Weather & Field Status Update

All Fields Currently CLOSED

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

All fields are now CLOSED as we begin our transition to fall sports (the only field availability will be for the Stan Jones scheduled softball camp the week of July 6).  Additionally, access to the park is being closed off in order for heavy construction related to our parking and front entrance projects. Access is available along certain marked paths for those parking along the road.  We expect the park to re-open around August 3 and fields to re-open in time for the fall sport season.  No outside instructors or camps are allowed on site during this construction period. 


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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!

NYO EQUIPMENT DAY in NYO Gym from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – During these hours families can purchase quality football equipment and have it properly fitted.  Due to construction in the parking area around the gym please park in the gravel lot between the gym and golf course.  Enter the gym through the doors facing Wieuca Road.

If you are not sure your son’s old equipment fits properly bring it along to have it checked.

For question about equipment please refer to:

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:00

Mighty Might Flag Football (ages 5 -6)

There is still time to register for Mighty Might Flag Football

Important Dates - Please mark your calendar with the following dates:

  • August 19, 2015 – Players will be contacted by their coaches
  • August 21, 2015 – Practices may begin. The location and time of practices will be communicated by the coaches.
  • September 5, 2015 – Games will begin


Please note that references to “Training Camp” and “Tryouts” on the NYO website pertain to players ages 7 and above, not flag players.

Coaches are Needed! – Several coaches are still needed. Please contact if you able to assist with the important role of coaching.

For girls who will be ages 7-13 (and in 7th grade or lower) as of December 31, 2015, registration remains open for NYO's Fall Fastpitch season.  Spots are limited, so please sign up sooner rather than later if you would like to join us.  For the Fall Fastpitch season, practices will begin Saturday, August 22, and games will begin Sunday, September 13.  There are no evaluations or drafts for Fall Fastpitch, i.e. NYO assigns the teams.  Each week, the girls will have a single Saturday practice and one Sunday afternoon game.  The season concludes on the weekend of November 7-8.  The time commitment for the Fall Fastpitch season is limited, so that the girls can participate in other sports or activities.  The focus for the fall season is on the development of the players.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We look forward to seeing you at NYO this fall!

Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

Football Registration - It's not too Late

If your child is interested in playing football during the 2015 season please register through   At the top of the home page near the right portion of the screen click on “Registration” and follow directions from there. Like all players that register at this time of year your child will be automatically placed on a wait list. Don’t let this overly concern you. NYO expects to accept most players from the wait list within a couple weeks from when they register. (In the unlikely event that capacity in his age group does not allow your son to be accepted we will notify you and the registration fee will be refunded).

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Training Camp - NYO Football

NYO Football's Training Camp begins August 4th.  Learn more about Training Camp and the days your child should attend.

It started out as a conversation between two friends and coaches:

“Do you think we’ll have enough players?”

“Let’s ask the families.   Do you think the tournament will let us combine our teams?”

“Let’s ask.”  

The idea grew from there and long after the summer ball season commitment was over, the 9U Bulls and Longhorns joined forces to enter the All-Star World Series Tournament in Douglasville, GA.   Three days, five games, and two lightning delays later the Bulls-Longhorns team, which was now dubbed the Bull-Horns, emerged as World Series Champions.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:30

2015 NYO Fall Baseball


Attached to this article is our opening informational memo for the fall 2015 baseball season. Sign ups start Saturday May 23 and run through July 15. Sign up in that window and you're in - after July 15, we'll wait list and let kids in as space allows. Practices will start in late August with games running from the weekend after Labor Day through the first weekend of November.  Keep in mind that when signing up, your child automatically moves up to the next league, i.e. the league they will play in during the spring of 2016, with players with 2016 league ages of 10, 11 and 12 playing in single age group leagues and players with 2016 league ages of 13 and 14 moving up to Pony. There are some exceptions as noted in the memo.  We usually try and keep teams more or less together from the prior spring in rising age groups 5 and 6 and down. The rest of the leagues have a modified draft format.  There are some features regarding the fall program that work a bit different that the spring, so be sure to take a look at the memo as it should answer all of your questions about fall ball, in particular the highlighted section.

Hope you can join us. Thanks, NYO Baseball

We hope your summer has been grand. The season start is just around the corner. Please see the updated schedule of events for the fall of 2015:


August 16 (at NYO gym)

Rookie: 12:30 – 1:30

Majors: 1:45 – 3:30

WBNA: 3:30 – 5:30

Make up Try-outs:

August 18 (at NYO gym) – 6:00 P.M.

Drafts/Team Assignments:

August 19/20

Notification of Players:

August 20/21

Practices Begin:

August 22

Games Begin:

September 8

Championship/All-Star Week-end

October 24/25

We have many great things in store for this season, including several things we have not done before, for this League – stay tuned for details.

After heading the league up since its inception, Allan Gottlieb decided to step down as our commissioner. We will miss Allan’s passion and brilliant leadership. Keith Payne, who has been the terrific commissioner for our winter basketball league for several years, will serve as the new commissioner for this league, as well.

Note-The try-out dates is a week later than originally published. Because of the later than usual labor day, this made sense for how every else in the season laid out.

The NYO Rangers completed their summer season with a thrilling 7-5 victory over the East Side Titans in the championship game of the Dizzy Dean State Invitational Tournament, which took place at Hobgood Park over the 4th of July weekend.

Rainer Ortkiese started on the mound for NYO and held the Titans scoreless for the first two innings. Palmer Schultz earned the win with three innings of relief, allowing only one earned run. Ben Tucker recorded a save, pitching the final inning of the contest.

Offensively, Olivia Bailey and Wesley Harrison led the team with two hits each, while clean-up hitter Jack Kelly delivered the decisive blow with a two-run HR in the fifth inning.

The Rangers finished the season with a 15-9 record, including six wins in their final seven games. Here is the team’s roster along with some individual highlights:

Olivia Bailey- 2B/leadoff hitter, MVP candidate, led team in several offensive categories including a .462 batting average, 31 stolen bases and 33 runs scored (i.e. more than 2 runs per game- just incredible); also very steady at 2B (32 assists, 5 double plays).

Wyatt Dunkel- C, team leader, logged 90% of his time at catcher (with an impressive .935 fielding percentage and 12 assists); after finishing last summer with only 1 strikeout at the plate, broke his record this summer with 0 strikeouts. Over two seasons, that’s 1 strikeout in 124 plate appearances. Amazing.

James Gleeson- 1B, defensive superstar, built like a rock but with soft hands and a beautiful stretch, made highlight plays every game and recorded a .947 fielding percentage in 103 innings at the position (out of a possible 106).

Wesley Harrison- SS, star player, among team leaders in several offensive categories including .406 batting average, 27 hits, 20 RBI and 23 runs; also an excellent fielder (31 assists, 6 double plays).

Jack Kelly- OF/cleanup hitter, sweet swing, all day, led the team with 7 doubles and 25 RBI, homered in state championship game!

Rafe Montgomery- 3B, made several highlight plays in the field and showed great speed on the bases; excellent bunter; had 2nd highest OBP on the team (.549).

Rainer Ortkiese- OF/P, made 11 appearances at pitcher including a start in the state championship game, always stepped up in key moments in the field and at the plate.

Brooks Platford- P/OF, started 7 games at pitcher, led the team offensively with 16 walks, homered against the NYO Firebirds!

Palmer Schultz- P/3B, star pitcher, led the team with 6 wins including the state championship game, recorded a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched; also stole 28 bases.

Lewis Todd- P/OF, started 7 games at pitcher, led staff with a .623 strike percentage, finished 3rd on the team in batting average (.382) and slugging; great baserunner.

