Field Status

Friday, March 27, 3:20pm Status:

All fields closed today. Additionally, the Park Authority and School system have closed all grass fields through the weekend, so no practices on all these fields. Sports Park is SYA owned, so that would have to be checked for playability each day the weekend.

Batting cages are open - should be scheduled however to avoid overlap, waiting - LLV, Cub Run, Sports Park, Centre Ridge, Bull Run.

ECL #5 opens Monday, weather permitting. Lights on LLV will be available starting Monday. These parks fields can be closed by the county - check their web site at: http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fieldstatus.asp 

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].

Opening Day Ceremony

Here is some important information for SYA Little League Opening Day Ceremony:

DATE/TIME
Saturday, April 11
8:50 am - 10 am (arrive no later than 8:40 am)
Cub Run ES

TEAM ORGANIZATION - Be On Time
Managers, notify your parents exactly where your team will gather to meet for opening day (i.e. playground, field 4 home plate, left field on field 3, batting cages...). We will need your help to organize all of the teams in order from Majors all of the way down to TBall (oldest to youngest). We will be lining up all of the teams in the outfield of Cub #1 starting at 8:40 am SHARP. The teams will then be announced with their team banner proudly displayed. Seriously consider carpooling over to Cub Run with teammates - make note that the police in past years have ticketed illegally parked cars. Also make note where the team will meet up with parents following the ceremony. See the Fairfax County Parking Regulations in the article on parking at Cub Run.


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Golf Anyone? SYA Little League Fundraiser

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Westfields Golf Club will be the location of the 2015 SYA Little League Golf Open on Thursday May 7. The shotgun start will be at 8am, so get your foursome together to get outside and shake off the winter and help raise some funds for SYA Little League and the capital projects on our to-do list. Cost will be $150 per golfer. We are also looking for sponsors for the event, both overall and holes, so if you have any that would be interested let us know. Share with your family, friends, and co-workers as this is open to anyone interested. Registration and further details will be available soon. 

SYA Cheerleading Fundraiser Raffle - Washingtion National Tickets

SYA Cheerleading is conducting a raffle for 4 CLUB LEVEL seats to the Phillies vs. Nationals game on Saturday, May 23rd at 4:05 pm.  Seats are covered and directly above 3rd base, w/access to indoor area, air conditioning and televisions w/game simulcast.  These seats retail for $65 each.  Raffle tickets are $10 each.  Drawing will be held on May 2nd.

Both SYA Competition Cheerleading Teams have earned spots to attend this year's US Finals for Cheer and Dance in May.  Proceeds from the raffle offset the registration fees and travel expenses for the team members and coaches.

Anyone interested in purchasing raffle tickets should contact Diana Joch @ diana_joch@yahoo.com

Sports Authority Offer - 20% Off

Coaches, Players and Volunteers,

We've had some wintry weather the last few weeks and months and most families haven't really been in the frame of mind for spring sports. With that being said, Sports Authority wanted to offer coaches, players and volunteers one more chance to gear up before the season starts. 

Check this link for a 20% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE flyer for everyone in our league at Sports Authority. If you haven't had a chance to buy all of their gear for the upcoming season, now is the time! 

March 28-29 (Saturday and Sunday)
April 3-4 (Friday and Saturday)

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.

2015 Spring Registration Now Open

Registration is closed for the player pitch levels but remains open for MP, CP, and TB.Registration for the Spring 2015 season continues. Check out the FAQs for common questions and their answers. Before registering, please be sure to read the article on this web site about age changes that Little League is implementing this year. 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.

Late fees for player registration ($25) are now in effect.

Player Pitch levels are closed. All MP, CP, and TB registrations now go to a Wait List - There is still room. We will contact you on your status wihtin a day or so of registration to provide status.

Challenger Baseball registration is open also. Check out our Challenger page for all the details.

Player pitch tryouts will be held indoors at Rip City on Sunday, Feb 22 for all player pitch levels: West 1-5pm; East 5-9pm. Details can be found under the Tryout article.

SYA offers scholarships to those players who qualify and are in kindergarten or above grades.  Please review the Scholarship Request Form for qualifications. There are also scholarship opportunities for kids where a military parent is deployed oversees. Please review the Kids Serve Too web site for qualifications.

If you registered but did not pay, you do have the opportunity to go back online and make payment - https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/sya/14-15/Payment.html. Otherwise, payments can be mailed to the SYA Little League, PO Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122. 

15% Off At Modell's

SYA Little League family: the spring season is gearing up!  As your players grow no doubt you will need to stock up on some new gear! Modell’s is a great SYA Little League sponsor and has offered you a fabulous deal. Take in the attached coupon to any of the stores noted between March 6 and April 2 and you will receive 15% off your purchase, either regular price or sale price. Earn MVP Points too! Modell’s will then donate 5% of your purchase to SYA Little League!

Call For Umpires

Anyone interested in umpiring this spring please contact Bob Nasser at bobnasserumpire@gmail.com. You must be 12 or older to umpire. Training will be held as necessary.

All umpires under the age 18 and younger must have attended one of the rules training sessions and the field mechanics being offered this spring in order to be eligible to umpire - No exceptions. All umpires must register as a volunteer with SYA.

Rules Training: March 7 - 9am, March 10 - 7:30pm, March 14 - 9am, March 25 - 7:30pm. All sessions at the SYA Office. They last approximately 90 minutes.

Mechanics Training: March 22 - 5pm, Location is Liberty MS Cafeteria.

Parents who umpire a minimum of 8 games (Player Pitch games only) will receive a refund of their child’s registration fee (1 refund per 8 games umpired). Must schedule and report games through our web site. Contact Bob Nasser for further details.

District 10 Umpire Training: Mechanic training class at the American Legion Post #177 (adjacent to Chilcott Field in Fairfax).  The class will be held on 3/21, 3/28, and 4/4 from 8:00am to 10:00am - attend any one or all. We will discuss the duties and responsibilities of both Plate and Base umpires in a two man system.  Also we will talk about what actually happens on the field between the umpire partners with insights and ad-lib tips to help make your game a little easier and more fun.  These classes are open to all levels of umpire experience to get ready for a new season but they should really help 2nd to 4th year umpires with refreshing what they have already learned and improving their mechanics.

Play It Again - Gently Used Sports Equipment

Play It Again is a service project by Westfield High School student, Collin Fiala. All types of gently used sporting equipment, along with cleats, will be collected. The equipment will be donated to "Leveling the Playing Field", a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring, MD. They have helped over 25,000 kids since its start in 2011. All equipment collected by LPF is donated to schools and community programs in need of sports equipment. The collection will be from 8 am - 2 pm at SYA's Little League Opening Day at Cub Run Elementary School, Saturday April 11.  All of the collected equipment will be cleaned and made sure it is functional before being donated.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Collin Fiala- fiala5@cox.net. Check out the flyer.

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.

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

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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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.   

SYA West Majors and 10/11 District 10 Champions!

SYA West Majors

SYA West 10/11

Congrats to our House Season Champions

Congratulations to all our spring house playoff teams and the winners:

Majors - Dodgers Champs, Phillies Runner-Up

AAA - Cardinals Champs, Reds Runner-Up

AA - Florida Champs, Maryland Runner-Up

Home Run Derby a Success

The inaugural SYA Little League Home Run Derby was a success this past Friday evening at LLV as nearly 75 players battled in four age groups and raised nearly $500 for Kyle's Kamp. Thanks to Seth Blee, all the players, and volunteers that made this a great night.

2014 Opening Day Revisted - Press

Read the article on Little League Opening Day in the Fairfax Times. Check out some pictures also.

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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