The mission of the Catholic Youth Apostolate is to help all young people hear and actively respond to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and enthusiastically participate in the life and mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.

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Chess 2018

It's All About The Kids

Last week, I attended the CYC Archdiocesan volleyball playoffs at St Catherine Laboure. Whenever I visit a local CYC gym, I enjoy reading the banners on the wall. It’s fun to look for names of players who I have watched play over the years. It is like a CYC sports history lesson.

St Catherine Laboure has a successful CYC sports program. Over 60 banners on the wall will attest to many years of CYC champions. However, there is something different about the banners on the wall at St Catherine Laboure. Something I have never seen in all my years of banner watching. Not one banner included the name of a coach. Just the players’ names were displayed on each banner. Why is that? Because it is all about the kids.

I’m not saying everyone else is wrong for including names of coaches on their banners. Parents devote many hours to coaching and the recognition is good. Many of our schools and churches have banners, plaques, and other ways to recognize those who have served the parish. Our CYC coaches provide a valuable service to their parishes by giving time and talent to the kids they coach.

The true measure of success for your sports team should be the improvement made from the first day of practice to the final game of the season. If your team has developed their skills in a positive way and they play better as a team you have enjoyed a successful season. A coach’s value should be measured on these principles, not on a won-lost record. Sure, it’s great to have your name on a banner, but it is even greater to have a player tell you they had fun this season and they are a better player because of your coaching.

Humility is a virtue we should all work to embrace in our lives. Putting others needs before our own. Jesus was the model of humility; a true servant to others. When we coach CYC sports, everything we do must be for the kids. In victory, it is not our accomplishment as a coach, but the kids who deserve the praise. It is not about our name on a banner, or in the parish bulletin, or on a Facebook post. Coaches should use success as an opportunity to, as a team, thank God for the blessings of the gifts given, and praise the efforts of the players on the team.

We are grateful for the many hours our coaches spend with CYC teams. It can be a thankless job and the pay is pretty weak. We appreciate your efforts to serve your parish community and the kids on the team. Hopefully, your players and their parents will take the opportunity to thank you. We hope you, as a coach, take the opportunity to praise your players for their hard work, because, after all, it’s all about the kids.




CYC Basketball Officials Clinics


The CYC is hosting three clinics for anyone who currently officiates CYC basketball or is interested in offciating CYC basketball. These clinics are presented by experienced basketball officials and administrators.  

Topics will include:

  • Rules and Mechanics
  • Floor positioning
  • Effective communication with players, coaches and fans.
  • Fouls and violations
  • Review of video scenarios

Clinic locations are:

  1. Sunday November 25th - 1:00pm-3:00pm - Duchesne High School, 2550 Elm Street, 63301
  2. Sunday December 2nd - 1:00pm-3:00pm - Our Lady of the Pillar, 403 S. Lindbergh, 63131
  3. Saturday December 8th - 10:00am-Noon - Assumption, 4725 Mattis Road, 63128

All clinics are free of charge.  This is a great way to work on improving your performance as a CYC basketball official.  Don't pass up this opportunity. You owe it to yourself and to the kids to be the best you can be. See you there!

CYC Sports Combine- December 8

Knowing your athletes capabilities and where to focus their training is the key to getting better!

On December 8, we will host the first ever CYC Sports Combine in partnership with D1 Sports West. This is a chance for your young athletes to come and have a great time doing testing on speed, strength and endurance skills specifically designed for this age group. We will host this Combine quarterly so athletes can come back each time and track their progress.

Open to boys and girls ages 7-14. You must sign up and register as an individual, but we encourage teams to come and do this together. Just in time for basketball season!

Combine testing includes:

  • Linear and lateral speed
  • Max power output
  • Muscular strength and endurance

Free for CYC athletes with a CYC ID card
Limited to 80 athletes
Three time slots available (11:15-12:15, 12:15-1:15, 1:15-2:15)


If you have questions, please contact Jon Givens at



CYC Basketball Officials are Invited to the Area Meeting of the St. Louis Officials Association

St. Louis Officials Association, the largest training association in the Metro area would like to invite all CYC Basketball Officials to their next training meeting which will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at Webster Groves High School. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and will go about 75-90 minutes. It is being held in the school auditorium which is located at 100 Selma Ave in Webster Groves. You would enter the school thru their main entrance, by the flag pole, and SLOA members will be directing you to the auditorium.

The speakers for the evening will be Don Maurer, Asst Executive Director of the Missouri State High School Association, Pat Burns. an area Athletic Director who is a High School and College Basketball Official, and Mark Probst, who Oversees Officials for the CYC and is the MSHSAA Basketball Rules interpreter and the MSHSAA Basketball Officials Observer. You do not have to be a member of SLOA or to attend and you will not be required to join SLOA.

This meeting will be very helpful as you prepare for your upcoming season. We hope to see many CYC Officials at Webster Groves High School on Wednesday November 7!

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