Ben Tucker- CF/P, outstanding outfielder (1 error in 31 chances), made 12 appearances at pitcher including closing the state championship game; offensively, among team leaders in OBP (.500).

The Rangers were coached by Marcus Todd, Kent Tucker, Scott Cole, Jeff Schultz and Luke Walker. The coaches and players would like to thank the parents, grandparents and all of the team’s fans for making this season such a fun and successful one. The team would also like to thank Jane Wilkins, Cliff Barshay, Ben Levenbaum, and the entire NYO family for their support.

The fans of the NYO 10U Bulls saw it coming.  The team was playing better with each passing week, narrowly missing a shot at the Championship game in their last two tournaments.  Like a locomotive gathering speed, the fact that the Bulls were crowned Champions of the Lanier Invitational was perhaps inevitable, but still extremely sweet for the 12 young men coached by Ross Conway, Kyle Ciotti, Lee Sheppard, and Will Sheppard.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:37

Dugout Doings: An Older Brother

Older brothers are special. They open doors you'd never dream of entering. If you're lucky, they invite you to pass through with them. Chesny Young, an infielder for the Myrtle Beach, SC, Pelicans, a Chicago Cubs Class A-Advanced team, and an NYO alum, played older brother to the dozen members of his former 12-and-under squad, the Titans. In Myrtle Beach for the Youth Baseball Nationals tournament, the NYO Titans crossed paths with one of their own, someone who wore their uniform and played for their manager, Randy Rhino, a decade ago.  

The Titans joined the Pelican players at their respective positions on the field for the National Anthem prior to the July 1 game with the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.  The next morning, Chesny would be with them in their dugout as they beat a team from Illinois, 6-0, on their way to the championship game. 'It was like Chesny was their host,' recalls NYO's executive director Jane Wilkins. 'He was high-fiving the boys. He's 6'2", but he has the heart of a little boy. I told him later, 'It was like watching you when you were 8 (and playing at NYO).''

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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:15

2015 8U TOROS One for the History Books

Mother Nature tried her best to deter them but Sunday July 5, 2015 was one for the NYO history books~

The 2015 NYO 8U TOROS had a Sunday that dreams are made of….the picture shows pure team awesomeness however doesn’t tell the entire story of how these twelve boys came together to show what true team spirit and never giving up is all about!Game One versus the New Georgia Elite was sheer perfection.  The TOROS defense was impeccable and their bats never hotter!  Game Two followed immediately versus the Paulding County Royals.  The Royals were fired up and seeking revenge against the TOROS, who had knocked the Royals out of a tournament earlier this summer. There would be no revenge in this game.  HOUSTON GRAGNANI, who was a perfect 6 for 6 during pool play, led a TOROS offense that overwhelmed Royals for a 22-6 victory. The two pool play victories gave the TOROS the number 1 seed heading into bracket play. First up in tournament play would be a rematch vs the Paulding County Royals.  The Royals were again fired up and began with some great hits.  The Royals led 1-0 and had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The Royals hit a shot to left field where TOROS left fielder GREY VAUGHN makes a fantastic catch and follows it with a perfect throw home to TOROS catcher ANDREW FLINT for the tag – double play and the end of the Royals rally! That play really fired up the TOROS defense and they held Paulding County to 1 run over 5 innings. Leading 8-1 and needing one run for the victory, the TOROS ended the game when WESLEY BASS scored after getting in the most exciting run down between third and home ever. Wesley avoided three tags by fielders, going to the ground twice to do so.  The Royals catcher was practically on top of him at one point - but Wesley outsmarted him and scored the winning run.  The final two teams standing are our TOROS versus our neighbors the Sandy Spring Storm.  The 8U TOROS looked right into the “eyes of the storm” after starting with some less than stellar defense and luke-warm bats.  The Storm led 12-2 heading into the bottom of the third.  The TOROS realized they would have to chip away at the lead and play some great defense the rest of the way. They started by scoring 3 in the bottom of the third to make it 12-5. Sandy Springs seemed undeterred and ready to score some more in the top of the 4th. Unfortunately for the Storm, JOEL LOPEZ had a different idea. He made three great plays at short to hold the Storm at 12. The TOROS went down quickly in the bottom of the inning and it remained 12-5.  Top of the 5th and the TOROS needed more defense. This time, TOROS third baseman, PADGETT WILSON provided the key play by stopping a hard hit ball to third and securing the third out before the Storm could score. Momentum changer no doubt!  However, the TOROS were in need of some hits. They got them by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th to make it 12-10. Once again the defense came through and held the Storm scoreless in the 6th.  Down by two runs going into the bottom of the 6th inning, COLIN McGINTY leads off with a double to deep left and then scores on a hit by JACK LOGAN.  Two outs, Jack Logan on base, JAMES LASCO hits a hard one to right field for the RBI for Logan to tie the game 12-12.  We are going into extra innings in Douglasville!!!  Seventh inning begins with the visiting Storm at bat.  Two outs, runners on base, the pitch, the hit, a line drive, where second baseman, KYLE COLEMAN dives and snags it for the last out – in his words “Believed to Succeed”.   The home team TOROS have their chance now at bat.  Nerves are high.   TY HARPRING clocks it for a double.  One out, OWEN RITGER, leftie steps up to the plate and POW – a line drive to right center that gets by the outfielders.   Harpring crosses home plate.

TOROS WIN!  TOROS WIN!  The 2015 NYO 8U TOROS bring home the title for the ALL-STAR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Douglasville, GA.  A huge thanks to coaches Clete McGinty, Ryan Bass, Kenny Coleman and Stan Logan.  What a ride~

The Longhorns closed out their summer season at the Dizzy Dean Georgia State Invitational Tournament winning 2 out of 4.  In the first two rounds, the Longhorns allowed only a single run while lighting up the scoreboard with 22 runs! In each of their first three games the Longhorns plated 11 runs. The strong offensive performance was not enough as the Longhorns were knocked out in back to back games on Sunday.

Capture Triple Crown Summer Blowout Championship

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 undefeated, 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.

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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.

This weekend marks the third annual Andee's Army Invitational softball tournament at NYO, as well as the first annual Andee's Army BBQ Festival at the American Legion Post!  This year, the softball tournament has received unprecedented support from other teams, parks and leagues around the Atlanta area.  Nearly 40 teams will compete in five age groups this year!  NYO and Andee's Army are so grateful for the players and families who have made it a point to participate.

In addition to the tournament, Andee's Army is hosting a BBQ Festival at the American Legion Post from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday.  The festival will feature a BBQ cooking competition (including celebrity judges), live music, BBQ samples and more.  Please come out Friday and Saturday to watch some great softball and take advantage of the BBQ on Saturday afternoon.

All proceeds from these events go to support Andee's Army--the foundation created for one of our NYO Fastpitch players, Andee Poulos, while she recovered from a nearly fatal brain injury.  If you do not know Andee's story, please go here ( to read about not only Andee's remarkable journey but also the tremendous impact Andee's Army is having on the lives of other children with brain injuries.  NYO is proud to be a part of such a great event this weekend!  

Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:59

NYO 10U Bulls make Summer Slam Semifinals

The NYO 10U Bulls made the now familiar trek to the Cumming this past weekend to participate in the SSI Summer Slam where coaches Ross Conway, Kyle Ciotti, Lee Sheppard, and Will Sheppard led the boys in another strong showing all the way to the tourney semifinals.

