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2019 Little League Spring Registration

Registration for both Little League Baseball and Softball for the Spring 2019 season is open! Discounted fees will end January 31! Check out the FAQs for common questions and answers. Click here to register for the spring season. We are also seeking volunteers, not only to manage and coach but for other league activities such as umpiring. Click here to register as a volunteer. We will be selecting all managers by mid-January so sign up to be included in the selection process.

See Age Determination article below to determine your child’s baseball age for this spring season.

Important Information: We are aware that a number of our families are impacted by the partial government shutdown. If you still plan to play this spring you should register today (before late fees go into effect). When the process gets to the payment stage, just do not pay now. You can go back in later, even after Feb. 1, and pay these fees without a late fee.

Challenger Baseball registration will be open soon – actually register with Chantilly Little League. Check out our Challenger page for all the details.

SYA offers scholarships to those players who qualify and are in kindergarten or above grades. Please review the Scholarship Request Form for qualifications.

If you registered but did not pay, you do have the opportunity to go back online to your family account and make payment there. Otherwise, payments can be mailed to SYA Little League, PO Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122.

Background Checks

All volunteers 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. 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 in School

SYA Little League will once again be in school at Willow Springs ES and Union Mill ES in January, featuring baseball and softball activities to the gym classes. In coordination with the physical education teachers, we will be at Willow Springs January 22 through 24 and Union Mill January 23 and 24. Our coaches and board members will be on hand giving out the secrets of the game to 1,000+ boys and girls. If you are interested in volunteering for several hours or all 3 days, let us know. Past years has seen the Potomac Nationals Uncle Slam make an appearance or two – hoping we are able to make that happen again.

SYA Little League Tryouts

Tryouts for Majors, AAA, and AA – the player pitch levels – for both leagues will take place for each league as noted below. NOTE: Returning Majors players do not need to attend the tryouts but should consider as not all coaches know all players. Be sure to check the player listing to ensure you are registered for tryouts and in the correct league – remember, Rt 28 is our dividing boundary. Once tryouts are complete, the leagues will hold their respective drafts to determine teams for the upcoming spring season. We are currently planning on beginning practices on or around March 9. Allocations of all players should be completed around March 6.

Tryout Player/League Listing – East, West (Coming)
SYA East Tryout Information – Sunday, February 24, 2019
SYA West Tryout Information – Sunday, February 24, 2019

SYA Little League Winter Clinics

SYA Little League is offering Winter Clinics on February 16 and 17 for players and coaches. Players will have the opportunity to participate in various baseball or softball related activities appropriate for their age group. Coaches will be provided guidance on level specific practice plans and skill development as well as participate in the clinic as a “coach”. The clinic is a great time to shake off the rust to prepare for player pitch tryouts which are the following weekend. We ask that players attend the correct age/level appropriate clinic as noted here – registration is limited to the first 40 baseball players and 20 softball players for each clinic:

February 16 – 5-6:30pm:
Baseball: Machine Pitch/Intro to Player Pitch
Softball: Minors/Majors (7-12)

February 17 – 6:30-8pm:
Baseball: AAA/Majors
Softball: Juniors/Seniors (13-16)

There is a $10 fee (cash or check) for each player – coaches are free – to help offset our costs, to include the use of the CYA Fieldhouse facility, to be collected at clinic check-in. Click here to register now (Select LL Baseball/Softball Clinics – Feb 2019, then select specific session). Registration is limited, so don’t hesitate as registration will close once we fill the slots.

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2019 Equipment Exchange

SYA Little League is holding its 10th Annual Baseball Equipment Exchange Sunday, January 27 from 11am to 1pm at Moe’s Southwest Grill – 5005 Westone Plaza, Chantilly, VA.  We are currently in the collection phase for very good to excellent condition baseball/softball gloves, cleats (no metal and no football/soccer cleats please), and baseball/softball pants that are taking up space in your home. Sorry, we cannot take baseball/softball bats for this event. For those who donate to this annual event, you will then be able to come in and pick an item from all that has been donated. Donate one thing, take one thing. Donate two things, take two things. First time players can select items without exchange. Over the last nine years, 500+ families have picked up cleats, pants, and gloves at no cost with an estimated total savings over $20,000. Everyone who attends the exchange will also receive a free kid’s meal from Moe’s, while supplies last, if they are registered for the 2019 spring baseball season – just bring your registration receipt.

EMAIL OUR EXCHANGE COORDINATORS (Brian Colella at bcolella@syabaseball.org) if you have any donations for the exchange so that we may arrange to obtain these from you.

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Age Determination – Spring 2019 Season

The spring season continues our 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

After a successful, although wet, fall season SYA Little League Softball heads into its first spring season. As we continue to 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.

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!

   

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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…