Little League Baseball
It is that time of the year again as the Fall Baseball/Softball season wraps up, the SYA Baseball Board of Directors would like to solicit your feedback on the coaches from this season, including the travel coaches. This evaluation form provides valuable feedback to the league on its selection process as well as to the coaches on what they have done right and where they need to improve.
Please take a few minutes while this information is still fresh in your mind from the season to provide this feedback. We hope that you take this opportunity to be heard. This may be anonymous feedback, if you choose not to provide your name.
Thanks to everyone who has submitted an evaluation. The league will be reviewing these over the the coming weeks, months and providing feedback as necessary. For those who have yet to submit an evaluation, time still remains for your input into your SYA Little League and SYA Travel programs.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your child grows as a person through practicing and playing Little League®, but are you prepared to be the best sports parent you can be? Get the most out of your Little League experience by using the actionable tips and tools in a FREE online Parent Quick Course from Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
“This course helped me to rethink how my role as a parent impacts my son’s performance.” – Parent of Little Leaguer in Massachusetts
PCA – a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports – offers a Parent Course comprising:
- Proven, research-based tools that can be easily and immediately implemented
- The latest in sports and education-psychology
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.
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…
SYA Little League All Star and Special Games teams have been selected and announced. Play begins June 16 for the Special Games teams with the All Star teams beginning play on June 18. We will post details here as games get closer. Team Listings.
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 (email@example.com).
Be sure you know the Little League provided information on helmet alterations/additions before taking on any of your own changes. Complete information can be found here: https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/modifying-helmets-with-additional-attachments/
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.
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.
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
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.