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Saturday 8:00 am update; Football and baseball games at Sarah Smith are on as scheduled.  We are hopeful that the rain is done for the day. If we get more rain, all calls will be made at the fields.  The Christopher League has been canceled. 

For remaining baseball and softball practices, coaches should use best judgment as fields dry out throughout the day.  Stay off of any wet grass or muddy areas of the fields. No repetitive drills on wet parts of fields. 

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

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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!

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

NYO Strategic Plan

Twenty-eight years.  That’s how long I’ve been an NYO parent-coach-volunteer. If you asked me how our organization works, how it continues to improve, I’d recite a litany of names. It would be a list of thousands --- parents and non-parents alike --- who commit their time each year for the love of children and for the games they play. They’re the people --- starting with Jane Wilkins --- who have given us the premier youth-sports organization in the South.

In 65 years, we’ve grown to serve 2,500 families with 5,000 registered baseball, fastpitch softball, football, basketball and cheerleading children, ages 4 to 14.  We also operate the Christopher League for children with special needs.

We do it all in the heart of Atlanta’s biggest and busiest park, Chastain, or on high-quality playing fields we maintain with school and church partners.

A romantic might call it the Miracle of NYO. But romances, even the best ones, hit rough patches. Even miracles have shelf life and an expiration date. Leaders move on. Volunteers find new interests. Success breeds complacency, which can yield to mediocrity. Tough economic times strain everyone. Bad things do, occasionally, happen.

No one can anticipate every challenge, every opportunity. But if you’re paying attention you might just catch the next updraft or avoid the unexpected wind shear. That’s why, a year ago, NYO’s board set out to develop a detailed three-year strategic plan that will guide operations and decision-making. (click headline or image to read more)

Monday, 28 September 2015 20:03


As many of you know, after nearly 40 years as the heart and soul of NYO, our Executive Director Jane Wilkins is stepping down from the position at the end of this year (fortunately, Jane will continue to stay very active with us into next year!). Please see Jay Smith’s article from earlier this summer about Jane and her tremendous contribution to NYO (Say It Ain't So, Miss Jane).

The NYO Board of Directors has formed a formal search committee to manage the process of searching for our next Executive Director. In so doing, the committee has put together a formal job description for the Executive Director position, which can be found attached to this article and under “The Park” tab at Executive Director Search.  Interested candidates will find all the information they need in the job description. Thanks!

The Search Committee

Monday, 28 September 2015 10:56

Girls basketball season continues

The action in the girls basketball season has been great, and the weekly clinics, so capably run by members of the Holy Innocents girls basketball coaching staff, have been a fantastic way to develop girls' basketball skills. Above, Rookie league 4th grade point guard extraordinaire Claire Walsh prepares to pass for her team, the Hawks, as they battle the Tarheels.  The Tarheels prevailed by 2, in a barn-burner.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:02

A rock concert for a better Chastain

With its year-round sports programs, its 5,000 young participants and their parents, coaches and fans, NYO is, in many ways, the heartbeat of Chastain Park. Yet, the park, with its 268 acres and two-million annual visitors, needs someone to look over it. That someone is the 11-year-old Chastain Park Conservancy whose volunteers and small staff keep our park green, safe and clean. They're the folks behind the doggie bags and the recycling bins, and they're responsible for the new playground being built across Wieuca Road and for the wider, safer walking and running path going in on Powers Ferry Road.

On Friday night, October 16, at the Amphitheatre, the Concervancy will stage Rock Chastain, a concert whose proceeds will cover half the Conservancy's operating budget (the other half comes from memberships) and help complete funding for the new playground. All the details are available at, including how to order tickets, which are tax-deductible up to 75% of their value.

Building on its first-ever fund-raising concert last year, the Conservancy has lined up another powerhouse set of home-grown performers. Chuck Leavell, legenday keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, and Michelle Malone, Georgia's female rock performer of 2015, are the headliners. They will be joined by others, including Randall Bramblett, another native Georgian whose muiscal biography reads like a Who's-Who of rock and roll.

(To read more, please click on the headline)


Sunday afternoon, September 13th was especially exciting at NYO.  We had Football Opening Day Ceremonies, softball games, baseball games, football practices, cheer practices and the dedication of the new pavilion.  Truth be told,  softball and football kids have already been enjoying it with it’s perfect location.  The pavilion is located along Lake Forrest Drive beside the corner softball fields and Littles football field.  “Before it’s construction there wasn’t a pavilion or even a picnic table in this section of the park,” as Larry Bennett, NYO VP, pointed out during the ceremonies. (Read more, click photo or headline)

Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00

Bill Curry's Talk was a Hit!

On Sunday evening, September 13th those at Blackwell Field were treated to hear nationally recognized Bill Curry provide this year’s Character Development message.  A native of College Park, Ga, who played collegiately for Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech, and professionally for Vince Lombardi at Green Bay, and Don Shula at Baltimore, Coach Curry encouraged and challenged NYO players to be the best teammates they can be. 


Coach Curry was introduced by Ben Utt. Ben was Coach Curry’s first recruit at GA Tech who went on to a ten year career in the NFL. Ben has been a beloved coach and active member of the NYO Football Committee for 20 years.


Read more about Bill Curry...

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!

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

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.

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