The History of Badgerland Softball

From our humble beginnings as a single team in 2002 (with a 0-15 record) to a Recreational Division, Competitive Women's Division, Competitive Open Division, (consisting of over 250 players in all divisions) and the annual Badgerland Classic Softball Tournament; LGBTQ softball in Madison has proven its ability to survive, grow, and develop our community into a family.

Our History

Badgerland Softball (2012 - Present)
  • 2016 - The Madison Missfits took 2nd place in the ASANA World Series D-Division in Kansas City, MO.  The Badgerland Softball League rebranded a new annual softball tournament called the Badgerland Classic hosted over or around the 4th of July weekend. 
  • 2015 - The Madison Big Cheese took 2nd place in the NAGAAA World Series C-Division in Columbus, OH.
  • SSBL-Madison had been a partner with SSBL-Milwaukee since 2006 working to strengthen and create a self sufficient LGBTQ softball league in Madison, WI. In January 2012 that time had arrived and Badgerland Softball League was created in Madison as its own independent league. Badgerland Softball League offers an Open Recreational League (Monday night social league), Women's Competitive League (Tuesday nights), and Open Competitive League (Sundays) for our players and fans to enjoy. 
  • In January 2012, Badgerland Softball League was voted as a new member of NAGAAA (North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance) which allows Badgerland Softball League to send at least one team to the Gay Softball World Series each year. Badgerland Softball League also belongs to ASANA (Amateur Sports Alliance of North America) which allows our league to send at least one team to the Women's Gay and Lesbian World Series each year.

SSBL-Madison (2006 - 2011)

  • SSBL-Madison was formed during the 2005 off-season. In order to enable the league to grow, the former Madison Gay Softball League organized and joined forces with SSBL-Milwaukee. 
  • SSBL-Milwaukee offers Madison almost 30 years of experience in running a Gay Softball League, providing our members with a world-class organization. 
  • 2011 SSBL-Madison recognized as the AIDS Network's Outstanding Organization of the Year 
    2009 SSBL-Madison recognized as OutReach's Organization of the Year
    2009 ASANA World Series
  • SSBL-Madison was selected to host the 2009 ASANA World Series. The ASANA Softball World Series is the largest annual lesbian single sports event in the United States. Players, coaches, umpires and fans come together for five days of sports competition and social networking.

Madison Gay Softball (2002 - 2005)

  • Madison Gay Softball grew out of the desire to provide the Madison Gay Community with an opportunity to participate in, and grow an appreciation for, the game of softball. What has developed has far exceeded our expectations. Madison Gay Softball has evolved into an institution that has revitalized the Gay Community and enriched the lives of our members, both players and non-players, gay and straight.

Former League Commissioners

  • 2019 - Present: Dean Blaser
  • 2012 - 2018: Lee Kampa
  • 2010 - 2011: Amanda Evenstone
  • 2007 - 2009: Ben Monty
  • 2002 - 2006: Doug Hinderliter

    The Felicia Melton-Smyth Memorial Softball Tournament (2008-2014)
    In memory of Felicia Melton-Smyth, the Badgerland Softball League hosted the Felicia Melton-Smyth Memorial Softball Tournament from 2008-2014. We did this to honor the time, energy, and commitment she gave to our community and to thank her for encouraging and inspiring us. All proceeds from the tournament were donated to a local charity.

    About Felicia Melton-Smyth

    Felicia Melton-Smyth was SSBL-Madison's biggest fan and cheerleader. On May 26, 2008, she was tragically taken from us while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Felicia used her voice as the cruise director of the Shamrock Bar to make sure all of Madison's LGBT sports leagues succeeded by promoting their fundraisers, hanging posters, and recruiting members. She was SSBL-Madison's Community Service Chair and served on Madison Gay Hockey Association's Board of Directors. The growth and success of Madison's LGBT sports leagues would not have been possible without her.

    4th Annual FMS Softball Tournament
    2011 FMS Tournament Results
    Competitive Division
    Recreational Division
    Women's Division
    Coliseum Bar (Madison)
    Ball Busters (Madison)
    Meat Locker (Madison)
    Hot Properties(Minn/St.Paul)
    Cupid's Pure Awesomeness (Madison)
    Kode (Madison)
    Fluid (Milwaukee)
    Madd Dawgs (Madison)
    Wicked (Chicago)
    Line Drive (Minn/St.Paul)
    Blue Crush (Madison)
    Inch x Inch (Milwaukee)
    Charlies (Milwaukee)
    Missfits (Madison)
    Misfits (Iowa)
    Daisy Energy (Chicago)
    L=Team (Madison)

    3rd Annual FMS Softball Tournament
    In lieu of hosting a tournament, $2000 was donated to the AIDs Network of Madison in Felicia Milton-Symth's honor.

    2nd Annual FMS Softball Tournament
    2009 FMS Tournament Results
    Competitive Division
    Recreational Division
    WOOF'S Madd Dawgs
    MGAC Scream 
    Chicago Spin
    Line Drive
    Out Queens

    1st Annual FMS Memorial Softball Tournament Results 
    2008 FMS Tournament Results
    Competitive Division
    Women's Division
    Milwaukee Nut Hut
    Madd Dawgs
    L Team
    Short Cuts

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