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Syosset Baseball Association Blasts Off With New Blast Ball Program

Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

For Syosset Baseball Association (SBA), the inaugural season of blast ball kicked off with 96 players and 16 teams taking the field at Syosset-Woodbury Park on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Blast ball, an introduction to the game of baseball for children ages 3 and 4, was launched this season to help teach batting and fielding skills to the youngest members of the community. Blast ball helps players build a skill set of the fundamentals of baseball and softball by the time they reach the age of 5, at which point they will be ready to play in the SBA T-ball division.

The equipment provided for blast ball consists of a foam baseball the size of a softball, a foam bat, a baseball tee and a marker for the players to stand behind for safety. There is also one base, which the players can run to after batting. This special base rewards the player for stepping on it with a noise. All players were provided with a numbered blast ball T-shirt and a baseball hat with an “S” for Syosset.


SYAC Spring Softball Season Begins

Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

A bit of rain could only delay, but not cancel, the festive kickoff to the SYAC Girls Softball spring season. The 2012 season officially began April 25 with the singing of the national anthem and a ceremonial first ball thrown out by Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs. As it is each year, SYAC Opening Night was held at the softball field at Syosset-Woodbury Park.


SYAC Softball Skills Clinic Is A Hit

Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

The SYAC girls softball skills clinic was a big hit with several dozen girls and their families who took part in the annual event on Saturday, April 21. The clinic helped players to tune up for the start of another great SYAC season.

For the second year, the clinic was led by the Long Island Thunderbolts, a softball tournament travel organization. In the first hour of the two-hour clinic, girls learned hitting techniques. In the second hour, they learned basics of throwing and fielding. Parents also got into the action, catching with their daughters and learning teaching tips for practices and games. The clinic drills were followed with ice cream for everyone.


SBA Now Affiliated With Little League International

Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

Syosset Baseball Association (SBA) has announced that they will become part of Little League International, the largest Little League organization in the world, headquartered in Williamsport, PA. In a communication sent by president Rob Jolson, it stated that SBA will be entitled to register for the Little League World Series shown on national TV every August. There are tournaments for all Little League age groups.


SYAC Travel Softball Season Off To A Winning Start

Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Three SYAC Girls Softball travel teams played season openers on Sunday, April 15, under warm, sunny skies. SYAC travel teams all play under the Syosset Cyclones name.

The Syosset Cyclones U10 squad, fifth-graders coached by Bruce Cayne and Amy Cicio, rallied to a 24-4 win over Albertson-Herricks in an opener at Herricks Middle School. The U10 players hit a lot of balls and were aggressive on the bases. Solid pitching was provided by Isabel Schneider, Tina Mari Susca, and Maddy Siegel. Serving as bench coach for the game was SYAC intern Danielle Zurek, a Syosset High School varsity player.


Syosset Native Sue Bird Named One Of Top 100 Olympic Hopefuls

Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Fans can help support Team USA by buying a stitch to help “Raise the Flag”

Sue Bird, a professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team the Seattle Storm, was recently selected as one of the top 100 Olympic hopefuls by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Bird was born in Syosset and attended Syosset High School. She previously served on both the 2004 and 2008 women’s Olympic basketball teams, helping to earn a team gold medal in both the Athens and Beijing Olympics.


Syosset Baseball Association Holds 58th Opening Day

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

As spring approaches full bloom, Syosset Baseball Association (SBA) is proud to serve the community once again with youth baseball as it has for 58 years. Saturday, March 31 marked the opening day game featuring a rematch of last year’s Major League Division Championship Game: Mickey LaCasse’s Yankees vs. Gary Rosenberg’s Kansas City Royals. Both LaCasse and Rosenberg were coaches last year for their respective teams and has been the custom, assumed managerial roles the following year.

Prior to the start of the game, SBA invited all attendees to partake in complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks served by members of the SBA Board of Directors.


Practices Begin For SYAC Girls Softball Spring Season

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Annual softball skills clinic to be held April 21

That familiar crack of the bat was back as several dozen teams from SYAC Girls Softball recently took to the athletic fields to begin practices for the spring season. Each spring, hundreds of girls from Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho in grades K through 9 play SYAC softball. SYAC has four divisions: Instructional (grades K-1), Pony (2-3), Junior (4-5), and Senior (6-9).

The season begins on April 23 and extends to playoffs in early June. Teams hold practices before the season begins, and once the season starts, there are several games a week. Games are held on weekday evenings.


Bruce Grant Earns Liberty League Honors

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Hobart College junior Bruce Grant of Syosset was selected the Liberty League Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week after posting a perfect 4-0 record in singles and 2-2 mark in doubles during one week in March.


Chandler Kirby Selected to Play in 2012 National Lacrosse Classic

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Chandler Kirby, a junior and varsity long stick middie at Jericho High School has been named as a 2012 Brine National High School All-American and has been selected to represent the New York East Region in the 2012 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Maryland June 30-July 3. The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top 400 high school underclassmen lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where 16 regional teams will compete to become the 2012 National Champion and qualify to compete for an international championship later in the year.


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