The NYO 9U Longhorns completed a 4-0 sweep to win the championship at the Hobgood Bash. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:43

12U Warriors were Hot! Hot! Hot! in PCB

The Warriors took to the beach over the weekend with a strong showing in Panama City – both on and off the field (think: karaoke, whiffle ball, arcades and mini-golf!). 

The 8U Bulls went 4-0 heading into the championship game at the Battlefield Bash June 11-14 in Kennesaw.  The Bulls played hard but came up short in the final game against the East Side Hurricanes.  The Bulls showed incredible sportsmanship after a tough loss and represented NYO well.  The Bulls have played in the championship game in all 3 tournaments so far this summer season with a record of 10-4-1, winning 10 out of their last 13 games (and 1 tie).

The 8U Longhorns faced tough competition in the Central Park Invitational June 13-14th in pool play.  The Longhorn bats heated up in tourney play with a 26-14 win against the Midway Wolverines before falling to the Macedonia Mustangs for the second time in the weekend. Kyle Dunton and the coaching staff were proud of the boys play and sportsmanship.

Saturday, 13 June 2015 20:55


Twelve 10U All Star teams from around the Atlanta metropolitan area gathered at Murphy Candler Park last Saturday for the annual All Star Showdown. The NYO 10U Attack won all three pool games and earned the 1 seed as bracket play began. The bats were hot during first two pool games highlighted by big hits by Emilie Scalise, and Frankie Sayers. The third pool game was a battle. NYO needed to win the game to earn the 1 seed. Clinging to a 2 run lead in the last inning, catcher Reagan Southerland and third baseman Kathleen Nichols executed a perfect pickoff of a runner on third to seal the win. 

To read more on the 10U Attack's victory, please click on the title to this article!


It was Meat Loaf who said, “Two out of three ain’t bad.” As we enter the heart of the summer all-star baseball season, your 9U NYO Bulls have now won two of their first three tournaments, besting 15 other teams in each of the two tournaments.

This past weekend, the Bulls traveled again to their adopted homeland of Canton, Georgia for the Showdown IX tournament and left with an unblemished 6-0 record after beating the Hobgood Heat, East Side Titans, Alpharetta Eagles, Kennesaw Generals, Northside Dragons and Hunter Park Orioles in succession. The collective score for the weekend was Bulls 73, Bull Opponents 11.

Unlike the first meeting, this matchup seemed destined to be a low scoring affair.  That was the case until the Titans scored 5 runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings, leading to a 10-2 win over the Braves.

The 8U Bulls were the runners up in the Coaches Curing Cancer Tournament in Alpharetta June 4-7.  The Bulls started out pool play with a tie then followed up with 2 big wins beating their opponents decisively.  The semi final game was a thriller with the Bulls pulling out a victory.  The boys played hard in the finals but came up short against a very strong Alpharetta Eagles team.

The NYO 10U Bulls spent the first part of their summer season rolling up Georgia 400 and rolling up victories.  Like many summer teams, the squad has battled the weather to get in the practice sessions that are critical to bringing a team together to play baseball at a high level.  Fortunately, coaches Ross Conway, Kyle Ciotti, Lee Sheppard and Will Sheppard, have made the most of that limited time, and fashioned a winning team in very short order.

2015 NYO 10U Toros Win Grand Slam Sports Tournament

The 2015 NYO 10U Toros arrived in sweltering Lagrange, Georgia with something to prove. After battling against some fierce teams in their previous two tournaments and coming up short in several close games, the Toros entered their third weekend with one key goal – play deep into bracket play on Sunday. Head Coach Drew Moyer and his staff motivated the kids during a great week of practice and set the tone by telling the kids, “I hate losing more than I like winning.” The result was an impressive sweep of the tournament with the Toros going 4-0.

It was a long weekend in Woodstock and Canton for many NYO Teams- and the 12U Warriors were no exception! 


Warriors started taking care of business on Wednesday, June 3rd in a complete deluge of rain in Canton, GA. As a rainbow burst over the field, the Warriors exerted their will early with 10 runs in the first three innings. A groundout by Drew Holmes, a groundout by Chase Roberts, and an RBI double by Patrick Withers in the first inning fueled NYO Warriors 12U's offense early. Will Armstrong had two extra-base hits; he tripled in the first inning and doubled in the third inning....

After chugging along I-75 rush hour traffic Friday night the only thing that could stop our Longhorns was an epic downpour.  With the games called our waterlogged Longhorns headed home to rest up for playing two pool games on Saturday.

The NYO 8U Bullets brought home the Silver Championship trophy this past weekend at the Murphey Candler All-Star Showdown.  The Bullets went 1-2 in pool play on Saturday against the eventual 1, 2, and 4 seeded teams, earning the top seed in the Silver Division.  Sunday's bracket play saw the Bullets defeat the host team Murphey Candler Cobras 11-2 in the semi-finals.   The Championship game versus the Sandy Springs Storm saw the Bullets fall behind early, trailing 10-5 after 3.5 innings.  They rallied in the bottom of the 4th with 7 runs, highlighted by Susan Wigger's 3-run blast over the left centerfield fence.  The lead changed hands with every at bat and the Bullets found themselves trailing 16-14 going into the bottom of the 6th.  Maggie Tucker scored a run before Ava Bryant singled in the tying and winning runs to seal the game, 17-16.  It was truly a team effort, with every player making significant contributions.  Pictured with their trophies are:  (first row, L to R)  Madeline Webb, Ryan Price, Lucy Mehre, Maggie Tucker.  (second row, L to R)  Margaret French, Susan Wiggers, Gali Nelson, Vivian Carroll, Riley King Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Ava Bryant.  (back row) Coaches Kent Tucker, Chad French, Frank Nelson (not pictured, Rylan McLeod).  Congrats to the 8U Bullets!

Sunday, 07 June 2015 22:24

8U Longhorns Match-Up in Marietta

8U Longhorns work their way into the gold bracket at the Larry Hutson Tournament in Marietta, amongst strong competition. After defeating the Buckhead Bombers in pool play, the 8U Longhorns lost by a single run to the AYBA Bears despite a late inning rally on Saturday.  Earning a 5th seed in tourney play, the Longhorns fell to the Kennesaw Express on Sunday. Go Longhorns!

The 11u NYO Rangers opened up their summer season on May 27 at Marietta’s Shaw Park in the Larry Hutson Memorial Tournament. Coached by Marcus Todd, Kent Tucker, Luke Walker and Scott Cole, the Rangers overcame an 0-2 start in pool play versus Murphey Candler and Sandy Plains, to run off three impressive wins over Alpharetta (12-4), Roswell (12-5) and East Cherokee (10-4) for a 1st place trophy. Lewis Todd started on the mound in the championship game, and Ben Tucker closed out the victory with two scoreless innings in relief. Wesley Harrison took home tournament MVP honors with an outstanding defensive performance at shortstop, along with six hits and five RBI at the plate.

The Rangers were the best defensive team in the field, turning a remarkable six double plays during the tournament. In addition to Harrison, defensive standouts included 1B James Gleeson, 2B Olivia Bailey and 3B Rafe Montgomery. CF Rainer Ortkiese also made several great plays, including assists on two of the double plays.

Bailey led the team offensively with seven hits in the leadoff spot, including three doubles. Clutch hitters Wyatt Dunkel and Jack Kelly combined for 11 hits and 11 RBI. The team’s most versatile player, Palmer Schultz had three hits, five walks and 0 strikeouts at the plate, while logging quality innings at P, 2B, 3B, SS and OF. Brooks Platford threw three scoreless innings on the mound during pool play.

The team returns eight players from last year’s 10u Stallions who advanced to the final round of the State Invitational. The newest additions are Gleeson, Kelly and Ortkiese. Coach Todd would like to congratulate all of the players for their selection to the team, and all of the families for their support, positive attitude and spirit.

