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SYA Little League Player Evaluations

SYA Little League Player Evaluations

Player evaluations for Baseball Player Pitch levels and Softball Minors-Majors will take place on Sunday, March 1, as noted below. Location is Pure Performance on Pickett Rd, Fairfax. Baseball Age is determined by players age on Aug 31, 2020.

  • Baseball East: 
    • Age 11 and 12s, report by 10am
    • Ages 10, 9, and 8s, report no later than 11:30am
    • All player pitch players that live East of Rt 28 (unless waivered)
  • Baseball West: 
    • Age 11 and 12s, report by 1pm
    • Ages 10, 9, and 8s, report no later than 2pm
    • All player pitch players that live West of Rt 28 (unless waivered)
  • Softball: 
    • All Minors through Majors players report no later than 4pm
    • Seniors will not tryout at this time

These are our main evaluation so please try to make your appointed time. Sessions should last no more than 2 hours.

ALL PLAYERS (Baseball Player Pitch Levels & Softball Minors/Majors) MUST ATTEND THE EVALUATIONS AS NOTED ABOVE. If you cannot make either evaluation, please contact the appropriate Player Agent below regarding a potential make-up.

Player Agents:

  • SYA East: Regina Johnson at
  • SYA West: Larry Hopkins at
  • SYA Softball: Dawn Johnson at

Please note all the following information:

  • Wear tennis shoes (no cleats) as this is an indoor facility
  • Bring a bat, glove and a helmet (if you have them / we will have extras)
  • Please DO NOT bring entire equipment bags (there will not be enough room)
  • Players should run and stretch before they arrive (throw, if possible)
  • Session will last roughly 60-90 minutes for baseball and a little longer for softball

There are very few seats in the waiting room – we expect 50+ players are each session so there will not be seating for all parents. Parents will not be able to see any of the players during the tryout. Once your player is checked in you might want to run some errands or get a cup of coffee down the street. Parking is behind the ice rink next door (owner might complain), or the spots around Pure Performance.

Remind your child to relax and have fun during the evaluations. The coaches aren’t worried about results. They are simply looking at form and some other things.

Evaluations typically follow a structure similar to the below, so review it with your child to help them feel more comfortable:

  • Check-In and receive number sticker to place on shirt
  • Find the line, get in line (players only)
  • Run 60 ft. touch a cone and run back (total 120 ft.)
  • Play catch with coach from 50-70 ft.
  • Take 3 pop-ups from coach
  • Take 3 ground balls from coach
  • Bunt 1 pitch and then take 6 swings
  • We will allow players to Pitch if there is time

Again, evaluations are just a part of how we decide where your child should be placed. Our coaches and board members share information from previous seasons to put children in the best possible place to have success.

Equipment Exchange

Equipment Exchange

SYA Little League is holding its 11th Annual Baseball/Softball Equipment Exchange Sunday, January 26 from 11am to 1pm at Moe’s Southwest Grill – 5005 Westone Plaza, Chantilly, VA. We are currently in the collection phase for very good to excellent condition baseball/softball gloves, cleats (no metal and no football/soccer cleats please), and baseball/softball pants that are taking up space in your home. Sorry, we cannot take baseball/softball bats for this event. For those who donate to this annual event, you will then be able to come in and pick an item from all that has been donated. Donate one thing, take one thing. Donate two things, take two things. First time players can select items without exchange. Over the last ten years, 550+ families have picked up cleats, pants, and gloves at no cost with an estimated total savings over $20,000. Everyone who attends the exchange will also receive a free kid’s meal from Moe’s, while supplies last, if they are registered for the 2020 spring baseball/softball season – just bring your registration receipt.

EMAIL OUR EXCHANGE COORDINATORS (Brian Colella at if you have any donations for the exchange so that we may arrange to obtain these from you.

PLEASE, PLEASE only baseball/softball gloves, cleats, and baseball/softball pants that can still be used by a little leaguer. No adult sizes or odd pieces and no bats please. Those with legal bats (USABat) can post them for sale on the SYA Little League Bats For Sale page (send me an email). Anyone who knows a SYA Little League board member may give your donations to the board member who will get them into our bank of donations. Of note, any scholarship players and new players to SYA Little League at any level will be able to take one of each piece of equipment for free with their spring sign up (Again, please bring your receipt).

PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU. PLEASE HELP those who can not afford to play.

DICK’S Sporting Goods – Up to 20% Off

DICK’S Sporting Goods – Up to 20% Off

Dick's is providing a 20% off coupon, good through Monday June 15 to get the equipment you need. Here is the link to this coupon.

If you missed this, you can still check out this offer from Dick's Sporting Goods through the 2020 season:

Click here for season-long offers

Champion of Character

Champion of Character

Samuel Hanna has been selected as the 2019 Springfield District Champion of Character Male Athlete by the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS). This exemplifies his superb sportsmanship and character in youth sports. Congratulations to Samuel and his parents!

Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony to help celebrate and recognize Samuel for this achievement on Tuesday October 1 at 7pm at the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

SYA East 9-11 Wins District Title

SYA East 9-11 Wins District Title

The SYA East 9-11 All Star team prevailed over Fairfax National Little League to win the District 10 Championship and earned the right to represent the district and SYA Little League in the State Tournament that begins July 11 in Bluefield.

