Pink Out October
Lots of teams are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month
Fall competition all weekend
Baseball and fastpitch softball hits mid season stride
Tip Offs Continue
The gym is packed with players and soon the boys will join them
Lions and Bears are chasing undefeated Eagles
And we are almost half way there on the regular season
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2017 Spring Baseball - Sign Up Information stars

We know it's football and fall baseball season, basketball is just getting underway and the World Series hasn't started yet,'s a first notice regarding signups for the 2017 spring season of NYO Baseball (rising ages 4-14) with some important attachments. Sign ups will run online from November 5-18 for returning players ages 5-12, Pony Baseball (ages 13-14 for both returning and new players) and Small Ball (returning and new age 4 new players), and November 12-18 for new players ages 5-12.

If you played with us in either the spring or fall of 2016, you are considered a returning player.  

Rising 5's who played Small Ball last spring should register in the Baseball Ages 5-6 league as returning players. Rising 13's should register in the Pony league for 13-14 year olds as returning players.  There is typically no need to check the box to play up a league as all players are viewed as of their age as of April 30, 2016. Remember that your league age will show up in the first digit (for 9 and under) or first two digits of your tryout number (for 10 and up).  We are attaching our annual preseason warm up memo covering sign ups and some topics where we typically get lots of questions early on. We are also attaching our tentative calendar for some critical info on when we will be playing games. Be sure to read both the memo and look at the calendar so you can see how we are dealing with the school breaks and holidays this year.

When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email from the program with your signup #. Be sure to keep this handy. Player evaluations for ages 6-14 will be the weekend of January 28-29 (as shown on the calendar)- there are no player evaluations for the 4U Small Ball league or the 5U Shetland Blue league. Once we have worked through the registration process (likely in early January), we will post evaluation schedules by tryout numbers.

Be sure to click on the title of this article and then scroll down to view our preason informational memo and tenatative 2016-2017 calendar.  We hope you'll be able to join us in 2017!

Thanks, NYO Baseball

PS: Every year we hear from some folks who don't get our blasts due to their having changed their email address at some point during the off-season. Coaches and team parents should feel free to pass this email on to parents of past year's team members to get the word out.

Alcohol Consumption Is Not An Option

It has come to our attention that people are consuming alcohol during games and events, on-site at NYO.  There are a variety of problems with this, which primarily include: this is a city park, and absent getting a festival permit, you are not allowed to consume alcohol in a city park; and this is a place where automobiles and children interface and cross on a constant basis, and we want our drivers to be alert and at their best.  I cannot imagine any of our program parents would drink alcohol (or permit their friends to drink alcohol ) while driving through their children's carpools lines at their school, and that is basically what we have here, on entrance and exit, every time you are at NYO.

Have an adult beverage at any of one of the great bars and restaurants that support our park and our program?  Please; help yourself.  Have a nice cocktail on the sideline of your child's pee-wee football game at NYO? Please do not.

Cowgirls Best Undefeated Tigers, Now Tied For League Lead

In the rookie majors division of NYO girls basketball, the once defeated Cowgirls defeated the previously undefeated and injury riddled Tigers 36-24, in an exciting game on Sunday, October 16, at the Galloway Scool.  The Cowgirls went on a 6-0 run late in the 2nd quarter to grab a lead they would never relinquish, as their skill at driving to the basket put the Tigers in foul trouble and the Cowgirls at the line.  Come watch the action as the regular season winds down at NYO, and play-offs commence.

7 Lessons You Can Teach Your Kids During Football Season

Everyone loves football. Fall can never get here fast enough, friends and families gather around to watch their favorite team play. It’s become a great pass-time and fun entertainment, but there are also some great life lessons to be learned from watching the game.

1. Talent is not enough, you need to work hard.
Talent will only get you so far, you need to practice and condition your body so that you can let your talent shine. At each level, the level of talent becomes more uniform, what separates those who excel is the work and effort that players put in to showcase their talent. The lesson we need to teach our kids as they discover their talents is the value of hard work and practice. Talent may get their feet in the door, but their work ethic is what gets them a seat at the table.

Oct. is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since 2012, Northside Youth Organization has participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness initiative during the month of October.  Our fields are lined with pink accents and feature pink ribbons.  Our teams are encouraged to have “pink out” games as an annual campaign to bring awareness to this disease.  Our annual drive for Breast Cancer Awareness began with the O’Kelley family, longtime supporters of NYO.  Mike O’Kelley describes how this initiative got started:

Dugout Doings: At Home on Any Field of Play!

As a kid, Henry Anderson thought his sports future would happen on a baseball field. He recalls his NYO days this way: ‘I was tall and scrawny, a pretty good pitcher, but not a good football player. I was too skinny.’ 
Barely a decade later, Henry, 25-years-old and six-feet, six-inches and 300 pounds, awaits his return this fall as a defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts of the the NFL. A third-round pick from Stanford University, Henry’s rookie season was cut short early last November. He suffered a tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament.  Surgery led to months of rehabilitation. ‘The knee feels really good,’ Henry says. ‘It won’t be too long (before he returns to play).’

For 60 years tens-of-thousands of young men and women have grown up on the ball fields and basketball courts of NYO.  This is the first in an occasional series of stories about NYO alums.  A few, like Henry, have gone on to play collegiate or professional sports. Many have had successful business and civic careers. Even more --- and this may be the most important measure of all --- have become good citizens, loving spouses, parents and, in some cases, grandparents. If lessons learned at NYO shaped them, that’s the greatest reward our program could receive.

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)