The mission of SYC Softball is to offer Springfield area youth the opportunity to play house level softball in a controlled environment that provides entertainment and enjoyment. In addition, SYC Softball will focus on development of softball skills to prepare youth for participation in high school programs at the varsity and junior varsity level. SYC Softball is designated as a girl’s sport.
18 and under (18U) Division - ages 13-18
12 and under (12U) Division - ages 11-12
10 and under (10U) Division - ages 9-10
8 and under (8U) Division – ages 8 and under
League age is determined by an individual’s age as of December 31 of the previous calendar year in accordance with Amateur Softball Association (ASA) code. The 8U Division generally consists of ages 6 through 8 in the spring and 5 through 8 in the fall, though family requests for players younger than the minimum age will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Where a player’s skill level is such that they are no longer challenged at their normal age group, a family request for that player to play up with older players will generally be favorably considered.
Jeff Gribschaw: Jeff has been head coach of SYC's 18u team for the last 5-6 seasons. He had to navigate through covid-19. Also, for many of these seasons, he had a roster of about 20 players and was effectively coaching two teams. We were in a situation with too many players for one team but not enough for two separate teams. Often, he would add double-header games to get players more action. At the end of the season, Jeff would put together a team party / presentation and have something to give out to every player. Jeff does a great job developing everyone's skills and getting them prepared to play. He never loses his patience (outwardly!) and always keeps things positive. Jeff has done a tremendous job and he will be missed when he steps down from the head coaching role.
Claire Gribschaw: Claire has been playing SYC softball for many seasons, including 12u rec, 14u and 16u travel, and 18u rec. In addition to being one of the best players on her 18u teams, she has always been a positive influence for her teammates. While playing catcher, she will literally give everything she has to the point of collapsing...sometimes more than once during a game or even a practice. In addition to playing, she also helps her dad pull together end of season gifts for the other players. Claire just graduated high school and she will be missed!
We are always looking for experienced high school players to help with any of the following:
Time commitment is flexible, depending on your schedule. This is a great way to get volunteer hours and also add something to your resume, including a reference letter from the softball commissioner. Please email email@example.com for additional information.
Fairfax County field status is updated M-F after 3pm. Any field close signs posted at the field take precedence over the website or dial-in number.
The status of elementary school fields are determined by coaches. Guideline: If you can leave a footprint on a muddy field, the field is closed.