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2019 T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby

Little League, T-Mobile, SYA Little League, and SYA Mets (SYA’s Travel Baseball Program) are bringing you the 6th annual SYA Baseball Home Run Derby to benefit pediatric cancer research through Kyle’s Kamp. The action will take place Sunday, June 2th at LLV, starting at 6pm. 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/softball age. You must be at least league age 9 to compete and no older than league age 12. Please note, this event is only open to SYA Little League registered players, both baseball and softball. Winners have the chance to advance, potentially going to Williamsport for the finals!

Players can bring their own pitcher or use one of the coaches present that night and must use an approved USA Baseball bat for baseball and Little League approved bat for softball. The snack shack will also be open to accommodate our big hitter and spectator appetites.

Official Rules can be found here. Parent FAQs. Pre-registration is here – click here.

A $5 suggested donation (collection taken at day of event) will go to Kyle’s Kamp in their fundraising efforts of supporting pediatric cancer research. We look forward to seeing all those interested on June 2! 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) or Mike Gambone (mgambone@syabaseball.org).

SYA Little League East Field Day

As a volunteer league, coaches and parents of SYA players come together annually on Field Day to help prepare the fields for the season. With the record breaking rains of 2018, fields at LLV were significantly impacted and needed a facelift involving replenishment of 10 tons of dirt for the infield and pitching mounds. Stepping up to the plate this year to help make this happen were three SYA Little League graduates, Sebastian Lopez, Eddie Fong and William White. When asked about their support, AAA Coach Dave Lutes offered, “The boys worked hard on rebuilding the home plate area on LLV’s lower field.” Field Chief, Brad Soules expressed, “The actions of these young men reflect the core mission of SYA LL baseball as good stewards the game, role models to other players, and contributors to our community making a positive impact on our fields that others will enjoy. Thanks boys!”

Fairfax County Champions of Character

The nomination process for the 2019 annual Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards are underway! The Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards program honors youth, coaches and parents for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor in various athletics programs throughout Fairfax County. Instituted by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, this program aims to restore the ennobling tradition of amateur athletics in cultivating teamwork, leadership, good sportsmanship and community service.

Each year, youth, coaches and parents are nominated from athletics programs from around the county to receive this prestigious honor. Honorees are recognized for having demonstrated extraordinary service in the sports community while modeling the basic traits of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Awards are presented by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Athletic Council.

Anyone can nominate a player, coach, or parent to be considered for a Champions of Character Award; and the nomination should clearly illustrate how the candidate has demonstrated one or more of the appropriate criteria of consideration.

To submit nominations for a deserving award winner, click here to access the online submission form.

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SYA/CYA Froghair Golf Classic

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Attention all SYA members!

SYA and CYA are teaming up once again to hold the 3rd Annual Froghair Golf Classic. The event will be held at Twin Lakes Golf Course on June 28th at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds of the event will support financial assistance programs in both CYA and SYA.  Our joint commitment to the community is no child will be left out based on their inability to pay. Come out and have fun for a very good cause!

Please see the Froghair Golf Classic website for more information! Get your foursomes together and let’s go have some fun!

–SYA Board of Directors

Reminders for all School Grounds

Smoking, Tobacco, and Alcohol: As a reminder, Fairfax County Public Schools has a policy that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in all schools, administrative offices, facilities, FCPS vehicles, fields, and playgrounds. You can review the details by clicking here. While this specific policy doesn’t address alcohol, a similar policy is in place for alcohol. Please be sure to abide by this school policy as SYA Little League is a guest of the school system when using all their fields.

Pets: There are three Fairfax County ordinances prohibiting pets (i.e., dogs) from all Fairfax County school grounds. There are health notices on all FCPS school grounds asking pet owners to NOT bring their pets on school grounds. Please leave you pets at home while watching your kids play ball.

Parking: While we all recognize that parking at schools can be tough to come by at times, we want to make sure that all our players and their families are safe when leaving their cars and making their way to the fields. Do not ignore posted signs, either in the school lots or local streets and consider the players, families, and the local residents in your choice for parking. Park as if you expect the police to be patrolling. Here is a general summary of Fairfax County parking regulations:

Fairfax County Parking Restrictions and Information

2019 SYA Little League Opening Day

SYA Little League, sponsored by Glory Days Grill, hosted their 2019 spring season opening ceremonies indoors at Westfield High School in Centreville, VA.  New this year was welcoming softball into SYA Little League.

