Weather & Field Status Update

SATURDAY APR 19 early AM:    All fields at the park and offsite are CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST NOON today.  With no sun and colder temps, it's very likely we will close fields for the day but will assess in the AM.  If you are taking BP, please stay off of grassed common areas as well and keep the kids on paved areas.  

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:

* Fields, common areas and any area of higher elevation.
* Tall isolated objects, such as flag poles, light poles or trees.
* All metal fences, bleachers and batting cages.
* Unprotected open sided buildings like dugouts, picnic pavilions, rain shelters, tents, or any covered rest area.
* 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 20 minutes – again common sense and good judgment should be used at all times.

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He saw me watching their pickup game on a sliver of grass wedged in among downtown Havana streets. I'd just finished a run along the Malecon, a massive sea wall that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Kids playing baseball, whether at NYO or in the shadow of the Museo de la Revolucion, always provide a good reason to stop and to become a spectator. They played their game with a big wooden bat, a well-worn baseball and just enough gloves for every defensive player.

I motioned to the little guy to throw the baseball, and he did. I caught it and returned the throw, urging him to throw harder. Because I was bare-handed, he hesitated, then trotted over to give me his glove. He borrowed a mitt from another player. As late afternoon turned to dusk, the Cuban kid and the old American guy had a catch. It didn't matter that we were standing near a museum that pays tribute to the Castros and the Cuban revolution. What mattered was that baseball, or beisbol, brought us together.

(To read more, please click on the headline)       

Please click on the title of this article above, to read more about our terrific girls basketball program, for which registration starts up, later this month, and what history has taught us about participation in the league.  This is the 6th year of this program, which has grown and improved in every year of its existence.  Past local school state girls' champions (Lovett, in class AA) and state runners-up (Holy Innocents and Pace, in class A) all featured girls who played in our program.  NOTE THAT TRY-OUTS WILL BE AUGUST 10, 2014 (WHICH IS A WEEK LATER THAN ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED). Those of you flying back early from France to make try-outs can stay that last week; we have bumped the date back a week.

Monday, 07 April 2014 16:06

Dugout Doings: Summer Baseball

When I wrote this column at the end of last baseball season, wiser heads suggested I put it aside. It focused on one of the most discussed and debated elements of NYO --- all-star teams: how they're assembled and what they represent. More than anything, I wanted to debunk misconceptions. I wanted to offer 'perspective.' 

Things have a way of changing, however. Beginning this year, NYO is rebranding and re-focusing its summer program. At age levels 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 there will be three teams. Ages 7, 12 and 14 will have two summer teams. More young players than ever before will be able to continue their spring NYO baseball beyond Memorial Day.

NYO's baseball leaders, including Ben Levenbaum, who oversees the summer program, have worked long and hard to find a way to broaden and enrich summer baseball. That they care so much speaks chapters about them.  

Given the number of teams selected for each age group, summer baseball will morph into a program that will continue to compete favorably against the top all-star and travel teams in Georgia. NYO coaches come from the best of NYO's best. Our facilities are tops in the southeast. Our kids (and their parents) know and like each other and will develop even deeper relationships as the summer progresses..   


(To read more, please click on the headline) 

Monday, 07 April 2014 12:48

Dugout Doings: Fundamentals

Baseball is not an easy game to learn. As supportive and encouraging as NYO is toward the performance of all its players, there is a correct way to play the game. Learning to throw properly, how to catch a fly ball, how to run the bases takes time and instruction. At every NYO level progress occurs over a four-month season, but there's never enough time to do it all.

That's why long-time coach Jeff Woolverton, former NYO players and other coaches offer Sunday morning clinics on the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field for players aged 9 to 12.  Twelve to 15 players grouped according to age participate in the one-hour clinics. The price is $25 per player for an hour of instruction, considerably less than the $80-$100 other instructors charge.The three-to-one player-to-coach ratio affords ample personal instruction. 'What a streak we're on,' Jeff shouts to the four boys lined up to catch fly balls in the outfield. Marco Brok, a 9-year-old Double-A NYO Angel, dives and makes a sprawling catch. As Marco raises his glove to show it contains the baseball, Jeff yells, 'Sell it (to the umpire) when you make a great catch like that.'

(To read more, please click on the headline)    

Friday, 04 April 2014 10:02

NYO Good Sportsmanship Award

Have you seen the NYO Good Sportsmanship Awards?

