Weather & Field Status Update

Saturday April 23 7:30 AM: All fields are OPEN

All fields are OPEN for today and all games and practices are ON as scheduled. We needed that rain yesterday and the fields are in great shape.  The grass may be a bit wet in the early games so coaches should be sure to bring towels to keeps the baseballs dry.  Looks like it will be a spectacular weekend. Thanks to all for staying off the fields yesterday - the fields respond so much better when they sit still and don't get chewed up.

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.

 

HEAR ALARM

* 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!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

NYO Football 2016 Season - Registration

Registration for the 2016 season will begin April 25, 2016 for returning players.  Registration for players who did not participate in NYO Football during the 2015 season begins May 9, 2016.

For as long as most folks can remember, NYO has played baseball on the charming field behind St. John United Methodist Church on Mt. Paran Road. For the last two years, the Rev. John Purrington, who ministers to the St. John congregation as its senior pastor, has managed an International league team that plays most of its games on that field. His players know him as Coach John.

His love of baseball and God, not necessarily in that order, live in his words and deeds. A sign in front of the church announces a sermon series entitled, 'It Ain't Over Till It's Over.' From April 10 to June 26, Rev. Purrington will preach 12 sermons that take 'some of the best Yogiisms to bat with Scripture in the grand game of discipleship,' according to a promotional piece in the church's foyer. 'Yogi Berra was well known for his malapropisms and uncommon wisdom.'  There's also a card inviting church members to come root for Rev. John's International A's, who play 11 of their 13 regular-season games on the St. John field. 

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Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:18

Team pictures this weekend- RAIN OR SHINE

Baseball and softball team pictures are this weekend, Thursday-Sunday. Every team has a scheduled time before or after a game. Pictures scheduled at NYO will be taken behind the right field fence of the Jane Wilkins field. Baseball teams playing at St. John’s UMC or Sarah Smith fields on Saturday will take pictures at those fields.

In the event of rain, pictures are STILL ON. If your game is rained out, teams in black font on the schedule will have pictures taken in the Dowis building. Teams in red font on the schedule will have pictures taken in the NYO gym. To open attachements with the schedules click on the title of this article. Team moms/ dads have the schedules and order forms. Thank you!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00

Security Cameras on their way

Thanks to the diligent work of our City Council member Yolanda Adrean, the NYO area of Chastain Park will be getting 2 security cameras installed.  The cameras will have a direct feed into zone 2 of the Atlanta Police Department.  One of the cameras will be placed behind Garr Field and will thus cover the area in front of the gym and the front entrance to the park, off of West Wieuca Road.  The other camera will be placed next to the Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams parking lot, to cover the entrance to the park off of Lake Forrest Drive.

NYO is trying to address and hopefully limit the vexing problem of unattended vehicle smash-and-grabs, which have been a problem in Chastain Park as a whole for several years.  We would like to get back to the good old days, when the only damage to cars was done by foul balls.

Pictured above, next to the new camera behind the Garr Field, are Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, Atlanta Police officer Drew Bahry, and NYO T-ballers John Weaver, Anslee Ricksgers and Mason Ricksgers.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 13:59

Dugout Doings: A reunion for NYO alumni

How many young men and women grew up on the ball fields and basketball courts of NYO?  How many parents coached, served as team moms or volunteered for other tasks?  The answer: No one knows for sure, but it’s in the thousands --- several thousands.

For the overwhelming majority NYO is a warm memory ---a first hit, a great catch, a hard tackle, a clutch basket. For too many, that’s all NYO is. Some return to coach or help out, but most have lost touch. On Saturday afternoon, May 21, NYO will take a tentative step toward reconnecting with ‘alumni.’ Led by a longtime coach and a handful of 20-something former athletes, NYO will stage its first-ever alumni softball game.

