Little League Baseball
Here is the information for SYA Little League Opening Day Ceremony, brought to us by Glory Days Grill:
Saturday, March 30
8:40 am – 10 am (arrive no later than 8:20 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, Majors, and Seniors in next section. We need to have everyone seated no later than 8:30 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 along with the Bulldog Softball team 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…
If you would like to umpire this spring 2019 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 the SYA Registration Site
- Plan on attending one of the rules trainings and the mechanics training
- We are looking for both baseball and softball umpires
Registration for both Little League Baseball and Softball for the Spring 2019 season continues! Discounted fees ended 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.
All registrations currently go on a wait list, however we do have some room at the lower levels, but not much.
See Age Determination article below to determine your child’s baseball age for this spring season.
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.
On January 23 and 24, SYA Little League Baseball/Softball hosted ‘Baseball Days” at Union Mill Elementary School. Nine SYA coaches and two Union Mill alumni 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 instruction and were able to showcase 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 during the two-day event. Our thanks to the entire Union Mill staff especially Ms. Murray and her team of very patient physical education teachers.
All volunteers (e.g. Managers, Board Members, Coaches, Umpires, Snack Shack) 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 in a timely manner as you won’t be able to participate until this is completed. 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.
The spring season continues our year, following the 2019 Little League Baseball Age Determination Chart, which can be found here Baseball Age Chart 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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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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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.