The purpose of Druid Hills Youth Sports is to promote good character, health, and sportsmanship among the youth of the community through sports.

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Opening Ceremonies and Annual Auction THIS FRIDAY!

Our annual auction at the Opening Ceremonies festivities is scheduled for Friday, March 27th, from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.!  Come ready to bid on the 6-night vacation in Italy for 4(!), a 6 night trip to Antigua for 2, Hawks and Braves tickets, a pitching lesson from legendary former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone, Gift Certificates to many of our local restaurants and much more! Come out March 27th at Medlock, eat food catered by Community BBQ, enjoy the band and jumpies, and be ready to bid and win!

THIS JUST IN: The Atlanta Braves' mascot, Homer, will be there from 6-7 pm to entertain the kids, pose for pictures and sign autographs!

Click here for the current list of auction items!  Nearly 200 lots up for bid!

Have you considered donating something to the auction – like a week or weekend at a vacation home; museum or attraction passes; other tickets or gift certificates of value? Consider asking restaurants and stores you frequent for gift certificates, too. It all adds up and makes for an exciting bid list! If you would like to donate an item for auction, please click here to download the form!

The auction is one of our most important fundraisers of the year.  Our Auction Chair,  , and the rest of our Board of Directors appreciate your support of Druid Hills Youth Sports!


Senior League Registration NOW OPEN!

Senior League Registration is now open for players who will be 13U or 14U as of April 30, 2015.  Click here to register today!  Registration runs through March 28.

DHYS on Social Media!

DHYS is stepping up its game on social media!  Follow us on Facebook.  Our Twitter account will give you real time news and updates, including field status (rainouts).  And help our new Instagram account go viral by sending pictures from around the park to or texting to (770) 757-2227. And don't forget to include a caption!  Tag us everywhere at #dhysbaseball.


Spring Clinics

The DHYS Spring Player Clinic dates have been confirmed.  The clinics are run by our partners, Bill Melvin and Ben Johnstone, both former professional baseball players who have taught thousands of players through their clinics.

The clinics are optional, but are a great service provided free of charge by the park to help your player improve their all around game! Please meet by the pavilion/clubhouse for your clinics.

Rookie:
M-April 20th-6pm-7pm
TU-April 28th-6pm-7pm - END OF SEASON CLINIC!
 
A, AA:
M-April 20th-7pm-8pm
TU-April 28th-7pm-8pm - END OF SEASON CLINIC!
 
AAA American:
TU-April 14th-7pm-9pm
TU-May 5th-7pm-9pm - END OF SEASON CLINIC!
 
AAA National:
TU-March 31st-7pm-9pm
M-April 27th-7pm-9pm
TU-May 5th-7pm-9pm - END OF SEASON CLINIC!
 
Major, Senior:
M-March 30th-7pm-9pm
M-April 13th-7pm-9pm
TU-April 21st-7pm-9pm
M-May 4th-7pm-9pm - END OF SEASON CLINIC!

Jim "Big Pop" Cobb (1937-2014)

You may have noticed "Big Pop" on our players' jersey sleeves this season.  Who is Big Pop?

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.

His obituary can be viewed at the link here.

 


Consider a DHYS Sponsorship!

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,   ( ), or 404-443-6702.

Click here to Download our Sponsorship Donation Form


Commemorative Pavilion Bricks

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!


 

(404) 843 - 3323


 

Key Contacts:

President - Jon Neville - 

Upper Division VP - Julie Kooken - 

Senior League Director - Kirk Setzer - 

Middle School League Director - Kevin Perry - 

Major League Director - Stan Flowers & Tim Turner - 

AAA National League Director - Andy Dickinson - 

AAA American League Director - Arthur Ebbs - 

Lower Division VP - Joey Brosnan - 

AA League Director - Jason Berzsenyi - 

A League Director - Charlie Rogers - 

Rookie League Director - Graham Barron - 

DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Administration Contacts



 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Clubhouse Events

Sunday, 3/29/2015 7PM DHYS Board Meeting

Monday, 4/6/2015 7PM - 9PM:  TTC Meeting

PAVILION RESERVATIONS

 

Field Status
Batting Cages - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Clubhouse - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Concession Stand - Medlock Park TBD (3/27) 
Field 1 - Major - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 2 - AAA - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 3 - A - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 4 - AAA - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 5 - Rookie - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 6 - Senior - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 7 - AA - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
Field 8 - Rookie - Medlock Park OPEN (3/27) 
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