Southwestern Youth Association Sports

Mets Change Age Group Ranges

There has been much discussion regarding the age range SYA Baseball uses for Little League and for SYA Mets travel teams. Without going into too much detail, the SYA Baseball Travel Board has decided to change the travel baseball age range to align with the age range currently being used by Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League ( NVTBL) and by most travel baseball tournaments. What does this mean? Instead of determining a player’s age as of August 31, SYA Travel Baseball will now use April 30 to determine a player’s age. For the upcoming winter/spring tryouts, this means player’s age will be determined as of April 30, 2022 and will determine the age group in which a player may participate.

While this change may impact the composition of some current SYA Mets travel teams, we expect families and players to decide the level of play that is best for each family. We encourage all players to play at the level that best fits each family, even if that means changing from your current team. Players may continue to try out for teams at older levels, but should also attend the tryout for your specific age level to ensure the widest consideration for selection to an SYA Mets Travel Baseball team. Players selected to play outside their "normal" age range are subject to approval by our Travel Board prior to being offered a spot on a team.

Being selected for an SYA Mets travel baseball team is a challenge. With that said, we welcome all players to attend tryouts and this age change may offer increased consideration for selection to an SYA Mets Travel team. SYA Mets Travel baseball requires that travel managers select the best 12 (or more) to field competitive teams.

The table below reflects the new eligibility below for our travel baseball program:

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

AGE

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

7

2014

2014

2014

2014

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

8

2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

9

2012

2012

2012

2012

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

10

2011

2011

2011

2011

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

11

2010

2010

2010

2010

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

12

This SYA Mets Travel Baseball age change is effective for our upcoming tryouts, which are posted below and on our web site at: https://www.syasports.org/travel-baseball. This age change has NO EFFECT on the Little League program. August 31 will continue to be used for Little League age determination.

SYA Mets Travel Baseball Tryout Schedule:

  • 12u SSP #1 - November 13th – 2:00pm; second date TBD
  • 11u SSP #1 - November 13th – 10:00am, second date November 14th  at 10:00am
  • 10u Cub #2 November 14th - 11:30am; second date TBD
  • 9u Cub #2 November 13th – 10:00am, second date November 14th  at 10:00am
  • 8u Cub #1 November 14th – 10:00am; second date TBD

SYA Mets Travel baseball tryouts will be updated as second dates are determined and will be posted to the web site as well as emailed those that have registered for the tryouts. Please see the article regarding SYA Mets Travel baseball for additional details. Contact me with any questions.

If you haven't registered for tryouts yet, please do so: Click here to register. Field locations can be found here.

Bob Woodruff

Commissioner, SYA Diamond Sports

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