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Field Status

Sept 19, 9am

No reports at this time on any field conditions.

Remember, do you want to ruin a field today so that we can’t play tomorrow?

Remember if you sink on the field or it is squishy, the field should be closed.

Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election

SYA Little League is pleased to announce the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting and election for the Board of Directors (the Board). This body oversees the property and daily affairs of SYA Little League for Baseball (4-12 years of age) and Softball (7-16 years of age).

Procedures for the election call for nominations to fill the vacant slots on the Board, approximately half the Board slots become vacant each year. Election night, scheduled for Wednesday October 10, 2018 at 6:30pm at Stone Middle School in the Theatre.  The SYA Little League Members present will vote on the Board nominations and will review the Constitution for any potential changes, as well as receive an overview of the past year and planned league activities for 2019 and beyond. These elections will include absentee ballots from members unable to attend the Annual Meeting. Absentee ballots (contact Board Secretary Woody Slaymaker –wslaymaker@syabaseball.org – for a ballot) will be available Sunday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 9, 2018. For absentee ballots to be counted, the member must be registered as noted and return the ballot to the Board Secretary by 12pm on October 10.

The membership of SYA Little League is comprised of all persons registered with SYA Little League as volunteers to include managers, coaches, and other general volunteers. As members, you have the right and responsibility to participate in these elections for the Board thereby representing the overall SYA Little League community. Parents, family members and fans of the game are strongly encouraged to register/attend as members and participate in this annual meeting and election as this is YOUR league. All members must register to be recognized as a part of SYA Little League, regardless of position. The current Board urges your participation in this process, either in person or via absentee ballot.

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Willow Springs Elementary School Baseball Field Improvements

Ask anyone who played coach-pitch, machine-pitch, or kid-pitch baseball in their SYA Little League career, and they’ll likely have a story about the Willow Springs Elementary School baseball field. Whether it was a home run or a double play, one part of the story would remain the same – broken benches and prickly vines snagging player’s uniforms while they waited for their turn at bat.

Thanks to SYA Little League baseball alum and Troop 577 Eagle Scout candidate Michael Rath, Willow Springs Elementary School baseball field received a face lift! Michael, along with 18 of his fellow Scouts volunteered their time on August 19th to replace player benches and remove the mass of vines and overgrowth along the first base line and back fence. We would like to thank Michael and Troop 577 (8 of whom were former SYA Little League baseball players) for contributing 159 volunteer hours to make our field safe to use again. We invite all of our SYA baseball families to visit the new and improved Willow Springs Elementary School baseball fields. Thank you Michael!

   

Age Determination – Fall 2018 Season

The fall season begins our new year, following the 2019 Little League Baseball Age Determination Chart, which can be found here Age Charts on Little League’s web site. Please be sure to use the right chart, the one for 2019. Softball age determination is different than baseball and can be found here Softball Age Chart.

Little League Softball

You read that right, SYA Softball is transitioning to SYA Little League Softball starting this fall. As we work through this change, we will be updating the Softball web site as well as communicating information to all our families. Xplosion Softball will remain the SYA Travel Softball program, so no changes with this program at this time. For Little League Softball, while there will be minimal to no impact with the on-field opportunities and play, the administration of the program will differ as we implement the Little League Softball program. We will offer these divisions: Minors (7-11), Majors (9-12), Juniors (12-14), and Seniors (13-16) all based on player’s age on December 31, 2018. Girls from 4-6 will have the opportunity to play Little League TeeBall with the TB (4-6 [5-6 for the Fall season]) and Coach Pitch (5-7) divisions under SYA Little League Baseball. Registration is now open for the fall season. Click here to register using the new SYA Registration system. Click here to go to the Softball web site. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Bob Woodruff at syasoftball@cox.net.

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SYA East 8-10s Win District 10 Title

The SYA East 8-10 All Star team won the District 10 title 12-3. They are now headed to Coeburn, Virginia for the state tournament that begins Friday July 6 with pool play. Congratulations to Coach Mike Gambone and all the players as they swept through the district tournament.

SYA East 9-11s Win Minors Tournament

The SYA East 9-11 Special Games team won the tournament title 11-2 over Annandale-North Springfield Little League. This tournament is for players that didn’t make a district All Star team and played in Minors (AA or AAA) this past spring. Congratulations to Coach In Cho and all the players as they swept through this Special Games tournament.

2018 Spring Closing Ceremony

SYA Little League will hold its closing ceremony for the spring season on Saturday June 9 following the Majors and AAA Championship Games and the SYA Mets HR Derby. We know teams will still have games to play, especially at the MP, CP, and TB levels, however these player pitch levels finish on June 9, and AA on June 11. The ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the home run derby scheduled that day and will include recognition of player pitch division winners and playoff winners along with all our All Star teams. read more…

2018 Home Run Derby

The SYA Mets collected $355 which will go to Kyle’s Kamp. Thanks for all the donations! The winners are our age brackets in the derby are:

12u – TJ Holmberg
11u – Kase Cochran
10u – Michael Gambone
9u – Miles Lilburn

The SYA Mets (SYA’s Travel Baseball Program) are excited to host the 5th annual SYA Baseball Home Run Derby to benefit pediatric cancer research through Kyle’s Kamp. The action will take place Saturday, June 9th at Cub Run ES, starting immediately after the morning games, approximately 11:30am. There will be four age groups of competition: 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u with prizes awarded at each level – age is based on your Little League baseball age. Please note, this event is only open to SYA Little League registered players. Players can bring their own pitcher or use one of the coaches present that night and must use an approved USA Baseball bat. The snack shack will also be open to accommodate our big hitter and spectator appetites.

A $5 entry fee and any donations will go to Kyle’s Kamp in their efforts with pediatric cancer research fundraising. We look forward to seeing all those interested on June 9! Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time for check-in and player organization. Any questions can be directed to Brian Colella (bcolella@syabaseball.org).

Hot News – Updated Little League News on Bats

New Standard to be implemented for the 2018 season – Read More about this here:

Little League has updated all their information on bats for the upcoming season. Be sure to review for bats are legal as new penalties for illegal bats (automatic outs) are in place. Bats are now available in stores and can be used for our fall season!
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http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

Note: TB/CP levels – Current bats labeled for use with TeeBalls can still be used however there must be a USA Baseball sticker placed on the bat. See the link above for details on how to acquire one of the stickers. If the bat does not say for use with TeeBalls, then the bat is illegal regardless of having a sticker or not.. It must be replaced with a new conforming bat. Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Bats for Sale

Looking to not spend hundreds on a new bat? Still trying to figure out what to do as your old bat is no longer legal or your player has outgrown their existing bat? SYA Little League is maintaining a listing of legal bats folks have for sale. Check out the Bats For Sale page for details and listings.