SYA Newsletter

September 2022

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Valor Rising Training Program

This Valor Rising soccer training program is open to all players who want to be dedicated and wish to be exceptional. This program is for players born in 2015 & 2016 looking to enhance their soccer learning experience and prepare for travel soccer. 

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Please Take Our Summer Sports Survey! 

Please take 1-2 minutes to share your thoughts on SYA, and the summer program(s) your athlete(s) participated in. (If you, or someone in your family has already taken the survey, thank you, we appreciate your help!)

Congratulations on a Great Summer Basketball Season! 

SYA Summer Rugby Update

This summer SYA Rugby teamed up with squads from Western Suburbs, Culpepper and Great Falls to form "The Barbarians." The summer season culminated in the state championship in Culpepper Virginia where both tackle and tag squads braved the heat to compete for the championship, bragging rights or both. 

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SYA had 21 teams participate in the FPYC Father's Day All-Star tournament in June, from U8 to U14 age groups. Many teams had to play in a group stage format that decided who would play in the final match for Champion and Finalist. Congratulations to our Champions - U13B Concorde Division (Coach Rich Milla) and U14B Liberty Division (Coach Lindsey Lyons) and our Finalists - U10B Liberty Division (Coach Sebastian Alarco), U11B Concorde Division (Coach Phil Livingston), and U11B National Division (Coach Sean Craft).

Sully Community Center Opening! 

SYA is proud to be involved in the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 17, 2022 to open the brand new Sully Community Center. This new center will be a hub of activities for the Sully District and is a long awaited opening. Specifically, SYA sports will beneift from the 2 full size gymansiums that will be put into inventory for permitting! 

Sports and Technology Manager (STM) – 2022

The Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) is hiring a full-time Sports Program and Technology Manager (STM). This position will report directly to the CEO for SYA as well as working with the SYA staff and Board of Directors. The primary work location will be the SYA Office located in Centreville VA, remote is available as needed. 

Learn more online... 

Send an email request with your cover letter to 

ADMIN@SYAYOUTHSPORTS.ORG with a subject line of SYA STM 

Questions and Answers

Why are there so many cancelations during the season? 

SYA is an independent non profit youth sports organization. SYA is provided permits by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) to utilize school and park gyms and fields. These permits allow us to fully use under the rules and guidance of Fairfax County, their facilities within our area.

SYA is fortunate to also be partners with certain schools and facilities, have adoption agreements and volunteer on several boards within Fairfax County to allow us to have access to some of the best fields/gyms in the area. These efforts by our volunteers also give us Priority Use of certain facilities.

SYA is required to submit requests for field and gym use at the beginning of each season. However, the schools and parks are allowed to cancel those at any time if they have a school or park event. SYA works hard to ensure that we get full use of our permits, unfortunately there are times where we are canceled by the County. 

Your Board of Directors has been working tirelessly with the Fairfax County Athletic Council to minimize the disruptions that are caused by last minute cancelations. While we understand when schools are affected by emergencies such as weather, unexpected events, and official shortages, there should be very few last minute cancelations for regular scheduled activities.  


The SYA Annual Board meeting is primarily focused on the election of Officers of SYA (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer). This years' slate of candidates was approved by a quorum of the board. Their term is for one year from January 1 through December 31.  

Your new Officers are 

President - Jeff Stein

Vice President - Mark Yeo

Secretary - Shashana Hill

Treasurer - Bryan Hunt

Also approved for another term

CEO - Gary Flather

SYA is dependent on volunteers to run the organization. In addition to the Officers, SYA also has a Commissioner for each of the 13 sports that makes up the SYA Board of Directors. SYA has many other opportunities for your help in the form of Committees, website maintenance, training, instruction and others. If you have any interest in bettering the overall SYA organization in any capacity, please send us an interest email at ADMIN@SYAYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

COVID Information


SYA wants to thank all members for their efforts in relation to being safe. Your Board of Directors appreciates everyone's patience and understanding of adjustments that have been needed in relation to COVID and ensuring everyone's safety.

SYA develops their protocols based on information from CDC, VA State and local officials.  

Please refer to our updates on our website for the Return to Play protocols. Please note that these were recently updated as of 7-8-2022.

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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.

SYA Partnerships

Thank you to our longstanding partnerships.

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