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Summer Baseball Camps

Here are the some of the local camps taking place this summer. As others are added, this article will be updated.

Wildcat Camp - CVHS Coach Scott Findley, along with several of his high school players will be holding two separate camps August 8-11 (Aug 12 rain date) and August 15-18 (Aug 19 rain date). The day runs from 8am to 1pm. See the flyer for all the details. Location: SYA Sports Park - Field of Dreams.

SYA Little League/Westfield HS Camp - To round out the summer, the SYA Little League Summer Camp will be held August 29 through September 1 at Cub Run ES baseball fields. Ages 6 to 12 will learn from SYA Little League coaches along with Westfield HS baseball coaches and players, led by SYA Little League VP and Westfield HS Coach Rob Hahne. Cost of the camp is $155 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, and catching. Game situations throughout the week will provide opportunities to put what they have learned to work and will improve player awareness. Players should bring their own gear and a lunch/snack each day as the camp will run from 9am to 1pm. Any questions should be directed to Bob Woodruff, President SYA Little League at bwoodruff@syabaseball.org. Registration is open: https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/sya/camp/2016/Camp.html.

George Mason Baseball - Coach Bill Brown,Coach Tag Montague, Coach Brian Pugh and Coach Justin Walker, along with several of the GMU players will be holding five separate camps June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, and August 8-12. The day runs from 9am to 2pm with extended activities from 2-4pm available. Go to the following website billbrownbaseball.com to register and further details. Location: GMU - Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field  |  Ages: 7-13

Fall Registration Now Open

Registration for the Fall 2016 season is now open. The fall season begins our new league year (2017), that culminates with the 2017 spring season. Check out the FAQs for common questions and their answers. Click here to register. 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.

If you are interested in coaching a team this fall, be sure to register by July 15 or ASAP to be considered as we will make coach selections in early August.

Late fees for player registration ($25) begin Monday, August 1 and multiple player family discounts end at this time - discount fees are in effect until that time. Wait list begins August 15.

SYA offers scholarships to those players who qualify and are in kindergarten or above grades - Note: a fee of $50 applies.  Please review the Scholarship Request Form for qualifications.

Age Determination Change by Little League
Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Season

Little League adopted a new age determination date for players, modifying their stance previously taken. Here is the summary on this change and how it impacts the different age levels, effective immediately:

For players born before September 1, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date; for Fall 2016 - April 30, 2017.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The new age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. You will use August 31 of the current playing year as the age determination date; for Fall 2016 - August 31, 2017.

You can read the complete Little League text here.

The new Little League Age Determination Chart, select birth month and year to determine age. SYA Little League's Fall Season is the start of our new year. We do not accept 4yr olds for the fall season - we will in the spring. 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

AGE

2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 5
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 6
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 7
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 8
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 9
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 10
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 11
        2005 2005 2005 2005         11
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 12
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 Baseball program.

Click here to go to the Coach Evaluation or follow the link on the left hand side of the screen.

Glory Days Grill Fundraiser

SYA Little League has a great program set up with Glory Days Grill for the 2016 season. It’s called "Dining for Dollars" and it’s very simple. From March 1 through November 30th, Glory Days will contribute 10% of all total food purchases to SYA Little League (good at any Glory Days location). Simply ask your server for a copy of your guest check (not credit card receipt) and drop it in the marked boxes at either snack shack (LLV or CUB) once the season begins, or scan and email copies to bcolella@syabaseball.org. Every receipt counts as SYA Little League earned nearly $300 in 2014 and again in 2015.

All Star Season

SYA West 9-11 fell one game short of the Championship Game. Congratulations to the team as they represented themselves, their parents, and SYA well!

Congratulations go out to the SYA West 9-11 All Star team as they won the District 10 Championship with a victory over SYA East. The team, coached by Rob Hahne, now heads to the Virginia State Championship in Honaker. This tournament begins on July 15. Send in your team pictures and we will get them posted in our gallery.

