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 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.


Upcoming CYC Open Forums Across the Archdiocese

We have 4 more "Open Forums" in the coming weeks across the Archdiocese. This is a chance for the CYC staff to hear directly from coaches, parents, and volunteers that make CYC possible. Come with your ideas to help CYC continue to grow and evolve into the future.

Preventing the Flu Starts with YOU: An Important Message from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare

Below is important information about influenza from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare, along with a list of FREE community flu clinics on Saturday, October 13th:

Staying Protected from Influenza

It’s almost flu season in St. Louis, and with a record number of 80,000 Americans dying from the influenza virus last year, it’s important to get your flu shot, recognize the signs and symptoms of the flu, and know what to do if you or a family member is infected. Flu season is generally during the winter months, but can begin in late fall and stretch into early spring, when the temperatures are still colder.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of the influenza virus is important so that the correct treatment can occur, especially in high risk people like small children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems, to name a few. Some common signs and symptoms for the flu are an elevated fever (although not every person affected will have a fever), runny nose, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, cough, chills, and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting. The person affected can also feel fatigued and dehydrated. People affected by the flu are most contagious after the first 3 to 4 days after they contract the virus, although some people can affect others the entire duration of their illness.


Influenza, also known as the flu, is a common viral infection that spreads easily and quickly. Many places, including SSM Health, offer free vaccines that can help prevent the flu. According to the CDC, an annual flu shot is the best way to reduce your chance of being affected by the flu or spreading it to other people. This year, SSM Health is offering six free flu clinics across the St. Louis Region on Saturday, October 13th from 8am – 12pm for people ages 9 and above. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon will have one, however, that will vaccinate kids as young as 6 months old and above. The locations will be listed below.

Aside from an annual flu vaccine, the CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to prevent catching the flu virus. This includes washing your hands, avoiding those who are sick, and covering your coughs and sneezes. Doing these actions can help slow the spread of the influenza virus.


Most people with the flu, especially if they are an otherwise healthy adult, will have an illness that does not require medical attention or medication. These people should rest, increase fluid intake, and stay home avoid spreading the illness to family, coworkers, and other people. These people should avoid going to the doctor or an emergency room unless they become very sick to reduce unnecessary hospital visits. However, if a person cannot treat their illness at home with the methods listed above, there are antiviral medications that a physician can prescribe. Additionally, there are some emergency signs of the flu virus that require medical attention, and these are usually more common in young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk.

For a list of emergency warning signs of flu sickness, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at

SSM Health Free Flu Clinics – Saturday, October 13:  8am – 12pm

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Drive-thru parking lot next to Ronald McDonald House
3450 Park Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63104

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
Drive-thru Bellevue Ave. (one block south of Clayton Rd.)
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Fenton
Conference Center
1015 Bowles Avenue
Fenton, MO 63026

SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake St. Louis
Education Center – Koenig Building
400 Medical Plaza
Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367

SSM Health DePaul Hospital
May Center
12303 DePaul Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63044

SSM Health Outpatient Center
Lewis and Clark Conference Room
711 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Saint Charles, MO 63303

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