Sunday, December 3, 2017

Coach Yates

Today the Firebirds family lost a legend, an icon really, when Coach Randy Yates lost his valiant battle with cancer. Coach Yates had an illustrious career with the Firebirds, South County High School and the SYA Xplosion. His players have gone on to play everywhere from college to the pros. He was so proud of his players and always tried to deflect any credit for their development.

Coach Yates continued to give back to the Firebirds in recent years , serving as an advisor to the club and helping our players get better. He was a friend a mentor to many in the organization. Coach Yates was most proud of his own girls, Cara and Emma. Cara, a VT student, was a member of the SC State Championship team in 2014. Emma, a junior at South County High School, has just committed to play college ball at Virginia Tech. Every conversation Coach had involved a proud parent brag about BOTH of his daughters.

 The entire NVGSA community, from the Firebirds through the Dimensions to our house program, is better today because of Coach Yates. We lift up the Randy's wife Cathy, Cara and Emma as well as the entire Yates family in our thoughts and prayers tonight.

Servcies will be Friday, December 22nd at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home:  9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, 22032.  There will a viewing, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and then burial immediately following.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017-2018 Firebirds Teams 

10U – Coach:  Pappy Palazzo 
Firebirds 10u is a new team comprised of ‘08 & ‘07 birth years. Up and coming ‘09s are also encouraged to tryout.  Players who want to learn the game and be a part of a great organization should come be a part of the Firebirds.

12U-2006 - Coach:  Mike Abromavage   
Firebirds ‘06 are aging up to the 12U A Level.  After nine open tournament wins in 2016/17 the team will be building on its 10u success.  The team is looking for 2-3 high level players. Team is looking for a pitcher, catcher & outfield.

12U - Coach: Tom Meyer  
The Firebirds are forming a new 12U team this fall and will compete at the B/C level.  Team is primarily looking for ’06 birth year players, but will consider ‘05 and ‘07.  Looking for motivated young ladies of above-average, athletic ability who are willing to learn the game of fastpitch softball.  Team will play USSSA tournaments and FYFA doubleheaders. 

14U - Coach: Dennis Knapp   
Firebirds 04 are aging up to the 14U A Level.  Team has 2-3 roster openings, with all spots being competed.  2004 birth years preferred though 2003 is eligible.  Looking for experienced pitcher 50+mph, experienced speedy outfielder, utility player with big bat, or experienced slapper.

16U-'02 - Coach: Tom Meyer
This 16U A team is intended for advanced players who want to play in college. The team will play high-level tournaments combined with college showcases. Looking for players with previous A level experience.

16U-‘01 – Coach: Mark Pilch   
16U Firebirds Pilch team will play local 16U B tournaments.  The competitive team has 2-3 roster openings.  Pitchers, middle infielders and solid hitters are highest priority.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


The Firebirds are excited to announce our new year round training facility located in Lorton, VA. The 10,000 sq. ft facility has 2 batting cages, multiple batting stations, an open fielding area, & a weight and fitness area. The facility allows are players to work during all seasons and weather. Come check out the new Firbirds' Nest!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

10u Firebirds selected to USA Elite Select Team
Congratulations to our Firebirds!

Nora Abromavage - Direct Select - Middle Infielder 10u
Sophia Taliaferro - Catcher 10u
Olivia Capra - Outfield 10u
Charleigh Schuettler - Catcher 9u 

See selection show:
Firebirds have entered some tough tournaments this season challenging themselves to play against the very best! We've had some great results.

 USSSA VA States
10u - Champions

PA Memorial Day Madness 
10u - 3rd Place
8 games in 3 days
26 teams from 6 different states

USSSA Swing into Spring-Michigan
10u - 3rd Place
Invite only tourney against top teams from 

 ASA/USA Cystic Fibrosis
12u - 3rd place  

Pony NJ -Welcome to our Nightmare
10u - Champions

USSSA Angels For Autism  
14u - Runner Up -Open 

Second Generation Firebirds Coach

Cara Yates, long time '97 Firebirds Player and daughter of '97 Firebirds Head Coach Randy Yates, is now an assistant coach for the 2017 14U Firebirds while home for the summer from Virginia Tech.  Once a Firebird, always a Firebird!