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Watch Games on Wilkins Field Live Through HiCast Sports

NYO is excited to announce that we're part of the HiCast Sports Network. We're putting the game in your hands so you can watch gameplay on Wilkins Field live or on-demand (since the Opening Day on March 18) and share the Moments that Matter™ with the people who matter most. Anytime. Anywhere. On any device. 
 
We’ve got a free pass waiting for you here: http://www.hicastsports.com/welcome-nyo
 
We will be soliciting feedback from parents of Bronco and Majors players after the season ends.

Coach Tony's Corner - "Message to Parents - Encourage Your Children to Play Multiple Sports, Especially at a Young Age"


One of the hottest issues in youth sports today is if and when a child should specialize in a specific sport.  Often when I visit one of the area schools to speak with coaches and athletic directors, the conversation tends to gravitate to this very topic.  Sure, there are still plenty of high school athletes who play multiple sports, but the percentage of student athletes who play two or three sports at the middle school, JV and varsity level has decreased since a generation ago.  In 2016 at Northside Youth Organization, we had over 4,400 registrants and 2,300 families in our youth athletic program in the sports of girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, baseball, cheer, football, and fast-pitch softball.  Most of our kids, especially the young ones, participate in at least two sports, and many will even play three sports in our program.  When I speak to parents at the park, most of them have one goal for their child: the opportunity to play a sport at the varsity level at one of our area schools.  However, some parents inform me that they and their son/daughter have a goal to earn an athletic scholarship. 
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2017 Jane Wilkins Baseball/Softball Opening Day

Hello NYO Nation!

It's almost time... Is everyone ready to take the field???

We've all just sprung forward and there's an eager energy in the air that feels like the entire park is on deck... you know it's time to kick off the 2017 baseball/softball season and we are all excitedly awaiting that first official pitch...

NYO's Jane Wilkins Baseball/Softball Opening Day 2017 will take place this Saturday, March 18.  This is our own fantastic community tradition with a goal to get everyone in the spirit for all of the games ahead.   The parade will include NYO's Christopher League, Kit Kat and Rookie softball teams and all Small Ball, Shetland Blue, Red and Rookie baseball teams. Every year, the tradition carries on as many of our older athletes come back to volunteer their time to assist the younger crowd that looks up to them... we really are a team!  There is also an always impressive crew of Atlanta school and professional team mascots to really get the crowd fired-up!

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NYO Hit Night at D-Bat Buckhead

D-Bat Buckhead will host "NYO Night" on Friday, March 3 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  All NYO softball and baseball players are invited.  

The event will include the following:

-Three open pitching machines
-Four stations (two hitting, one fielding and one throwing)
-Pizza and PowerAde/water to be provided by D-Bat
-Free of charge to all NYO players
-RSVP directly with D-Bat (404) 355-9700

Baseball Clinics Rescheduled

The weather played havoc with our pre season clinics over the weekend but we wanted to let you know that we will be rescheduling them this week and next.  
 
7- 9 yr old clinic will be this Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM at NYO.  
 
10-14 yr old clinic will be this Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM at NYO.
 
5 & 6 yr old clinic will be next Monday 30th from 5:00-6:30 PM at NYO.
 
Please check in at the pavilion next to the concession stand.
 
If you are unable to attend the make up date and you already purchased a ticket please email Coach Woolverton @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a full refund.  No need to respond if you are planning to attend.
 
For those that would now like to attend that haven’t already purchased a ticket you can also email Coach Woolverton directly to let him know that you will be coming. 
 

NYO Baseball - player evaluations, pre-season info

January 18 -We are just a few weekends away from our big weekend for player evaluations. Attached to this article is a memo with info on all kinds of pre-season issues. Also attached is e detailed player evaluation and tryout schedule for January 28-29 for age groups 6-12 (there are no tryouts for 5u Shetland Blue or 4u Small Ball). Be sure to check the schedule for info on how to view the schedule. The Pony schedule will be sent direct to Pony parents this coming week and will be posted here shortly.  If you will either be out of town or absolutely cannot come during your assigned time, see the memo for details on what to do. But please do everything you can do be there during your assigned time so we can keep things orderly that weekend as we have over 1,500 kids playing with us this spring.  We're also attaching a separate document with our list of the Top 10 questions we get about tryouts - hope we answer most of your questions. Plenty of info there on finding your tryout number, figuring out when and where to go, what to bring, what happens if you have a direct conflict, etc, so please refer to this before sending in any emails.  Finally, we are re-attaching the 2017 calendar.  We will also be uploading all of these items to the main baseball page on the NYO website and will update there should there be any changes.  Tryouts will go on unless we have extreme weather conditions and we'll be sending out updates as we get closer to that weekend.
See you in a few weeks! Thanks, NYO Baseball

Baseball Clinics January 21st and 22nd

It's hard to believe, but baseball evaluations are right around the corner, scheduled on the weekend of January 29-29 (for players age 6 and up).  We will be sending out and posting information on that an other start up topics soon.  Let's hope we got the cold weather out of the way.

