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Fall Preview: As LGBT leagues get underway, Atlanta’s pro teams press for playoffs

Atlanta Dream

The end of summer marks the start of the annual fall sports leagues. From softball to flag football, gay and lesbian sporting leagues offer a plethora of options for those seeking competitive fun this fall.

On the national stage, three of Atlanta’s professional teams look to shake the city’s reputation of being a “miserable sports town,” as stated by Forbes. The Braves, Falcons and Dream are all poised for post-season action in 2012.

The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta will kick off its fall season with a day of pre-season games Sept. 16 followed by a shorter-than-normal five-week season schedule.

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Flag football, rugby ready to play

Softball may be the sport most associated with spring, but Atlanta’s gay flag football team is launching its new season and the city’s gay rugby team is seeking more players.

On Saturday, March 5, join the scrum as the Atlanta Bucks, the gay rugby team, recruits new players at Spring Rugby 101, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sammye Coan Middle School. Visit www.atlantabucksrugby.org for details.

The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta launches its spring season March 12 with games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Candler Park. For more information, visit www.nffla.com.