40 Years of Service to the Chantilly Community!

CYA is celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year (1971 - 2011) and as we reflect on the past four decades, we come to appreciate all of the things that truly make CYA unique and special. 

As a volunteer run organization, it is often difficult to carve out enough time to organize a clear definition of who we are and where we want to go as a youth program.  We are often so busy making sure teams are set, fields are lined, schedules are posted, referee’s are assigned, etc... that we don’t establish the necessary pathways to attain the overall objectives that we hope to achieve.

While we take time to celebrate our 40 years of providing a terrific program to the residents of the Chantilly area, we are focusing our efforts on re-defining who we are and what we stand for.  Of course, this is a lofty exercise yet as the youth sports community becomes more advanced, we at CYA  believe that we must establish a philosophical foundation that will define future generations of our players. 

Together, we can work to provide a program for our kids that is based in education and affords them the opportunity to achieve the highest level of success in whatever athletic endeavor they desire.  Most of all, CYA Sports are FUN and we are committed to making sure that everyone who ever puts on a Purple Jersey will reflect fondly on the time they spent with CYA.

Here’s to another 40 years!

History & Philosophy

The development of the Brookfield and Greenbriar Subdivisions in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s created a need for a youth sports program in the Chantilly area. In 1971, Battlefield Little League was originally established, with the little league baseball program being the first sport sponsored by this organization. The non-profit corporation known as Battlefield Little League, Inc. was formed on September 10, 1971. This entity immediately became involved in other sports programs also. A basketball program was started by Battlefield Little League, Inc. in October of 1972. By 1975, Battlefield Little League, Inc. was operating programs in little league baseball, house and select soccer, little league, softball, basketball, and wrestling. The bylaws of Battlefield Little League Inc. reflect a purpose of administering a comprehensive athletic program consisting of different leagues and teams "as shall from time to time seem appropriate". By 1976, we began to be known as the Chantilly Youth Association, and we have operated under that name since that time. On November 26, 2003 we officially changed the corporate entity name from Battlefield Little League, Inc. to Chantilly Youth Association, Inc. 

Chantilly Youth Association has operated continuously since its inception. As the community grew and new needs were identified, other sports programs have been added. Presently, CYA administers 13 different sports programs with a CYA Sport Coordinator for each program.

The IRS granted Battlefield Little League, Inc. - now CYA - 501(c)(3) status. This status has been reviewed periodically by the IRS and was reaffirmed in 2004, specifically recognizing the fact that the organization is a "multi-sport" organization rather than merely one which was solely associated with the national Little League baseball program. A section 501(c)(3) designation is important to us because it allows persons, with the consent of CYA, to deduct money or services donated to us as a charitable contribution.

CYA holds an annual meeting of its members in the month of October of each year for the purpose of electing corporate officers and directors. Its members are: the parents or guardians of any youth whose registration has been accepted by the association for the year in question; any elected member of the Board of Directors; and any Sport Coordinator, Coach or other volunteer appointed by the Board of Directors.


The primary objective of our sport programs is to promote and teach good sportsmanship, respect for authority, loyalty to a team, and a heightened sense of self-worth. While teaching the proper fundamentals of each sport is very important, we recognize that for most of our children, playing sports is a recreational pursuit. We strive to accommodate all children, not just children who have attained or seek to attain the highest level of skill in a sport.

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