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
2018 Sports Banquet

Dicks Sporting Goods Offers CYCers 20% off August 4th & 5th!

Take advantage of 20% off most items at all St. Louis area Dick's Sporting Goods on August 5th and 6th. This is a great opportunity to save on items you need to start the CYC Soccer and Volleyball seasons.

Simply CLICK HERE and print this coupon to take with you! And remember to thank Dick's for supporting CYC Sports!

Heat and Hydration (by Cardinal Glennon SportsCare)

Children who play sports in hot weather can be at risk for heat illnesses. There are several types of heat illnesses that range in severity, from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to heat stroke. The good news is heat illnesses can be prevented and successfully treated.

Children sweat less than adults, making it harder to cool off. Athletes need to get used to the heat and humidity gradually. Coaches and parents need to be aware of temperature and humidity levels. Practice length, intensity, and equipment can be changed as the levels rise.

Even being a little dehydrated can make an athlete feel bad and play less effectively. It also puts them at risk for more dangerous heat illness. Treatment of dehydration includes moving to a shaded area and drinking fluids. The athlete can participate as soon as symptom free.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Thirst
- Irritable or cranky
- Headache
- Bored or disinterested
- Dizziness
- Cramps
- Excessive fatigue
- Not performing as well

Heat cramps are intense muscle spasms that develop after a child has been exercising and has lost large amounts of fluid and salt from sweating. Treatment includes light stretching and massage of cramping muscles and drinking a sports drink to replace the fluid and sodium lost. The athlete may return to activity when the cramp has gone away and they feel up to it.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Intense pain (not associated with an injury)
- Persistent muscle contractions that continue during and after exercise

Heat exhaustion is moderate heat illness that occurs when the athlete continues to participate even after showing ill effects of the heat. Treatment includes moving the athlete to shade. Remove extra clothing or equipment. Cool with fans, cold water, or towels. Have them drink fluids if not nauseated. If the athlete does not improve, take to emergency room. Avoid intense practice until at least after the next day. If seen by a MD, a note releasing and return to play guidelines are needed.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Loss of coordination, dizziness, or fainting
- Dehydration
- Profuse sweating or pale skin
- Headache, nausea, vomitting, or diarrhea
- Stomach cramps or muscle cramps

Heat stroke is severe heat illness that causes a rapid increase in core body temperature that can lead to permanent disability or death if untreated. Treatment includes immediate cooling of athlete and call 911. Begin aggressive whole body cooling by immersing in a tub of cold water. This athlete should not return to play until cleared by a MD and given return to play guidelines.

Signs & Symptoms:
- Increase in core temperature, usually above 104.
- Altered consciousness, seizures, confusion, irrational behavior
- Nausea, vomitting
- Headache, dizziness
- Hot and wet or dry skin
- Increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, or fast breathing

The best prevention for heat illness is HYDRATION! Indoor athletes need to be aware of this as well.

BEFORE: Athletes should drink 16-24 fl oz. of water within the 2 hours prior to training. At 10-20 minutes prior, they should consume another 8-10 fl oz. of water.

DURING: Athletes should consume approximately 6-12 fl oz. every 10-20 minutes during training. DRINK BEYOND YOUR THIRST!

AFTER: Athletes need to record their weight before and after training. Athletes should replace every pound lost in weight with 16-24 fl oz. of water. This should be consumed within 2 hours of completing training.

Your local SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare Outreach Liaison is a great resource for keeping our young athletes and students safe. They are able to triage and help facilitate a referral to a physician if necessary. You can reach your local representative at 314-577-5640.

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

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