Sharon Springs Shootout Cut Short Due to Rain

In what turned out to be a high scoring affair, and not settled until the last at-bat, the Titans outscored the Buckhead Braves 11-9 Wednesday to take the first game of their two game series.

The 12U Titans ventured to Sandtown Park last weekend to play in the AAU State Championship. The Titans finished pool play 2-0 after defeating the Sandtown Thunder 10-1 and Browns Mill Blue Jays 9-1. In the first round of bracket play, the Titans once again faced the Blue Jays and prevailed, sending the Titans to the championship. In a tight matchup, the Titans bested the FCA Red Sox to take home the hardware and win the AAU State Championship.

NYO's 14U Fastpitch All-Star team--the Avalanche--won the season's first GSA tournament on May 30, 2015, with a great team effort.   The Avalanche demonstrated their offensive strength with smart plate appearances, talented base running, and two out-of-the-park home runs by Sam Scalise.  Clean fielding and consistent pitching allowed only nine runs combined over four games against the X-Plosion All-Stars, the Sharpsburg Shock, the Twin Creek Twisters, and the Murphey Candler Cobras.  Congrats to the Avalanche, who will be back in action on Saturday, June 6, at the Murphey Candler Showdown!

The 10U Attack headed to Austell Saturday, May 30, 2015, to compete in the GSA "Home Runs For Dad" tournament. There were seven 10u teams entered in the event. The Attack won their first three games, including a big win over the Alpharetta Fire, a solid travel team. Then, NYO had to face the undefeated Shockers from Blairsville to make the final. The NYO girls prevailed 5-3, and then defeated NCYS from North Cherokee to win the championship. The girls will play their second tournament this weekend at the Murphy Candler Shootout. Congrats to the 10U Attack!  L-R Front row - Charlie Morris (batgirl), Kathleen Nichols, Sophia Mador, Quinn Schaeffer, Rachel Pellegrini, Natalie Osby.  L-R Middle row - Frankie Sayers, Logan Easterly, Emilie Scalise, Mackenzie Morris, Reagan Southerland, Audrey Mitchem, Lauren Fite.  Coaches L-R - Jeremy Mador, Gary Sayers, Kirk Morris, Will Rittenberg

The 2015 8U TOROS went undefeated in pool play in the SE ALL STAR tournament held in Douglasville, GA May 27-31st.

They were seeded second going into Sunday's bracket play.  The top four teams fought hard but it was our NYO 8U TOROS that faced the Kennesaw Generals in Sunday's championship game.  This team had only given up two runs in total in pool play were up against the toughest competitors yet.  The NYO 8U TOROS took the lead early 4-1 and had scored more runs in two innings than the Generals had given up the entire tournament.  It was an exciting game however in the end the NYO 8U TOROS ended as the runner-up!  Great first outing for these awesome boys!  Big thanks to the coaches - especially Clete McGinty who I'm not sure how many pitches he threw but was able to provide our team with the perfect stuff for their bats to stay hot throughout the tournament.  This week they face off in Acworth with many of the same teams so should be another great weekend of baseball.  GO TOROS~

The 9U Longhorns came out swinging to claim the Silver Division Championship at Larry Hutson Memorial Tournament at Shaw Park held May 27 – 31, 2015. The Longhorns outscored their opponents 43 – 22 and the pitching exceeded the competition in strikes, walks and hits allowed.

The 8U Bulls battled back after 2 narrow defeats on Saturday and won 3 consecutives games on Sunday to win the War in the Woods tournament silver bracket.  The Bulls won the championship game with a decisive 16-3 victory over the Buckhead Bucks.  The boys played hard and everyone contributed offensively & defensively to outscore their opponents 51 to 15 during Sunday’s games.

The 2015 NYO 10U Toros have kicked off an exciting summer of baseball and plan to play five competitive travel tournaments throughout Georgia and Florida. The Toros are coached by Head Coach Drew Moyer, Neil Rosen, Duncan Edwards, Brad Fowler, Austin Smith, and Will Goldberg. Drew and his staff have assembled a team known for their outstanding hustle, attitude, and team parents. In fact, Moyer was recently quoted in Sports Illustrated stating, “This will be the best coached team that I have ever been involved with.”

Sunday, 31 May 2015 19:19

8U Longhorns in Action

8U Longhorns went undefeated in the Hickory Flat Bash on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Canton, GA. The boys’ bats were hot, scoring a total of 67 runs during the 4 games. In the final game, they were able to defeat the Buckhead Bombers 10-4 and bring home their first tournament championship. 

Sunday, 31 May 2015 15:37

7U Bulls Off to Promising Start

Just two weeks ago, the 7U Bulls came together for the first time and this past weekend they played in their first tournament. For many families, this week was their first taste of NYO All Star baseball, in which there is no "gentleman's agreement" on holding runners, overthrown balls are still in play and players see rockets come off of big barrel bats for the first time.  The Bulls acclimated quickly and got off to a very promising start this weekend at the War of the Woods tournament in Canton.

The NYO 12U All Stars, coached by Stan Jones, kicked off their 2015 summer season by going undefeated and winning the All Star Shootout played in Woodstock, Georgia on May 16, 2015.  The tournament was a mixture of "B" level travel teams and rec All-Star teams. In game one, NYO defeated Premier Fastpitch 6-4, coming back from a 4-0 deficit in the last inning. In game two, NYO defeated Titans Fastpitch 10-1. In the third and fourth games, NYO beat the North Gwinnett Diamond Dogs 11-6 and West Cobb 11-2, earning their way into the title game.  In the championship game, the NYO All-Stars defeated the Georgia Momentum in a hard- fought final by a score of 12-6.  The fourteen young ladies representing NYO well, going 5-0 for the tournament and bringing home the title to kick off their All-Star summer!  Congratulations to the NYO 12U team!

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:12

8U Toros

The 2015 8U TOROS scrimmaged the Buckhead Baseball 8U team on Monday May 25th. The weather held out for the boys to get in 6 innings and the NYO 8U TOROS took home the W with a 21-8 victory! The NYO 8U TOROS bats got hot in the second and they never looked back.  Their first tournament will be the SE All-Star Championship held in Douglasville, GA May 27-31st 2015. GO TOROS!

How often do we see people come together and truly work as one to achieve a common goal?  We watch politicians 365 days a year give lessons on how not to work together. In our own cars every day, we witness one child wanting Chick-Fil-A and another wanting Willy’s to the point where you have Judge Judy on speed dial to settle it. But the NYO 9-year-old Bulls showed this holiday weekend that kids from all sides of Peachtree can come together, and play together, to achieve a goal – win the first big baseball tournament of the summer!

Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:30

9U Longhorns win Early Bird Tournament

The 9U Longhorns went 3 - 1 in their opening Tournament to claim the Championship at All Star Early Bird Tournament in Austell, GA

Long ball, small ball, the Titans did it all in their opening tournament at The Triple Crown McCann Summer Classic, finishing 3-2.  In total, the Titan’s hit six home runs by 4 different players and relied on 7 different pitchers.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:27

Dugout Doings: The Matheny Manifesto

Mike Matheny manages the St. Louis Cardinals, but when his professional playing career ended he briefly managed a recreational youth baseball team. Before the season, he wrote a letter to the parents of his young players. It was not terribly different from pre-season messages NYO managers send every year.  Matheny has received almost as much attention for his views on youth sports as he has for his considerable success with the Cardinals.  Recently, a friend sent a link to an NPR Fresh Air interview with Matheny. 

