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SYA Little League Information

History

The Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) Little League is a chartered franchise of Little League Baseball, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Little League is the only organized sports program to be independently operated and sustained by the sponsorship of its own foundation. Little League was founded to assist youth in developing qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being, with proper guidance and exemplary leadership. It is designed to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in the atmosphere of wholesome community participation. It strives to inspire youth and to enrich their lives towards the day when they must take their places in society. It establishes for them the basics of teamwork and fair play.

Little League was founded in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1939. It is the largest organized youth sports program in the world. Little League operates under charter of Federal Incorporation granted under a bill signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in July 1964.

The current SYA charter has been in effect since 1978. Prior to 1978, SYA played both Little League and independent baseball. Before the start of the 1978 season it was decided by the Board of Directors of SYA to rejoin the national organization. It has been and always will be the objective of SYA to firmly implant in the youth of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority.

SYA currently holds a charter with Little League and plays two divisions at 12 and under: SYA Little League – East (hereafter known as SYA East) and SYA Little League – West (hereafter known as SYA West). It is mandatory that every youth participating in the SYA Little League program live within the boundaries or be covered by a waiver approved by Little League Baseball. The geographical boundaries for each league can be found below.

League Boundaries are reviewed annually to ensure compliance with Little League Regulations.

SYA Little League East Division Boundary Map (Text Version)

SYA Little League West Division Boundary Map (Text Version)

If a player attends one of these schools, they are also eligible to play with SYA Little – division depending on which school they attend. All that is required is the completion of a School Enrollment Form following registration.

East Schools: Centreville ES, Centreville HS, Liberty MS, Mountain View HS, Powell ES, St Andrew the Apostle CS, Union Mill ES, Willow Springs ES

West Schools: Ad Fontes Academy, Bull Run ES, Centre Ridge ES, Cub Run ES, Deer Park ES, London Towne ES, Stone MS, Virginia Run ES, Westfield HS

Programs

Tee Ball Level

Within the Tee Ball Level, SYA Little League has established Tee Ball and Coach Pitch Levels for baseball players aged 4-6, although a 7 year old can also play at this level. This level of play is dedicated to teaching the basics of baseball while emphasizing the fun aspects of playing team sports. All players play in the field and bat in every inning..

Minor League Level

The purpose of Minor League is to provide training and instruction for those players who by reason of age and other factors do not qualify for selection in the Major League. Within the Minor League Level, SYA Little League has established three Levels. They include:

Machine Pitch (MP) which is for baseball players aged 7 and 8. There may be two levels, a minors and majors, depending on the number of registrations. 6 year olds may be eligible to play with a waiver granted by the SYA Little League President.

Double A (AA) which is Introduction to Player Pitch for baseball players aged 8-9 and 7 year old players with advanced skills that have received a waiver to register for this level from the SYA Little League President. Participants must tryout and are subject to a draft for placement. Only those 7 and 8 year olds deemed advanced enough to play in AA by these managers will be drafted into AA.

Triple A (AAA) which is Intermediate Player Pitch for baseball players, ages 8-11. Participants must tryout and are subject to a draft for placement. Only those 8 year olds deemed advanced enough by these managers to play in AAA will be drafted into AAA.

Major League Level

Major League is for baseball players aged 10-12. On the basis of tryouts, managers will rate the players and then select teams using a draft system. All 12 year olds will be drafted into Major League. 10 and 11 year old not drafted by the Major League Managers will be placed into the AAA draft pool for selection at that level. Baseball age 9 year old players may request to the league Player Agent that they be considered for Majors and attend the tryouts. The managers will determine selection of players into the Major League. If not selected, they would then be placed into the AAA draft pool.

Challenger League

SYA has joined with the Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) to offer the Sully Challenger Baseball, a division of Little League Baseball for mentally and physically challenged boys and girls ages 5 through 18. Additional details of the program will be provided upon request of the Board of Directors.

Fall Season

While the Fall season mirrors the organization of the Spring season, the Fall Season is considered primarily an instructional program on all levels as it is the beginning of a new baseball year. The Fall Season will be comprised of an Advanced Player Pitch division for Spring Majors veterans, AAA All Stars, and 12 year old players, an Intermediate division for all Spring AAA and advanced AA players, and an Introductory division for the remaining AA players and all Spring A division players wishing to advance. The Machine Pitch, Coach Pitch, and Tee Ball levels are essentially the same as in the spring. Any adjustments to League Organization will depend on total children registered for each playing level.


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SYA Office Location: 5950 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA 20121 | SYA Mailing Address: Southwestern Youth Association, P.O. Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122 Phone: (703) 815-3362 | Fax: (703) 815-2180 | E-mail: admin@syayouthsports.org | Designed by GroupNet Solutions