The mission of RYA is to provide an opportunity for children of Reston and the surrounding areas to participate in an organized youth football program. We aspire to build a successful youth organization by applying standards and activities that will create an environment of athletic enthusiasm and learning with a focus on achieving high academic standards. RYA’s board strongly believes it is our responsibility to be positive role models by giving back to our youth and continually striving to build a healthy positive community.
Important reminder about tomorrow's tackle equipment handout
by RYA posted 07/25/2014
Tomorrow is the 2nd and final tackle equipment handout before the August 4th practice. If your child is registered for the tackle program and did not pickup their equipment last week they must do so tomorrow.
Equipment handout will be held this Saturday July 26th (tomorrow) from 9:00am-12:00pm at "The Shed" at South Lakes!
For new members who don’t know where our equipment trailer is, we are located on the turf field behind Langston Hughes Middle School next to the fenced softball field. The address for Langston Hughes is 11401 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191.
Online registration is still open, however, if you register after 5:00pm (Today) you must bring a copy of your registration receipt to the field tomorrow in order to receive your equipment. If you haven’t registered yet you may do so online at http://www.restonseahawks.org/registration or do it at the field during equipment handout. We accept, Cash, Check, VISA and MasterCard (Note: for credit card payments we accept VISA and MasterCard only!)
Equipment will only be handed out to members that have paid the necessary registration fees.
Scholarship forms will also be available onsite. Scholarship families must bring a COPY of their county "free and reduced lunch" form or county/state issued medical card along with payment in order to receive equipment.
We will also be accepting registration at the shed for our Cheer and Fall Flag programs. If you would like to talk to our staff about volunteering your time for any or our programs please stop by.
If you have any questions please contact commissioner Jeremy at
Reminder every player must have a valid and up to date Virginia state ID/Walker ID to attend the mandated weigh-in. To avoid delays or any issues we encourage anyone who doesn't have a card to apply for it now. For more information about obtaining a card please visit http://www.dmv.state.va.us/drivers/#id/child_id.html
The dates for weigh-in are as follow. Each club is given a specific time to appear; the actual time for RYA will be determined later:
Saturday August 9, 2014 – First Weigh-in at Falls Church High School (Free)
Saturday August 16, 2014 – Second Weigh-in at Falls Church High School (cost $20)
Saturday August 23, 2014 – Third Weigh-in at Falls Church High School (cost $20)
Sunday September 7, 2014 – Fourth Weigh-in - Location will be determined later (cost $50)
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the tackle commissioner Jeremy Lee at
As we finish the school year and move into the summer, we wanted to remind parents that each player must have an active Walker ID card to play tackle football in the Fall. All players must have a valid Walker ID card issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The ID cards are used to verify each player at the official Fairfax County Youth Football League weigh-in certifications that will take place in August. Receipts from the VA DMV will not be accepted.
These identification cards are no longer issued by the DMV in person. It will be mailed to your home within 7-14 business days. So the earlier you can get this done the better.
Please ensure your child’s name, address and date of birth are 100% accurate on the ID. If you already have a Walker Permit please check the expiration date. If it has expired you will need to renew it. The cost of the permit is $10.00.
This summer RYA will offer two camps for your players:
1) RYA Elite Camp (July 21-23)
This year Reston Youth Association (RYA) will team up with the varsity football staff of South Lakes HS for the non-contact RYA Elite Camp. New South Lakes Head Coach Trey Taylor and his assistants will lead the way as they teach players how to improve on their knowledge and fundamentals of the game, help the players increase their confidence on the field, and prepare them for the upcoming season. Many of RYA’s coaches will be on site as well to assist. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 8-16 (rising 8th graders). Some football experience is preferred but not mandatory. The fee will be $50. Players should wear comfortable athletic apparel and bring a mouth guard, cleats, and their own water/sports drink.
2) RYA Skills Camp (July 28-30)
The RYA Skills Camp is the perfect way for beginners and those with limited experience playing football looking to get a jumpstart on the Fall season. This is a non-contact camp. Our campers will be exposed to all aspects of the game including blocking, Heads Up Tackling, proper stance, footwork for all positions as well as lessons on hydration, nutrition and sportsmanship. Each player will receive expert training from some of RYA’s most skilled and experienced coaches. The fee will be $20. Players should wear comfortable athletic apparel and bring a mouth guard, cleats, and their own water/sports drink. Registration is open to boys and girl ages 6-16
Both camps will take place on our beautiful turf practice field located directly behind Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School from 6-8pm. In the event of inclement weather July 24th and July 31st will be used as make up days. Parents are more than welcome to stick around and watch and ask questions following the camp activities.
If you have any questions about the camps please direct them to
I hope everyone is enjoying the long awaited spring weather. I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that registration for the 2014 tackle football season has been officially opened and I couldn’t be more excited about having another successful year this fall.
My goal is to develop well-rounded young men and women who learn not only the fundamentals of football, but also the importance of education and teamwork, in an atmosphere conductive to developing sound mind, body and character – and having a good time along the way. We practice ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness. Our program stresses learning lessons of value for beyond the playing days, such as self-discipline, teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership and good sportsmanship
Every coach within RYA will do their very best to ensure that each player is utilized to his utmost potential and their talents are used for the team’s best advantage. Safety is our top concern. Many of the exercises, drills and team rules that are set are there to ensure your child is physically and mentally fit for football. Each athlete is unique and will develop at his or her own pace. We will exercise their bodies and minds in an effort to develop the skills needed to execute the game of football.
As school winds down you may be making vacation plans for this summer. August 4th will be the first day of practice this year and the first few weeks of practice are crucial to getting players ready physically and mentally to play the game of football. If there is any way that you could plan your vacations with this in mind it will help our wonderful coaches teach your children the basics of the game that will ensure they have an enjoyable experience and increase the safety of the game. This is not a requirement by any means and any player who wishes to play will be welcomed with open arms when they arrive.
Lastly I would like to thank all of you; the parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, siblings and guardians for entrusting us with the duty of teaching your children. Parents are the backbone of our organization and I appreciate the time and effort you put in to getting your children, as well as their teammates, to practices and games. This season more than ever I want to open our doors to you and ask for your assistance. There will be many opportunities for parents and family members to volunteer for committees that will have a positive effect on RYA’s footprint within the community. If you have a particular skill, own a business, or just have a passion for helping the youth of our city I would love to hear from you. We are also looking for individuals interested in becoming assistant coaches. No experience necessary. All that is required is a positive attitude, willingness to learn and a love for football. If you are interested in volunteering or just have a general question that you’d like to ask you can reach me at
Jeremy Lee – Reston Youth Association Tackle Football Commissioner