Have you seen these new awards around the park yet? Did you see the player in the A league who received this award after giving encouraging words to every player on his team after every bat? Or the catcher who accidently hit a runner on the other team with a thrown ball to third base and then went to check on the player before resuming play? Click headline or award to read more...

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:53

Dugout Doings: NYO's 'Game of the Week'

Headsets on, Steve Caffarelli, David Hay and Jeff Woolverton banter as the Royals-Dodgers Bronco game unfolds before them on the Jane Wilkins Field. 'You know you're doing something right when your #8 batter hits one almost all the way up to Wieuca,' David Hay says after the Royals' Charlie Hawk blasts a three-run homer that nearly clears the netting atrop the centerfield fence. It's the top of the second and the Royals are on their way to a big inning. They'll take the lead, give it back to the Dodgers, then rally again for a 19-11 win in a three-inning game that reaches the time limit. 'I've just abour run out of fingers and toes,' David Hay says in signing off. 'I'm not sure NYO folks were expecting 30 runs in three innings.' 

It's 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and baseball is live, via the Internet, from NYO. What began as a silent videocast of NYO football and basketball games over the last year has morphed into a full-blown, once-a-week video/audiocast of a live Broncos game. Three broadcasts into the season, the games are drawing 45 live listener-viewers, but they're getting 400 replays a week, according to Ken Young, the Roone Arledge of NYO. 'This is not high-def(inition), but it's the world for a parent (who cannot make the game).' On this night, Ken reports, there are followers in England, Canada and southern California.

(To read more, please click the headline)


Seven-year-old Lisa Waltuck beams from beneath the NYO Fastpitch Softball visor in the photo from from her first season. She's still smiling as she awaits her introduction at Opening Day ceremonies as an NYO'er who will graduate in a few weeks from Woodward Academy, where she has also played fastpitch. Now 17, Lisa is still playing NYO ball for Brian Steel's Senior Bulldogs. Eleven years after she started, Lisa is wrapping up a distinguished NYO career. She has grown up, literally and figuratively, on NYO's fields.

Her enthusiasm has never waned, according to Fastpitch Softball Commissioner Brian Raley. 'The first person I see every year (regardless of the cold) is Lisa in shorts and a tanktop,' Brian says. (She's) an excellent player and a great kid who's been a fixture out here.'

(To read more, please click on the headline)

Sunday, 23 March 2014 13:20

Dugout Doings: A 30-Year Legacy

Thirty years ago, he showed up at the NYO fields in Chastain Park. People knew who he was. When you're a three-time All-American defensive back at the hometown school, Georgia Tech, and a college Hall of Fame inductee, played professionally in the Canadian Football League and lettered all four years as a Tech baseball star, introductions come easily.

For three decades, he's coached his kids and others. He's spent thousands of hours, more likely tens-of-thousands of hours, honing young baseball swings. Yet, Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay felt the need to remind the Opening Day crowd 'we have a legend in our midst. He's the gray-haired guy you see here all the time.' On this Opening Day Randy Rhino stands for something more, something special about NYO. In his own words, 'It's family. It's second and third-generations. It's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. On this day, Randy Rhino will take the field with his 7-year-old grandson, Austin, who plays in the Rookie league, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

(To read more, please click on the headline)

Nestled in his Wieuca Road pressbox perch, Larry Bennett shells peanuts and watches the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field form into a rainbow of tiny uniformed players. A bitter winter --- two snowstorms, three nights of single-digit temperatures --- has given way to a brilliant spring day. Temperatures work their way toward 70 degrees. There's green grass on the field, something Larry Bennett and those who tend to our facilities weren't sure would happen on time this year.

Today is Opening Day. It's the day NYO baseball and fastpitch softball officially launch a new season, even if some games have already been played. It's the day little boys and girls in the younger leagues put on their uniforms, festoon them with Mardi Gras beads and march behind banners that list every child's name. Four and five deep, they form an arc around the coffee-brown infield of the Wilkins Field. Always busy, Chastain Park has a special, festive feel to it this Saturday morning.

(To read more, please click on the headline)    

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Excitement is growing around the park as Northside Youth Organization, better known as NYO, gets ready to officially kick off its 2014 baseball and softball seasons. Opening Day is Saturday, March 22 and all of our players are getting ready to take the field. Our younger players are eager to break in new gloves and cleats while our seasoned players look forward to sharpening their skills and having fun with teammates.

The 2014 Baseball and Softball Opening Day will kick off with a spirited parade promptly at 11:00am. (click image or headline to read more)

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