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.

2018 Sports Summit
Baseball/Softball 2018
2018 Sports Banquet
2018 CYC Cardinals Night

77th Year of CYC Archdiocesan Baseball/Softball Championships Began this Week

The 2018 CYC Archdiocesan Baseball/Softball Championships began on Wednesday and will continue through June 28th. During the week of championships, 47 teams will complete in eight divisions. The North County and South County CYC Districts are hosting the championships, and games will be played at parishes throughout those areas.

You can view tournament information, including brackets, on the CYC Baseball page and the CYC Softball page.

This year marks the 77th anniversary of CYC Baseball/Softball Championships, which were first played in 1941.

We invite you to come out and cheer on the youth of our Archdiocese who proudly represent their teams and parishes!

An Invitation to the CYC Sports Summit: Building Communities of Faith Through Sports

The CYC Sports Summit will take place on July 28th at the Cardinal Rigali Center. This is a half-day retreat style event with the theme of “Building Communities of Faith Through Sports.” Parents, coaches, parish volunteers, and priests are encouraged to come to learn more and brainstorm ways that you can build the athletics program in your community.

Key Speakers include:

• Coach Bruce Scifres- Led Roncalli High School in Indianapolis to 6 State Championships as the Head Coach. Currently the Executive Director, Catholic Youth Organization, Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

• Coach Julie Goessling Matheny- St. Joseph Academy Varsity Basketball Coach, recently elected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, former CYC Coach.

• Mark Probst- Executive Secretary of the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Conference, CYC coach and former CYC District Baseball/Softball Director, High School Basketball/Baseball official, former high school athletic director.

• Bill Bommarito- President of Coaching Coaches, former CYC Coach and Athletic Association President.

Consider coming to the Summit and pass this invitation along to others. It is going to be a great event. Only $15/person, and if you can get your Priest to come with you, he will be free!

For more information, to see the schedule, and to register, visit:

Any questions, please contact Jon Givens at

The Handshake Line

Last week was the final game of the NHL season. As is the custom in the NHL, both teams, the Capitals and the Golden Knights, formed a line a shook hands at center ice. This is one of the coolest traditions in sport.  

What is at the core of this over 100 year tradition in the National Hockey League?


Respect for your opponents; respect for their team; respect for the game.

Opponent – You have battled through four stressful series of hockey over two months. You know that’s tough, and you know your opponent, win or lose, has done the same. You respect the effort it takes to endure and give your best every game.

Team – The other team, like yours, has done whatever it takes to put together a team worthy of playing in the final series of the season. You know how hard it is to be consistent and hard-working during the playoffs. It takes a special team.

Game – You love your sport. You have dreamed your entire life of an opportunity to play in the finals. You know this is the best of the game of hockey. You respect the traditions of your game and you are proud to wear your uniform every game. The handshake line is a way to show everyone how you respect the game of hockey.

The handshake line is also a tradition in CYC sports. After each game, teams line up and shake hands with their opponents. Sometimes we forget the reason why we are performing this important ritual. Just like everything in sports, if we are going to do it, we should do it right. Here are Do’s and Don’ts of the handshake line.

• Race through the line. It is not a timed event.
• Look down at the floor/ground.
• Slap or fingertip the hand of your opponent.
• Be sarcastic or make a disrespectful remark or say nothing.
• Skip a player/coach.
• Sit on the bench or avoid the line because you lost.

• Walk slowly.
• Make eye contact. You have to walk slowly to make this happen.
• Shake their hand.
• Say, “Nice game”, “Good Luck”; something respectful.
• Include every player. Pay special attention to the player who performed the best, made the big play at the end, and to the coach.
• Participate regardless of the outcome of the game.

The handshake line is a great teaching opportunity for all CYC coaches. Please take the time to discuss this with your team before the season starts. Always address improper behavior in the handshake line immediately after it happens. Discuss with your player and their parents the proper and accepted way to behave in the handshake line. As a coach, you need to be the example for the expected behavior. Win or lose, be sure to model respect as you address the other team; both players and coaches.


March with Us on the Field at CYC Cardinals Night!

The June 4th deadline for ordering tickets for the 20th Annual CYC Cardinals Night is quickly approaching.  CYC Cardinals Night will take place on Monday, June 25, 2018. The Cardinals will be playing the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

Tickets for Loge Seating are $17.50 each (regularly $58.)

We still have tickets left, so if you would like to cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals with your CYC teammates, friends, and family, please get your ticket order in soon.

CYC players and teams will be able to participate in the parade around the field prior to the game, and the top four parishes in number of tickets sold will have a special opportunity to participate in an additional pre-game event!

All four of these opportunities are within reach as no parish has over 70 tickets ordered. Talk with your team and the other groups from your parish. Don’t miss out of the chance for someone from your parish to throw out a 1st pitch or watch batting practice from the field!

Visit the CYC CARDINALS NIGHT webpage to download the Ticket Order Form and to view all the information you need to participate in CYC TEAM NIGHT with the St. Louis Cardinals!!

Don’t miss this opportunity for your team to get on the field before the game at Busch Stadium. It’s one experience that the kids (and coaches) will never forget.

If you have questions, please call the CYC Office at (314) 792-7256.

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