Weather & Field Status Update

All Fields currently OPEN (but see notes below) (Wednesday 4/29) 2:25 pm update

All fields are OPEN and all games are ON as scheduled. First games should stay off infield until the start of games to allow field maximum time to dry out. If we get more rain this afternoon, we will update but any decisions after 5:00 will be made at the fields.  

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.



* 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.

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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.

Henry Anderson, who was a 3 sport star at NYO (he played a mean shortstop in his days here), was the 3rd round selection of the Indianapolis Colts in the just completed NFL draft, and he was the 93rd pick, overall.  Henry played his high school football at Woodward Academy, and then he was a star defensive end for the Stanford Cardinal.  The NYO community wishes Henry the best of luck as he pursues his NFL career, and may he sign his first free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Saturday, 02 May 2015 14:42

Playoff Schedules for NYO Baseball


NYO Baseball playoffs get underway Monday May 4 with action in AA, Int'l and Majors. See the attachment for the full playoff schedule in these leagues. We'll be posting updates right here on a daily basis as the games continue, so be sure to check back and continue to view the attached schedule.  We will also be posting the Pony shootout schedule and the playoff schedule in Shetland Red, Rookie and A as soon as seedings are set. Note that game times may change as rounds progress in order to avoid conflicts for coaches with 2 teams.  Good luck to everyone in the playoffs.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 11:30

2015 Football Registration

Registration for NYO Football – 2015 Season

Registration for Returning Players – April 27 thru May 8, 2015 beginning at 8:00 AM.

NYO expects more players to register than can be accommodated. Parents are encouraged to register promptly. "Returning Players" are those that played football at NYO during the 2014 season. The registration fee is $350.00.

Registration for Players new to NYO Football –May 11 thru May 22, 2015 beginning at 8:00 AM. Registration for new players, meaning those that did not participate in the NYO Football program in 2014 and any returning players that missed the earlier registration must be completed during these dates. Registration is done online through The registration fee is $350. ALL new players are automatically placed on a Wait List. NYO expects more players to register than can be accommodated; registration & receipt of a tryout # through the on-line system do NOT mean that a player has been accepted in to the program. Acceptance notices will be e-mailed on the following month. Parents are encouraged to register May 11th.

Further dates concerning the 2015 NYO football Season:

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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