Tennis Anyone?


Hello SYA families.  Yes, SYA is holding a TENNIS INTEREST Clinic this summer.  The dates are July 18-22, 2022.  There will be a limited number of slots but we want to see if our...

2022 Spring Soccer Winds Down

SYA Soccer wants to thank all the players, coaches and parents for making our spring season such a success!  While our U14-U19 teams finish out there season this weekend, our U4-U12 age groups...

How does SYA use our survey feedback?

As a volunteer organization, we depend on our parents to provide us with guidance and recommendations.  And because we are run primarily by volunteers we understand the value of time, and are...

Where does our registration money go?

SYA is a non profit organization run by volunteers.  There are many costs that go into running each and every sport.  The key factor to remember when asking "Where does Our Money Go", is to understand...


This is a great question and one that has been prominent in our seasonal surveys and in the general feedback our coaches and commissioners get throughout the year. (WAIT!! you didn't respond to our survey? Please look for it at the end of every season). These articles are based on...

SYA is offering a Spring Field Hockey Clinic!

Welcome to our Spring SYA field hockey clinics! 

These are for players from 1st to 8th grade. Players will be grouped by age. Clinics will focus on learning/developing the following: stick skills...

SYA is Hiring: Sports and Technology Manager (STM) 2022

The Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) is hiring a full-time Sports Program and Technology Manager whose work will be of varied hours based on activities and program work.  This position will report...

SYA and CYA host Sully Challenger Baseball

Since 1993, the Sully Challenger Baseball in Western Fairfax County has provided the opportunity for mentally and physically challenged boys and girls, aged 5 to 18, and up to 22 if they are still in...

SYA Extreme Teams Earn Paid Bids to The One Competition in Orlando, FL!

SYA Extreme Cyclone and SYA Extreme Black Ice, our Junior Level 3 and Senior Level 4 teams, won paid bids at The One at the Maryland Madness competition held in early February. Both teams took home...

SYA Football Athletes Recognized

Congratulations 3 former SYA players for being recognized at the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

  • Luke Shields - Centreville HS, Congratulations to former SYA player Luke...

“Where do my registration fees go?”

In 2021 SYA began surveying SYA families after each season to gain valuable feedback for our organization.  We intend to utilize the information to communicate better with our parents.  Here, we are...

Positive Coaching Alliance: The Impact of the Work

Recently the Positive Coaching Alliance shared a story of impact from a recent workshop with a partner school in Minnesota which beautifully highlights the importance of training for all those...

Positive Coaching Alliance Update: Cheering the Right Way

From our Parent Course, this article will discuss how to cheer on your athlete from the sidelines using a technique we call "No-Directions Cheering."

It’s disconcerting for athletes to have parents yell out instructions.

Avoid giving your child advice on the sidelines by committing to No-Directions Cheering. Eliminate verbs in your cheering...

Inaugural Community Turkey Trot 3K and 5K races

SYA, CYA & Virginia Valor FC will be hosting the races on Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2021

Please join this neighborhood family and pet-friendly event on Thanksgiving Day. We will host two races: a 5K, and a 3K ‘Fun Run’ for our younger participants and families. The races will be held on...

The Washington Nationals Team UP Program, Recognizes SYA Volunteer, Larry Hopkins

Selected from the 28 leagues that Team UP supports

In 2015, the Nationals launched Team UP a substantial, multi-faceted program with a mission to provide resources and programs that supports youth baseball and softball. Team UP provides at no cost uniforms, player visits, gameday experiences, recognition opportunities and recruiting assistance for its member leagues. ...

Positive Coaching Alliance Update: Maintaining Support For A Coach During A Losing Season

This resource stems from a question submitted to the Ask PCA blog. Responses come from our experts including PCA Trainers, who lead live group workshops for coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.

"Our U9 competitive soccer team has a model PCA Double-Goal Coach, but the majority of parents are struggling with our lack of wins. They chose competitive over rec in many cases because they don't...

Meet SYA Commissioner Bob Woodruff

Bob received the SYA Executive Board of Directors Award in 2014 for his outstanding service to SYA.

Bob has been involved with SYA since moving to the area in 1998. Bob's volunteer work in SYA Little League, SYA Mets, and SYA Diamond Sports began with coaching his 3 kids in baseball and softball...

Positive Coaching Alliance Update: Empowering Conversations with Your Child

It is important that parents intentionally converse with their children about the youth sports experience.

Too often that means the parents talk and the child listens; it’s better when children also talk and parents also listen. Here are more suggestions about engaging your children in a conversation about...

Positive Coaching Alliance Update: Conversation Starters For Parents On The Limiting Stereotypes Of Girls

Tools designed for parents and caregivers of student athletes to engage in discussions about the beliefs about girls and women.

Using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of...

