Weather & Field Status Update

Fields Are CLOSED (except as noted below)

All baseball, softball and football fields at the park and off-site are now CLOSED for the season as we undergo field conversions and maintainence. The only excpetion is for sanctioned official post-season football pracitces on the football fields. Please keep off all other fields.

As always, cages are open, but do not use them in the event of steady 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!

Saturday, 30 January 2016 15:49

Dugout Doings: This Can't be Tryout Weekend!

Everyone knows it's supposed to be 40 degrees with sideways rain on NYO Tryout Weekend. Not this year. Coaches, parents and players, some in shirtsleeves and shorts, soaked up the sun as late-January temperatures nudged above 60 degrees. A purist would say new coaches have not earned their first stripes until they live through a 'true' Tryout Weekend. But no one was complaining this year.

In the gym at Warren T. Jackson Elementary (little ones are spared the outdoor tryout), six-year-old William Mastella, a pre-schooler at Christ the King, stepped into the batter's box with the confidence of his favorite player, Boston Red Sox star David (Big Papi) Ortiz. William, his brother, Thomas, and parents attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park where William and his dad, Peter, caught a foul ball. Although William's mom, Julia McConnell, said William had fretted earlier, 'Mom, what if I don't make a team?' William said he was not nervous. 'It's fun,' he said. 'You can hit, throw and run.' Even if every child were not guaranteed a position on a team, William had nothing to worry about. He drove a hard line-drive up the middle, caught two pop-ups and fielded cleanly the grounders that were hit his way.

(To read more, please click on the headline)     

Saturday, 30 January 2016 14:42

Dugout Doings: A One-Man Tryout Machine

You hear him before you see him. Stan Jones' voice booms across the NYO fastpitch softball fields as he single-handedly conducts tryouts for the 11, 12 and 13-year-old Majors players. To watch Stan on a brilliantly sunny Saturday morning in late January is to watch a ballet on a baseball field. It's a performance he has spent years developing. 

Stan squats behind a screen and whips underhand pitches to hitters, many of whom he has trained personally or coached. 'Who's up?' he bellows, followed by 'Quickly' or 'Move, move.' After each hitter takes her cuts, Stan shouts, 'Give me somebody else.'

(To read more, please click on the headline) 

In a battle for first place in the NYO majors basketball division, the mighty Jayhawks, coached by Paul Kleinschnitz, topped the streaking Crimson Tide, coached by Allan Gottlieb, by 2 points in overtime, last week, at the NYO gym.  In the photo, the Jayhawks Chris Anderson looks for an opening against the Seminoles. Click on the title of this article to read more about the game.

Friday, 22 January 2016 14:58

Fastpitch Softball 2016 Info

Softball season is upon us!  Player evaluations kick off next weekend (January 30-31) in the Senior (numbers 14xxx-17xxx), Major (numbers 11xxx-13xxx), Minor (numbers 9xxx-10xxx), and Rookie (numbers 7xxx-8xxx) Leagues (no evaluations in the 5-6 year-old Kit Kat League).  To find your daughter's specific evaluation time, please locate her evaluation number (which you received in an email from NYO at the time you completed registration) and see the attached schedule.  Also, please review the attached Top Ten Softball Evaluation Questions document, as it should answer most questions you may have about the evaluation process. Lastly, if you still have questions regarding the upcoming evaluations, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We look forward to seeing everyone next weekend and to getting the 2016 spring season started!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:23

Dugout Doings: Meet Tony Watkins

You learn a lot by visiting someone where he works. Rain pours and it’s still dark outside  as a Holy Innocents’ senior performs her early-morning basketball drills alone in the high school’s gym.  Sydney Long halts her work and beams at the mention of Tony Watkins’ name. ‘He’s my coach,’ she says.

Sydney is heading to Furman to study and to play basketball, but this year she is limited to drills as she recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Coach Tony Watkins appears and encourages her  --- ‘We really miss her shooting,’ he says. Later, at the  assistant athletic director’s office he occupies, colleagues pretend to be indignant when he  introduces the guest from NYO. In fact, they are proud of their guy.

