Weather & Field Status Update

All Fields Currently CLOSED

Thanks to all for a wonderful season. Please read our season ending recaps for baseball and softball.

All fields are now CLOSED as we begin our transition to fall sports (the only field availability will be for the Stan Jones scheduled softball camp the week of July 6).  Additionally, access to the park is being closed off in order for heavy construction related to our parking and front entrance projects. Access is available along certain marked paths for those parking along the road.  We expect the park to re-open around August 3 and fields to re-open in time for the fall sport season.  No outside instructors or camps are allowed on site during this construction period. 


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Thunder & Lightning Safety Plan

Thunder & Lightning Safety Plan for NYO's Fields at Chastain Park.



* All play or practice is suspended
* All players, coaches, umpires, officials and spectators should leave the field and seek shelter immediately!

Move to a sturdy enclosed structure or a fully enclosed vehicle with the windows rolled up. No place is absolutely safe from a lightning threat, however some places are safer than others. Stay away from:

* Keep off of fields, common areas and any area of higher elevation.
* Avoid Tall isolated objects, such as flag poles, light poles or trees.
* Keep away all metal fences, bleachers and batting cages.
* Avoid all water and water fountains.

Safety is the number one consideration - common sense and good judgment should be used at all times.

Parents dropping off unattended children should have a safety plan in place for their child.
Do not return until the all clear is sounded – 3 quick 5 second horn blasts.

NOTE – For offsite NYO games or practices, umpires and coaches should follow the same safety guidelines if they hear thunder or see lightning. Play or practice shall not be resumed until there has been a minimum all clear period of 15 minutes – again common sense and good judgment should be used at all times.

Thank you!

For girls who will be ages 7-13 (and in 7th grade or lower) as of December 31, 2015, registration remains open for NYO's Fall Fastpitch season.  Spots are limited, so please sign up sooner rather than later if you would like to join us.  For the Fall Fastpitch season, practices will begin Saturday, August 22, and games will begin Sunday, September 13.  There are no evaluations or drafts for Fall Fastpitch, i.e. NYO assigns the teams.  Each week, the girls will have a single Saturday practice and one Sunday afternoon game.  The season concludes on the weekend of November 7-8.  The time commitment for the Fall Fastpitch season is limited, so that the girls can participate in other sports or activities.  The focus for the fall season is on the development of the players.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We look forward to seeing you at NYO this fall!

Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

Football Registration - It's not too Late

If your child is interested in playing football during the 2015 season please register through   At the top of the home page near the right portion of the screen click on “Registration” and follow directions from there. Like all players that register at this time of year your child will be automatically placed on a wait list. Don’t let this overly concern you. NYO expects to accept most players from the wait list within a couple weeks from when they register. (In the unlikely event that capacity in his age group does not allow your son to be accepted we will notify you and the registration fee will be refunded).

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Training Camp - NYO Football

NYO Football's Training Camp begins August 4th.  Learn more about Training Camp and the days your child should attend.

It started out as a conversation between two friends and coaches:

“Do you think we’ll have enough players?”

“Let’s ask the families.   Do you think the tournament will let us combine our teams?”

“Let’s ask.”  

The idea grew from there and long after the summer ball season commitment was over, the 9U Bulls and Longhorns joined forces to enter the All-Star World Series Tournament in Douglasville, GA.   Three days, five games, and two lightning delays later the Bulls-Longhorns team, which was now dubbed the Bull-Horns, emerged as World Series Champions.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:30

2015 NYO Fall Baseball


Attached to this article is our opening informational memo for the fall 2015 baseball season. Sign ups start Saturday May 23 and run through July 15. Sign up in that window and you're in - after July 15, we'll wait list and let kids in as space allows. Practices will start in late August with games running from the weekend after Labor Day through the first weekend of November.  Keep in mind that when signing up, your child automatically moves up to the next league, i.e. the league they will play in during the spring of 2016, with players with 2016 league ages of 10, 11 and 12 playing in single age group leagues and players with 2016 league ages of 13 and 14 moving up to Pony. There are some exceptions as noted in the memo.  We usually try and keep teams more or less together from the prior spring in rising age groups 5 and 6 and down. The rest of the leagues have a modified draft format.  There are some features regarding the fall program that work a bit different that the spring, so be sure to take a look at the memo as it should answer all of your questions about fall ball, in particular the highlighted section.

