Vienna Youth, Inc., or VYI as it is more commonly called, is a youth sports organization that offers sports programs to children from 5-18 years of age in the Vienna, Virginia and the surrounding Northern Virginia area. VYI's programs include Basketball, Football, Lacrosse, Cheerleading, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Volleyball, and Rugby.
In addition to providing full sports programs in nine sports, VYI also funds an annual college scholarship program to support past participants who will attend college in search of a degree. Applicants must demonstrate good character, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.95, have an excellent record of community service and sportsmanship, and demonstrate financial need.
Follow the links at the top of the page to learn about or register for a specific sport or check out the left hand menu for information about scholarships.
VYI wrestling registration is now open. Go to vyiwrestling.org to register today.
Kids ages 8-15 (7 years old with permission of the coach) are eligible. Practices are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 at Madison HS wrestling room. Most matches are Sundays at various high schools in Northern Virginia.
Wrestling makes an athlete better at every sport he/she plays. Here's an excerpt from Cael Sanderson's (2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and Head Coach at Penn State) blog:
"Wrestling is the perfect foundation for all other sports. Wrestling is balance, agility, hand –eye coordination, flexibility, positioning, strength, speed, explosiveness, footwork, hustle, mental focus, mental toughness, core strength, concentration, competition, and endurance. Wrestling will make our youth better at all other sports."
VYI has received some complaints concerning the behavior of some parents, coaches and/or children using area sports facilities. While many of these complaints are eventually discovered to be related to other sports that are not related to VYI, we want to ensure our members continue to be respectful of the neighborhoods, schools, and parks that host our practices and events. Some of the specific complaints we’ve received include:
Parking in front of neighborhood houses and obstructing resident access
Walking through private property
Generally disturbing the peace and quiet of the people living around the fields and gyms
As stated previously, we don’t know if any of the incidents reported involve VYI parents, coaches or children but it is appropriate that we establish guidelines so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Anything a parent, coach or player does while attending a VYI activity reflects on VYI and all of us individually.
Use of area gyms and fields is a privilege not a right. VYI has an excellent reputation in the community and because of that we enjoy certain privileges. It is imperative that we maintain this reputation. We are guests in these neighborhoods and must conduct ourselves accordingly.
We will be amending the parents Code of Conduct rules to spell out specific expectations but here are some rules that we must all follow:
Parking on residential side streets is only permitted when all lots adjacent to a facility are full.
Do not park in the designated SACC (School Age Child Care) parking areas in school parking lots
When it is necessary to park on a neighborhood street we must be quiet and respectful of the residents and their property. This means there should be no yelling, littering or trespassing on private property.
Never park in such a way as to block a driveway or otherwise obstruct the resident from leaving their home or parking in front of it.
Make sure we leave each facility clean and free of trash.
Be a leader. If you witness inappropriate behavior intervene and report to a coach or commissioner as appropriate.
We appreciate your support in ensuring that we have continued access to the facilities that are vital to our sports programs.