At the end of this school year, he, too, will leave Holy Innocents’. He has taught sixth-grade geography and coached girls’ varsity basketball there since 2008. From a talented pool of more than 300 applicants, Tony has emerged to succeed Jane Wilkins, NYO’s executive director of 35 years. The NYO board took care in a letter announcing the change to say ‘there is no replacing Jane . . . the heart and soul of NYO.’

(To read more, please click on the headline)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 14:10

2016 NYO Spring Baseball Updates

January 13, 2016 - We've shaken off our post-holiday lethargy and are ready for some baseball. Attached to this article is a memo with lots info on the upcoming season and details on tryout/evaluation weekend (click on the article heading and scroll down to see all the attachments to this article). We are also attaching the detailed player evaluation and tryout schedule for January 30-31 for age groups 6-12 as well as the Pony tryout schedule for January 30-31 (together with a separate informational memo for the Pony league). If you will either be out of town or absolutely cannot come during your assigned time, see the memo for details on what to do. But please do everything you can do be there during your assigned time so we can keep things orderly that weekend as we have over 1,400 kids playing with us this spring.

We're also attaching a separate document with our list of the Top 10 questions we get about tryouts - hope we answer most of your questions. Plenty of info there on finding your tryout number, figuring out when and where to go, what to bring, what happens if you have a direct conflict, etc, so please refer to this before sending in any emails.

Finally, we are re-attaching the 2016 calendar but read the memo for some important info as well on starting dates for games and how we will schedule around the breaks.

Open Space/Wait List information: We have a few open spaces as of 1/13/16 in most of our leagues   Final spaces will fill up so register ASAP if you are interested (you will initially be waitlisted but we can let you in as space allows). Some age groups have short wait lists but we can admit you as players drop out over the next few weeks.   As spaces open up, they will go to players on our wait list, so please register online if you are interested. We will provide a full refund if we cannot clear you from the wait list or if you decide to withdraw from the wait list prior to your child being admitted off the wait list.

We will update right there should there be any changes. Tryouts will go on unless we have extreme weather conditions and we'll be sending out updates as we get closer to that weekend. See you at the end of the month! Thanks, NYO Baseball

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:57

2016 Preseason Baseball Kickoff Clinics

We are pleased to announce the details on our pre-season kickoff clinics. The clinics are for players aged 5-14 and will be held on Sun January 24.  Ages 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 will run from 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, ages 5 and 6 will run from 2:30 pm-4:00 pm and age 9 will run from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm.  Your child's age is their NYO age i.e. your child's age as of 4/30/16. This is a great way to get the season started and shake off some rust. The clinics will sell out, so be sure to sign up online as soon as you can. Sign ups and specific times are online at the web address links below and the cost is $50 per player.
Here are the direct links for registration.

10-14 yr olds

7-9 yr olds

5-6 yr olds

If you have any questions about the clinics, please email Coach Woolverton direct at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Thanks, NYO Baseball

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:52

John McIntyre

NYO baseball lost one of its finest last Thursday. John McIntyre passed away at the age of 56 after an extended battle with brain cancer.

John was a long time equipment director and coach in the baseball program as well as a critical baseball committee member during a period of much change in the program. As the size of the baseball program was mushrooming, fields were being added left and right and new volunteers being incorporated every day, Johnny Mac was a rock. His typical reaction to a late night call for an all hands meeting early on a Saturday morning was "I'll be there 15 minutes early".

John was also a founding member of the unofficial and somewhat mysterious "kitchen cabinet". The cabinet was made up of a number of younger volunteers who helped steer the program and provide me with phenomenal ideas that were vetted at the kitchen table of one of its members.  John was the conscience of the committee.  His incredibly dry wit, compassion and absolute grasp of understanding that NYO was so much about the community than just the baseball was invaluable. So many of our finest volunteers came out of that age group and have kids who are now juniors and seniors in college. There are far too many of you to name, but you know how you are and thank you all.

