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History:

Chantilly Youth Association is a non-profit organization which is predominantly run by volunteers seeking to provide our children with an opportunity to learn a variety of sports in a safe environment which promotes a sense of self-esteem, sportsmanship and fair play. The participation of adults is vital to CYA’s success and all persons over 18 years old are encouraged to volunteer.

Most of our member families live in the western portion of Fairfax County that is shown below. This area covers parts of the Fairfax, Chantilly, Herndon, Oakton, Oak Hill and Centreville zip codes. CYA sponsors youth sports programs for both boys and girls, aged 4-18. Different sports may have specific age and residency requirements.

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 12 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.

Our Mission!

The primary objective of our sports 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.