Another spring baseball/fastpitch softball season has ended, but Matheny's message resonates, regardless of the time of year. Curious, I read the original letter, dubbed by some 'The Matheny Manifesto,' and had but one regret: That I hadn't written something as good when I managed NYO youngsters. It's a long letter, but I hope you will take the time to read it. Keep it, share it, but, most especially, live by it. Your children will be glad you did.   Jay Smith

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The 9U Toros opened the 2015 campaign with an impressive effort in the L.E.A.D. to Legacy tournament at Wills Park last weekend.  While NYO's 9 year old group has historically played in Dizzy Dean tournaments during the summer season, this year's group took on the challenge of playing exclusively in travel tournaments that use the high school and MLB rule books.

Monday, 25 May 2015 22:36

2015 Summer Season Under Way

NYO Summer Baseball is now in full swing with about 6-8 weeks of baseball for 19 sanctioned NYO teams from age 7 up to 14.  We'll be following the ups and downs across Georgia and the southeast as our teams proudly bring the NYO brand out to the baseball world.  This summer feature 2 teams at ages 7, 12 and 13, 3 teams at ages 8, 9, 10 and 1 team at age 14.  Look out for updates as our beat reporters from each team report in with stories and updates from the road. Looks like we're already off to a big start this Memorial Day weelend with a couple of tournament championships from 2 of our 9 year old teams.  Our teams will face some big challenges with many of our teams playing high level travel tournaments and others playing teams from other parks in Dizzy Dean style tournaments. Good luck to all playing this summer and make us proud. We'll be back soon with more updates on a team by team basis

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If there are any baseball awards left for NYO and Marist alum Blake Stevens to win as a pitcher for Birmingham-Southern College, someone better identify them quickly. On Monday, Blake, a senior right-hander, was named South Region Pitcher of the Year by On Wednesday, D3baseball raised the stakes by naming him Division III national pitcher of the year, as well as First Team All-America. But that's not all.

The American Baseball Coaches Assn. named him its South Region Pitcher of the Year, and the Southern Athletic Assn., of which Birmingham-Southern is a member, named Blake pitcher of the year for the second consecutive season.  And Birmingham-Southern has named Blake its male athlete of the year. 

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Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:42

May Madness - Baseball Playoff Updates

The delays caused by the rain on Sunday and Monday made the baseball all the better in Tuesday's big championship games. The kids treated us to some unbelievable action all night.

The night started at 5:00 on FOD as the Int'l Angels upset the Red Sox in a 6-3 contest, forcing a game #2 winner take all "if necessary" final on Wednesday at 6:00 on FOD.

Action continued on Garr Field where the Pony National Dodgers prevailed over the Giants 8-6 to take the crown.  Thanks to all of the Dodgers and Giants families for allowing this game to be pushed out from Sunday.

Meanwhile, over at St. John's, the AA Yankees and Tigers battled back and forth, with the Yankees finally prevailing in the championship game 9-8 with a walk off hit in the bottom of the 6th. Thanks to both teams for allowing us to move this game over to STJ.

Back on FOD, after the Astros eliminated the D-Backs in a continuation game on Wilkins, the Majors Cubs put together a great performance to take the Majors crown 6-2 over the battle tested Astros.

Finally, back on Garr, in a game continued from Sunday, the Pony American Angels prevailed 7-6 over the Tigers in a 9 inning test where both teams fought back and forth into extra innings, capping a wonderful night at the park and the 14U End of the Era party.

Whew.  Come on out for the last game of the spring season on FOD at 6:00 for the Int'l league final

Thanks to all of our league directors, coaches, team moms and other volunteers for all the hard work this last week.  Special thanks to everyone who had to fight the rain Sunday and Monday, especially everyone out there for the crazy Shetland Red Silver Championship game which ended in a driving rainstorm in extra innings!

Check out all of our regular season champions, playoff champions and runners-up and PCA Coach of the Year recipients in the attached Circle of Champions spreadsheet.

It has been quite a year and thanks to all for your patience and cooperation as we got in the 944 games on our schedule for all 118 teams and 1,504 players in our baseball program. Special thanks to all of our coaches, league directors, team moms and league coordinators, as well as everyone on or baseball committee, for all of their tireless work in putting together a fine year of baseball.

Congrats to 12U player Drew Holmes, the recipient of this year's Kyle Burnat Award, and Ben Levenbaum, the recipient of this year's Volunteer of the Year Award.

Look for some major work and completion of our new parking area once the regular season has drawn to a close. And just as soon as we wrap up playoffs, our 19 summer tournament teams will get underway with action criss-crossing Georgia and the southeast (look for website updates on that throughout late May and June).

Finally, don't forget about fall ball sign ups online running from May 23-July 15 (with sign ups continuing after that date as space allows).

That sure seems like enough.  Thanks to all, NYO Baseball

She came to the plate with two outs, her team trailing by a run and with runners on second and third. It was the bottom of the last inning in a post-season tournament game her team needed to win to continue its season. Ten-year-old Maggie Sutton struck out, according to her coach, Brian Raley, now commissioner of NYO's fastpitch softball program.  'At 10 that could crush a kid,' Brian recalls today. But she handled it, moved right past it.'

Now 16 and a 10th-grader at Woodward Academy, Maggie led her Senior-league Tridents to a regular-season championship with an 11-1 record. Brian Raley believes she caught every inning of every game. On a team with some players two to three years younger, 'you'd never know she's older,' Brian says. 'Maggie treats evereyone like a friend.' It's that sentiment, as much as for her abundant talents on the ball field, that Maggie was named the first-ever recipient of the Chris Deisley award.  In memory of the long-time Fastpitch coach and league leader, the Chris Deisley award goes to the young lady who best exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership and character. 

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:43

Attack Grabs 2015 Fastpitch Majors Title!

In the Major League Tournament finals, the Attack capped a successful season with a 5-3 victory in the playoff final against the Nightmare. The Attack defense was solid throughout the game with pitchers Sydney Silverstein and Lane Brickley allowing only three runs in a tightly contested, back and forth battle. The Attack hitters were able to break the game open in the third inning on a run scoring hit by Lane Brickley followed by a home run from Elle Shores. The game capped a successful season for the Attack who also won the regular season in Majors. During the year, the team received contributions throughout the line-up. Congratulations to the Attack, 2015 regular season and playoff Majors Champions!

With a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the Jaguars in the championship game on May 7, Shake-n-Bake ended a remarkable season in the NYO Senior League.  Shake-n-Bake started the year with consecutive losses (scores of 10-9 and 11-10 respectively), then bounced back to win 14 games in a row!  The team's resurgence was led by pitcher Anna Freeman.  After a rocky early season, Freeman performed better with each passing game.  The highlight of her season was a 16-strikeout, complete game against a talented Bulldogs lineup in a 6-3 Shake-n-Bake win late in the year.  Shake-n-Bake relied on consistent offensive production from Presley Marxmiller, Alana Ducre (1 homerun this year), Lucie Raley, Jenny Barnes and Sydney Katz (who may have turned Shake-n-Bake's season around with a two-out, game winning double to cap a 4-run comeback in the last inning against Cyanophobia). 


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Tornado Blue rallied for 3 runs in its last at bat to capture the Minors tournament championship 5-4 over the Rebel Grapes in a well-played, hard-fought title game. Madison Hadley and Josie Swain provided the big hits in the rally. Both teams had great pitching with Sydney Vincent and Quinn Schaeffer shining for the Grapes, and Leah Faser and Mackenzie Morris excelling for Tornado Blue. Catcher Liza Mobley had a great game for Tornado Blue, going 2-2 at the plate, throwing out a runner trying to steal third, and catching a foul-tipped third strike for a huge out in the Grapes' final at bat.

