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A Classic Sports Tournament - October 9-11, 2020 *CANCELLED


Dear Softball Family And Partners,


After difficult consideration, we regret to announce the 2020 San Diego Autumn Classic is cancelled. We have determined that holding this yearâ??s event would be unsafe while COVID-19 continues to flare up throughout California and across the nation.


While we recognize that realities are different from state to state and city to city, in San Diego County conditions remain fragile enough that we cannot promise the kind of event that would inspire pride while meeting the expectations of those who would attend. Our job as tournament organizers is not only to provide you with the sport on the field, but to keep you safe while doing so. Given the current circumstances, we cannot guarantee that by October 9th we would be able to do either.


We are especially disappointed we cannot provide what is perhaps the very thing we all need most right now, a sense of community. Softball for LGBTQ persons and their allies has always been about more than the game itself. It is about belonging to a group with shared values. Itâ??s about the freedom of expressing who you are and finding solidarity.  Itâ??s about tackling the sense of loneliness some of us feel when we are on our own and then embracing a sense of camaraderie when we can play with our teams even if only for a weekend.


We reached this incredibly difficult decision fully aware that this cancellation marks the first time in its 37 year history the Autumn Classic has been cancelled. From the very beginning the founders of our tournament had to fight city hall to get field permits. They had to officiate their own games because in 1983 there were hardly any â??outâ?? LGBTQ umpires and only a few ally umpires had the courage to be associated with us. In later years organizers would persevere during the AIDS pandemic and two Gulf wars that heavily impacted those active duty players who had to deploy. Even when massive wildfires wreaked havoc throughout San Diego, in some years coming right up to the fence lines of our fields, the scores of volunteers still found a way to make the Autumn Classic happen.


It is with that history in mind that we state here and now with unequivocal resolve that the San Diego Autumn Classic will be back next year bigger and better than ever before. Mark your calendars. You will want to be in San Diego October 8th through the 10th, 2021, when history reawakens and the magic words will be heard across our fields: â??Play Ball!


Until then, wear a mask and be safe.


AFCSL Board of Officers

#SanDiego #Softball #LGBTQ #Community #Allies


Congrats to last years 2019 Winners of the Autumn Classic!


C Division

1st Place:  LA Trash Pandas

2nd Place:  PS Stingers

3rd Place:  Boston GG Crew


D Division

1st Place:  LA Cartel

2nd Place:  PS Ignus Fatuus

3rd Place:  PS Gorillas



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