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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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

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

The CYC Sports Combine is hosted 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.

Combine testing includes:

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


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!

Sportsmanship 101 for CYC Sports

Next Wednesday, we begin two weeks of CYC Archdiocesan soccer playoffs. The girls play next week and the boys the following week. It will be an exciting time for everyone involved. Family and friends will be on the sideline cheering for their team. For some kids, it will be the only opportunity they may have to participate in a playoff atmosphere. Our office and the host districts, will do what we can to make this a memorable experience for the kids.

One of our core values at CYC is “SPORTSMANSHIP”. The playoffs are a great time to model proper sportsmanship to our players. They will learn from, and model the behavior of, the coaches, parents and fans in their world. This is so important. Here are some things to remember:


• Kids are already stressed out about the game. Don’t add to the stress by over-emphasizing the importance of a win. Have fun with the kids.
• It’s not life or death. Don’t act like it is when your player is called for a hand ball in the box or misses an open shot. Those players need a hug: not a scowl.
• Find a way to make the game special. Treats after the game, team pictures, something you normally would not do during the season.
• Handshake Line: This is the best way to demonstrate sportsmanship. Win with class and lose with grace. Genuinely congratulate your opponent. Wish them luck, if they are moving to the next round. Too many times our teams race through the line, just slapping hands. Let’s do it right. Talk about this with your team before the game.
• If it is your last game, be positive with your players. Tell them you are proud of their effort this season and congratulate them for making it to the playoffs.


• Cheer for your kids. STOP coaching them from the sidelines. They have coaches. If the ball is in front of them, they don’t need you to tell them to kick it or pass it. Too many sideline coaches confuses the players.
• Let the officials officiate. Our soccer referees have years of experience. Many of them officiate high school soccer, in addition to CYC soccer. They know the rules. If you complain and yell at the refs, we are not teaching our kids to be respectful. Sports teaches life lessons. Learning to accept a call that negatively effects your team is a life lesson. Kids need to learn to cope with adversity. Sports can be that teacher, and so can you.
• Like the coaches, find a way to make the day special. After the game, tell your kids how proud you are of them. Please, no second guessing, criticizing or blaming. Smiles and hugs for your child and high-fives for their teammates.


• The picture above shows two teams after a 2018 softball championship. This is a great display of sportsmanship that shows respect for your opponent and promotes community. Think about a dual-team picture after the championship game.
• If you lose, congratulate the other team members and their parents. Wish them luck at their next game.
• During the pre-game prayer, include the fans. How about a post-game prayer after the handshake line? In the NFL, players from both teams, often gather at mid-field for prayer. What a great way to “exemplify your faith”; another one of our core values.

The CYC playoffs is a way to showcase the best talent in the area. This year, let’s make it the time to showcase our best sportsmanship. We owe it to our kids.


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