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The Little League All Star season is upon us as play begins Saturday, June 18. Prior to that, the Special Games hosted by SYA Little League for Minors players in a number of District 10 leagues begins Friday, June 17. You can follow each tournament here:

Little League All Stars: District 10 web site

Special Games: SYA Little League web site

Be sure to come out and support all our teams as they compete against other teams from District 10.

Congrats - Spring Season Champions

Majors - Reds over the Orioles

  

AAA - Reds over the Mets

  


AA - Georgia over Florida 

  

 

SYA Little League Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony on the 2016 SYA Little League season will take place at 1pm at Cub Run on Saturday, June 11 (following the last game of the day). We will be recognizing regular season division winners in Majors (East - Reds, West - Mets) and AAA (East - Royals, West - Mets), playoff winners (and second place) in Majors, AAA, and AA, presenting the players who made the Special Teams at 8/9 and 9-11, and the Little League All Star teams at 9/10, 10/11, and 11/12. Come on out and enjoy a morning of Championship games beginning at 10am. The snack shack will be open.

Championship Games:

AA - Georgia v Florida, 10am Cub 3   Georgia Wins
AAA - Nationals v Reds, 10:30am Cub 1  Reds Win
Majors - Orioles v Reds, 11am, Cub 2   Reds Win

Good luck to all teams! We know there may be some lower level games still in progress or scheduled during this time. Understood, however besides the recognitions noted above there are no other league activities during this ceremony. If you do get a chance, come on out and celebrate the season.

Future Plans at LLV - Important Update and Meeting

The Park Authority will continue taking your comments on this SYA supported project through June 27. If you haven't done so yet or attended the meeting, please consider.

There is a very important public comment meeting this Thursday May 26 at Willow Springs ES at 7pm.  We need baseball/sports people to come out in big numbers to support this project.  This impacts what is known as LLV today with our two Little League fields and the 90' diamond. Several organizations have been pushing to develop a tournament facility to include 60'/70' and 90' baseball fields, which is understandable as there is not a complex in Fairfax County to accommodate tournaments on the larger fields.  We do expect many people at the meeting who are against the project and baseball needs to outnumber them in a big way so that we can help direct the details of this facility as it develops.

Supporters may also send in an e-mail to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov  Please highlight the need for SYA Little League to remain a huge presence at this complex as we have spent $100s of thousands of dollars and 10s of thousand of volunteer hours over the years to build and maintain a complex that our league and community can be proud of.  We also are looking for all 6 fields to be turf as the county has built well over 50 turf rectangular fields over the past decade with only 2 diamond turf fields.  E-mail's only need to be roughly 1 - 2 paragraphs highlighting your support of this project at Patriot Park North at Willow Springs (aka LLV). As many of you know, LLV is very important to the success of SYA Little League.


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Home Run Derby

Congratulations to the 2016 home run champs! 

12 - Jake Carpenter
11 - Jonny Farmelo
10 - Matthew Jenks
9 - Sean Cobbins

Roughly 80 participants and almost $1,000 raised by 11u SYA Mets which will be donated to Kyle's Kamp.

Parking - Cub Run and All Fields

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: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/parking_restrictions.htm. Please heed this warning as well as street posting. All these regulations apply to all our fields.

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 bats folks have for sale. Check out the Bats For Sale page for details and listings.

Hot News - Updated Little League News on Bats

JUST IN - New Standard to be implemented for the 2018 season - Read More about this here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2015/May-August/Little-League-USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-2018.htm

Little League has updated all their information on bats for the upcoming 2013 season. Be sure to review for bats are legal as new penalities for illegal bats (automatic outs) are in place for the upcoming season.

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

Here are some additional references on baseball bats:

Baseball America Bat Guide
http://ezinearticles.com/?What-is-a-Composite-Baseball-Bat?&id=1569771
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=4351979

 
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