A weekend of opening days

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For sports crazies, this is the weekend.

Tonight, the Decatur Women’s Sports League officially kicked off its softball season with opening ceremonies at Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker. While the 20 teams in the league for lesbians actually started games on March 21, official ceremonies to ring in the season were scheduled for this evening.

But there’s more.

The National Flag Football League of Atlanta starts its Spring Season on Saturday. Bounced from park to park over the city’s drought-related restrictions, the games will now take place in Central Park in Midtown. The league received word this week that it was being booted from Peachtree Hills Park, which was a substitute for Piedmont Park. Despite the locale changes, check out the action that begins at 11 a.m. Read recent posts about NFFLA here.

On Sunday, the Hotlanta Softball League launches its new season at 9 a.m. Three HSL teams – Atlanta Riptide, Atlanta Venom and Wet Demons – won their divisions in the Gay Softball World Series last October and are beginning their campaigns for a repeat title. They will be among the nearly 40 teams competing in the league this season on Sundays at the Metro Atlanta Softball Complex. Read recent posts about HSL here.

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves open their home schedule in an effort to regain their winning swagger and return to the post-season for the first time in three seasons. Check back here for more on the Braves and details from my recent trip to Orlando to catch some Spring Training games.

Also this weekend: gay and lesbian runners are taking part in the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon in Atlanta (Sunday), the Women’s Outdoor Network has several activities planned, the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club plays in Nashville (Saturday) and two teams from the Hotlanta Soccer Association are playing in the New York Indoor Classic.

For more on the weekend of opening days, check out my Southern Voice column here.

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