Weather & Field Status Update

All Fields currently OPEN - Wednesday 5/20

All fields are OPEN and all games are ON for tonight.

Our schedule for tonight is as follows:

6:00  FOD International Final #2

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

Beginning Thursday May 21, we will not provided updates for weather announcements. Summer team coaches shoudl use sound judgment and stay off fields if we get rain, keeping in mind the safety of our players and quality of our fields. We will provide email updates to coaches as needed if we have an entire day washed out.

As always, cages are open, but do not use them in the event of rain, lightning or dangerous, frigid or sloppy conditions. Thunder & Lightning Safety Plan

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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!

If there are any baseball awards left for NYO and Marist alum Blake Stevens to win as a pitcher for Birmingham-Southern College, someone better identify them quickly. On Monday, Blake, a senior right-hander, was named South Region Pitcher of the Year by On Wednesday, D3baseball raised the stakes by naming him Division III national pitcher of the year, as well as First Team All-America. But that's not all.

The American Baseball Coaches Assn. named him its South Region Pitcher of the Year, and the Southern Athletic Assn., of which Birmingham-Southern is a member, named Blake pitcher of the year for the second consecutive season.  And Birmingham-Southern has named Blake its male athlete of the year. 

(To read more, please click on the headline.) 

Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:42

May Madness - Baseball Playoff Updates

The delays caused by the rain on Sunday and Monday made the baseball all the better in Tuesday's big championship games. The kids treated us to some unbelievable action all night.

The night started at 5:00 on FOD as the Int'l Angels upset the Red Sox in a 6-3 contest, forcing a game #2 winner take all "if necessary" final on Wednesday at 6:00 on FOD.

Action continued on Garr Field where the Pony National Dodgers prevailed over the Giants 8-6 to take the crown.  Thanks to all of the Dodgers and Giants families for allowing this game to be pushed out from Sunday.

Meanwhile, over at St. John's, the AA Yankees and Tigers battled back and forth, with the Yankees finally prevailing in the championship game 9-8 with a walk off hit in the bottom of the 6th. Thanks to both teams for allowing us to move this game over to STJ.

Back on FOD, after the Astros eliminated the D-Backs in a continuation game on Wilkins, the Majors Cubs put together a great performance to take the Majors crown 6-2 over the battle tested Astros.

Finally, back on Garr, in a game continued from Sunday, the Pony American Angels prevailed 7-6 over the Tigers in a 9 inning test where both teams fought back and forth into extra innings, capping a wonderful night at the park and the 14U End of the Era party.

Whew.  Come on out for the last game of the spring season on FOD at 6:00 for the Int'l league final

Thanks to all of our league directors, coaches, team moms and other volunteers for all the hard work this last week.  Special thanks to everyone who had to fight the rain Sunday and Monday, especially everyone out there for the crazy Shetland Red Silver Championship game which ended in a driving rainstorm in extra innings!

Check out all of our regular season champions, playoff champions and runners-up and PCA Coach of the Year recipients in the attached Circle of Champions spreadsheet.

It has been quite a year and thanks to all for your patience and cooperation as we got in the 944 games on our schedule for all 118 teams and 1,504 players in our baseball program. Special thanks to all of our coaches, league directors, team moms and league coordinators, as well as everyone on or baseball committee, for all of their tireless work in putting together a fine year of baseball.

Congrats to 12U player Drew Holmes, the recipient of this year's Kyle Burnat Award, and Ben Levenbaum, the recipient of this year's Volunteer of the Year Award.

Look for some major work and completion of our new parking area once the regular season has drawn to a close. And just as soon as we wrap up playoffs, our 19 summer tournament teams will get underway with action criss-crossing Georgia and the southeast (look for website updates on that throughout late May and June).

Finally, don't forget about fall ball sign ups online running from May 23-July 15 (with sign ups continuing after that date as space allows).

That sure seems like enough.  Thanks to all, NYO Baseball

She came to the plate with two outs, her team trailing by a run and with runners on second and third. It was the bottom of the last inning in a post-season tournament game her team needed to win to continue its season. Ten-year-old Maggie Sutton struck out, according to her coach, Brian Raley, now commissioner of NYO's fastpitch softball program.  'At 10 that could crush a kid,' Brian recalls today. But she handled it, moved right past it.'

Now 16 and a 10th-grader at Woodward Academy, Maggie led her Senior-league Tridents to a regular-season championship with an 11-1 record. Brian Raley believes she caught every inning of every game. On a team with some players two to three years younger, 'you'd never know she's older,' Brian says. 'Maggie treats evereyone like a friend.' It's that sentiment, as much as for her abundant talents on the ball field, that Maggie was named the first-ever recipient of the Chris Deisley award.  In memory of the long-time Fastpitch coach and league leader, the Chris Deisley award goes to the young lady who best exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership and character. 

(To read more, please click on the headline)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:43

Attack Grabs 2015 Fastpitch Majors Title!