Open to anyone over the age of 21 with an NYO connection to baseball, fastpitch softball, football or basketball, players will take the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field starting at 3 p.m. for fast-moving two or three-inning games.  So far, 179 alums have expressed an interest. Details, including team rosters and registration fees, are being worked out. To learn more or to add your name to the list, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Join one of NYO/NAHS finest coaches for a fun filled, jam packed 5 days (June 20-24) of baseball for ages 6-12. Mornings will concentrate on skill building drills, speed and agility training and building strong fundamental skills. Scrimmages in the afternoons will allow your child to showcase his/her improving skills while having fun with their friends. Superior Sports Camps will feature different contests throughout the week. You never know what might happen or who might make an appearance. Sign up early to guarantee your spot today. Link to register here! www.coachned.com

Saturday, 09 April 2016 07:23

NYO Alumni Off to a Hot Start in AA

NYO alums Kyle Farmer and Chesny Young both kicked off their 2016 seasons in grand style.  Kyle, a Marist and UGA grad in the LA Dodgers organization, had a single and threw a runner out while batting second and playing catcher for the AA Tulsa Drillers. Chesny, a Marist and Mercer grad in the Chicago Cubs organization, homered on the first pitch he saw and went on to collect another single, two walks, a stolen base and score another run while batting second and playing 2B for the AA Tennessee Smokies.  Looks like the off season work Chesny put in around our park this winter sure paid off.   AA baseball is a top notch level where many teams' top prospects play before moving up to AAA or direct to the Majors.

Both Kyle and Chesny are NYO lifers from tee ball through Pony and their famlies remain very close to the program, in particular Ken Young, our webmaster and Pony league director. It's great to see all the work they put when the boys were young still paying off.  We'll be keeping a watch on both young men as they progress through the season and sounds like there may be a few NYO road trippers out there catching some Southern League action where Chesny plays.

Here's a link to see Chesny's HR: http://www.wbir.com/sports/smokies-win-season-opener/125387311

Thursday, 31 March 2016 18:37

Dugout Doings: The joy of coaching

Six years ago I managed my last game at NYO. Since then, I've had a rotator cuff repaired, a hip replaced (small prices to pay for a lifetime of fun) and I've chronicled the stories of the men, women and children of NYO in these Dugout Doings essays. Two weeks ago an email arrived that reminded me of why I spent two decades coaching.

It came from an old friend who is now --- like me --- a grandfather. He once was a college baseball player, and I greatly admired his skills when we played as 40-somethings in Atlanta's Men's Senior Baseball League. His 8-year-old grandson was struggling at the plate (three strikeouts in his last game and nothing close to a hit yet). Would I mind offering some suggestions? We set a time for after school that day. As I gathered the bag of wiffle balls and dusted off baseball-teaching gear, I felt like a doctor called in for an important consultation. 

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:23

Dugout Doings: Che's long walk in the park

Fifteen years ago, Che Barbour took a walk around Chastain Park and spotted a sign for volunteer baseball coaches at NYO. He and a buddy, Jeff Woolverton, signed up and landed an International team of nine and ten-year-olds. 'We got our butts kicked,' Jeff remembers. 'We had no clue what we were doing,' Che echoes. That's how it started for two of NYO's leading coaches today. 'There's no better person out here,' Jeff says of his one-time roommate. 'It's his integrity. It's what he does for kids. He's not a yeller, but he's not a softy, either. He commands respect.'

Fifteen years later, at 43, Che Barbour is what NYO's growing cadre of 20 and 30-something coaches should aspire to be. Brad Glenn, another long-time and leading NYO coach, pays Che the highest compliment of all. He says he would be proud to have any of his children play on a team Che coaches. Fifteen years is a lot of time to spend doing anything, let alone with children who are not yours.

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Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:56

Dugout Doings: Miss Jane Forever

You could tell she was nervous when she stepped onto the field that bears her name. Even though she was surrounded by family and friends, Jane Wilkins stood alone in the spotlight of NYO Opening Day. For more than 40 years (the last 35 as executive director), Miss Jane has taken care of everyone else. Now, all who love her wanted to say thank you. At the end of this baseball/fastpitch softball season, Jane Wilkins will retire.

'She's not just our executive director,' Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay told the crowd. 'She's also one of our finest volunteers and now she's an emeritus board member.' Then, turning to Jane's family, Cliff added: 'We appreciate your letting us have her for 40 years.'

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