Spring Baseball Evaluations This Weekend; Softball Registration NOW OPEN
Thanks to all that registered for DHYS Sping Baseball! Should be a great season!
Evaluations are Saturday January 31 or Sunday February 1, as follows by league:
Rookie, A and AA Leagues: January 31
Last names beginning with A-L: 10:00 am - noon
Last names beginning with M-Z: noon - 2:00 pm
AAA League: Please come to the session for which your player signed up during registration. Options were January 31 from 10:00 am - noon; January 31 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm; January 31 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm; or February 1 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Major League: January 31
Last names beginning with A-C: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Last names beginning with D-H: 11:00 am - noon
Last names beginning with I-P: noon - 1:00 pm
Last names beginning with Q-Z: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Makeup evaluations will be scheduled for the weekend of February 7. Check back here later this week for times.
If you have any questions, please contact your League Director (contact information at the bottom of this page).
Atlanta Rough Riders Softball Registration (5U to 18U) is NOW Open!
DHYS is once again proud to be partnered with Atlanta Rough Riders Softball! Registration is now open and will go through January 23. Click here to register! Here are the important dates for your calendar:
December 15: Registration Opens
January 27 & 28: Player Evaluations (at Rough Riders Field)
January 23: Registration Ends
January 24: Player Selection/Draft
February 2: Practice Begins
March 7: Opening Day/Team Pictures
April 6-10: Spring Break (No Games)
May 2/9: Championship Day
Jim "Big Pop" Cobb (1937-2014)
Jim “Big Pop” Cobb was a life-long coach, umpire and scorekeeper for countless youth baseball teams at Medlock Park over the years. He coached his son and neighborhood kids, and went on to do the same for his grandson and the sons of the same neighborhood kids he coached years earlier. Many of his former young players would still call him by his well-deserved nickname: "Big Pop." We were lucky to have his services well beyond coaching. Big Pop would often be seen even in recent seasons cutting the grass along the foul lines by hand, and painting the outfield foul lines on Friday’s before game time. Jamie Laubenthal recalls one day last year when he came by to deliver his hand-drawn diagram, instructions, and material list on how to make the home plate templates we all use to chalk the field. He was always working out at the park, and we will miss his positive energy very much.
His family tells us that one of his proudest moments occurred when DHYS honored him by naming Field 4 at Medlock Park the Coach Jim "Big Pop" Cobb Field. DHYS will miss Big Pop, and all that he did for two generations of baseball players! There will be a memorial service for Jim in the Spring.
With more than 150,000 visitors to Medlock each year, sponsorship of DHYS provides a great opportunity to help improve the baseball experience of each and every DHYS player AND gain exposure for your business among DHYS area families, friends, visiting teams and area residents who frequent the park year round! Our DHYS families come from numerous communities in and around Medlock Park (including Decatur, Oak Grove, Druid Hills, Emory, Morningside, Virginia-Highlands, Stone Mountain, Oakhurst and others).
Maintaining and improving our park facilities is a constant challenge. Sponsorships are what make critical improvements possible. It's a win-win scenario! Become a sponsor today and help us to improve and maintain the park, increase your business's visibility among area families and receive a tax deduction while supporting local youth baseball.
Our four sponsorship opportunities include: General/Team Sponsorship ($400)
5-foot banner supporting a team or your league of choice
Company ad on DHYS website (with company link if desired)
Listing in the team directory
Field Sponsorship ($1,000)
An 8-foot banners hung on your field of choice
Company ad on DHYS website (with company link if desired)
Half-page ad in the DHYS directory
Scoreboard Sponsorship ($3,000)
Company logo placed on one of the scoreboards AND an 8-foot banner hung on your field of choice
Special recognition on DHYS website, along with an ad and a company link if desired
Full-page ad in the DHYS directory
Medlock Park Partner ($7,500)
Company logo placed on one of the scoreboards and an 8-foot banner hung on EVERY field in the park
Special recognition on the DHYS website, along with an ad and a company link if desired
Full-page ad in the team directory
All sponsors are invited to set up a promotions table at our Opening Day Ceremonies in the Spring.
Corporate sponsorships are also available. Please contact Michael Rafter,
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In addition to Sponsorships, a great way to support DHYS is to purchase a personalized commemorative brick that will be placed in the pavilion at the center of the park. The bricks are personalized with two lines of up to 18 characters each. Whether commemorating a player, family member, friend, coach, or team that meant a lot to your DHYS experience, purchasing a brick will both support the park and leave your mark at DHYS. Simply Click the Brick below to secure your place at DHYS today!
100 Gloves Project a Huge Success!
We received the following email from Dina Zeckhausen, reporting in on the results of our efforts to collect used baseball equipment for the Julie Castillo League in The Dominican Republic:
Thank you SO Much for your help with getting the word out about 100 Gloves! This afternoon we picked up a bin overflowing with equipment from DHYS. (Please visit our Facebook page, where I just posted some photos of the updated loot.) We got lots of small gloves, cleats and bats from your group--which was perfect because we had already gotten lots of big stuff for the high school age kids. This was a very successful drive!
We will keep you in the loop about shipping and distributing the equipment. It may not be until December: we are considering a Xmas trip, where the boys will get to play Santa. :)
In the meantime, thanks again...wishing you and your League a great end of the baseball season!
Druid Hills Youth Sports is an all volunteer organization. We accept donations of any amount to support our baseball activities. Many of the projects we have initiated and maintained at the park include...