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SYA Multi-Sport Clinic – Free

Rescheduled for June 3 due to the weather. More information to come.

SYA Sports is offering a free multi-sport clinic (Baseball, softball, football, rugby, soccer, etc) to all Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax area kids on May 20 at Liberty MS. Further details can be found on this page. Pre-registration is preferred so that we know how many kids to expect.

2018 Home Run Derby

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 Sunday, June 3rd at both Upper and Lower 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 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 3! 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).

Register here to participate.

SYA/CYA Froghair Golf Classic

Registration is open for the SYA/CYA 2nd Annual Froghair Classic, an event you don’t want to miss – Hurry, don’t wait until the last minute!

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Benefits SYA/CYA Scholarships
Friday, June 22nd, 2018, 1:00pm Shotgun Start
Twin Lakes Golf Course
$99 per golfer to join in the fun!

To REGISTER or for further information: visit www.FrogHairGolfClassic.com
You can sign up individually or as part of a team (Foursome) or just make a donation!

2018 SYA Little League Opening Ceremony

SYA Little League, sponsored by Glory Days Grill, hosted their 2018 spring season opening ceremonies indoors at Westfield High School in Centreville, VA.  Approximately 600 players spread across 60 teams participated.  A few of the league’s long-time sponsors, Glory Days Grill and Modell’s, had tables out with coupons and giveaways.  Centreville and Westfield High School Varsity and JV teams came out to celebrate with the players.  Guest speakers during the program included:

  • Supervisor Kathy Smith
  • Supervisor Pat Herrity
  • Centreville High School Varsity head coach Scott Rowland
  • Westfield High School Varsity assistant coach Dan Ritz
  • Glory Days marketing manager Katie Easterbrook

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During the festivities, the citizenship award winners from both West and East divisions were recognized: Anthony Sloboda and Sophia Sharp respectively.

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Also a special dedication to Doug Bishop was held, including a plaque that will be installed at the Cub Run fields.

In memory of Doug Bishop, we dedicate this plaque at Cub Run Elementary School to remember his efforts in the development of these baseball fields.  To a loving Father, Husband, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Coach and Friend to All,  who cared about young boys and girls that loved the game of baseball. Doug spent countless hours working on, and maintaining these fields so that not only his own children and players could feel like major leaguers, but that all children in the future who play SYA Little League Baseball, will have the best experience possible. Doug’s passion for the game was only second to the love he had for our children and their dreams of being baseball players.  A life well lived: 3-4-1957 to 3-2-2017

A new program that will run during the month of April, Soles4Souls, will be collecting new or gently used shoes, through April 28.

Donation boxes will be setup at the snack shacks at Cub Run and LLV fields. Click here for more information.

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And always a favorite, the team banner competition for best homemade and professional banners resulted in some very creative banners.

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Special thanks to all the SYA Little League sponsors (http://syasports.org/little-league-baseball-2/sponsors-little-league-baseball/) for their ongoing support of our league!

Concussion Training

One of the primary goals of SYA is to ensure the safety of all of our players during practices and games. As such, beginning this season, and going forward, we are now requiring that parents, players and coaches complete an online concussion safety and training program annually.

This program is offered in conjunction with INOVA Health Services and has been specifically designed for our players, parents and coaches to ensure the safety and education of all our participants. This online program MUST be taken annually by the player, one parent and all coaches before being assigned to a team.

The program can be completed by following the link provided at the end of the online registration. Each family and coach must create an INOVA family account using the link. When creating the Family account, select Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) as the organization of which you are a member, so that your Concussion training is recorded and tracked properly by our system. Please be sure to use the exact names you used to register with SYA (and date of birth) so the proper credit can be made.

If you did not complete the training at the time of registration you can complete it at a later date using this link: https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/inova/FamilyAccount.html. Players and coaches will not be drafted or assigned to teams until the training is completed. Check our FAQs for more details.

2018 SYA Little League Baseball at Willow Springs Elementary

On January 22-25th, SYA Little League Baseball held a “Baseball/Softball clinic” at Willow Springs Elementary School.  Several parents volunteered their time to teach all K-3 classes and most 4-6 grade classes.  In conjunction with the Willow Springs staff, the students received detailed training and showcased their hitting, throwing, and catching skills.  The gym was filled with lots of smiles and enthusiasm for the sport.  Our thanks to the Willow Springs P.E. staff Mr. Silvas and Mr. Burda.  A special thank you goes out to the parent volunteers who do not have kids in the program (Dean Canestra, Chris McDonald, Megan Soyster-Heinz), and softball parent Rob Estabrooke who brought some SYA Explosion players.

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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.

2018 SYA Little League Baseball at Union Mill Elementary

On February 1st and 2nd SYA Little League Baseball held ‘Baseball Days” at Union Mill Elementary School.  Several coaches 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 training and showcased 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.  Our thanks to the Union Mill staff especially Ms. Murray and her team.

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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.

Age Determination – Spring 2018 Season

Little League adopted a new age determination date for players. Here is the summary on this change and how it impacts the different age levels, effective immediately:

For players born before September 1, 2005: For the 2017 fall – 2018 spring season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date – April 30, 2018.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: For the 2017 fall – 2018 spring season, these players will use the August 31 age determination date – August 31, 2018.

The 2018 Little League Age Determination Chart can be found here Age Charts on Little League’s web site as it also applies to our Fall 2017 season. (Remember, we are 12 and under)

Parking – Cub Run and All Fields

While we all recognize that parking at Cub Run 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. It has come to our attention that there have been some number of incidents where cars are being parked illegally, often ignoring posted signs, making crossing streets/intersections very dangerous. This includes parking illegally in the school parking lots. Please heed all signage and consider the players, families, and the local residents in your choice for parking as there is always the school lot (other side of the building) – which is often less than half full. We expect the police to be patrolling this area more frequently because of complaints. Here is a general summary of Fairfax County parking regulations:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/parking_restrictions.htm

Please heed this warning as well as street posting. All these regulations apply to all our fields.


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