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Saint Rocco's C.Y.O.

CYO Basketball
for children Grades 2 through 7 Intramural K through 1st Grade Instructional.
You can register in person at Saint Rocco’s Parish Office on Monday through Friday between 9:30am to 12:00pm and from 1:30pm to 4:30pm Or In the Gym of St. Rocco’s Parish on Saturday, October 27, November 3rd. and 10th., from 12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m. Friday, October 26th, November 2nd. and 9th.

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“Sport, because of the wholesome elements it gives value to and exalts, may become more and more a vital instrument for the moral and spiritual elevation of the human person and therefore contribute to the construction of an orderly, peaceful and hardworking society.” “The church approves and encourages sports seeing it in a form of gymnastics of the body and of the spirit, training for social relations based on respect for others and for one’s own person and an element of social cohesion which also fosters friendly relations…”
-- Pope John Paul II --


Feel free to share with your team and your opponent prior to every game.

Prayer of a Sportsman
Dear Lord, in the battle that goes on through life,
I ask but a field that is fair,
A chance that is equal with all in the strife,
The courage to strive and to dare.
If I should win, let it be by the code,
With my faith and my honor held high.
If I should lose, let me stand by the road
And cheer as the winners go by.

Athlete’s Prayer
God, Let me play well but fairly,
Help me to learn something that matters once the game is over.
Let competition make me strong but never hostile.
Always let me help my opponent up.
Never catch me rejoicing in the adversity of others.
If I know victory, allow me to be happy; if I am denied, keep me from envy.
Remind me that sports are just games.
If through athletics I set an example, let it be a good one.


All persons associated with CYO, players, coaches, coordinators, spectators and officials are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner that exemplifies Catholic values that should be fostered in our young people. These values include a mutual respect for and consideration of others. Welcome Parents and CYO Supporters.


Rick Wolff, Chairman of the Center for Sports Parenting One of the constant concerns about trying to raise a youngster in sports these days is that there is so much misinformation and misleading advice that parents often don't know where to turn. As such, I thought I'd take a moment to highlight some of the more common sports parenting "myths," so that parents and coaches can get a better lay of the land when it comes to working with their kids.

1) The younger you can get your child on a travel team, the better. In some teams, travel teams start as early as age 5 or 6. That's nonsense. Nobody has ever produced a scientific study that shows that having your child play on a travel team at a very early age is going to guarantee athletic success down the road. However, on the other side of the coin, there are lots of studies that show that burnout is a real problem for kids in their early teens - and burnout usually affects kids who have been playing one sport for a long, long time on a travel team.

2) All travel team coaches are certified instructors, have degrees in physical education or psychology, and have a solid background in coaching kids. In fact, anybody can say they're a travel coach and start their own team. There are no rules, no regulations, and no licenses needed. Unlike teachers, who have to be certified by the state in which they work, travel coaches have no such requirements. Unfortunately, too many parents automatically assume that travel coaches are well equipped to work with kids when, in fact, they aren't. Do your homework on any travel team coach before your son or daughter tries out.

3) The sooner your child specializes in just one sport, the better chance they have of advancing to a higher level (e.g. college, professional ranks). Most of today's top professional athletes didn't even think to specialize in just one sport until they were in high school, around the age of 15. When they were younger, they played a variety of sports, depending on the season. Some coaches will pressure kids to play just one sport. As a parent, you should be wary of this! In addition to burnout worries, ask yourself, "how does your child know which sport will be his/her best one, unless they try a bunch of different sports?" When they're young, let them try a bunch of sports.

4) The very best time to teach your youngster how to improve their play is immediately after the game; ideally, in the car ride on the way home while their game actions are still fresh in their mind. In most cases, that's absolutely the worst time to critique your child! Wait until a quiet moment later in the evening, or the next day. Evaluating your child's game right after the match is finished will drive them away from the sport -- and from you!

5) A youngster who is a top athlete among his or her peers at age 8 is clearly destined to be a star when they're 18. While this happens sometimes, more times than not, it doesn't. There is very little predictive value when it comes to saying an 8 year-old will grow to be a superior athlete when they're 18. There are too many factors - the adolescent growth spurt (or lack thereof), the youngster's personal motivation, skill level, etc. - that might influence how that athlete will develop when it comes to sports.

