Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball is one component of our parish's youth ministry. Goals of the CYO basketball program at Corpus Christi include: creating an opportunity for children to learn the lessons of competition, appreciate the gifts they possess and to encourage them to become responsible members of our parish community. The CYO program offers a level of basketball that fits between a town’s Recreation youth basketball program and competitive AAU travel basketball opportunities. The level of play increases as a player progresses through the CYO program.
Important Dates to Remember
On-line registration for the upcoming season takes place from September 1 thru September 15. In-person registration and document drop-off for first-time players is scheduled for Sunday, 9/17 between 9:30 and 11:00am. The CYO season typically begins with practices starting in early October. Each team will have 2 practices times per week –one weeknight and one on Saturday, based on the head coach’s preference and availability. All games are played on Sundays, after 12:00pm, with an occasional Saturday game in early February. League games begin on Sunday, November 19th and the regular season ends by early-February.
Open to both boys and girls who are registered members of the parish (as of July 1st) who are in the 5th through 8th grade, and have not reached their 15th birthday by September 1st. Non-parishioners will be allowed to participate, if there are available spots.
Teams and Player Selection
Ideally every eligible child who wishes to participate will find a spot on a Corpus Christi team. Unfortunately, there are practical limitations regarding the number of children which can be accommodated, while maintaining the quality and effectiveness of the program. Corpus Christi plans on forming between 10 and 14 teams this season, based on the current demand to play CYO basketball. The teams will include one team per gender per grade and may also include combined grade teams to allow more players to participate. Every attempt should be made to attend the assessment sessions when/if it is required. This year’s assessment date is: Sunday, September 24th in the Corpus Christi gym. Unfortunately, there are occasions when the number of interested players exceeds our program’s capacity and a player will not make a CYO team.
Catholic education is fundamental to the success of our CYO program. Players should not miss CCD classes for CYO basketball games or practices. To minimize conflicts, CCD students participating in the CYO program are encouraged to register/attend the Sunday 8:00am or Sunday 7:30pm classes.
CYO Basketball Program Costs
The Corpus Christi CYO program is intended to be affordable. The player registration costs will be $250 for the 2016/2017 season. Uniform costs are separate. Refunds for “withdrawing” from the program will NOT be honored.
May I respect my teammates and players on the other team,
Whether we win or lose, help us to do so gracefully,
Always remembering that we are all sons and daughters of God.