February 2023

Did you know? SYA celebrates 50 years of serving youth and families in 2023! We were established in November of 1973 with 350 participants. Today, SYA serves more than 13,000 children ages 4-19, and more than 5,000 families in Centreville and Clifton Virginia as well as some surrounding locations.

Keep an eye on the SYA Moments Newsletter, our Facebook Page, and your email inbox for news and information about how we'll be celebrating!

Have SYA memories to share?

Were you an SYA Athlete? We'd love to feature you and your SYA Athletes as we celebrate 50 Years of Youth Sports in our Community.

Send your photos to publicrelations@syasports.org.

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Wait lists for Spring sports start soon.

´╗┐Sign up by February 28 to ensure your athlete is placed on a team, not a wait list!

Sign Up Now!
Questions and Answers

Why does SYA have a´╗┐ "Wait List" and what happens with it? 

"Wait lists" are created by each sport each season to ensure placement of every child based on the number of Volunteer coaches we have signed up. While a wait list is necessary, we try to place every single child on a team. If by chance we cannot place a child to a team, you will be issued a full refund. 

So please sign up early to avoid wait lists but do not be discouraged by them as we do try and place all children. 

Interested in helping? We'd love to have your time and talents on our events and projects. Reach out to us at: ADMIN@SYAYOUTHSPORTS.ORG

SYA Announces Soccer Camps and Clinics

Soccer Academy, in partnership with SYA Soccer, will once again hold a 2023 Spring Break Camp! It will take place at:

SYA Sports Park

6626 Bull Run Post Office Road 

Centreville, VA 20120

April 3-7. 

Registration is now available!

Summer Day Camps - 2023

For boys and girls ages 5 to 14 of all abilities. Our day programs are designed to meet the needs of all types of players.

Registration is now available!

SYA Soccer Travel Interest Meeting

SYA Soccer's travel program, Virginia Valor FC, will be holding a travel information meeting for all those interested in learning more about travel soccer, particularly those interested in trying out for a travel team for the upcoming 2023-2024 seasonal year. The meeting is primarily for rising U9 players (players born in 2015 and exceptional players born in 2016). The meeting will also cover our U10-U19 travel teams, if you are interested in learning more, please plan on attending!

The meeting will be held on Tue, March 14, 2023 at the NEW Valor office located at 4455 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Suite 104, Chantilly, VA 20151 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

How to Get and Keep K-12 Girls in Sports and Physical Activity

Thursday, February 2023

3:00 PM EST

FREE Informational webinar by the Center for Sport & Social Justice

Register Online...

Webinar: February 16

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary starts off with your Executive Board and your full Board of Directors. Here is your leadership team for 2023:


President - Jeff Stein

CEO - Gary Flather

Vice President - Mark Yeo

Secretary - Shashana Hill

Treasurer - Bryan Hunt

Legal Counsel - Will Pickett


Executive Board members and

Commissioner Basketball - Josh Purdy

Commissioner Cheerleading - Tammy McCarron

Commissioner Field Hockey - Gary Flather

Commissioner Football - Felix Otchere

Commissioner Lacrosse - DeAnna Hughes

Commissioner Diamond Sports - Bob Woodruff (includes Babe Ruth baseball, T-ball, Little League Baseball, Little League Softball, Travel Baseball and Travel Softball)

Commissioner Rugby - Brian Robinson

Commissioner Soccer - Neil Kronimus

Commissioner Track - Alonzo Davis

Commissioner Volleyball - Meet Gill

Commissioner Wrestling - Scott Brubaker

SYA is also implementing the sports of Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee soon. Look for information coming to our website - www.syasports.org

Since SYA is a volunteer run organization, we are always in need of help. Please volunteer - we have many areas that we need help in. Send an email to: ADMIN@SYASPORTS.ORG

Thank you and thanks to our 2023 Leadership!



Bring your family and friends to Sedona Taphouse located at 4970 Westcroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151 on any MONDAY IN MARCH to support SYA! Every Monday, ALL DAY, in March, choose from a steak, chicken or salmon entree and the proceeds will directly benefit SYA's "The Fields of Dreams Sports Park Project".

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.

The Pickett Law Group
Willow Springs Towing & Recovery