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2018 Fall Registration

Registration for the Fall 2018 is ongoing. Check out the FAQs for common questions and answers. Click here to register for the fall season. Late fees began August 1. We are also seeking volunteers, not only to manage teams (Team Manager) and coach (Asst Coach) but for other league activities such as umpiring. Click here to register as a volunteer. Managers will be selected by the 1st week of August. We expect practices to begin on or around August 11.

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 on your family account. Otherwise, payments can be mailed to SYA Little League, PO Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122.

Age Determination – Fall 2018 Season

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.

PLAY BALL Park

SYA Little League has an invite to participate on Monday, July 16 from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm for 30 participants ages 4-16 playing baseball and softball through Major League Baseball. We are being provided a link to register which will be shared with all spring baseball and softball participants through our SYA email to limit access to SYA Little League participants. This email invite with the registration link has gone out to all house baseball and softball families from this past spring season.

The 2018 PLAY BALL Park will be located at The Yards, Parcel A, Lot 854 Square, located at the Intersection of First and M Streets SE, Washington, D.C. PLAY BALL Park is a 56,000 square feet interactive area that MLB and its programming partners will provide fun, engaging, and educational activities for youth baseball and softball players and their families – all in the backdrop of the Midsummer Classic. Programming partners include MLB, USA Baseball, USA Softball, The Positive Coaching Alliance, Boys & Girls Club of America, and other PLAY BALL partners such as Chevy, Scotts, and Nathan’s Famous. More information of the All Star festivities for this year, check out the web site.

Major League Baseball PLAY BALL Initiative In Williamsport

Come spend the day playing ball on the Little League Baseball® World Series complex in Williamsport, PA, just a 4 hour drive from the Centreville area.

On Saturday, July 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Little League® International, in cooperation with the Major League Baseball PLAY BALL Initiative, will hold a free event for families at the Little League International Complex, with opportunities for children to have fun and play on the Little League Baseball® World Series complex fields. For more details and registration, visit Little League registration form.

Little League Softball

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 syasoftball@cox.net.

SYA Little League Summer Camp

SYA Little League is offering a week of summer baseball camp with Westfield HS Head Coach Rob Hahne for ages 6-12 (Machine Pitch to Majors). The 4 day camp (rain date on Friday) benefit the camper and the SYA Little League and the Westfield high school programs from August 20 through 23 from 9am-1pm at the Cub Run ES baseball fields:

Cost of the camp is $160 per player. This is a great opportunity to learn and improve player skills and get ready for the fall season. The camp will focus on improving players each day, working on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and general baseball aptitude. We are limiting each camp session to 40 players. Click here to register.
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Coach Evaluations

It is that time of the year again as the Spring Baseball 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.

Click here to go to the Coach Evaluation.

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…

2018 Home Run Derby

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 (bcolella@syabaseball.org).

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.

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.