SYA Football News and Notes

Highlights from the 2021 Spring Flag Football Super Bowl, and Meet the Coaches Day at SYA Sports Park is THIS weekend!

On Sunday, June 6, flag football teams gathered to participate in the Flag Football Super Bowl at Centreville High School. After months of practicing and playing football games in the spring, SYA...

Meet SYA Coach and Commissioner Brian Robinson

A youth ruby coach for almost 8 years, leading teams to state championships and receiving the SYA Volunteer of the Year award in 2018 and 2019.

Brian has been a fan of rugby since the early 1990s when he saw a random match televised on cable in high school.  Having played football for 14 years at that point, he immediately knew he wanted to switch to rugby when he went to college...

Positive Coaching Alliance Update: The Coach-Parent Partnership

Guidelines for how sports parents can contribute to a Coach-Parent Partnership that benefits youth athletes.

Recognize the Coaches’ Commitment. Your child’s coaches have made a commitment that involves many hours of preparation beyond the time spent at practices and games. Quite likely in youth sports they...

Thank You SYA Volunteers!

SYA recognizes our 2020 Volunteers of the Year

SYA depends on volunteers to administrate, coach, officiate and coordinate team activities. We are extremely grateful to the thousand plus of you who volunteer in any and all ways and extend a...

Bullying and Exclusion of a Teammate

Advice from the Positive Coaching Alliance

“My 12-year-old daughter is new to her soccer team and is being bullied by a group of her teammates. In practices and games, whenever she makes a mistake, this group of teammates whisper and seem to...

Meet SYA Coach and Commissioner Dave Scanlon

An SYA Volunteer for Over 30 Years

Dave has been an SYA volunteer for over 30 years, as a coach and commissioner. He is currently the commissioner for winter and summer basketball. His three sons all played sports in SYA including...

Important COVID-19 Reminders

As sent to parents, coaches, and volunteers

Dear SYA Parents, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers and Spectators,

As we enter into our Spring 2021 season for youth sports, I feel it important to remind everyone of some very specific protocols that...

Positive Coaching Alliance Update: The Triple-Impact Competitor

PCA’s mission is to make high school and youth sports a Development Zone™ to develop Better Athletes, Better People. PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor® model defines both Better Athletes and Better...

SYA Board of Directors: Meet Our Cheerleading Commissioner, Tammy McCarron

Each month we highlight one of our SYA board members.

Tammy became involved with SYA in 2001 when her son began playing Little League baseball. Her involvement in that sport progressed to the point where eventually Tammy took on the role of Little League...

SYA News and Notes: Eagle Scout Project

SYA has teamed up once again with the local Boy Scouts on an Eagle Scout project for Walker Yashko. A benefit to SYA and the Boy Scouts, we completed renovations to four of the Pitching Warm Up areas at the SYA owned Sports Park.


SYA Opportunities: Field Hockey Commissioner

SYA wants to thank Molly Gift for her time as SYA Field Hockey Commissioner. Molly is leaving us so we are looking for a new Commissioner. Training and assistance is available. Please send us an email...

Summer Soccer Camps and Clinics

Sign Up for SYA Soccer Camps Early Bird Registration Fees Now Through May 21!

Summer Soccer Camps and Clinics

SYA Soccer summer camps are designed to develop players to maximize their abilities and foster their enjoyment of soccer. Life skills such as leadership, mental toughness, resilience, self-confidence...

Virginia Valor FC Tryouts Announced!

SYA and CYA have teamed up to offer the most exciting and progressive travel soccer program EVER!

Virginia Valor FC Tryouts Announced!

Tryout registration is OPEN for the 2021-2022 inaugural year. In order to be selected for a roster spot, you MUST be registered for tryouts.

We will be releasing the 2021-2022 Coaching Assignments in...

This spring and summer, SYA welcomes warmer weather and the long-awaited return to play for the Youth Rugby Program.

This spring and summer, SYA welcomes warmer weather and the long-awaited return to play for the Youth Rugby Program.

Experience the fast-paced excitement of a new sport great for all the kids in your family! SYA offers both non-contact and tackle versions of the sport providing opportunity for boys and girls to...

It's ON! The 2021 5th Annual Froghair Classic Golf Classic!

Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) and Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) have teamed up for another great Annual Froghair Golf Classic!

It's ON! The 2021 5th Annual Froghair Classic Golf Classic!

Together, CYA and SYA have over 24,000 annual participants in a host of youth sports.  For many years, we have vigorously competed against each other and now we plan to take our healthy rivalry to the...


Thank you SYA Sponsors

Thank you for Supporting the Southwestern Youth Association!

Want to Sponsor? Contact Scott Liskey

All funds raised support the SYA Sports Park and all SYA sports.

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5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
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Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
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