Steel City Softball League 2017 Registration

The Steel City Softball League began in 1981 and remains the longest running GLBT sports organizations in the Pittsburgh area. The league provides an atmosphere for individuals to be themselves without fear of discrimination and is open to all members and friends of the GLBT community of Pittsburgh.

Throughout the years many friendships have been formed and athletes have been created. The SCSL provides members of the community that love softball, athletics, and camaraderie a chance to build their skills, develop friendships, and grow as individuals.

The Steel City Softball League 2017 registration is open. The registration fee is now $75.00. You can register by going to


Federation of Gay Games

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA (1 March 2017) The 2022 Gay Games XI host city shortlist vote by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) General Assembly took place 28 February 2017, one year after the bid process was announced. The shortlisted host cities are Guadalajara (MEX), Hong Kong (CHN), and Washington, D.C. Site inspections are the next steps in the bid process: May 2017. The final vote for the next Gay Games host will take place October 2017 at the FGG’s Annual General Assembly meeting in Paris, France.

The FGG expresses gratitude to the five (5) other cities for the bids from USA cities Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Francisco, CA,  The first bid phase totaled a record 17 cities: the list included Cape Town, ZA (ZAF), Tel Aviv, IL (ISR) and USA cities: Anaheim, CA, Atlanta, GA, Des Moines, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and San Antonio, TX.

The impact that the Gay Games has in host cities is incredible in terms of culture, sport, economic impact, history and most importantly elevating all matters of LGBT+ equality.

Paris 2018 Gay Games 10 takes place 4-12 August 2018, features 36 sports, 14 cultural events, academic conference and 15,000 participants from 70 countries.

Since 1982, the FGG mission promotes equality and is the largest sport and culture event in the world open to all. Its legacy changes social, and political attitudes towards LGBT+ people through the core principles of “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™”. The FGG was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986), Vancouver (1990), New York (1994), Amsterdam (1998), Sydney (2002), Chicago (2006), Cologne (2010), Cleveland+Akron (2014), and 2018 Gay Games 10 will be held in Paris.


“Gay Games,” “Federation of Gay Games,” the interlocking circles device, and the phrase “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best” are trademarks of the Federation of Gay Games, Inc. Trademarks are registered in the USA, Canada, Benelux, the UK, Germany, and Australia.

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Registration for the Spring 2017 Steel City Volleyball is Open!

Welcome to the Winter 2017 Registration!

Since moving to Pittsburgh Elite, our league has grown significantly. In order to maintain a well-running league, the Board has made some changes to the registration process about which we would like to update you. We have strived to balance many league priorities, such as social cohesion, maximizing play time, encouraging cross-division mentorship, and openness to new players.

The upcoming changes you need to know are:

– Only returning, full-time members will have the choice to play in 2 divisions. New players must wait until their 2nd season at SCVL. All part-time members will be permitted to play in only 1 division.

– A cap on total players will be implemented based on the limits of the facility; we anticipate being able to accommodate all current players if they register during the early registration period.

– Each team may have 1 bye week during the season, based on limits of the facility.

– Past SCVL members will have early registration access

– Early Bird rates will be extended to everyone for this season (subject to change in future seasons).

– Tryouts/Ratings are Sunday Jan 8 and Sunday Jan 15.


Check out their site for more information,

Steel City Volleyball Announces Fall Season!

New Divisions
A new, fifth division will be offered this season that we expect will help lead to a more-consistent level of play in each division while still preserving, as much as possible, opportunities for social interaction. Please see the new rubric for more detailed descriptions of each division. Some players have been automatically moved into a new higher division as a result of the division changes. Please check the new division rosters before registering. If you have been moved into a higher division, there is no need to attend try-outs to challenge your rating.
Tryout Dates
Sun 08/21 – 3pm – 4:30pm – Intermediate Tryouts
Sun 08/21 – 4:30pm – 6pm – Competitive Tryouts
Sun 08/21 – 6pm – 7:30pm – Power Tryouts
Sun 08/21 – 7:30pm – 9pm – PowerPlus Tryouts
Wed 08/24 – 6:30pm – 8pm – Intermediate Tryouts
Wed 08/24 – 8pm – 10pm – Competitive Tryouts
Sun 08/28 – 3pm – 4:30pm – Intermediate Tryouts
Sun 08/28 – 4:30pm – 6pm – Competitive Tryouts
Sun 08/28 – 6pm – 7:30pm – Power Tryouts
Sun 08/28 – 7:30pm – 9pm – PowerPlus Tryouts
Wed 08/31 – 6:30pm – 8pm – Power Tryouts
Wed 08/31 – 8pm – 10pm – PowerPlus Tryouts
Registration for the fall season is open. We are offering an early bird rate, you have until this Sunday to REGISTER at this early bird rate! After then, the rate goes up by $10. If you are a new player or challenging your rating, you will have three dates to choose from, but you may only try out ONCE.
Open Play
During every try out session, there will be open play for ALL DIVISIONS. Depending on the needs of the tryouts, court space may be limited. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE IN OPEN PLAY. This is a good chance to meet people in the league and socialize prior to the start of the season. Please contact SCVL for more information,


