Capture the Moment with SYA

October, 2020 Newsletter
The SYA Moments is a monthly e-newsletter to keep you informed on all
SYA sports and community events
SYA Offers 16 Different Sports!

Babe Ruth Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cricket - NEW!, Field Hockey, Tackle and Flag Football, Lacrosse, Little League Baseball and Softball, Rugby, Soccer, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee (has been postponed), Volleyball and Wrestling
SYA Fall Sports Are In Full Swing!

If you missed our sign up period we apologize, however we have our WINTER sport registrations opening soon!

SYA is committed to following all CDC, VA State and Fairfax County guidelines for return to play. Please visit our website and click on the header NEWS for all the documents.

While our Fall registrations are closed, we do have WINTER registrations that will be open soon. Keep an eye out on our website for our WINTER Pre-Registration.

SYA will be opening our Pre-Registration for the winter sports. We do this because we have not been given the green light from Fairfax County that we will be able to use indoor facilities. But we still need to know who wants to play. So we establish a Pre-Registration so that you can let us know that you want to play and we can start developing our plans and looking for coaches.

If the County says we cannot play indoor, then we won't have to refund any monies. If we do get that green light to play, we will notify you by email to go back to the registration site so you can complete a full registration along with your payment. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Stay safe

Register Now for SYA Thanksgiving Turkey Trot!

SYA will be hosting our first Thanksgiving 3K and 5K races Thanksgiving morning, November 26.

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 beautiful trails at the SYA Sports Park. The event will be held rain or shine so be prepared for possible ‘Spartan mud run’.

Sign up early, limited space available in each race

SYA Sports Park: 6626 Bull Run Post Office Road, Centreville VA
Start Times: 3K – 8:30am, 5K – 10:00am

2020 Early Bird pricing now available through Halloween

Register and Receive:
-Long sleeve race T-shirt
-Race timing provided by ‘Bishops Events’ Timing chips, numbers
-Access to the Turkey Trot Tailgate finish festival

2020 Registration Fees: Early Bird: October 1st – 31st
Individual: Adult $30; Youth. $25
Family (4 runners+) %15 off

November 1st – 20th
Individual: Adult $35; Youth. $30
Family (4 runners+) 15% off

In the event the races needed to be cancelled due to new Covid restrictions at that time, all registrations will rollover to the 2021 race or refunds maybe provided minus an admin fee.

Race participants are requested to wear a mask while in and around the start finish areas of the race. Masks do not need to be worn while running. If these protocols change participants will be notified.

Froghair Golf Classic Huge Success!

We are eternally grateful to all of our supporters and participants for this years Classic Golf Tournament. The golf tournament raised over $10,000 for SYA and CYA organizations! This will help both organizations in these difficult times.

SYA's Fields of Dreams SPORTS PARK

With our fall season underway, we want to remind everyone to be safe and follow the protocols that SYA has put in place. These can all be found on the SYA website.

Please wear a mask when within 6' of others and respect those around you!

The park is in great shape this fall. We will not have the Sports Park Snack Shack open at all this fall, however we will have periodic food trucks on site. Stay safe!

Located at 6626 Bull Run Post Office Rd, Centreville VA 20120
Visit our Sports Park website - click here
Get to Know Your SYA Board!
Each month we will highlight one of our SYA board members.

Meet our Track and Field Commissioner Alonzo Davis!

Alonzo (Coach Davis) has coached youth sports in northern VA for over 20 years and his son successfully participated in multiple sports for SYA and the Centreville HS Wildcats.

In 2003, SYA accepted Coach Davis' proposal to form and manage a track and field program and the rest is history. An ex-athlete with numerous athletic high school accomplishments, Coach Davis gives back by volunteering and supporting youth sports and organizations that foster team work and good sportsmanship.

The increase in the number of track & field clubs over the last 10 years in Northern VA is a result of SYA and Coach Davis' vision and other neighboring clubs to offer fun Olympic-style activities and opportunities for our youth. Coach Davis is a 2013 SYA Board of Directors Outstanding Service Award recipient

SYA Supports the Upcoming Park Referendum on Nov 3

Supervisors authorized four bond referendums for November 3, 2020 on the general election ballot. The County sells general obligation bonds to pay for building, renovating or expanding facilities, like libraries, fire stations and parks.

Voters must approve them through a referendum, and by law, the bonds, if approved, may only by used for the purpose stated in the ballot question.
Among the four authorized referenda was $112 million for parks. Of the $112 million proposed, the Fairfax County Park Authority will use $100 million to finance:

  • Land acquisition to expand parks.
  • Natural and cultural resource stewardship.
  • New park development.

The remaining $12 million is intended to fund the county’s share for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s capital program that focuses on:

  • Expanding public open space and trails.
  • Protecting natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Improving existing facilities.
  • Providing additional recreational opportunities.

We encourage voters to get more familiar with the proposed projects and initiatives listed below either specifically or by category. Our goal is to inform the public so they can make a decision on the bond question based on the facts and knowledge of the issues at hand.
PCA Voices

Impacts of Early Sport Specialization

by Dr. Joe Donahue

In today’s society, there is a strong cultural emphasis on elite status as a requirement for athletic success. Whether this status is gained through scholarships or professional participation, it goes consistently in hand with pressuring children towards single sport training. Parents and coaches are looking to fulfill the 10,000 hour practice requirement perpetuated in the media; they are urged towards early age, high-intensity training by the popularized triumphs of Tiger Woods and Andre Agassi. The consequence of such promotion is an increase in early sports specialization.

Early specialization in a single sport has increased tremendously in recent years. Young athletes are participating more in multiple, high-commitment teams of the same sport and are pursuing extra training from specialists. While this intensified training might be expected to produce a higher caliber of athlete, in reality it can be mentally and physically damaging. The repetitive microtrauma of specialization leaves athletes vulnerable to overuse injury and burnout as well as can deter athletes from long-term participation in a sport. Alternatively, multi-sport participation has shown to build strong athletic foundations and increase chances of gaining elite status (whilst maintaining enjoyment) in one sport.

It is critical for parents and coaches to promote a regimen of diverse athletic activity that accommodates a young athlete’s interests. When physiological and skeletal development are still occurring, the practice of repetitive movements will increase risk of injury. Additionally, serious athletic time commitments can be socially isolating and psychologically stunting. Young athletes should instead immerse themselves in a variety of sports to attain long-term success. A focus on comprehensive, physical skills rather than specifics as well as avoidance of excessive time commitments can prevent burnout and injury and create a healthier lifestyle for the athlete.
Below are some key statistics around early sport specialization:

  • only 0.2% to 0.5% of high school athletes ever make it to the professional level
  • up to 54% of all injuries seen in pediatric sports medicine are related to overuse
  • young athletes who are highly specialized are 36% more likely to suffer a serious overuse injury than those who are not
  • focus on one sport can slow critical social development and lead to stunted psychosocial growth
  • 88% of Division 1 athletes at one US university had participated in 2 to 3 sports as children and nearly 70% delayed sports specialization until the age of 12 or older
  • 97% of professional athletes believed being a multi-sport athlete was beneficial to their success
  • current college athletes experience depression rates that are twice as high as those of former, graduated college athletes

If interested in learning more about a specific study on early sport specialization, you can reach out to PCA’s Director of External Relations at Casey Miller at her email, casey_miller@positivecoach.org. Thank you again to Dr. Joe Donahue for sharing these articles and to The Nueva School summer volunteer Aliya George for summarizing this research!


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All funds raised support the SYA Sports Park and All SYA SPORTS!
THANK YOU for Supporting the Southwestern Youth Association!
SYA (Southwestern Youth Association)
5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121