Tornado Blue had a slow start to the season, but the girls worked hard, kept a good attitude, and constantly improved. After winning only two of its first six games, Tornado Blue never lost again, reeling off 10 straight wins culminating with the victory in the championship game.

Congratulation to the Rebel Grapes for a great season, and to Tornado Blue for a well-deserved championship!

Saturday, 09 May 2015 15:32

Dugout Doings: Farewell, Ben

He arrived as the 'third assistant' coach to an NYO Majors team in 1996 or 1997. Fresh out of Emory, Ben Levenbaum was a long way from Long Island, where he grew up. 'NYO became home,' he says. But now it's time to go home, back to Long Island, back to family. In the two decades since starting as a 'third assistant' Ben has married, become a father --- twice, grown a successful business  and coached hundreds of NYO youngsters on more championship teams than any coach in recent memory.

As a way of saying 'thank you' and recognizing Ben's many years of service, NYO has named Ben this year's winner of the Suzanne Caswell Volunteer of the Year Award. 

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From third base to first base, they form an arc around the infield of the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field. It's a semi-circle, but for 85 12-year-olds, the ceremony means they have come full-circle in their NYO careers. 'You have made it from the tee-ball field to here,' Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay tells the young players and their camera-toting parents. In fact, the ballplayers stand precisely where many of them lined up on another Saturday morning five, six, seven years ago when they filed into the Wilkins Field as little ones for the annual Opening Day parade.

It's NYO's answer to graduation day. One-by-one Cliff calls the names of 85 NYO players who are concluding this phase of their baseball careers.  Next up: Pony League, middle and high-school teams or, perhaps, the pursuit of another sport, another interest. 'I've had the privilege of watching you from age 5 to age 12,' Cliff says, calling this one of NYO's 'strongest classes' and certainly 'one of the most social,' as he tries to hush the exuberant ballplayers. Forty-four of the 85 began NYO as five-year-olds, according to Cliff, the most ever of any 12-year-old group.    

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Saturday, 09 May 2015 14:10

Dugout Doings: 'We need one like him'

When a rival manager wishes you were on his team, that is the highest compliment of all. 'We need one (like him),' said an NYO Bronco manager who helped select Drew Holmes as the 2015 recipient of the Kyle Burnat award, given to the 12-year-old who 'most embodies the NYO experience.' The manager recounted an occasion when Drew struck out on a tough pitch. He didn't sulk, he didn't gripe. He hustled back to his Braves teammates in the dugout to tell them what the pitcher was throwing and to say, 'Don't worry, you'll hit him.'

Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay told the story as he introduced Drew, who trotted to the mound of the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field to receive his plaque. His fellow Bronco players cheered when Cliff called Drew's name. The plaque hangs on the wall facing the front door of the Dowis administrative building, signifying its importance.

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Brian Fielden is no slouch when it comes to NYO work. He coaches son Blake's 9-year-old AA team, serves as director for the Single-A league and sits on NYO's baseball committee.  But his voice swells with pride as he describes his wife, Paige, co-president of the baseball Volunteer Auxiliary. 'It's an honor for me to walk around NYO and introduce myself as Paige's husband,' Brian says. 'People don't know me, but they know her.'

Paige Fielden, it seems, is everywhere. Before the baseball season begins, Paige and co-president Kim Shoup organize and run meetings for team parents, plan the elaborate Opening Day festivities and parade and tend to the dozens of other behind-the-scenes details that spell success --- or failure --- for a dawning NYO season.  She also sits on the NYO governing board. 'Paige is driving the train,' says baseball commissioner Cliff Barshay. 'I just stay out of the way.' Pam Miller, Paige's NYO predecessor, calls Paige's operation a 'well-oiled machine.' The program's executive director Jane Wilkins, who says Paige and the women she recruits 'make Cliff look good,' offers a softer appraisal: 'She's a pure Southern belle.' This Mother's Day weekend it's appropriate to honor Paige and all the Moms who make NYO what it is.

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Following thrilling semi-final action on Tuesday night, the final pairings are set in all three upper leagues for championship games on Thursday night.  In the Minors, the Rebel Grapes (led by Quinn Schaeffer) ended the deep tournament run by the Green Rage 6-4 to advance.  At 6:30pm on Thursday, the Grapes will face Tornado Blue, who edged out the Green Hornets 5-4 in an extra-inning classic.  Victoria Hadley knocked in the tying run and scored the winning run, as Tornado Blue overcame a brilliant pitching performance by Sophia Mador of the Green Hornets.  In the Majors, the Attack (led by pitchers Sydney Silverstein and Lane Brickley) continued to doniminate in the playoffs, with a 10-4 win over the Legion of BOOM.  The Attack will face the Nightmare, who upset the second-seeded Natural Disasters 12-8 behind the pitching of Dagny Peters.  In the Seniors, the Jaguars were led on the mound by Samantha Carbonara as they eliminated the top-seeded Tridents 8-4.  The Jaguars will face Shake-n-Bake at 6:00pm on Thursday, hoping to win and force a winner-take-all game at 7:40pm. 

Come out Thursday night and enjoy the exciting end to the 2015 NYO Fastpitch tournaments!


Updated May 6, 2015, 9:09 a.m.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:47

Dugout Doings: From K to 12

Joseph Charron remembers the walk-off home run he hit for the Bronco Yankees against the A's, but it's not his fondest memory of NYO.  'Playing wall ball, pickle, just hanging out' are the memories that bring a smile to Joseph's face. He is one of six seniors on the Holy Innocents' High School baseball team who grew up at NYO. Connor Dolan, another of the six, 'always had a ball in his hands from the time he could walk,' his dad recalls. 'He played at NYO starting at the AA level in 2006 as a 9-year-old continuing through International, Majors, Broncos and American League – Pony.'

Atlanta's high schools, public and private, have baseball rosters stacked with NYO alums. When Holy Innocents' plays Riverwood, when Westminster plays Lovett, when Marist, Pace, Woodward Academy, North Atlanta, Wesleyan or Galloway take the field their players find familiar faces in dugouts on both sides of the diamond. 'It's because of NYO,' says Sam Herrick, one of the Holy Innocents' Six.

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Monday, 27 April 2015 11:45

2015 Fall Girls Basketball!

NYO’s FALL GIRLS BASKETBALL program provides a great opportunity for girls to get ready for the winter season. With a focus on team basketball and skills development, the league is structured so that all girls receive substantial playtime in a competitive, organized environment. For many, the NYO program offers great preparation for middle school and high school tryouts. This league is designed to accommodate girls that also play another fall sport.
Registration begins Monday, May 4th!

SIGN-UP EARLY – some age groups will fill up quickly!

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Sunday, 26 April 2015 00:00

NYO Braves Day, May 1st!

Come and root for the home team with your NYO team! Friday, May 1st vs. the Reds at Turner Field. All players have an opportunity to parade around Turner Field pre-game. Line up at the Hank Aaron ramp by 6:30 pm. It's also Friday night fireworks! This event  is always a huge hit with NYO families and the tickets do sell out. Go to to purchase your NYO tickets.  Questions can be directed to Barbara Jackson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:37

Dugout Doings: NYO's Young Guns

Their team pictures reside in frames or scrapbooks their old coaches treasure more than the former players will ever know. It's blurred, but the picture with this story is of the 1998 NYO Mets. Allan Gottlieb is the coach on the right and two players to his left in the front row is Ross Conway. Allan has a similar team photo of the 2001 NYO 9-year-old all-stars, including a young player named Will Sheppard.  

