TX 78704
info@agbl.org
www.agbl.org

Austin Gay Basketball League marching in the Austin Pride Parade September 2015 / photo credit: Josh Martinez

CYCLING

Queer Ride
The weekly bike social for queer folk & allies
COST There is no fee to come out and ride.
REGULAR
EVENTS
Meet up every Wednesday at 7:00 at the south gate of the Capitol on 11th St facing Congress. Wheels down at 7:30 for a 10-15 mile ride.
CONTACT queerride@gmail.com
Facebook Group

Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night / photo credit: Queer Ride / Facebook

FLAG FOOTBALL

Austin Capitals Flag Football Club
One of Austin’s newest sports clubs, the Austin Capitals brought home their first national championship in the Open B Division at Gay Bowl XVI just months after forming during the summer. The club has regular practices and participates in tournaments around the state and country.
COST There is no fee to just come out and play.
REGULAR
EVENTS
The Capitals hosts regular practices on Saturday mornings at Zilker Park.
CONTACT atxcapitals@gmail.com
Facebook Group

The Austin Capitals after winning the national championship in the Open B Division at Gay Bowl XVI in Washington, D.C. October 2016. / photo credit: Steven Rhea Delgado

KICKBALL

America’s Finest Kickball League
America’s Finest Kickball League is where fun and competitiveness are taken to a new level. Will your team be the new champions? Sign up today!
MISSION Our mission is to provide a fun and comfortable environment for LGBT athletes and our allies, that want to play kickball.
COST $55-$65 per season, plus $2.50 processing fee
REGULAR
EVENTS
Summer 2017 season starts June 24, 2017. Registration for the season runs from March 16 – June 10. Register online.
CONTACT Keith London at AmericasFinestKickballLeague@gmail.com
Facebook Page

The players from the first pickup game in Austin hosted by America’s Finest Kickball League. / photo credit: Keith London / America’s Finest Kickball League / Facebook

ROCK CLIMBING

G.L.A.M. CLIMB OF TEXAS
G.L.A.M. Climb of Texas (Gay, Lesbian, and More) is Austin’s all inclusive rock climbing group. We invite climbers of all skill levels to join us for regular meet ups and social events.
MISSION Safety, Growth and Inclusion. Our mission is to provide an all inclusive enviroment for anyone interested in Rock Climbing.
COST G.L.A.M. is free to join. We do encourage new climbers to come with their own climbing shoes.
REGULAR
EVENTS
We climb every weekend and often during the week as well. Check out our Facebook page for scheduled climbs.
CONTACT Glamatx@gmail.com
Facebook Group

G.L.A.M. Climb members representing the at therepubliq’s sixth annual Gay Austin Sports Fair at Oilcan Harry’s September 2015 / photo credit: Chase Martin / therepubliq

RUNNING

AUSTIN FRONT RUNNERS
We are Austin’s gay and lesbian running club, open to all fitness levels. We have competitive runners and recreational runners–whatever your level, we welcome you
MISSION The focus of the club is to bring GLBT runners together to support one another and network within our community. We have a great camaraderie and welcome all to the group. We also participate in local running events and may pick one race a month to focus our training. Other than that there is very little competition in the group; we mostly offer one another friendly support.
COST There is no fee to just come out and run, though if you want to be a member (with a shirt/discounts at running stores/membership events), the cost is $27.50/year.
REGULAR
EVENTS
We run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM and on Saturdays at 10:00 AM. All runs start under the MoPac brifeg
MAJOR
DATES
Austin Marathon – February 2016
Texas Independence Relay – late March 2016
Membership Kickoff – July 2016
VOLUNTEER n/a
CONTACT president@austinfrontrunners.org
www.austinfrontrunners.org
Facebook Group
@atxfr on Twitter

Group photo from one of the Austin Front Runners’ afternoon runs from February 2017 / photo credit: Austin Front Runners / Facebook

SOCCER

AUSTIN GOLDSTARS SOCCER CLUB
The Austin Goldstars Soccer Club is a predominantly gay social organization that provides people an opportunity to play and learn soccer in a positive and friendly environment.
MISSION The Austin Goldstars Soccer Club is a predominantly gay social organization that provides people an opportunity to play and learn soccer in a positive and friendly environment. No one shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, handicapping condition, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
COST n/a
CONTACT Facebook Page

Team photo of the Austin Goldstars Soccer Club from September 2016 / photo credit: Austin Goldstars Soccer Club / Facebook

SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL AUSTIN
We are a league of women’s and co-ed softball teams for LGBT players and their friends and allies.
COST There is are league dues of $30-40 per season. Individual teams have their own fees, which vary by team.
REGULAR
EVENTS
We have a fall and spring season. We are currently recruiting for Spring 2016.
MAJOR
DATES
Our Spring season will start in February of 2016.
VOLUNTEER n/a
CONTACT membership@softballaustin.org
www.softballaustin.org

Softball Austin paused for a moment of silence for the attack in Orlando and a group picture before its End-of-Season tournament / photo credit: Softball Austin / Facebook

TENNIS

AUSTIN TENNIS CLUB
The Austin Tennis Club is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting tennis and social activities among the Austin-area glbt community. Membership is open to any adult who endorses ATC’s basic purposes, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or tennis ability. All tennis players and supporters, from beginners to experts, are welcome. Members enjoy discounted or free admission to all ATC tennis activities, access to the ATC membership directory and ladders, and many social opportunities throughout the year.
MISSION To promote tennis and social activities among the Austin-area LGBT community.
COST Standard Membership $40, Silver membership $100, Gold membership $150.
REGULAR
EVENTS
Tuesday Social Tennis – 7-9 PM @ Austin Tennis Center
Friday Social Tennis – 6:30-8:30 PM @ South Austin Tennis Center
MAJOR
DATES
Annual Singles and Doubles Tournament (Spring and Fall)
Annual Heart of Texas Tournament – GLTA – May
VOLUNTEER Opportunities available
CONTACT austintennisclub@yahoo.com

The Austin Tennis Club team at the 2016 Texas Cup from July 2016 / photo credit: Austin Tennis Club / Facebook

VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL AUSTIN
Volleyball Austin was created to provide a welcoming environment to all LGBT individuals who are interested in playing volleyball, building friendships, and giving back to Austin’s community.
MISSION Our mission is to offer the Central Texas lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and our straight allies the opportunity to experience and enjoy volleyball in an inclusive and affirming environment.
COST Volleyball Austin runs 2 indoor seasons each year, in both the Spring and Fall seasons. These leagues have a player fee associated with playing in our league, which includes team uniforms, at least 7 officiated games, and court time. In addition, we also offer Open Play dates throughout the year, with a cost of approximately $5 per event, with walk on games open to anyone to join.
REGULAR
EVENTS
We offer Open Play dates throughout the year, with a cost of approximately $5 per event, with walk on games open to anyone to join.
MAJOR
DATES
Our Spring 2016 Season will register online during the month of January, with a required Ratings Session for new players. Spring game play begins in late March and runs through late May. Our Fall 2016 Season will register online during the month of July, with a required Ratings Session for new players. Fall game play begins in early September and runs through late November.
VOLUNTEER Volleyball Austin is now a 501(c)(3) organization, run 100% by volunteers. We welcome any person who would like to donate their money or time, be it through game night operations, assisting in hosting social activities, or in giving back to our community.
CONTACT PO Box 40253, Austin, Texas 78704
info@volleyballaustin.com
www.volleyballaustin.com
Facebook Page

League photo from Vollyball Austin’s Fall 2014 season at the Austin Sports Center / photo credit: Volleyball Austin / Facebook