6) Creatine, as well as other nutritional supplements such as Andro and ephedra, that are sold in health stores have been proven to be safe for kids; otherwise, it would be illegal for the stores to sell these products. While creatine, Andro, and ephedra products are legal in most states, that does not mean that they are healthy for your youngster. Be forewarned! There are no long range medical or scientific studies that show that these supplements are safe to ingest!

7) Sportsmanship is something that can only be taught by your child's coach. Not quite. In fact, being a good sport starts with you -- his or her parent. First, starting when they're young, you should teach your child how to behave not only after a loss, but also after a win. Explain to them the right way to act. Secondly, during the heat of games, you have to set a positive example of how to behave - especially when a call goes against your child or your child's team. Kids watch carefully to see how you react when things aren't going your way. Leaving the lessons of sportsmanship up to the coach is a mistake. The coach should be reinforcing good sportsmanship - not teaching it as well.

8) All coaches are created equal. Unfortunately, that's just not true. There are a few exceptionally good coaches. There are also a few very bad coaches. Most fall somewhere in the middle. Like anything else in life, you hope that your child is lucky enough to play for a couple of those gifted coaches along the way, and can somehow manage to avoid the not-so-good ones. Again, do your homework before the season begins. Ask other parents. See if you can find out which coaches care about the kids - and which coaches simply care about winning. It is important to try to determine which coaches will provide the best environment for your child.

9) Kids will be happy as long as they are part of a winning team. No, this is not true. All kids prefer to play - and play a lot - on a losing or not-so-good team, so long as they're playing in the games - rather than play only sparingly on a championship team. Kids instinctively know that the fun of sport is in the actual playing - not in always being on the sidelines and applauding their teammates.

10) The vast majority of Moms and Dads tend to be honest and fairly objective about their child's ability in sports. While we like to think we are, the truth is - we really aren't. Most parents see their child as being better looking, smarter than the other kids, and certainly at least as athletically talented, if not more so, than the others. Relax. It's all part of being a sports parent.


Excerpted from Rick Wolff's book,
THE SPORTS PARENTING EDGE: The Winning Game Plan for Every Athlete - From T-Ball to College Recruiting.

A parish may enter in each grade level as many teams as it can field. A team or group must enter the divisional level commensurate with the skill level of the highest of its members. If the number of team entries within a division should warrant, the division will be divided into sections.

No individual may compete on more than one team in the same sport, during the program year.

No team may compete in more than one section and/or division in the same season. The Moderator or CYO Coordinator must sign entry forms.
Entry forms must be submitted to the CYO office by the date stipulated for the particular program.

Any materials received after the deadline will be processed solely at the discretion of the CYO staff.

Any forms submitted via the Internet must be submitted by the coordinator’s email address, in lieu of a signature. If the number of entries received at the CYO office for a particular division is not sufficient to permit competition, the entries will be classified with the next higher division.

If this is not possible, the event will be canceled for those particular entries.

Withdrawal of a team:
If a team withdraws from the program prior to the start of the program, but after schedules have been prepared, they shall forfeit any and all registration fees.

If a team changes divisions prior to the start of a program, but after schedules have been prepared, they will be charged an additional TEAM FEE to compensate the amount of work needed to reschedule 2 leagues. If a team withdraws from a program after the season begins, all contests will be recorded as a forfeit (a win for the opposing team).

Team Placement:
In basketball, teams having attained a record of 10 wins or better during the regular season in “B”, will be automatically moved up to the “A” division for the following season. Teams having attained a record of 9 wins or better during the regular season in “C” will be automatically moved up to the “B” division for the following season. Any team regardless of record who advanced to the playoff semi finals will be required to play one level up the following year. Appeals to the Competition Committee of team placements need to filed with CYO at least 14 days prior to the roster due date for the sport. The decision of the Competition Committee is final.

source: (the CYO of nassau/suffolk website)


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