Hope you can join us. Thanks, NYO Baseball

We hope your summer has been grand. The season start is just around the corner. Please see the updated schedule of events for the fall of 2015:


August 16 (at NYO gym)

Rookie: 12:30 – 1:30

Majors: 1:45 – 3:30

WBNA: 3:30 – 5:30

Make up Try-outs:

August 18 (at NYO gym) – 6:00 P.M.

Drafts/Team Assignments:

August 19/20

Notification of Players:

August 20/21

Practices Begin:

August 22

Games Begin:

September 8

Championship/All-Star Week-end

October 24/25

We have many great things in store for this season, including several things we have not done before, for this League – stay tuned for details.

After heading the league up since its inception, Allan Gottlieb decided to step down as our commissioner. We will miss Allan’s passion and brilliant leadership. Keith Payne, who has been the terrific commissioner for our winter basketball league for several years, will serve as the new commissioner for this league, as well.

Note-The try-out dates is a week later than originally published. Because of the later than usual labor day, this made sense for how every else in the season laid out.

The NYO Rangers completed their summer season with a thrilling 7-5 victory over the East Side Titans in the championship game of the Dizzy Dean State Invitational Tournament, which took place at Hobgood Park over the 4th of July weekend.

Rainer Ortkiese started on the mound for NYO and held the Titans scoreless for the first two innings. Palmer Schultz earned the win with three innings of relief, allowing only one earned run. Ben Tucker recorded a save, pitching the final inning of the contest.

Offensively, Olivia Bailey and Wesley Harrison led the team with two hits each, while clean-up hitter Jack Kelly delivered the decisive blow with a two-run HR in the fifth inning.

The Rangers finished the season with a 15-9 record, including six wins in their final seven games. Here is the team’s roster along with some individual highlights:

Olivia Bailey- 2B/leadoff hitter, MVP candidate, led team in several offensive categories including a .462 batting average, 31 stolen bases and 33 runs scored (i.e. more than 2 runs per game- just incredible); also very steady at 2B (32 assists, 5 double plays).

Wyatt Dunkel- C, team leader, logged 90% of his time at catcher (with an impressive .935 fielding percentage and 12 assists); after finishing last summer with only 1 strikeout at the plate, broke his record this summer with 0 strikeouts. Over two seasons, that’s 1 strikeout in 124 plate appearances. Amazing.

James Gleeson- 1B, defensive superstar, built like a rock but with soft hands and a beautiful stretch, made highlight plays every game and recorded a .947 fielding percentage in 103 innings at the position (out of a possible 106).

Wesley Harrison- SS, star player, among team leaders in several offensive categories including .406 batting average, 27 hits, 20 RBI and 23 runs; also an excellent fielder (31 assists, 6 double plays).

Jack Kelly- OF/cleanup hitter, sweet swing, all day, led the team with 7 doubles and 25 RBI, homered in state championship game!

Rafe Montgomery- 3B, made several highlight plays in the field and showed great speed on the bases; excellent bunter; had 2nd highest OBP on the team (.549).

Rainer Ortkiese- OF/P, made 11 appearances at pitcher including a start in the state championship game, always stepped up in key moments in the field and at the plate.

Brooks Platford- P/OF, started 7 games at pitcher, led the team offensively with 16 walks, homered against the NYO Firebirds!

Palmer Schultz- P/3B, star pitcher, led the team with 6 wins including the state championship game, recorded a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched; also stole 28 bases.

Lewis Todd- P/OF, started 7 games at pitcher, led staff with a .623 strike percentage, finished 3rd on the team in batting average (.382) and slugging; great baserunner.

Ben Tucker- CF/P, outstanding outfielder (1 error in 31 chances), made 12 appearances at pitcher including closing the state championship game; offensively, among team leaders in OBP (.500).

The Rangers were coached by Marcus Todd, Kent Tucker, Scott Cole, Jeff Schultz and Luke Walker. The coaches and players would like to thank the parents, grandparents and all of the team’s fans for making this season such a fun and successful one. The team would also like to thank Jane Wilkins, Cliff Barshay, Ben Levenbaum, and the entire NYO family for their support.

The fans of the NYO 10U Bulls saw it coming.  The team was playing better with each passing week, narrowly missing a shot at the Championship game in their last two tournaments.  Like a locomotive gathering speed, the fact that the Bulls were crowned Champions of the Lanier Invitational was perhaps inevitable, but still extremely sweet for the 12 young men coached by Ross Conway, Kyle Ciotti, Lee Sheppard, and Will Sheppard.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:37

Dugout Doings: An Older Brother

Older brothers are special. They open doors you'd never dream of entering. If you're lucky, they invite you to pass through with them. Chesny Young, an infielder for the Myrtle Beach, SC, Pelicans, a Chicago Cubs Class A-Advanced team, and an NYO alum, played older brother to the dozen members of his former 12-and-under squad, the Titans. In Myrtle Beach for the Youth Baseball Nationals tournament, the NYO Titans crossed paths with one of their own, someone who wore their uniform and played for their manager, Randy Rhino, a decade ago.  