Those photos will come to life at 7:30 Friday night on the Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams. For Ross, now an assistant to his old manager Allan Gottlieb, will help guide the Cubs against the other top team in the NYO Majors, the Diamondbacks  And Will Sheppard will be in the opposing dugout, helping coach the D'backs. Four other 20-something coaches, including three who also grew up playing NYO baseball, will be in the respective dugouts. They represent a generation of young, talented, caring NYO alums who have returned and like nothing more than to match baseball wits with their former coaches.  'Time for the students to (hopefully) surpass their former master,' says Ed Goetze, who describes himself as the 'nominal head coach' of the Diamondbacks. Ed says he is helping his four young assistants 'for a year so they'll be ready to go out on their own next year.'

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Friday, 17 April 2015 14:10

Dugout Doings: NYO's Baseball Collegians

It wasn't the blue-gray October sky Grantland Rice described when he wrote about Notre Dame's legendary Four Horsemen. Rather, it was a sunny Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Indiana, as two former NYO players came on in relief for their respective college teams, Notre Dame and Florida State. Sean Guenther, a lefty who grew up on the NYO fields, had recorded a save for Notre Dame Friday when he struck out five in the final two innings. Now, he faced Jim Voyles, who once played NYO Pony baseball with his twin brother (and FSU teammate), Ed.

'It was sort of surreal,' according to Ken Young, who was there. 'To show up in South Bend . . . for an ACC powerhouse matchup (Florida State was ranked 8th nationally at the time) and witness two opposing pitchers from NYO close the game.. . Wow!' Sean, a freshman and former Marist High School star, would get his third save of the season in the 4-1 win. Two of the five outs he recorded came by strikeouts. Notre Dame would sweep the three-game series.  Jim Voyles, an FSU sophomore who played at Holy Innocents', needed only 12 pitches as he struck out two of the three batters he faced. And they were not the only NYO alums on their teams.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015 10:28

Dugout Doings: Call Miss Jane

In a file cabinet in her office in the Dowis Building, Jane Wilkins has every annual directory NYO has ever published. It's a treasure trove of names. And each of those names belongs to someone touched by NYO baseball, fastpitch softball, football, basketball or cheerleading.  As NYO looks ahead with a new strategic plan, perhaps we should pause to take a look back, too.

Six years, on average, according to Jane, NYO's executive director, is the time a family spends connected to our sports program. But they are crucial and formative years for a child. Life's lessons are learned. Friendships are forged. Growth occurs. For some, high school sports await. For most, other interests arise and NYO becomes a memory. It's a memory worth revisiting.

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NYO's Opening Day must be like Christmas morning for baseball commissioner Cliff Barshay. There's the parade, thanks to the hard work of co-chairs Margaret Bryant, Laura Herakovich and Merideth Houseman, but there's always the big question: Who will Cliff tap to throw out the official first pitch?  It's Cliff's surprise gift under the NYO Christmas tree.

'All three are now playing professional baseball,' Cliff intones as he speaks of the young men who grew up on NYO's baseball fields. 'They're working their way up through the system, and all are at spring training (which is why they could not be here). So, we did the next best thing. We asked their fatherrs to throw out the first pitch.'  John Thomas (Yankee minor leaguer Brandon's dad), Ken Young (father of future Cub Chesny) and Randy Rhino, standing in for Bryan Farmer (whose son Kyle catches in the Dodgers' organization), took their places on the mound. Behind the plate stood Thomas Markwalter, of the NYO Bronco Yankees, Christopher Fielden, of the NYO Majors Cubs, and Jonah Glenn, of the Bronco Dodgers, each boy matched with the organization for which the fathers' sons play.

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Saturday, 04 April 2015 11:30

Dugout Doings: An NYO Dad Remembered

Chris Deisley showed up one day, and he never stopped showing up. 'You wander out here with your daughter,' Fastpitch Softball Commissioner Brian Raley recalls of Chris and seven-year-old Caroline, 'and (before long) she's a star for the Lovett High School team.' Five years after Caroline, now a student at the University of Southern California, moved on from NYO, Chris Deisley remained. 'There was virtually nothing about softball he didn't do,' Brian Raley remembers. 'At tryouts, he hit flyballs. He was the go-to guy on drafts. Everyone listened to him. He was our scheduler and re-scheduler. He ran the youth umpiring and all-star programs.' For seven years, he served as the Fastpitch's assistant commissioner.

On January 20, Chris, who was 55, lost a two-year fight with brain cancer. This year, NYO fastpitch softball players will wear a patch with his initials, JCD, on their jerseys. At 2 p.m. Sunday March 29, all fastpitch games were halted and 200 gathered on the Larry Bennett field to remember Chris Deisley. Caroline, home from USC, her mother Laura and brother Will were there to receive a framed NYO shirt with Chris's initials on it. Those initials and Chris's first name were chalked on the infield where the ceremony took place.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:05

Changes for the 2015 Football Season

 Each year revisions are made to improve NYO’s Football program. The most significant changes that will be implemented in 2015 are summarized below.

  1. 1).  Training Camp – Immediately prior to tryouts a new feature of NYO Football will be introduced called Training Camp beginning on August 4, 2015 which will involve several days of instruction and light conditioning. Player safety is the primary objective of Training Camp which will be lead by former NFL player Buddy Curry who is a Heads Up master trainer. Objectives for Training Camp will include: teaching Heads Up drills to NYO coaches, providing players with appropriate Heads Up instruction, heat acclimation and light conditioning before contact drills in Tryouts. A secondary benefit of Training Camp will be that it will provide coaches with more time to evaluate players prior to the draft. The new player orientation will be eliminated.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 16:13

Georgia Tech Softball Day!

For the 8th year in a row, the Georgia Tech Softball team opened its arms and welcomed NYO Softball to a great day at Mewborn Field on the Georgia Tech campus.  More than 66 girls from across the different NYO leagues proudly displayed their NYO colors and sported pink in honor of Georgia Tech’s “Pink Day’ in their game with NC State.

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Team and individual pictures are this week - March 26-29.  See the attached schedule for your team's time and location.  Teams playing off-site will take pictures at St. John's UMC or Sarah Smith Elementary School.  Pictures will take place RAIN OR SHINE

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Friday, 13 March 2015 12:05

Dugout Doings: Why Opening Day Matters

For the first time in many a year I will miss NYO's Opening Day ceremonies. I'll miss the volunteers who worked so hard for 24-straight hours to hang red-white-and-blue bunting and to inflate all those colorful balloons. I'll miss the little boys and girls tramping across the still-dewy outfield grass of the Garr Field, looking for the banner that signals where their baseball or fastpitch softball teams are to gather. I'll miss the team Moms and coaches who bedeck their players in Mardi Gras-style beads, then lose track of them just as the big parade is about to begin. I'll miss the high school cheerleaders and mascots who attract wide-eyed little ballplayers wherever they go.

I'll miss the loud music that Billy Small plays as the teams march into the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field after they have snaked their way down stairs, around and back up stairs next to the Dowis Building. I'll miss baseball commissioner Cliff Barshay pacing the infield, microphone in hand as row-after-row of little ones form an arc in the outfield that stretches from third-base line to first-base line. I'll miss Cliff's patter, so familiar one year to the next. I'll miss all the official welcomes from all the adults as little players grow restless. The National Anthem will be sung and someone special will deliver the first pitch. From their perch in deep center-field, Larry and Debbie Bennett will take it all in, knowing Larry's non-stop work has yet again made the fields ready and beautiful. I'll miss all these things, but I'll know another NYO baseball/fastpitch softball season is officially under way.

