Field Status

Thursday May 21, 8:30pm Status:

Several of our fields will be used all weekend for the Kyle's Kamp tournament taking place in the Northern Virginia area. These fields include Cub 1, Cub 2, ECL 5, and both fields at LLV. Consider going out and checking out games this weekend as some of the areas best travel teams compete, including all the SYA Travel teams. Schedules can be found here.

Please note SYA Little League policy on practice locations as found in Section 8.1.6 in the SOP:

Practices/scrimmage games shall be held only on fields covered by SYA Little League's liability insurance policy. No play shall be conducted on league fields until the League Field Chief and the Safety Officer certifies the fields ready for use. Indoor, private facilities (i.e nZone, IMP, Rip City) available to any team, can be used for practices, however they must be covered by insurance for baseball specific activities [and paid for by the team].

All Stars Registration

SYA Little League sponsors teams to represent our program in Little League post season All Star tournament play. Both SYA Little Leagues - SYA East and SYA West - will each sponsor 9-10, 10-11, and 11-12 year old teams. Additionally, each league will have 8-9 and 9-11 teams for a Minors Special Games tournament. These teams provide an opportunity for players to broaden their baseball experience as they compete against other Little League All Star teams from leagues in District 10. New this year is having the commitment form online. Every player from Majors, AAA, and AA must complete this online form regardless of being able to participate or not - this way we ensure everyone has the chance to compete for a spot. This form and much more information can be found at the link below and will be active until May 26, 2015. After this date we will prepare for player selections.

Register by clicking here. 

Please ensure you read all the information with this form.

2015 All Star Managers:

11/12: East - Charneco; West - Johnson
10/11: East - Bleeze; West - Roundtree
9/10: East - Colella; West - Hahne
8/9: East - Soriano; West - Sanders
9-11: East - Chase; West - Ritz

Home Run Derby - June 5

The SYA Travel Mets are excited to host the 2nd annual SYA Baseball Home Run Derby to benefit pediatric cancer research through Kyle's Kamp. The action will take place Friday, June 5th at both Upper and Lower LLV, starting at 6:00pm. There will be four age groups of competition: 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u with prizes awarded at each level. 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. 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 5th ! Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time for check-in and player organization. Any questions can be directed to Brian Colella (bricolella@yahoo.com) and Dan Ritz (ritzd99@yahoo.com).

Click here to register. 

Age Determination Change by Little League
In Prep for Cutover in 2018

To be modified for the upcoming Fall 2015 season - SYA Little League runs its year from the Fall through Spring, Aug 2015 through July 2016 for the upcoming baseball year. Note: We will not be accepting baseball age 4 players for the fall season.

Eariler this year, Little League adopted the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) age determination date for players born on or after January 1 2006. While Little League did defer the full implementation for all players until 2018, younger players - lower levels are impacted with the upcoming Spring 2015 season. Here is the summary on this change and how it impacts the different age levels, effective immediately:

Any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate and use the new age determination date of December 31 for the reminder of their Little League Baseball career.

Players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the remainder of their Little League career.


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Moe's Southwest Grill Spring Offer

Moe’s Southwest Grill once again has a special offer during the season for all kids wearing their SYA Little League uniform. Every Saturday during the season, ending June 13, kids in uniform enjoy a FREE kids meal. Stop on by Moe’s and tell Frank thanks. Click here for details and directions.

Limit 1 Free meal per day per player -- Player must be present and in uniform.

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.

Baseball Ticket Offers

Baseball beyond SYA Little League is abound in our area. George Mason University and the Potomac Nationals have reached out to us in the hopes you would be interested in attending their games. Here is some information on each:

George Mason:
Offering a great group rate ticket available for groups of 15 or more people, along with a fun opportunity for younger teams to get involved with the game day experience. See the flyers (Order Form and Group Experience) for all the details - contact GMU as noted for more information.

Potomac Nationals:
SYA Little League Day at Pomotac Nationals is Sunday, June 14. The PNats are offering $4 tickets for the game which can be purchased here. The group password is syabaseball. Not only will this be a great day of baseball, SYA Little League will be playing four CP/TB games on the field following the conclusion of the PNats game. They are playing the Frederick Keys so come on out and see the future Nationals and Orioles battle one another.

Glory Days Grill Fundraiser

SYA Little League has a great program set up with Glory Days Grill for the 2015 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.

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.

Accenture Day of Service

On January 19, 2015, Accenture employees based in Arlington, VA volunteered their time to aid the Centreville community. The group completed numerous field maintenance activities on two fields used by hundreds of Southwestern Youth Association players for Little League baseball games and practices. Their day-long efforts have further enhanced the safety and use of these facilities that are used on a regular basis by the children of our community for healthy activity, learning more about the value of teamwork, and becoming good citizens. Thank you to Accenture for embodying these values and enriching our community.

SYA Little League Baseball at Union Mill Elementary

SYA Little League Baseball would like to thank the staff and students of Union Mill Elementary School for two great days of baseball on January 15th and 16th.  The two-day event offered plenty of fun and baseball instruction for a few hundred students.  The Potomac Nationals Uncle Slam even made a guest appearance.  Special thanks to Brian Colella for organizing the event.   

Virginia - Little League License Plates

The Virginia State Little League Association is working on getting a Little League license plate created to assist with the expenses associated with running the State Association. Before Virginia will create the plate, there has to be at least 450 commitments. How do you make this commitment? Click here for the form to make that commitment as well as Q&As on the subject. Check it out as Bob Sottile, our District 10 Administrator, is organizing this effort locally.

Hot News - Updated Little League News on Bats

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

Recent Announcements: TPX Dynasty

Here are some additional references on baseball bats:

Baseball America Bat Guide
http://paws.kettering.edu/~drussell/bats-new/compalum.html
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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