Approximately 660 players spread across 63 teams participated.  Opening day sponsor Glory Days Grill came with coupons and giveaways.  The uniforms for all teams were donated by the Washington Nationals.  Centreville and Westfield High School Varsity and JV teams came out to celebrate with the players.

2019 Opening eremonies Guest speakers during the program included:

  • State Senator Dave Marsden
  • State Delegate Tim Hugo
  • Sully Supervisor Kathy Smith
  • Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity
  • Centreville HS Varsity head coach Scott Rowland
  • Westfield HS Varsity head coach Rob Hahne
  • Glory Days marketing manager Katie Easterbrook
  • SYA Executive Director Gary Flather

During the festivities, the citizenship award winners from the baseball West division, baseball East division, and softball were recognized: Charlie Ewell, Christopher Pewett, and Avery Mercadante respectively.

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All the teams participated in a team banner parade, showing off all the banners to the crowd of parents and fans. In the banner contest, we had winners in both the professionally-made banners as well as the homemade banners.

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Professionally-made: Coach Sajdak – MP West

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Home-made: Coach Palacios – TB 2 East

 

Due to generous donations from the league sponsors,
21 raffle prizes were given away, raising over $3,100
for the league!  Thanks to our raffle assistants.
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Thanks to all who participated in the opening ceremonies, and also to all the volunteers that help out every day.  Play ball!

2019 SYA Little League Baseball at Union Mill Elementary

On January 23 and 24, SYA Little League Baseball/Softball  hosted ‘Baseball Days” at Union Mill Elementary School.  Nine SYA coaches and two Union Mill alumni volunteered their time to teach nearly 1,000 students a host of baseball skills.  In conjunction with the Union Mill staff, the students received detailed instruction and were able to showcase their hitting, throwing and catching skills.  The Potomac National’s Uncle Slam made a guest appearance.  The gym was filled with lots of smiles and enthusiasm for the sport during the two-day event.  Our thanks to the entire Union Mill staff especially Ms. Murray and her team of very patient physical education teachers.

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Background Checks

All volunteers (e.g. Managers, Board Members, Coaches, Umpires, Snack Shack) must undergo a background check – Little League and SYA Sports requirement. Our method is changing slightly this year as all volunteers are registered with SYA Little League. Once registered, we then submit your name and email address to the Little League background system (JDP). The volunteer will receive an email from the system that looks like the below text (click on image to enlarge). Please enter the system and complete the process in a timely manner as you won’t be able to participate until this is completed. Only our league President will see the results when the check is complete. A photo copy of your driver’s license is still required and will be collected at all our upcoming events as listed on the calendar and web site. Any questions please let us know.

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SYA Little League & Amazon

For those Amazon shoppers, here is a way to shop and donate to SYA!

SYA is now a registered organization in the Amazon Smile program.  Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support SYA every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the same prices and selection as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SYA.

To participate go to smile.amazon.com and select Southwestern Youth Association as your charity (this only needs to be done the 1st time you go to smile.amazon.com).  Shop as you normally would and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your qualified purchase to SYA.  It’s that simple.  If you use Amazon.com to shop, just remember to go to smile.amazon.com

SYA Little League – Ryan Massimo

It is with great sadness that we inform you that SYA Little League coach and volunteer, Ryan Massimo, passed away suddenly on November 11. Ryan coached multiple teams throughout his tenure with SYA Little League, most recently coaching a West AAA team and Special Games team this past Spring.  Ryan previously served on the SYA Little League board as the SYA West field chief, where he spent countless hours at Cub Run getting the fields ready for our players.  He was a dedicated volunteer that would do whatever he could to make this league better for our kids. He will be greatly missed. Obituary information.

A note from Courtney: Ryan always wanted Brayden and Logan to have a good college education, so we created a Gofundme account to help the boys get that education. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/friends-and-family-of-the-massimo-family

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!