We are pleased to announce the details on our pre-season kickoff clinics led by Coach Jeff Woolverton.  The clinics are for players 5-14 and will be held on Saturday/Sunday January 21-22 (5 and 6 year olds on Sundayand everyone else on Saturday.  Your child's age is his/her NYO age (your child's age as of 4/30/17).  This is a great way to get the season started and shake off some rust.  The clinics will sell out, so be sure to sign up online as soon as you can.  Sign ups are specific times are online at the web address links below and the cost is $50 per player ($43 for ages 5 and 6).  Please note that participation in these clinics is totally optional and will not effect your registration status in the league.

Direct links for the registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-nyo-baseball-spring-training-clinic-5-6-year-olds-tickets-30946102626

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-nyo-baseball-spring-training-clinic-7-8-9-year-olds-tickets-30946321280

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-nyo-baseball-spring-training-clinic-10-14-year-olds-tickets-30946481760

2017 Spring Baseball - Sign Up Information stars

Dec 30 - IMPORTANT WAIT LIST INFORMATION:  As our open sign up has now passed, new sign ups for Baseball will be placed automatically on our wait list.  Many of our age groups (in particular ages 4-6 and our Pony league) continue to have openings. We review the wait list daily and admit players into the league as long as we have space. Age groups fill up differently, so we must control our numbers this way.  Once you are cleared from the wait list, you will get an automatically generated email informing you that you have been admitted. In the event we are not able to work you in off of our wait list, you will get a full refund. You can also withdraw from the wait list at any point before we let you in, in which case you would get a full refund.  However, once you are admitted, our normal refund policy kicks in.

We know it's football and fall baseball season, basketball is just getting underway and the World Series hasn't started yet, but....here's a first notice regarding signups for the 2017 spring season of NYO Baseball (rising ages 4-14) with some important attachments. Sign ups will run online from November 5-18 for returning players ages 5-12, Pony Baseball (ages 13-14 for both returning and new players) and Small Ball (returning and new age 4 new players), and November 12-18 for new players ages 5-12.

If you played with us in either the spring or fall of 2016, you are considered a returning player.  

Rising 5's who played Small Ball last spring should register in the Baseball Ages 5-6 league as returning players. Rising 13's should register in the Pony league for 13-14 year olds as returning players.  There is typically no need to check the box to play up a league as all players are viewed as of their age as of April 30, 2016. Remember that your league age will show up in the first digit (for 9 and under) or first two digits of your tryout number (for 10 and up).  We are attaching our annual preseason warm up memo covering sign ups and some topics where we typically get lots of questions early on. We are also attaching our tentative calendar for some critical info on when we will be playing games. Be sure to read both the memo and look at the calendar so you can see how we are dealing with the school breaks and holidays this year.


When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email from the program with your signup #. Be sure to keep this handy. Player evaluations for ages 6-14 will be the weekend of January 28-29 (as shown on the calendar)- there are no player evaluations for the 4U Small Ball league or the 5U Shetland Blue league. Once we have worked through the registration process (likely in early January), we will post evaluation schedules by tryout numbers.

Be sure to click on the title of this article and then scroll down to view our preason informational memo and tenatative 2016-2017 calendar.  We hope you'll be able to join us in 2017!

Thanks, NYO Baseball



PS: Every year we hear from some folks who don't get our blasts due to their having changed their email address at some point during the off-season. Coaches and team parents should feel free to pass this email on to parents of past year's team members to get the word out.
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Join Us On Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, May 17 at 10:30am on Wilkins Field to honor the 2014 Nick Napalatano recipient!  The Nick Napalatano award is given in recognition of long-term service and commitment to the Christopher League.  These extraordinary volunteers often begin in the program as young teens and continue volunteering throughout high school, waking up early on Saturday mornings for practices and games.  Come out and show your support for the players and "buddies" of the Christopher League!

Christopher League Fall 2013 Schedule at Home!

Starting September 7th, on NYO's Wilkins Field, teams of volunteer Buddies and our Christopher League players will be competing on the diamond for eight straight Saturdays. Join in the fun, play begins at 9am and runs till 10:30. Download a schedule through October 26th by clicking HERE 

Christopher League Spring Schedule!

The Christopher League is a baseball league run by NYO for children with disabilities. The program is designed for “Buddies” ages 11 and older to assist players in the games. We anticipate having about 25 Players, so all Buddies are welcomed and encouraged to attend any game they can. We have 3 away games scheduled and we will host 2 home games with visiting teams (timed to coincide with an NYO off-week to avoid parking issues). We will also have 3 intra-squad games at NYO. All home games are played on the Wilkens/Bronco Field. Our 8 game schedule as follows: click article image or headline for schedules and download link below.

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