Seminole Youth Athletic Association
SYAA Field at 12100 90th Avenue North, Seminole
SYAA (Seminole Youth Athletic Association) is a nonprofit corporation created to manage this sport complex in a manner that provides recreational programs to Seminole-Area residents. SYAA sport complex has been part of Seminole history since the 1955. The SYAA Board represents every family member in every sport played at the complex. We offer Football (Seminole Chiefs), Cheerleading, Baseball (Seminole Little League), Soft Ball, Tee Ball, and Soccer (Santos), we have sports ongoing all year long. This past season we had 240 football and cheerleaders, 264 Baseball, Soft Ball, Tee Ball, and 400 Soccer players at our complex. This is a total of more than 1,500 families (when Fall Ball, PAL Football Camp and Spring and Summer Soccer Camps are accounted for also), we have served this past year. We receive no funding from the state or county. We are solely supported by sport fees, and the donations of the community and parents. All the board members and coaches work on a volunteer basis to help support the complex and the children that participate there.
All of the governing boards are volunteer. These volunteers provide countless hours of people power to keep the sports programs running for the children of Seminole. The concession, most maintenance, and field preparation is done by volunteers. Without our parent volunteers we would not have any recreational sports programs. Almost everything you see at SYAA has been built and maintained by volunteers.
SYAA has been the starting point to many professional sport careers. SYAA’s football program (Seminole Chiefs) has gone to State and many players go on to play at Seminole High (War hawks), and go onto future careers. The Chiefs have enjoyed a State Quarterfinal appearance. Our community spirit thrived at games. SYAA’s soccer program (Santos) has won GYSA Cup Champions and our Club team has made it all the way to the Regionals as an undefeated team.
SYAA’s baseball program (Seminole Little League) has grabbed national acclaim in years past, earning No. 1 preseason ranking from Baseball America and winning every game on the field on the way to State Championship. Seminole Little League went to the State Championship and has had six players drafter by professional baseball teams. SYAA Seminole Little League has been touted as one of the top little league programs in the state.
SYAA’s alumni include:
1. Mike Abrahamson: Played at Emory & Henry College
2. Paul Buhrow: Played at St. Petersburg College & Florida Gulf Coast University.
3. John Killalea: Played two seasons for the Johnson City Cardinals (drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals).
4. Casey Kotchman: 2001 Gateraid National Player of the Year, Played for the Anahiem Angels’ Minor League, then the big-league Club, and played in the American League Championship Series.
5. Bobby Wilson: 2001 MVP High School National Championships team, Played Los Angeles Angels’ minor league.
6. Ryan Fowler: Started in Seminole Little League. Captain of his high school (War Hawks) football team. Played at Duke University and then joined the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in 2004.
7. Jon Skorupski: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.
We have seen children grow up in our complex and now see their children or even some 3rd generations. We are dedicated to the youth, and in the development of strong bodies and minds. We teach the youth the importance of being part of a team and the responsibility and commitment he or she has to that team. We will continue to serve the community and the "stars of tomorrow" as we always have in the past.
The SYAA moto "It's All About the Kids.”