The 2012 softball season is just around the corner!
The Azerbaijan Interregional Softball League (AISL) has expanded, with an unprecedented 16 teams now divided into 5 regional divisions.
Please see the spring schedule below.
Opening day is May 20! The season will last until mid-October, with a league-wide break during the hottest summer months of July and August, also the time when Ramadan is observed.
Like Little League baseball in the United States, the AISL is enlisting the help of local businesses and individuals to help finance the 2012 season. Since the league began in 2006, it has only ever been sponsored by contributions from the US. This year, to celebrate the league’s 7th season and its massive expansion to a 5 division, 16 team entity, we are soliciting the financial support of local businesses where teams are located. Additionally, just like in Little League in the US, we have implemented a team fee for each team, counting on the passion and energy of the players to help fundraise and sponsor their travel to tournaments throughout the country. In this way, we are moving towards our goal of a completely sustainable softball league in Azerbaijan that celebrates America’s favorite pastime and Azerbaijan’s newest athletic craze!
Although moves towards sustainability are well underway, we still need your help. Travel in Azerbaijan can be expensive, and most of our players do not have the financial means to fully fund their transportation to every tournament. Furthermore, corporate sponsorship is not as common of a practice here as it is in the United States.
Any financial assistance that you could give to make this season possible would be greatly appreciated!
Here is the link to our fundraising page: https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=314-091
LET’S PLAY BALL!
|Spring Tournament, #1: May 20, 2012 (Each team plays 2 games)|
|Ganja at Tovuz||Balaken at Zag||All at Goychay||Guba at Khach||All at Bilesuvar|
|Ming at Gor||Oguz at Yevlakh|
|Spring Tournament, #2: June 3, 2012 (Each team plays 3 games)|
|All at Ganja||All at Oguz||All at Ismayilli||Khach at Guba||All at Saatli|
|Spring Tournament, #3 (Inter-Division Play): June 17, 2012 (Each team plays 3 games)|
|At Ming||At Yevlakh|
|Spring Tournament, #4 (North & South): June 24, 2012 in Baku (Each team plays 3)|