The West End Slo-pitch Association (WESA) respectfully acknowledges that we operate, practice, and play on traditional ancestral unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (
WESA was started in 1978 when gay and lesbian sports minded, fun-loving people gathered on Sunday afternoons at Lord Roberts School playground. 2023 will be our 45th Season!
A volunteer run league, WESA organizes not only softball games but many social events for the membership and LGBTQ2S+ & allies community.
Players register as individual or with a friend in early February each year. Teams are formed by a universal player draft held in March. Everyone who joins WESA is drafted by a team and is guaranteed to play. This makes WESA fresh and fun every year. Most games are played at Strathcona Park, with the occasional game held in Stanley Park. The playing season runs from the middle of April to the end of July each
We offer two divisions of competition. Go to Joining the League to learn more.
The season consists of a 20-Game WESA Pennant Race for League Division Champion and the WESA CUP Weekend where our teams compete to win the coveted end-of-season tournament.
Our second tournament is international. Each year WESA organizes the Pacific Cup International softball tournament. We host teams from Canada and the USA. This tournament is separate from the league play but many members compete with their travelling teams.
For more about the Pacific Cup please click here.
Since 2008, WESA has been part of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) / International Pride Softball. With over 17,000 members, NAGAAA organizes the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) each year and brings together 54 participating cities and over 5,000 participants and fans.
Playing softball is a great way to get out and enjoy the summer in a fun filled way. You will meet some new friends and play softball.
If you have any questions about WESA, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Commission.
The West-End Slo-pitch Association (WESA), formerly called the West-End Softball Association, was started when gay and lesbian sports-minded, fun-loving people, gathered on Sunday afternoons at Lord Roberts School playground to engage in some recreational softball.
Many folks who came out in those days were members of the Dogwood Monarchist Society. As more interested people joined in, a loosely structured organization of teams took shape.
An executive (Commission) was formed and six gay-business sponsored teams took to the field. WESA's "original six" teams were: The Castle Pub, Neighbours, The Gandydancer, The Playpen Central, The Luv Affair, and The Shaggy Horse.
WESA created two divisions: C and D Divisions, to separate those who respectively strove for a faster more consistently skilled game, and those who desired a more recreational level of play, with each division having 4 teams each.
The league returned to one amalgamated league with no separate divisions.
WESA celebrated it's 20th anniversary season making it the oldest gay and lesbian sports organization in Vancouver. WESA has always welcomed friends of lesbians and gays to join with us in playing slo-pitch softball or joining in our many social activities throughout the season.
As well, WESA expand from 10 to 12 teams with a membership in excess of 155, with a wide cross-section of team sponsors.
WESA returned to two divisions again with the C Division designed for players with a more competitive style of game play and the D Division for players looking for a more recreational feel to the game.
Each division had 5 teams in 2004.
WESA celebrated its 30th Anniversary and joins The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance. NAGAAA organizes the Gay Softball World Series each year and brings together over 40 participating cities.
WESA grows to a record 15 teams! D Division has 10 teams, C Division has 5 teams.
WESA celebrates its 35th year, and grows to a record 16 teams! D Division has 11 teams, C Division has 5 teams.
WESA expands to 18 teams! C Division has 5 teams and D Division has 13 teams with the largest membership of 260 to date.
WESA celebrates its 40th year.
For the first time in our history, the Regular Play Season is cancelled. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we were only able to squeeze in a 3-weekend Summer stint of ball play.
WESA expands to 19 teams! C Division grows to 6 teams with D Division staying strong at 13 teams.
WESA celebrates our 45th Season! WESA also updates and evolves our structure by moving to Tier 1 and Tier 2 divisions.