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

Beginning Thursday May 21, we will not provide 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.

 

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!

The Alarm clocks barked at six a.m. to kick start Coach Preston’s Sunday game plan. With five pitchers combining for back to back no-hit shutout games to start out our morning bracket play at Central Park. The NYO 9U Longhorns in one glorious Georgia day permitted two meager runs from three stingy hits in four victorious games. 

On June 19-20, NYO hosted the annual Andee’s Army Fastpitch Tournament.  During the competition, the NYO 14U Avalanche team surprised Andee’s Army with a significant check in support of the foundation.  Earlier in the summer, the team reached out to friends and family to make a donation "per hit" by the Avalanche.  Fortunately for Andee's Army, the Avalanche hit the ball well this summer!  The team was able to raise $5,382.00 through their efforts, which they presented to Andee Poulos this past weekend.  The team also gathered together to help set up for the Andee's Army BBQ Festival prior to tournament play on Friday.  In addition to their off-the-field contributions, the Avalanche played solid softball during the tournament, finishing as runner up in the 16U division.  Thanks to the NYO 14U Avalanche for their volunteer efforts and their gracious support of Andee's Army!

Friday, 26 June 2015 09:50

10U Fastpitch Attack Wins Yet Again!

The NYO Attack 10U team continued its remarkable summer with a championship at the Andee's Army Invitational hosted at NYO on June 19-20, 2015.  After surviving pool play undefeathed, the Attack entered 10U Gold bracket play as the #2 seed (losing a coin toss for the top spot).  The Attack defeated the NYO Psych Outs in the semi-finals in a close, hard-fought affair, and advanced to meet the West Cobb Invaders in the finals.  Although the Attack jumped out to an early lead, the tough Invaders came back to even the score 3-3 entering the final inning.  NYO tallied two runs in the top of the inning for a 5-3 lead, but in the bottom half, the Invaders fought back to score one run and load the bases with only one out.  Clinging to a 5-4 lead, NYO Attack pitcher Quinn Schaeffer (with some great defensive help from catcher Reagan Southerland) stepped up with two strikeouts to end the game and secure the title for the NYO Attack.  The team endured a lengthy rain delay during the last day of the tournament and wrapped up the championship just before 11:00pm.  Congratulations to the NYO Attack players and coaches for another excellent performance!

Kneeling L-R Sophia Mador, Nat Osby, Quinn Schaeffer, Mackenzie Morris, Rachel Pellegrini, Kathleen Nichols; Standing L-R Lauren Fite, Frankie Sayers, Logan Easterly, Reagan Southerland, Audrey Mitchem, Cha Cha Morris (dugout coordinator) Emilie Scalise (not pictured); Coaches L-R Jeremy Mador, Gary Sayers, Will Rittenberg, Kirk Morris

With nearly 40 teams participating this year, the third annual Andee’s Army Invitational Softball Tournament at NYO on June 19-20 was by far the largest in the history of the tournament! Teams from all over the metropolitan area in age groups 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U came together to support Andee’s Army and to play some excellent softball. After completing pool play and enduring a mid-Saturday afternoon rain delay, teams competed in single elimination tournaments well into the evening. Play wrapped up at approximately 10:45p.m. Saturday evening.  It was a tournament to remember, as Andee Poulos helped to present trophies to the winners and also served as an announcer for the webcast of the 14U Championship game between the Central Park Lady Bulldogs and the Alpharetta Attack. NYO thanks all the parks and teams that participated in the event and supported Andee’s Army! The winners of each division were: 8U Gold—West Cobb Xplosion; 8U Silver—NYO Bullets; 10U Gold—NYO Attack; 10U Silver—Sandy Springs Storm; 12U Gold—Sandy Springs Storm (pictured here with Andee Poulos and 12U Gold Finalists NYO); 12U Silver—Sandy Plains Ice; 14U—Central Park Lady Bulldogs; and 16U—Chatsworth Casserole. Thanks to all players, coaches and families for coming out to NYO and being part of this event!

The Firebirds took home runner-up in Dizzy Dean's District 4 tournament at Webb Bridge Park this weekend. It was a marathon affair by the Firebirds who, in some of the hottest weather this year, played 8 games over 5 consecutive days, winning 6 games including 2 straight exhilirating come-from-behind extra inning wins in elimination games. The Firebirds were matched up against the best 11 year old teams in the State, defeating Druid Hills and eliminating the Sharon Springs Blue Spartans, the Buckhead Bucks and last year's State Champion, the Sandy Springs Storm.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:05

Hook 'em (8U) Longhorns

In sweltering heat, our 8U Longhorns played in the Strike Out Breast Cancer Charity Tournament in Douglasville June 20th-21st.  Defeating the Mountain Park Panthers 18-16, the Longhorns went on to tie the Boundary Waters All Stars A 9-9 in pool play.  Seeded in the pink bracket, the Longhorns held the SW All Stars to 6 runs after the first and won 14-6, behind two big grand slams!!!!  To end their tourney run, the Longhorns fell to the Southside Orioles.  It was a fun-filled Fathers Day weekend!

Jane Wilkins is rounding third and heading for home. Forty-three years after she signed up as team mom for 7-year-old son Scott's Peewee Eagles football team ('I didn't know what a team mother was, and they told me, 'If you don't get involved he --- Scott --- won't get to play'') and after 35 years as NYO's executive director, Miss Jane has decided it's time to retire.  

Although her retirement isn't official until year end, Jane notified the NYO board at its June 1 meeting to allow time to find a successor. While a successor will be found, there can be no replacement. It was an emotional affair. Someone else had to read Jane's letter to the board and the accolades flowed. So, too, apparently did Jane's tears. 'And I thought I was a pretty tough broad,' she says.

(To read more, please click on the headline) 

Coming off a championship win in the previous tournament, the 2015 10U Toros looked to replicate their winning ways in their final two tournaments. The team was confident after locating their five and half foot trophy to the collection at the Dowis building. To ensure focus and resilience, head coach Drew Moyer tried to temper the team and prepare them for their upcoming challenges by reminding the team of the all-too-applicable quote by Babe Ruth. Moyer emphasized, “yesterday’s homeruns don’t win today’s games.”  Click on the article title to read more...

The 8U Bulls went 4-0 to win the Father’s Day Tournament in Roswell. The Bulls started off Pool Play with 15-7 and 15-4 victories to secure the number 1 seed in bracket play. The Bulls defeated the Sandy Plains Cougars Red A team 8-7 in a hard fought victory in the semi-finals. The Championship game was intense and the boys stayed focused to the end - beating the East Side Lightning in a defensive battle, allowing only 3 runs (8-3). This was the fourth straight championship game the Bulls played in this summer.  The Bulls record is now 14-4-1 this summer.

It starts innocently. A normal reflex, a natural instinct, an unwitting gift rolled out to our newborn child. Boy or girl, big or small, in the hospital, at home in the crib or on the living room floor a ball is introduced. Spheres hallow or hard, in assorted size and color, gently tumbled, softly tossed and eventually thrown and whacked.

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