Fall Registration Now Open

Registration for the Fall 2015 season continues. The fall season begins our new league year (2016), that culminates with the 2016 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.

We still need head coaches at all levels so please consider as we can get you started and support you along the way!

Late fees for player registration ($25) began Saturday, August 1 and multiple player family discounts ended.

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.

Player Pitch Level Information

This coming fall season, SYA Little League will be trying our a new plan for the player pitch levels. We will be having clinics for all players signed up at the player pitch levels. These clinics will provide the opportunity for the players to hone and/or learn new skills as well as SYA to get all the managers on the same page. It also provides the managers an opportunity to evaluate players who will then be drafted onto teams. The current, proposed schedule is:


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SYA East 9/10s and SYA West 10/11s and SYA East 11/12s Win Districts!

The SYA East 11/12 All-Star team posted a 4-0 record in Pool Play, outscoring opponents 58-6 to earn a berth into the District 10 Semifinals.  SYA East defeated Fairfax National 11-0 in the semifinals and won the District 10 title game 19-0 over Annandale-North Springfield.  In their 6 games, SYA East earned 4 shutout victories and pitched 3 no-hitters.  All 13 players on the roster contributed to the overall success of the team throughout the tournament.

SYA West 10/11s Little League completed an undefeated District 10 Championship by defeating Fairfax National 9-5.  SYA West never trailed in any of their 5 games in the tournament as they were led by P Alex Cross and RF Donovan Whitfield.  Cross pitched 5 2/3 innings where he struck out 9 batters and walked only 1.  Whitfield made a critical diving catch, one of several during the tournament.  He also had three hits and three RBI in the game.  SYA West was also aided by Caleb Roundtree’s pinch hit 2-Run homer in the third inning, which moved the lead to 7-2.  Fairfax provided a strong challenge with a rally that brought the game to 7-5, but the lead stood and 2 late runs were added, one by Aaron Fu.  Fu pitched in 3 tournament games and allowed 0 earned runs in 11 innings.

The 9/10 year old boys from SYA East completed pool play with a 4-0 record, with the most exciting game being a terrific battle with SYA West, 7-6.  In the semi-finals, SYA East trumped Fairfax National 12-5, setting up a rematch of the 2014 District 10 title game against Annandale-NS.  This time around, the boys from SYA East put together their most complete game of the tournament, taking the District 10 banner with a 9-0 victory.  SYA East outscored the six opponents they faced by a combined score of 65-12.  

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.

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 July 20-23 and August 10-13. The day runs from 8am to 1pm. See the flyer for all the details. Location: SYA Sports Park - Field of Dreams.

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 four separate camps June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17, and August 3-7. The day runs from 8am to 2pm with extended activities from 2-4pm. See the flyer for more details or go the following website billbrownbaseball.com to register. Location: Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field  |  Ages: 7-13

UVA Baseball - College World Series Champions University of Virginia has a number of youth and high school aged baseball camps this summer. All the details can be found in their flyer.

Dick's Sporting Goods

Dick's Sporting Goods, a great supporter of SYA Little League Baseball, continues to offer our families significant saving nearly year round. Check out their coupon -  off in the right column - for baseball related items.

Dick's Sporting Goods will be holding an SYA Little League Fall Ball Day on Saturday, August 15. You will get up to 20% off of you purchase there that day. Here is coupon for this event.

Sports Authority Offer - 20% Off

Coaches, Players and Volunteers, as the summer continues and the fall season approaches, Sports Authority wanted to offer coaches, players and volunteers a chance to gear up before the fall season starts - the weekend of August 22-23.

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!

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.

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

Earlier 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 Fall 2015/Spring 2016 seasons. 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 4-10 during the 2015/2016 league year will be eligible to participate and use the new age determination date of December 31, 2016 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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Congrats - Spring Season Champions

Majors - Mets over the Dodgers

 
AAA - Co-Champs: Red Sox and Cardinals


AA - Texas A&M over Florida

 

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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