Weather & Field Status Update

All Fields currently OPEN - Wednesday 5/20

All fields are OPEN and all games are ON for tonight.

Our schedule for tonight is as follows:

6:00  FOD International Final #2

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

Beginning Thursday May 21, we will not provided updates for weather announcements. Summer team coaches shoudl use sound judgment and stay off fields if we get rain, keeping in mind the safety of our players and quality of our fields. We will provide email updates to coaches as needed if we have an entire day washed out.

As always, cages are open, but do not use them in the event of rain, lightning or dangerous, frigid or sloppy conditions. Thunder & Lightning Safety Plan

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Thunder & Lightning Safety Plan

Thunder & Lightning Safety Plan for NYO's Fields at Chastain Park.

 

HEAR ALARM

* All play or practice is suspended
* All players, coaches, umpires, officials and spectators should leave the field and seek shelter immediately!

Move to a sturdy enclosed structure or a fully enclosed vehicle with the windows rolled up. No place is absolutely safe from a lightning threat, however some places are safer than others. Stay away from:

* Keep off of fields, common areas and any area of higher elevation.
* Avoid Tall isolated objects, such as flag poles, light poles or trees.
* Keep away all metal fences, bleachers and batting cages.
* Avoid all water and water fountains.

Safety is the number one consideration - common sense and good judgment should be used at all times.

Parents dropping off unattended children should have a safety plan in place for their child.
Do not return until the all clear is sounded – 3 quick 5 second horn blasts.

NOTE – For offsite NYO games or practices, umpires and coaches should follow the same safety guidelines if they hear thunder or see lightning. Play or practice shall not be resumed until there has been a minimum all clear period of 15 minutes – again common sense and good judgment should be used at all times.

Thank you!

The 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!

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

(To read more, please click on the headline) 

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 D3baseball.com. 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. 

(To read more, please click on the headline.) 

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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