Rolling the football – The Suffolk News-Herald

With fall sports on hold, SYAA is giving football players a chance to develop their skills for spring.

The Suffolk Athletic Association runs an academy on Saturdays and two weeknights to help students maintain their football skills at its location near King’s Fork Road.

“We are just here for training,” said Vito Basile, the academy organizer and SYAA coach. “Since the cancellation of our fall season due to COVID, this has been the best thing to do, and I’m glad we were able to do it.”

Basil came up with the idea for the members of SYAA. This academy lasts eight weeks and aims to give students a chance to work on technical skills that will carry over to the pitch once a real season begins again. According to Basile, the coaches want to help students develop and give them as many resources as possible in this “Plan B” scenario.

“The kids get a lot out of it,” Basile said. “They’ve been locked inside for so long that they need it. We are outside in the open air, which limits the risks.

COVID-19 precautions have been put in place to keep athletes safe during the academy. Small groups are spread over several sites to limit contact as much as possible. Parents are asked to stay in their car as well to limit gatherings. Temperatures are checked when walking on the fields.

The academy begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings for ages five to eight and Thursdays for ages nine to thirteen. On Saturdays all ages go out, including the three to four year old age group.

“We’re nervous with the uncertainty of it all, but excited,” Basile said. “We hope that people will know the importance of this academy. There has been a great turnout so far. Totally happy to do this.

SYAA plans to resume a normal schedule for Spring 2021. Registration will open in January. See for more information.