Little League Baseball
SYA Little League, sponsored by Glory Days Grill, hosted their 2018 spring season opening ceremonies indoors at Westfield High School in Centreville, VA. Approximately 600 players spread across 60 teams participated. A few of the league’s long-time sponsors, Glory Days Grill and Modell’s, had tables out with coupons and giveaways. Centreville and Westfield High School Varsity and JV teams came out to celebrate with the players. Guest speakers during the program included:
- Supervisor Kathy Smith
- Supervisor Pat Herrity
- Centreville High School Varsity head coach Scott Rowland
- Westfield High School Varsity assistant coach Dan Ritz
- Glory Days marketing manager Katie Easterbrook
During the festivities, the citizenship award winners from both West and East divisions were recognized: Anthony Sloboda and Sophia Sharp respectively.
Also a special dedication to Doug Bishop was held, including a plaque that will be installed at the Cub Run fields.
In memory of Doug Bishop, we dedicate this plaque at Cub Run Elementary School to remember his efforts in the development of these baseball fields. To a loving Father, Husband, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Coach and Friend to All, who cared about young boys and girls that loved the game of baseball. Doug spent countless hours working on, and maintaining these fields so that not only his own children and players could feel like major leaguers, but that all children in the future who play SYA Little League Baseball, will have the best experience possible. Doug’s passion for the game was only second to the love he had for our children and their dreams of being baseball players. A life well lived: 3-4-1957 to 3-2-2017
A new program that will run during the month of April, Soles4Souls, will be collecting new or gently used shoes, through April 28.
Donation boxes will be setup at the snack shacks at Cub Run and LLV fields. Click here for more information.
And always a favorite, the team banner competition for best homemade and professional banners resulted in some very creative banners.
Special thanks to all the SYA Little League sponsors (http://syasports.org/little-league-baseball-2/sponsors-little-league-baseball/) for their ongoing support of our league!
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.
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.
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!
AA League Champs – Maryland
AA League Runner-up – Florida
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