Mission Statement:The mission of Spokane Youth Sports Association is to provide sports activities for all youth where everyone plays, develops skills, is taught good sportsmanship, and learns the value of being a team player.
SYSA is committed to quality youth sports experiences for players and parents. We strive to keep things fun, healthy, and positive; in a safe, organized, and professional setting. When your child takes the field you know: their coach passed a background check,
appropriate insurance coverage is in place,
and our non-profit status and
organizational structure are sound.
Most families in the Spokane area have been involved with SYSA as players, coaches, or spectators.
Thank you Spokane for sharing in the SYSA Mission!
Andrew Rypien Field:
Andrew Rypien, son of NFL Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, died from cancer at 3-yrs old. Mark’s illustrious football career began playing SYSA Junior Tackle Football. Mark went on to play at Shadle Park High School, Washington State University and in the NFL. The field which used to be known as the “Spokane Junkyard” was transformed after SYSA purchased the site and turned it into Andrew Rypien Field. The transformation was only possible by donations from local businesses and from a community of devoted volunteers who spent years turning the field from an eyesore into the sports field which is enjoyed by thousand of kids and families every day. SYSA is pleased to engage sporting activities at the SYSA Andrew Rypien Field.
Andrew Rypien field located at 3501 N. Regal St. in Spokane
SYSA is a sports organization unlike any other in its contribution to the youth and families of our community.
- In 1965 Dwight Merkel and a group of Spokane men organized Spokane Junior Football that began play in 1966 with 284 boys.
- In 1976 Soccer was added and soon the organization changed its name to Spokane Youth Sports Association.
- In 2001 SYSA, in collaboration with the Spokane community, purchased the land and developed the northeast sport complex known as Andrew Rypien Field.
- Historically, SYSA sports have included Football: Tackle and Flag; Soccer: Recreational, Competitive, and Indoor; Softball; Baseball; Track & Field; Cross Country; Golf; the Ski Bus; Speed & Agility and Sport Camps; Lacrosse; Basketball; and Volleyball.
- SYSA now involves over 8,000 boys and girls, and 800 volunteer coaches, participating in various SYSA sport activities.