The Titans joined the Pelican players at their respective positions on the field for the National Anthem prior to the July 1 game with the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.  The next morning, Chesny would be with them in their dugout as they beat a team from Illinois, 6-0, on their way to the championship game. 'It was like Chesny was their host,' recalls NYO's executive director Jane Wilkins. 'He was high-fiving the boys. He's 6'2", but he has the heart of a little boy. I told him later, 'It was like watching you when you were 8 (and playing at NYO).''

(To read more, please click on the headline)

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:15

2015 8U TOROS One for the History Books

Mother Nature tried her best to deter them but Sunday July 5, 2015 was one for the NYO history books~

The 2015 NYO 8U TOROS had a Sunday that dreams are made of….the picture shows pure team awesomeness however doesn’t tell the entire story of how these twelve boys came together to show what true team spirit and never giving up is all about!Game One versus the New Georgia Elite was sheer perfection.  The TOROS defense was impeccable and their bats never hotter!  Game Two followed immediately versus the Paulding County Royals.  The Royals were fired up and seeking revenge against the TOROS, who had knocked the Royals out of a tournament earlier this summer. There would be no revenge in this game.  HOUSTON GRAGNANI, who was a perfect 6 for 6 during pool play, led a TOROS offense that overwhelmed Royals for a 22-6 victory. The two pool play victories gave the TOROS the number 1 seed heading into bracket play. First up in tournament play would be a rematch vs the Paulding County Royals.  The Royals were again fired up and began with some great hits.  The Royals led 1-0 and had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The Royals hit a shot to left field where TOROS left fielder GREY VAUGHN makes a fantastic catch and follows it with a perfect throw home to TOROS catcher ANDREW FLINT for the tag – double play and the end of the Royals rally! That play really fired up the TOROS defense and they held Paulding County to 1 run over 5 innings. Leading 8-1 and needing one run for the victory, the TOROS ended the game when WESLEY BASS scored after getting in the most exciting run down between third and home ever. Wesley avoided three tags by fielders, going to the ground twice to do so.  The Royals catcher was practically on top of him at one point - but Wesley outsmarted him and scored the winning run.  The final two teams standing are our TOROS versus our neighbors the Sandy Spring Storm.  The 8U TOROS looked right into the “eyes of the storm” after starting with some less than stellar defense and luke-warm bats.  The Storm led 12-2 heading into the bottom of the third.  The TOROS realized they would have to chip away at the lead and play some great defense the rest of the way. They started by scoring 3 in the bottom of the third to make it 12-5. Sandy Springs seemed undeterred and ready to score some more in the top of the 4th. Unfortunately for the Storm, JOEL LOPEZ had a different idea. He made three great plays at short to hold the Storm at 12. The TOROS went down quickly in the bottom of the inning and it remained 12-5.  Top of the 5th and the TOROS needed more defense. This time, TOROS third baseman, PADGETT WILSON provided the key play by stopping a hard hit ball to third and securing the third out before the Storm could score. Momentum changer no doubt!  However, the TOROS were in need of some hits. They got them by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th to make it 12-10. Once again the defense came through and held the Storm scoreless in the 6th.  Down by two runs going into the bottom of the 6th inning, COLIN McGINTY leads off with a double to deep left and then scores on a hit by JACK LOGAN.  Two outs, Jack Logan on base, JAMES LASCO hits a hard one to right field for the RBI for Logan to tie the game 12-12.  We are going into extra innings in Douglasville!!!  Seventh inning begins with the visiting Storm at bat.  Two outs, runners on base, the pitch, the hit, a line drive, where second baseman, KYLE COLEMAN dives and snags it for the last out – in his words “Believed to Succeed”.   The home team TOROS have their chance now at bat.  Nerves are high.   TY HARPRING clocks it for a double.  One out, OWEN RITGER, leftie steps up to the plate and POW – a line drive to right center that gets by the outfielders.   Harpring crosses home plate.

TOROS WIN!  TOROS WIN!  The 2015 NYO 8U TOROS bring home the title for the ALL-STAR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Douglasville, GA.  A huge thanks to coaches Clete McGinty, Ryan Bass, Kenny Coleman and Stan Logan.  What a ride~

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