Momentum is building for World OutGames Miami 2017 with the announcement of a major commitment from the City of Miami Beach. During a recent City of Miami Beach Commission meeting, the City Commission voted unanimously to support World OutGames Miami, which will be held Friday, May 26 through Sunday, June 4, 2017.Read More
AQUATICS – World OutGames Aquatics Competition has received Official Sanction by US. Masters Swimming. Sports fee range from $60 – $75, depending on the sport*

SOCCER – International Gay & Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA)excited to sanction World OutGames IGLFA UNITY CUP’ 17 with Finals at FIU Soccer Stadium. Sport Fee $65 per person or $865/T11*

For a complete list of sports and fees, please click here

*Plus Registration Fee $250 (Early Bird Rate before Aug 30 $150)

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Stimulate future leaders’ mind and heart.  For details click here.

Pittsburgh Pride Parade Saturday June 12th

Pittsburgh pride parade, known as the Equality March will be Sunday June 12, 2016 at 12pm. For a detailed write up on it please visit their site at

During this time SCVL, Steel City Volleyball League, will be marching in the parade. Please come out and support them. You may march with them by heading to the corner of the Boulevard of the Allies & Grant Street around 10am.

Frontrunners Post Run Happy Hour Thursday June 2nd

It’s time for a Happy Hour! Thursday June 2nd, 2016 the group plans to head over to 5801 after the run for some drinks, food and good times. If you can make it that would be great. We’ll plan to get there shortly after our run (between 8:30 and 8:45 pm).

Join the event via Facebook at

5801 Video Lounge & Cafe

5801 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232

Celebrating Marc Naimark

(reposted from Federation of Gay Games)

On 12 April 2015, we announced with great sadness Marc Naimarkthat Marc Naimark is no longer of this world.

As a tribute to all of Marc’s work for the LGBT sport and culture community, a Gay Games Scholarship Fund has been established in his name.  Donations in Marc Naimark’s name can be made to the Marc Naimark Scholarship Fund.Proceeds from the Marc Naimark Scholarship Fund will be awarded to deserving applicants wishing to attend 2018 Gay Games 10 in Paris.  Questions: email Emy Ritt.

Since Marc’s involvement with the Gay Games in 1998, we have had the privilege to witness his kindness and compassion, his brilliance and genius.  Thanks to his diligence and patience, FGG and the Gay Games benefited from so many of Marc’s ideas and initiatives.

Unbeknownst to us, the ever-present kindness and compassion that was Marc’s trademark masked a tortured soul, even from his loved ones.

Although his chair at the table is now empty, as our hearts are, we know that Marc has moved onwards and upwards to a better place.

Our thoughts are with Jimmy, his partner of 10 years.

We will keep you informed of any further news and thank you for your compassion.

Discover The New Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Skyline

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By now you’ve heard the buzz about the Burgh. Riverfront renewal and sunny skies make its reclaimed waterfront sparkle, while a quirky arts scene is reviving hilly old residential neighborhoods. Though not a single steel mill operates in the city today, Pittsburgh proudly embraces its industrial history along with a new tech economy. It’s where 19th-century architecture, 20th-century grit and 21st-century style merge, with intriguing results.

Pittsburgh’s growing districts

Highlighted by the Point, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River, downtown Pittsburgh is also the city’s fastest growing residential neighborhood. It’s the latest in a collection of 89 official neighborhoods whose unique charms define the city’s polyglot character. Carved into hilltops, ravines and riversides, each community has a distinct personality, but shares the same friendly vibe.

Sports, arts and recreation in Pittsburgh

Marquee names in both sports and the arts are a downtown draw. The busy Cultural District is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Public Theater, the handsomely restored Benedum Center and dozens of smaller venues and galleries. The District is a five-minute stroll across the city’s iconic golden bridges from the homes of the Pirates (Major League Baseball) and Steelers (National Football League) on the city’s North Shore. The best way to see the sights: rent a kayak at downtown’s Kayak Pittsburgh and paddle the waterfront. Or borrow a two-wheeler from Pittsburgh Bike Share to pedal along 13 miles of shoreline trail or explore local neighborhoods.

Experience Pittsburgh’s East End

The city’s East End acts as Pittsburgh’s second downtown for two reasons: theUniversity of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The concentration of 40,000 undergraduate and professional students, biomedical researchers and information technology giants like Google lends this district a cool, brainy vibe and an adventurous palette.