While it is comforting to know that John is now at peace, it is also a bit ironic. John was always peaceful, kind and a gentleman in the old-school sense of the word.  Like so many of us, John showed an enormous amount of pride in the exploits of his kids Jack and Kate on the baseball and softball fields. However, it never affected his judgment, his dedication to the program or his ability to  pitch in at a moment's notice.  Thanks to the Linda and the kids for allowing John to spend so much time with us over the years.

NYO is incredibly fortunate to have so many John McIntyres volunteering on a daily basis. Many, like John, made it their mission to stay involved in the program for a long time and well past their kids' involvement in the program. It is unfortunate that we don't recognize some of these folks until an event like this, especially dedicated volunteers like Chris Deisley, Sid Fortson and Stan Arnold who all passed within the last year.  So let me take a second to recognize all of you who have given so much and thank you for all of your time over the years.

The McIntyre family ran in many circles in the Atlanta community. We are so fortunate they gave us as much of their time and energy as they did to our NYO family. Personally, I consider myself lucky to have had John as a friend and a guide. The outpouring of emails about John and his family this week has been touching. As I look through the emails, the emotion and well regard in which John was held is evident. The names on the threads in the email read like a few chapters in the NYO history book. I look forward to seeing so many of you later this week.

Our hearts go out to Linda, Jack and Kate. Please know if there's anything NYO or the baseball committee can ever do for you your family, just say the word. We'll be there 15 minutes early.  Godspeed, John.

Submitted by Cliff Barshay, NYO Baseball Commissioner

Saturday, 09 January 2016 19:29

NYO Prepares Knights for State Championship

Since launching its football program in 1959, Northside Youth Organization (NYO) has fostered the growth and development of young athletes in the North Atlanta community.

Many of these athletes have gone on to achieve success at the high school and college levels; 13 of them are part of Pace Academy’s 2015 state-championship football team.

Pace seniors Mick Assaf, Philip Elliott, Jordan Harris, Philip Markwalter, Kyle Orr, Jack Walsh and Jack Zook; sophomore Walker Harris; and freshmen Sam Assaf, Chase Karamanolis, Patrick Markwalter, Patrick Thurman and Will Zook participated in NYO programs and helped the Knights claim the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AA title, the first in school history. Pace defeated Fitzgerald High School 42-21 on Dec. 12 in the Georgia Dome. Click headline to read more...

REGISTRATION UPDATE 12/21/15: We have completed our initial returning player and open registration for 2016 Spring Baseball. We are continuing to register and players will inittally be wait listed. We will clear players from the wait list as space allows. Right now we have limited immediate openings in some (but not all) leagues including our league age 4 year old Small Ball program, 5 and 6 year old coach pitch/tee ball leagues and our 13-14 year old Pony program) .  Even if  we cannot get you in right away, we encourgage you to register and get on our wait list as soon as possible so we can admit you when a spot opens up. We do get drops throughout the winter as we get closer to getting started at the end of Januaray. In the event we cannot clear you from our wait list, you get a 100% refund. Keep reading for more details and links to our spring calendar.


We know it's football and fall baseball season, basketball is just getting underway and the World Series hasn't started yet, but....
Here's a first notice regarding signups for the 2016 spring season of NYO Baseball (rising ages 4-14) with some important attachments. Sign ups will run online from November 7-20 for returning players ages 5-12, Pony Baseball (ages 13-14 for both returning and new players) and Small Ball (age 4 new players), and November 14-20 for new players ages 5-12. If you played with us in either the spring or fall of 2014, you are considered a returning player.
Rising 5's who played Small Ball last spring should register in the Baseball (5-12) league as returning players. Rising 13's should register in the Pony league for 13-14 year olds as returning players.


Click on this article heading to read more and also to view attachments - our start up informational memo and tentative calendar for the overall season. 

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