In the Major League Tournament finals, the Attack capped a successful season with a 5-3 victory in the playoff final against the Nightmare. The Attack defense was solid throughout the game with pitchers Sydney Silverstein and Lane Brickley allowing only three runs in a tightly contested, back and forth battle. The Attack hitters were able to break the game open in the third inning on a run scoring hit by Lane Brickley followed by a home run from Elle Shores. The game capped a successful season for the Attack who also won the regular season in Majors. During the year, the team received contributions throughout the line-up. Congratulations to the Attack, 2015 regular season and playoff Majors Champions!

With a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the Jaguars in the championship game on May 7, Shake-n-Bake ended a remarkable season in the NYO Senior League.  Shake-n-Bake started the year with consecutive losses (scores of 10-9 and 11-10 respectively), then bounced back to win 14 games in a row!  The team's resurgence was led by pitcher Anna Freeman.  After a rocky early season, Freeman performed better with each passing game.  The highlight of her season was a 16-strikeout, complete game against a talented Bulldogs lineup in a 6-3 Shake-n-Bake win late in the year.  Shake-n-Bake relied on consistent offensive production from Presley Marxmiller, Alana Ducre (1 homerun this year), Lucie Raley, Jenny Barnes and Sydney Katz (who may have turned Shake-n-Bake's season around with a two-out, game winning double to cap a 4-run comeback in the last inning against Cyanophobia). 


To read more about Shake-n-Bake's championship season, click on the title of the article above.

Monday, 11 May 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

Tornado Blue rallied for 3 runs in its last at bat to capture the Minors tournament championship 5-4 over the Rebel Grapes in a well-played, hard-fought title game. Madison Hadley and Josie Swain provided the big hits in the rally. Both teams had great pitching with Sydney Vincent and Quinn Schaeffer shining for the Grapes, and Leah Faser and Mackenzie Morris excelling for Tornado Blue. Catcher Liza Mobley had a great game for Tornado Blue, going 2-2 at the plate, throwing out a runner trying to steal third, and catching a foul-tipped third strike for a huge out in the Grapes' final at bat.

Tornado Blue had a slow start to the season, but the girls worked hard, kept a good attitude, and constantly improved. After winning only two of its first six games, Tornado Blue never lost again, reeling off 10 straight wins culminating with the victory in the championship game.

Congratulation to the Rebel Grapes for a great season, and to Tornado Blue for a well-deserved championship!

Saturday, 09 May 2015 15:32

Dugout Doings: Farewell, Ben

He arrived as the 'third assistant' coach to an NYO Majors team in 1996 or 1997. Fresh out of Emory, Ben Levenbaum was a long way from Long Island, where he grew up. 'NYO became home,' he says. But now it's time to go home, back to Long Island, back to family. In the two decades since starting as a 'third assistant' Ben has married, become a father --- twice, grown a successful business  and coached hundreds of NYO youngsters on more championship teams than any coach in recent memory.

As a way of saying 'thank you' and recognizing Ben's many years of service, NYO has named Ben this year's winner of the Suzanne Caswell Volunteer of the Year Award. 

(To read more, please click on the headline)

From third base to first base, they form an arc around the infield of the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field. It's a semi-circle, but for 85 12-year-olds, the ceremony means they have come full-circle in their NYO careers. 'You have made it from the tee-ball field to here,' Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay tells the young players and their camera-toting parents. In fact, the ballplayers stand precisely where many of them lined up on another Saturday morning five, six, seven years ago when they filed into the Wilkins Field as little ones for the annual Opening Day parade.

It's NYO's answer to graduation day. One-by-one Cliff calls the names of 85 NYO players who are concluding this phase of their baseball careers.  Next up: Pony League, middle and high-school teams or, perhaps, the pursuit of another sport, another interest. 'I've had the privilege of watching you from age 5 to age 12,' Cliff says, calling this one of NYO's 'strongest classes' and certainly 'one of the most social,' as he tries to hush the exuberant ballplayers. Forty-four of the 85 began NYO as five-year-olds, according to Cliff, the most ever of any 12-year-old group.    

(To read more, please click on the headline) 

Saturday, 09 May 2015 14:10

Dugout Doings: 'We need one like him'

When a rival manager wishes you were on his team, that is the highest compliment of all. 'We need one (like him),' said an NYO Bronco manager who helped select Drew Holmes as the 2015 recipient of the Kyle Burnat award, given to the 12-year-old who 'most embodies the NYO experience.' The manager recounted an occasion when Drew struck out on a tough pitch. He didn't sulk, he didn't gripe. He hustled back to his Braves teammates in the dugout to tell them what the pitcher was throwing and to say, 'Don't worry, you'll hit him.'

Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay told the story as he introduced Drew, who trotted to the mound of the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field to receive his plaque. His fellow Bronco players cheered when Cliff called Drew's name. The plaque hangs on the wall facing the front door of the Dowis administrative building, signifying its importance.

(To read more, please click on the headline)   

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