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In just a few days the NYO fields will be transformed by 300+ volunteers with red, white and blue flags and tons of balloons. NYO Baseball/ Softball Opening Day is March 21, 2015 and excitement is building!  (Click on the picture or title for more information)

Friday, 06 March 2015 15:39

TeamNYO Parking Project!

After months of hard work, we are very happy to report that we have finally received our permit for the parking project. As you’ll recall from our last updates, though we had complied with all requirements, “the city’s permitting process threw us a curveball” and those curveballs kept coming, causing at least a year’s delay in our project. So now we are eager to get underway with this exciting project.

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Jackson Lee Wallis, 11, took the pitcher's mound in relief for the NYO Majors Mets. The 10 a.m. game on the Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams began with a temperature of 39 degrees and a wind chill that made it feel like 32.  Jackson Lee's fingers were stiff with cold, making it difficult to grip the baseball. Home plate umpire Rhonda Clore ('I'm not just Blue, I'm the mother hen') called time and visited the pitcher with one of those hand-warming packets more commonly found on ski slopes. Warming his fingers between pitches, Jackson Lee induced an inning-ending groundout to his shortstop. Welcome to NYO baseball 2015.

Cold, wet weather hit pre-season practices hard. 'Most (teams) have had three to five on-field practices,' according to Baseball Commissioner Cliff Barshay. Normally they would have between 9 and 12. Because of a tighter-than-usual baseball calendar, NYO has started its season for the older baseball and fastpitch softball teams earlier than normal for the second straight year. In the past, the season began after spring break for private schools and ended the week before Memorial Day, which this year falls on May 25. However, that would have left nine weeks, rather than the 10 that are necessary, according to Cliff. Thus the need to wedge in a week of play in late-February, early-March. While baseball opened on Saturday, fastpitch softball teams practiced in advance of their Sunday opening games.  

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:23

Dugout Doings: BP for Professionals

Before we talk about the big boys in the batting cages, we must address the monster behind the pitching screen.  His batting-practice pitches are hard, straight and true. Except when they aren't. 'He's been coming in all afternoon,' a player shouts to the batter, who holds the shattered wooden bat --- a prized gift from a former Major Leaguer who is now one of his coaches. One pitch, one swing and the barrell of the bat goes one way while the handle remains in the hands of Chesny Young, 22, and an NYO alum. Chesny, who hit .327 in his 44 games last summer and fall as a Chicago Cubs minor leaguer, eyes the bat with sorrow. If he were 10,  you'd want to put your arm around him and tell him everything will be all right. 'I've been using it all winter,' is Chesny's epitaph for his splintered wooden friend. 

The pitcher? Ken Young, Chesny's dad, who has performed nearly every NYO volunteer task possible. Through January and much of February, Ken Young threw BP to his son, Michael Massi, a St. Louis Cardinals prospect who played college baseball at Mercer University with Chesny, and David Reid-Foley, a former Mercer catcher who is in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Brandon Thomas, a New York Yankees minor leaguer who played at Georgia Tech, also used the NYO cages, as did Kyle Farmer, who played at Georgia and is in the Dodgers' system. That Chesny, Brandon and Kyle, who grew up playing NYO baseball, came home for their pre-season workouts speaks volumes about their connections to the program.

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Friday, 20 February 2015 12:29

Dugout Doings: NYO's Pre-season MVP's

Until the season's first pitch (and maybe even after), they are every NYO team's most valuable player. They are the Team Moms, although there is one Team Dad this year. Without them, there would be no jerseys with each player's name neatly lettered on the back. There would be no hats. There would be no red-white-and-blue bunting or balloons for the Opening Day celebration. Who would solicit team sponsorships? And, heaven forbid, who would arrange post-game concession-stand tickets for the little ones?

'The Team Mom runs everything for the season, but the coaching on the field,' says Paige Fielden. Perhaps it's not accidental that Paige's name, along with Kim Shoup's, appears just below that of baseball commissioner Cliff Barshay in NYO's annual guide. Paige and Kim are volunteer auxiliary co-presidents. It's 9:30 a.m. and 15 degrees outside, but 40 Team Moms have gathered in the Dowis building on a weekday morning to pick up team hats and to get their instructions for the 2015 season, little more than a week away. The day before, 60 attended a like session for the younger NYO teams. The meeting is all business. Questions are sharp and to the point. Paige Fielden presides, but there are plenty of presenters.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:13

Dugout Doings: Starting the Right Way

Imagine you're a 7-year-old. You're standing at first base and your Rookie League NYO teammates occupy the dugout. Someone in the stands shouts your name and you want to look, but the adult on the mound is about to deliver a pitch. The batter makes contact and the ball rolls toward the shortstop. He fields it cleanly, but his throw to force you out at second eludes his teammate and rolls into right field. Your third-base coach signals to you to head for him, where you stop. That's how a like play would have gone in a big-league game.

Once upon a time, however, the Rookie League third-base coach would have turned into a human windmill, signaling you to keep running until you reached home.   The batter also would have kept running and his 'home run' would have been a cause of much celebration. But everyone would have known better. The shortstop might not have tried the throw, believing it was better to hold runners at second and first. And therein lies the difference in how NYO trains its young baseball players today, versus a few years ago.

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Saturday, 07 February 2015 11:59

Dugout Doings: There's New Grass on the Field

It's a Wednesday morning in early February and the NYO ball fields at Chastain thrum with activity. Work nears completion on the wood and stone pavilion- pressbox-dugout facility that backs up to Lake Forrest Drive and overlooks fastpitch softball field #4. Red ribbons wrap 59 trees that will come down (all will be replaced with new trees) to expand parking by 93 spaces, although not in time for this spring season. A tripod rests atop the pitcher's mound on the Jane Wilkins Bronco Field. It is used to laser-grade the field as muscular orange machines spread and smooth mounds of infield dirt.

The calendar may say it's winter, but the race is on to ready NYO baseball and fastpitch softball facilities for near-non-stop use until the end of May. It's a race Larry Bennett runs and wins every year. A past NYO coach, board president and chair and current Pony League commissioner, Larry is the guiding light behind all things structural at NYO.

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Monday, 26 January 2015 17:49

Dugout Doings: NYO's Circadian Clock

By Scott Brandt's count, this year marks the 16th time he's unfolded his chair, pulled out his player-ranking sheets and spent two (usually) bone-chilling days in late January sizing up NYO baseball talent. Saturday morning's raw damp weather gave way to Sunday afternoon's sun-splashed warmth along the third-base line of the Garr Pony Field. Wave after wave of 13 and 14-year-old players took their cuts against a pitching machine, sprinted the basepaths, fielded ground balls and shagged flies.  Next to each player's name, Scott recorded a grade for each skill. In near silence, Scott and the other Pony coaches watched and wrote. In a few days they will use their rankings to select this year's Pony teams.  

All across the Chastain fields and elsewhere, the annual ritual of Tryout Weekend plays out for baseball and fastpitch softball. Because nearly everyone is assured a place on a team, the term 'tryout' is something of a misnomer. Yet, it's part of NYO's Circadian rhythm. It's the weekend that signals a new season is upon us.Carter Smith, 13 and an eighth-grader at Sutton Middle School, totes his bat and other gear and awaits his turn. His tryout number, written with a Sharpie and pinned to his tee-shirt, flutters in the breeze.  If Carter's nervous, it doesn't show. He's an NYO lifer, having started in Small Ball. He plays second base and has an older brother, Jay Paul, 15, and a younger brother, Alex, 10, who have preceded and followed him along the NYO path.


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