Take Lawrenceville: this red-brick Civil War–era neighborhood is now home to the city’s chicest cocktail spots, many of which are doubling down on their prime locations along Butler Street. The owners of Cure, one of the street’s most popular bistros, have added the exotic small-plates restaurant Morcilla nearby. Piccolo Forno is branching out with Grapparia, offering Italian-accented spirits and microbrews. A few blocks away in East Liberty, Spoon, Union Pig & Chicken and BRGR pull the late-night crowd.

The East End is also the traditional home of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Their grand Beaux-Arts facade faces Schenley Plaza, an inviting green lawn rimmed with cafes. But don’t miss other adventurous institutions. The Andy Warhol Museum (a.k.a. “The Warhol”), celebrating the hometown hero of Pop Art, and theMattress Factory, a collection of nervy installation art, are neighbors on the North Shore, along with the beloved Children’s Museum and Carnegie Science Center.

Pittsburgh from the sky

Want to take it all in from the top? A cable-car ride that climbs the 1,000-foot Mt. Washington—one of Pittsburgh’s famous inclines—is a must. Survey the skyline from the promenades along Grandview Avenue, then descend to the entertainment offerings at Station Square. This grand restoration of the old Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad headquarters honors the city’s hardworking past and its fun-loving present.

For your calendar

Thinking of visiting Pittsburgh this spring or summer? Here are some big events you may want to include in your trip.

The Pittsburgh Marathon (Sunday, May 3) attracts 30,000 participants to its citywide course each year, including elite runners, crazies in costumes, 5K joggers and pumped-up pets (who race on May 2).

In a town that loves fireworks—an integral part of every Pirates home stand—PyroFestis a must-see. Held at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Butler County, the two-day event starts May 22 and promises daytime and nighttime productions from around the world. The general admission price of $23 doesn’t include earplugs.

The ever-evolving Three Rivers Arts Festival is a free annual two-week celebration that dances through downtown. Held this year from June 5 to 14, its events include mash-ups of emerging artists, international guest performers, jazz, juried art shows and plenty of fun.

By Christine H. O’Toole

Volleyball Registration – Early Bird Ends 1/4/2015


Online Registration for the Steel City Volleyball League Winter 2015 Season is now open!

Early bird registration ends on 1/4/15 – after this day, fees will increase by $10.

Click here to register online!

*No returning players will be permitted to participate in Open Play, Tryouts, or Skillz Clinics without first registering and paying. Also, if you prefer to register and pay at the gym, please come early! The registration table will only be open during the early part of the night.

Important Dates

Sun 1/4 – Early Registration Deadline!
Setter Tryouts – Court 3
Open Play – Courts 1 + 2

Spiker Tryouts – Court 3
Open Play – Courts 1 + 2

Power Tryouts – Court 3
Open Play – Courts 1 + 2

Fri 1/9

Open Play/Reffing Clinic

Sun 1/11 – Registration Deadline!

Setter Tryouts – Court 3
Open Play – Courts 1 + 2

Spiker Tryouts – Court 3
Open Play – Courts 1 + 2

Power Tryouts – Court 3
Open Play – Courts 1 + 2



If you are new to the league and don’t know much about how we do things, here is a brief description of what to expect during the first two weeks for tryouts.

The SCVL offers four levels of play: Recreational, Setter, Spiker and Power. We would like you to select the division where you would like to be placed and join us at the Greentree Sportsplex for that tryout session. During the sessions, basic skills will be observed and pick-up games will be played in order to assess your skill level and determine if you should be placed in that division or assigned to another division. If you want to play in the Recreational Division you do not need to attend the tryouts. If you are NEW to the league (haven’t played in either the Winter 2013 or Fall 2013 season) and you want to play in Setter, Spiker, or Power, or you want to CHALLENGE your rating, you must participate in try-outs.

A brief description of the SCVL divisions:

Beginner/Novice – players who have limited experience and are learning to pass, set and hit.

Intermediate – Players know the basics and are learning/practicing advance techniques and court positioning. With each possession there is an attempt to pass, set and hit. Designated setters are typically used, and they almost always come from the front line (4-2 offense). Play is more competitive than recreational.

Competitive play – Players have a good understanding of the game and its objectives. This level of play executes good court coverage, ball distribution and service strategies. Each team will have a number of strong hitters and a setter. Teams typically play with a 5-1 offense.

Advanced Competitive play – Players at this level are able to serve with power, control and placement. On hits, players have the ability to alter direction, depth and speed of hits. The hitter may also use a dink or roll to put the ball down. Each team will have strong hitters and experienced setters. Teams typically run a 5-1 offense. Play is fast-paced. They have in depth knowledge of offensive and defensive game play, and use advanced strategies to be successful.

See you on the court!
The SCVL Board.