SYA East 8-10 Wins District Title

SYA East 8-10 Wins District Title

The SYA East 8-10 All Star team prevailed over Annandale-North Springfield Little League last night 5-4 to win the District 10 Championship and earned the right to represent the district and SYA Little League in the State Tournament that begins July 10 down in Norfolk.

SYA East 9-11 Minors Wins Special Games Tournament

SYA East 9-11 Minors Wins Special Games Tournament

The SYA East Minors 9-11 Specials team prevailed over Coles Little League last night to win the Minors Special Games Tournament. This team completed an undefeated run through the tournament.

SYA Softball 8-10 Wins District Title

SYA Softball 8-10 Wins District Title

The SYA Softball 8-10 All Star team prevailed over PWC Girls Little League last night 12-9 to win the District 10 Championship and earned the right to represent the district and SYA Little League in the State Tournament that begins July 6 in Nokesville.

2019 Accenture Day of Service

2019 Accenture Day of Service

On October 14, 2019, over a dozen Accenture employees based in Arlington, VA volunteered their time (in excess of 60 man-hours) and talent on a perfect Fall day to aid the Centreville community. The group completed numerous field improvement activities at fields used by hundreds of Southwestern Youth Association players for Little League baseball games and practices. Their efforts have enhanced the safety and use of these facilities that are used on a regular basis throughout the year by the children of our community for healthy activity, learning about the value of teamwork, and becoming good citizens.

Thank you to Accenture, Doug Howenstein, and the entire team for embodying these values and enriching our community.

SYA Little League Alums taken in MLB Draft

Sam Ryan (Fairfax HS, VCU – 12th Round, Toronto Blue Jays) and Carter Bach (Centreville HS, Wake Forest – 34th Round, Tampa Bays Rays) were selected in the 2019 MLB draft. Both players are alumni of SYA Little League and we congratulate both players on this great accomplishment. Best of luck!

Complete MLB Draft information:

Reminders for all School Grounds

Smoking, Tobacco, and Alcohol: As a reminder, Fairfax County Public Schools has a policy that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in all schools, administrative offices, facilities, FCPS vehicles, fields, and playgrounds. You can review the details by clicking here. While this specific policy doesn’t address alcohol, a similar policy is in place for alcohol. Please be sure to abide by this school policy as SYA Little League is a guest of the school system when using all their fields.

Pets: There are three Fairfax County ordinances prohibiting pets (i.e., dogs) from all Fairfax County school grounds. There are health notices on all FCPS school grounds asking pet owners to NOT bring their pets on school grounds. Please leave you pets at home while watching your kids play ball.

Parking: While we all recognize that parking at schools 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. Do not ignore posted signs, either in the school lots or local streets and consider the players, families, and the local residents in your choice for parking. Park as if you expect the police to be patrolling. Here is a general summary of Fairfax County parking regulations:

Fairfax County Parking Restrictions and Information

Batting Helmet Additions

Be sure you know the Little League provided information on helmet alterations/additions before taking on any of your own changes. Complete information can be found here:

Background Checks

All volunteers (e.g. Managers, Board Members, Coaches, Umpires, Snack Shack) must undergo a background check – Little League and SYA Sports requirement. Our method is changing slightly this year as...

Age Determination – Spring 2020 Season

Age Determination – Spring 2020 Season

The spring season continues our year, following the 2020 Little League Baseball Age Determination Chart, which can be found here Baseball Age Chart on Little League’s web site. Please be sure to use the right chart, the one for 2020. Softball age determination is different than baseball and can be found here Softball Age Chart.

SYA Little League & Amazon

For those Amazon shoppers, here is a way to shop and donate to SYA!

SYA is now a registered organization in the Amazon Smile program.  Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support SYA every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at, you will find the same prices and selection as with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SYA.

To participate go to and select Southwestern Youth Association as your charity (this only needs to be done the 1st time you go to  Shop as you normally would and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your qualified purchase to SYA.  It’s that simple.  If you use to shop, just remember to go to

Positive Coaching Alliance’s Free Parent Course

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“This course helped me to rethink how my role as a parent impacts my son’s performance.” – Parent of Little Leaguer in Massachusetts

PCA – a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports – offers a Parent Course comprising:

  • Proven, research-based tools that can be easily and immediately implemented
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Hot News – Updated Little League News on Baseball Bats

New Standard to be implemented for the 2018 season – Read More about this here:

Little League has updated all their information on bats for the upcoming season. Be sure to review for bats are legal as new penalties for illegal bats (automatic outs) are in place. Bats are now available in stores and can be used for our fall season!

Note: TB/CP levels – Current bats labeled for use with TeeBalls can still be used however there must be a USA Baseball sticker placed on the bat. See the link above for details on how to acquire one of the stickers. If the bat does not say for use with TeeBalls, then the bat is illegal regardless of having a sticker or not.. It must be replaced with a new conforming bat. Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

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


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Phone: (703) 815-3362
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