Little League Baseball
March 12, 8:30am
At this time only ECL 5 is closed – Opens March 30 No lights at LLV until March 30.
Remember if you sink on the field or it is squishy, the field should be closed.
Here is the information for SYA Little League Opening Day Ceremony, brought to us by Glory Days Grill:
Saturday, April 7
8:45 am – 10 am (arrive no later than 8:30 am)
Westfield HS Gym – Enter Door #11
TEAM ORGANIZATION – Be On Time
Managers, notify your parents exactly where your team will gather to meet for opening day (i.e. basketball courts – preferably somewhere outside and come in as a team). We will sit all teams in VISITOR side bleachers in order by age. T-Ball and CP in 1 section to left / MP and AA in next section and AAA and Majors in next section. We need to have everyone seated no later than 8:40 am SHARP. The teams will then be announced with their team banner proudly displayed. While parking is abundant at the school, please pay attention to all signage and don’t park illegally.
Players should wear sneakers only, no cleats. Players should have their uniform shirt, pants, and hat on – show your Nationals pride! You can also leave your gloves, bats, and other baseball gear in the car. Families and all non-players should sit in the HOME stands. Players will still walk around gym and then take a place on the gym floor. Plan on heading out afterwards for your game.
Everyone should park either in front of the school or in the lot area right next to the school where door #11 is. Look for the Westfield HS baseball players to direct you to proper parking locations.
We expect all teams to participate as many of our sponsors will be present and we want this to be an event to celebrate our entire league, the players, and the community. SYA Little League will once again be honoring two outstanding players for their contributions as young citizens to our community. Be sure to congratulate each player as they will be recognized during the activities. We expect to see both the Centreville Wildcats and Westfield Bulldogs high school baseball teams there giving high fives to all the players as they parade around the gym – this always pumps up the oldest and youngest of players. read more…
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One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities for others, which is why SYA Little League has launched a shoe drive with a goal to collect 250 pairs of new or gently used shoes.
Registration for the Spring 2018 season continues. Discounted fees 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. Player pitch manager positions have been selected. MP and lower positions are still available, needed:
We are set on teams now. While we didn’t get all the coaches we were hoping for, every player will get placed. Rosters have gone out for West player pitch. East player pitch will go out soon. MP and lower on both leagues will be going out in the next few days.
All new registrations currently go on a wait list – only a few levels have space remaining. All Majors and AAA teams are complete as is West AA. A few spots remain at East AA and all levels at MP, CP, and TB.
See Age Determination article below to determine your child’s baseball age for this spring season.
Challenger Baseball registration is open – 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 and make payment here. Otherwise, payments can be mailed to SYA Little League, PO Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
If you would like to umpire this spring 2018 season, please do the following:
- Email our chief umpire with your desire to help us out (Bob Nasser) and with a photo ID
- Register as a volunteer at https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/sya/17-18/Volunteer.html
- Plan on attending one of the rules trainings and the mechanics training
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)
On October 9, 2017, nearly two dozen Accenture employees based in Arlington, VA volunteered their time on a very warm Fall day to aid the Centreville community. The group completed numerous field maintenance activities at a sports complex used by hundreds of Southwestern Youth Association players for Little League baseball games and practices. Their efforts have further enhanced the safety and use of this complex that is used on a regular basis by the children of our community for healthy activity, learning about the value of teamwork, and becoming good citizens.
Thank you to Accenture and their workforce for embodying these values and enriching our community.
Read more to see additional pictures from closing ceremonies. Thanks to all who came out to support the teams!
On Saturday, following the Majors championship game we will be recognizing all our regular season division winners, playoff winners and runner ups, and all our All Star teams. Be sure to come out to Cub and watch all the excitement on Saturday & Monday night. Awards ceremony expected to start about 15 minutes following the Majors game completion. Game details for player pitch levels – good luck to all teams:
Majors: Yankees beat the Reds for the Championship
AAA: Pirates beat the Giants for the Championship
AA: Maryland beat Florida for the Championship
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:
Please heed this warning as well as street posting. All these regulations apply to all our fields.
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