Capture the Moment with SYA

September, 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 Has Limited Space Available For Our Fall Sports

Two opportunities for late registrations are Lacrosse and Cricket!

SYA is just about full for our fall registrations. Some spots may be available in some ages, but most of our fall sports are full. However, Lacrosse and Cricket are wide open as we got a late start on accepting registrations. So if you are late to the game for sign ups, maybe this fall is the year to try something different!

We look forward to introducing a new game to the kids for them to be able to get out and have fun on the field in a safe environment. 
Froghair Golf Classic Huge Success!

We are eternally grateful to all of our supporters and participants for this years Classic Golf Tournament. We will have winners and photo's up on our next issue of The Moments newsletter!

SYA's Fields of Dreams SPORTS PARK

With our upcoming Fall season 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 going into the 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 Wrestling Commissioner Scott Brubaker!

The Brubaker family has been involved in SYA sports since 2013 when their children, Jacob and Katelyn, registered for their first of now nine different SYA sports. Scott and his wife, Christi, are thankful for the many great SYA volunteers that have provided countless enriching experiences to their kids and they’ve enjoyed giving back and meeting many terrific families as coaches within the baseball, basketball, soccer, and wrestling programs over the years. 

Scott grew up playing as many sports as possible in Southern New Jersey, attended and wrestled at James Madison University, has worked the past 15 years for Booz Allen Hamilton, and is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan.

Scott became the wrestling commissioner ahead of the 2018-2019 season after serving as an assistant coach for a couple of seasons. Assuming this role was a no-brainer given his first-hand knowledge of the outstanding former leadership, the tremendous group of coaches and families already involved, and the positive impact the program was having on its many participants. With the addition of even more knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and kids-first coaches over the past two seasons, it has been a pleasure to coordinate the group’s activities. SYA’s staff is the absolute best in the business!

Scott developed a passion for wrestling as a youth and is thrilled to be able to help foster a similar love of the sport within today’s Matdogs. Scott is excited by the program’s growth and the establishment of a team and competition structure that supports wrestlers of all experience levels and promotes progression in the sport. He and the collective staff enjoy coaching through positive reinforcement and leveraging wrestling’s many teachable moments to help deliver lessons that can last a lifetime. Spotting smiles on faces, witnessing many “ah-ha” moments, and seeing individual personal and athletic growth over the course of a season(s) has made his involvement in the wrestling and other SYA programs a very rewarding experience.

New Fundraising Opportunity on OCTOBER 1!

Come to Panda Express on October 1 and help SYA with their fundraising efforts. Panda Express will give 20% back to SYA. Plan now and make Thursday, Oct 1 your family night out. See some friends, have some great food and make some money for SYA!

Panda Express has Southwestern Youth Association (SYA)'s back. Not only is Panda Express America's favorite Chinese Kitchen, it is the home of the Original Orange Chicken®, healthy Super Greens, award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp™ and guest-favorite Broccoli Beef®.

Looking for a place where everyone in the family can easily get what they want? Look no further! Panda Express is the perfect spot for a family meal! Each family member will be sure to get something they like through contactless pickup or delivery.

Mark your calendars: on 10/01/2020 Southwestern Youth Association
(SYA) is having a fundraiser with Panda Express! You can support Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) while enjoying Panda Express because 20% of all purchases will be donated back to the league!

You can participate in our Panda Express fundraiser in whatever way that works for you - order online or head to the Panda Express at
14220 Centreville Square, Centreville, VA, USA on 10/01/2020 during store hours. You can order online using the code 316480 or show the fundraiser flyer when checking out in store:

Mark your calendars now and be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks so that you can enjoy Panda Express with the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) community on 10/01/2020!
PCA Voices

Five Ways Young Athletes Can Improve Their Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Dr. Erin Grieb

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a sudden change in everyone’s lives, including students and student-athletes. Athletes suddenly found themselves at home without access to their classrooms, gyms, and teams. They were knocked off their routine, some lost out on post-season opportunities, and in the case of spring athletes, they lost their entire season. The abrupt adjustment has resulted in a focus on the athletes’ physical health and mental health.

Below are some tips to help athletes focus on mental health during the pandemic.

1. Acknowledge your feelings
Some common feelings are isolation, fear, loss, disappointment, anxiety, frustration, sadness, lack of control, anger. It is important to acknowledge these feelings, identify the emotions, and work on trying to understand and accept them. For people with pre-existing mental health issues, these feelings may trigger or worsen existing conditions.

2. Take care of your physical health
Stay home. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Eat well and get plenty of sleep. Call your doctor if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

3. Stay Connected
The internet and social media can provide information and support, but it can also cause anxiety. Pick one credible website to use for accurate information and avoid websites that sensationalize the pandemic. Social media can be a source of positivity: use it for inspiration, humor, and to connect with friends. Stay connected to those you trust, including your coach and teammates via text, video and social media.

4. Engage in Sport
Consider how you want to continue engaging in your sport during this time. While maintaining social distance you may be able to continue training to a degree. If you decide to continue your training, it may be easier to continue improving flexibility, strength and mental health at this time. You can also use your new-found time to rest and recover, explore other interests, or maintain your fitness level, either alone or virtually with teammates and friends. It is important to do what is best for you right now and over time as the situation changes.

5. Focus on what you can control.
Get into a routine, get adequate sleep and eat well. Try to incorporate other acts of self-care in your life, such as journaling, exploring other hobbies. This will help reestablish feelings of control and comfort while supporting your health and well-being.

Now, more than ever, it is important to pay attention to mental health and work to create some semblance of normalcy in day-to-day life. If you, or someone you know, is struggling, please reach out to your pediatrician or a sports medicine physician.
In these challenging times, SYA has always come through in support of Food Drives. There is one coming up this weekend, Saturday, September 26 from 10am-3pm at the Sully Government Center on Stonecroft Blvd and also at the Centreville Regional Library on Saint Germain Dr. Please see below of the most requested items.

  • Canned Tuna, Salmon or Chicken
  • Soup
  • Canned Pasta
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Fruit (in light syrup or juice)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Bag (Dry) Beans
  • Rice - Brown or White
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Hot and Cold Cereal
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Beans
  • Healthy Snacks (e.g. raisins, granola bars)

Want to be a sponsor? Contact Scott below:

Questions? contact Scott Liskey - sliskey@syasports.org
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