NYO Fall Baseball Overview
The purpose of NYO’s Fall Baseball program is to allow an opportunity for those children looking to sharpen and refine their skills prior to the spring 2018 season. NYO recognizes that some players in the spring program are particularly dedicated to baseball and want to continue their development in the “offseason.” However, the fall league is not designed to serve as a substitute for the spring season.
Activities will be considerably different from the spring league. Practices will be limited to three to five preseason practices commencing on or around August 19. Games will be played on weekends only, beginning the weekend of September 8-10. Most games for the five “kid pitch” leagues and the Shetland leagues will be played on Sunday afternoons (although some Friday night games may be necessary depending on the number of teams). Seven and 8-year-old “coach pitch” games will be rotated between Saturdays (all day) and Sunday afternoons. Games will continue through the weekend of November 3 – 5 (Shetland Blue will finish one week earlier). Depending on the number of teams, we anticipate that each league will play an eight-game regular season schedule. Rookie (7U) through PONY leagues will finish the season with a playoff tournament. Once games commence, practices will occur either on Saturdays or during the week.
Players are expected to be in attendance for all games. It is expected that the level of play will be high and competitive. However, your child is encouraged to participate in other activities, and should not think of fall ball as a primary activity. Please be assured that the eligibility of any player to play in our spring league (and consideration of summer teams) will be in no way affected by whether or not a player elects to participate in the fall baseball program.
Conflicts with NYO Football
Fall Ball is not meant to be a substitute for the outstanding NYO Football program. Any player considering playing NYO Football is strongly encouraged to do so. The fall baseball league is scheduled to work around NYO Football as much as possible. All baseball coaches are directed to instruct players that NYO football practices and games take priority if there is ever a conflict.