SYAC Girls Softball honored four 2013 graduating Syosset High School
seniors with a SYAC scholarship at the Syosset Braves Senior Athletic
Banquet held at The Woodlands on June 11.
The four young ladies were recognized for having played softball from
SYAC intramurals through their senior year on the SHS Varsity Lady Braves.
Some of the players also played on SYAC Travel teams, as well as tournament
level softball teams.
Honored seniors: Ashley Freedman, Liz Jacobsohn, Cayley Genreich, and
Casey Konsky. SYAC also sends out a salute to their parents, who stepped up
and contributed their time and efforts as SYAC coaches.
A new page that can help coaches run a practice and prepare for games.
SYAC Travel Softball Team Rosters Now Posted
Click "Travel" tab to view rosters for three SYAC travel teams for fall 2013/spring 2014.
We thank all girls who tried out. Those who made the final roster will be contacted by coaches.
If you were not selected, we thank you for trying out. We encourage you continue to play SYAC softball (register online beginning December) and to try out again for Travel in May 2014. Checks will be returned by mail.
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If you haven't visited the web site lately, we've continued making improvements, making it easier for you to see what's going on with your team.
To find your team's picture, schedule and game stories, simply click the softball above your team’league. When that league's home page opens, click the link for "Directory and Scoreboard."
This page shows the names of the teams that SYAC Sponsors have helped us create. Our sponsors help make it possible for us to have such great seasons, year in and year out, so we urge you to patronize them. If your team's sponsor has their own web site, you can visit it by clicking their name in the standingsor by clicking the team name or logo on the team's page, which you get to by clicking the team number.
On the Team page, you'll find the names of the players on your team, your team's schedule, the score of each game they've played, their record, and brief writeups of each game. To protect privacy, we are no longer listing coaches' phone numbers on the web pages. Instead, your coaches name is now a "mailto" link. Click it to send your coach an email message.
Last but not least, the Team's Page has the thing you set out looking for in the first place: the team's picture. Well, once it's been taken, of course, Picture Night schedules will be posted soon.
SYAC Travel Softball Team Rosters Now Posted
Click "Travel" tab to view rosters for the SYAC travel teams for fall 2013/spring 2014.
SYAC Travel teams compete in Long Island travel leagues fall and spring.
Players are selected based on skills and ability demonstrated at tryouts.
Applicants must try out and may attend one or both sessions. Players on
existing Travel teams must try out each year.
THE TRAVEL COMMITMENT
Players who are selected for teams must commit to making games (usually
Sundays) and weekly practices. There is no conflict with the regular SYAC
season, and players are encouraged to play in both programs.
WHO SHOULD TRY OUT
SYAC Travel is for players in grades 4-8 (as of September 2013).
NOTE: Grade 4 players will participate in a fall-only development league.
PARENTS SHOULD BRING
Parents should bring a check for $400 (covers fall and spring seasons) made
out to SYAC Travel Softball. Parents of fourth graders should bring a check
for $250 (covers fall only). Parents must sign a registration form at
tryouts. Checks are cashed only if players are selected for teams.
PARENTS NEEDED TO COACH
We rely on parents to volunteer to coach Travel teams. If you are
interested, express your interest at tryouts.
Just click on your league and then select the leagues directory and then click
on your team name to see your team photo.
SYAC Girls Softball Salutes Its All-Stars
The weather was blustery, but hearts were warm--and bats were hot!-- at
the SYAC Pony League All-Star Game, held at H.B. Thompson Middle School on
Thirty specially selected girls who play in the Pony League put on a fine
show for the bundled-up fans. They provided a barrage of hitting, combined
with great fielding that ended rallies, sometimes by double plays. Morgan
Piel made two inning-ending catches of hard-hit balls, and she was named MVP
of the game.
SYAC sends a big thanks to the eight dads who serve as Pony League
coaches and who coached the All-Star Game. Also, a big thanks to Evan
Friedman, who umpired the game.
SYAC SKILLS CLINIC SUITS SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF ALL AGES!
Softball players of varied sizes and ages all turned out for the annual
SYAC Girls Softball Skills Clinic. The fun and valuable event was held at
Syosset-Woodbury Park on April 27.
The Long Island Thunderbolts, a premier tournament level softball
organization, led the clinic. The Thunderbolts, which fields teams at U14,
U16 and U18 levels, includes many high school-aged players who got their
start playing on teams in the SYAC Girls Softball program.
SYAC, which spans at least four decades of Syosset history, fields teams
in four divisions from kindergarten through seventh grade.
Several hundred girls from Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho take part each
spring. SYAC also fields a travel program, with teams in three age groups in
competition around Long Island spring and fall.
SYAC depends upon--and thanks--an extensive network of moms and dads who
volunteer as softball coaches. Also deserving thanks are a host of local
businesses and organizations that sponsor teams.
SYAC Opening Night for the 2013 Season
The chilly temperatures hardly took away from the warmth of another SYAC
Opening Night, as a new spring season of softball kicked off on April
Judy Jacobs, Nassau County Legislator, threw out the ceremonial first
pitch to start off a Pony League game at Robbins Lane Elementary School.
Following the festivities, two Pony games were played on the fields, while
another game took place at Baylis Elementary School.
Meanwhile, over at Syosset-Woodbury Park, two SYAC Senior teams, the
Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Kids, did battle in the first game of the spring
season. This year, the SYAC Seniors compete in the Majors Division of the
InterTown League that includes teams from Plainview, Jericho and
The Instructional and Junior League begins their season on Monday, April
4 Senior Girls Last Game
Ninth graders on the SYAC Senior League championship team,
Black Wolf, played their last game of SYAC Girls Softball.
From left: Maddy Hollander, Rachel Cohen, Casey Rosen and Jennifer Lobody.
Each year, SYAC (sadly) says goodbye to many girls who age out of our program.
This year, four special ninth graders (with almost 35 collective years of SYAC
participation) walked off the field for the last time--a bittersweet moment made
sweeter by the SYAC Senior League Championship trophies they carried. Here is what
two had to say:
My 10 Years in SYAC
Being a SYAC softball player has meant the world to me. Starting off in the
Instructional League in 2003, I barely knew what to do. My amazing coaches were
there guiding me through every step, and before you know it I fell in love with
the game. SYAC was a way to teach me how to be a team player and a good friend.
I have made so many friendships over the 10 seasons that I have played. SYAC is
where I found my love for pitching, and if I had not played SYAC I would not have
as much skill as I have today.
My SYAC Experience
I've been playing on SYAC for 10 years. Throughout those years, I made lots of
friends. I love softball and SYAC brought me closer to the sport. During my
last year of SYAC my team won the championship and it was the most memorable moment.
My advice to new-comers is to stick with SYAC if you love softball. Thanks to all
my coaches and teammates for always making each of my years great. I will truly
miss playing for SYAC.
Picture Day Schedule for May 10, 2012
Teams # 1, 2 and 3
Teams # 1 and 2
Teams # 4 and 5
Teams # 3 and 4
Picture Day Schedule for May 14, 2012
Teams # 1, 2 and 3
Teams # 1 and 2
Teams # 4, 5 and 6
Teams # 3, 4 and 5
Before throwing, go into a Y position. Turn sideways and point your glove towards your target. Reach back with the hand holding the ball--and wave "bye bye". Then step and throw.