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Worst to First, NYO Patriots Finish Big!

Danny Gershwin has been coaching softball for 25+ years in Atlanta.  He has coached numerous NYO teams in addition to countless travel and All Star teams. This summer he is coaching NYO’s high school travel team, the Patriots.

This past Saturday at a tournament at Terrell Mill Park in Marietta, Danny experienced two firsts. 
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Dugout Doings: An NYO Opening Day honor

Even as a hard rain fell, David Bickers and his Southern Exposures landscape crew were hard at work preparing the NYO fields for Opening Day ceremonies. Baselines and batters boxes needed to be chalked, infields smoothed and treated with a drying agent to absorb the moisture. Rare is the day that a mere shower cancels NYO games. It's a routine David and his guys follow seven days a week from mid-March to late May when baseball and softball return to the Chastain fields. On Saturdays and Sundays, when games begin early, field preparation can start before sun-up.

But this day would be special. One of the highest honors NYO bestows is to ask someone special to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. This year, David and six members of his crew were afforded that honor. As they lined up at the mound of the Jane Wilkins Bronco field, the seven men eyed the young catchers to whom they would throw. For David Bickers, who grew up playing NYO baseball and whose sons have followed his lead, it marked the first time he had pitched on the field since 1982. He threw a strike. With that, Opening Day ceremonies concluded. And David and his crew headed back to their equipment to insure NYO's fields remained among the very best of any youth recreational program in the country.
(Jay Smith, who writes Dugout Doings, can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..     Note, there is no 'i' in the email address.)

Dugout Doings: 'Make it fun'

Courtney Moreno arrived early and read as she awaited Dr. Jack Llewellyn's presentation in the NYO gym on Sunday.  Her son, Ricky, is 5 and played Small Ball last spring. 'Some days, he mostly enjoyed playing in the dirt,' Courtney recalls. But when mom and dad asked Ricky if he wanted to play in the fall, then again this spring, he responded enthusiastically. 'We try to be encouraging, to remain positive and we want for him to have fun.'
With those few words, Courtney Moreno could have delivered Jack Llewellyn's speech for him. But Dr. Jack's hour-long talk to NYO coaches and parents contained the color and perspective gained when you've lived 72 years and spent most of them as an athlete, a coach or a counselor to the elite (and not-so-elite) of sport.  On this occasion, part of NYO's Positive Coaching program, he focused on youngsters, their parents and the men and women who coach them.
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Tarheels over the Volunteers in the X-League Championship

The X-League Tar Heels capped an impressive season by ruining away from the Vols 64-49 in the X League Championship at NYO last Thursday night.  The Tar Heels total team effort was led by Ford Stratton’s 19 points and stellar defense as they broke open a close game at the half and outscored the Vols 19-7 in the 3rd quarter to take control of the game. 
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NYO Girls' Hoopers Participate in Atlanta Hawks MLK Event

Over Martin Luther King Weekend, several NYO girls’ basketball players accepted an opportunity to play in an MLK hoops tournament sponsored by the Atlanta Hawks.  This opportunity all started when Senior Director of Basketball Programs for the Atlanta Hawks, Jon Babul made a call to NYO Executive Director, Tony Watkins on Wednesday, January 11.

“Jon called us in a bind," said Watkins.  "The tournament just had a team drop out, and he wanted to know if NYO could quickly put a team together to play in the event.” (Click Title to Read More)

Dugout Doings: Words matter

There's no picture to go with this column because it's about words.  Words, especially in the presence of children, matter. And beginning with this weekend's baseball and fastpitch softball evaluations, we'll spend the next four months (two to three hours a day, four days a week) in the company of a lot of kids.  
In year's past, I've written about the reunion-like feeling of coaches bundled up against late-January cold as they spend an entire weekend evaluating aspiring young players. Everyone who's registered makes a team, of course, but there's something special about this ritual. May it always be so. This year feels a bit different. I hope I am wrong, but thick skins have grown thin. And words too often tear at that skin.
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UPDATE: NYO Fastpitch Softball Player Evaluations stars

The NYO Fastpitch Softball Player Evaluations for Senior, Major and Minor Leagues will take place Saturday, January 28, at NYO.  To determine your daughter's evaluation time, you can click on the article title above, then click on the attachment for your daughter's league.  Players with evaluation numbers 14xxx and up are Senior League players; numbers 11xxx-13xxx are Major League players; and numbers 9xxx-10xxx are Minor League players.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAJOR LEAGUE EVALUATION START TIMES HAVE BEEN MOVED BACK TO 10:00AM (FROM 9:00AM), due to the cold weather.  All Majors players should check the attached sheet to confirm their evaluation times. 

For Rookie players, numbers 7xxx-8xxx, the evaluations will take place on Sunday, January 29.  The Rookie evaluation times are also attached to this article. 

Finally, for those who have registered recently, we have attached a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding player evaluations.  If, after reviewing the list, you still have questions, feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We can't wait to get started this weekend with the 2017 season!

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.