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October 2016
Winter Sports Registration
Registration is now open for winter sports.
 Winter  sports include Basketball, Travel Basketball, Track and Field and Wrestling.
Register now to avoid late fees.  Program descriptions with links to the web pages are provided below. 

SYA Basketball provides the youth of Centreville, Clifton and nearby communities a healthy and safe basketball experience. SYA develops basketball skills and qualities essential to good citizenship; good sportsmanship, leadership, team play, self-discipline and integrity. The SYA Winter Basketball program offers both House and Travel leagues for boys and girls. House league is for 1st-12th grades and Travel is for 5th-8th grades. The season runs from December to the beginning of March.  Register now to avoid late fees that begin on November 1.  Check out our web pages for more information.

Travel Basketball tryouts for boys and girls, 5th through 8th grade, will begin on October 3rd.  The SYA Basketball pages ( Travel and House) on the SYA website has the exact dates, times and locations of tryouts.  Please do not attempt to register until you have been selected for a Travel Team.

SYA Travel Basketball participates in the FCYBL league. Games are played on weekends in the Fairfax County area. To be considered for travel basketball, a player must attend 2 out of 4 scheduled tryouts.

SYA offers a winter track & field program for boys and girls in grades 1 - 12.  The program consists of outdoor practices which are held 1-2 hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasional Sundays.  Athletes compete locally against area clubs in indoor facilities, and if possible, as members of the USATF and AAU, against other member clubs in the USATF Potomac Valley Association and AAU.  Most of the local smaller winter indoor meets will be held at Thomas Jefferson Community center in Arlington, 1 or 2 at Episcopal HS in Alexandria, and larger meets at PGSLC in Landover, Maryland.  

SYA Track & Field provides another viable and invigorating sport for our youth and community.  Check out our web page as we continue to populate this page with important schedule, training and other pertinent information.  
Our program consists of boys and girls at all different ages (Grades K-8), sizes (weight loss is not required nor encouraged), and levels of experience.  Emphasis is placed on fun, safety, physical fitness and the development of proper wrestling technique. 

Please read the Wrestling Sports Spotlight article in this newsletter for more information and register now to avoid late fees that will begin November 18.  Also, check out our web pages for more details.  

Fall Multi-Sport Clinic - FREE

Last April, SYA provided a FREE clinic showcasing many of our 13 sports.  The clinic was a big success with over 75 children attending.  SYA will be holding another  multi-sport clinic this fall  for youth ages 6-12 on November 13, 2016 at the SYA Sports Park,  2:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Participating sports include Little League baseball, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball and volleyball. A  motivational guest speaker will be announced soon.   Registration is required, but free.  

  Click here to Register...

Sports Spotlight - Wrestling

Our area continues to be a new and growing hot bed for wrestling, with two local Olympians Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder taking home GOLD in Rio this summer.  Both have raised the visibility and awareness of the world’s oldest sport.  But Helen Maroulis’ rise and success have proven that wrestling is no longer just a male dominated sport!  The number of kids coming out for wrestling continues to climb each year, and especially impressive is the number of females competing.  In what used to be a rarity to see females wrestling has now become common.

We are very fortunate to have Head Coach Mark Weader, who is the Head Assistant Coach at George Mason University and Keith Shoulders, Head Wrestling coach at Westfield High School return this year.  SYA’s wrestling program is a winter sport designed to teach both boys and girls the style of wrestling used in High School and College.  The goal of the program is to give wrestlers a solid foundation, and instill the values of good sportsmanship and character. 

SYA Wrestlers compete in the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation against other local youth clubs, and are grouped by age, weight, and experience level.  We have kids at all different ages, sizes, and levels of experience.  Emphasis is placed on fun, safety, physical fitness and the development of proper wrestling techniques.  Registration for wrestling is now open.

Support Park Authority Bond Referendum - Vote Yes on November 8

In the November 8, 2016 general election, Fairfax County voters will be asked to approve $107 million in bond funding to support the Fairfax County Park Authority's capital needs.  The funds will be used for: land acquisition, open space preservation, new park development; and restoration, renovation and modernization of existing facilities, many of which were developed or constructed more than 20 years ago.

One project included in the bond is the construction of a much needed baseball complex in the western portion of the County.  Current plans include a wheel-shaped cluster of four 90' diamonds around a concession stand/press box building; two 60' diamond fields; picnic shelter; restrooms; playground; outdoor fitness stations; and associated facilities such as parking, food truck area, and trails.  SYA has been very involved and provided input throughout the planning process.  The baseball complex will be located on the corner of Braddock and Willow Springs Roads.

The SYA Little League Baseball program currently has a partnership with Fairfax County Park Authority via the "Adopt the Park" program.  This program helps offset maintenance costs for the County and provides SYA with priority use of the fields.  This project will be a big benefit for the community and especially for SYA.  We encourage you to vote yes on the Park Authority’s bond referendum in November.

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