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Today Is A New Day

On August 31st, I was appointed the new CYC Sports Director. I am truly honored. My name is Dan Fitzgerald. I am married with three daughters. I am a life-long parishioner of St Mary Magdalen in Brentwood. I have worked in the CYC office since May 2017. Not very long you say. True, however, I started officiating and coaching CYC sports at St MM in 1975. Many, many games on the court; on the bench; in the stands. Wonderful experiences and life-long friendships all the result of CYC sports.

Many years ago, I purchased a Schwinn Varsity 10 speed. I loved that bike. Rode it to school; rode it work; rode it all over St Louis. It was a large frame; a comfortable fit. A few weeks ago, I decided to donate it to local bicycle recycling effort. The bike was still in good shape, it was just time for a change.

CYC Sports is in a similar place. For seventy-seven years they have been a dependable choice for kids to have fun in a variety of sports. The program is in good shape, thanks to faithful leadership over the years, both in our office, and in our parishes. The CYC has guided our kids through the ups and downs of sports and the twists and turns of life. Even though we are comfortable with the ride, it is time for new model.


The new CYC logo is displayed at the top of this article. It tells you a lot about our program. We are surrounded by our faith (Archdiocese of St Louis) and our history (established in 1941). At the core, is our pride in St Louis and devotion to Mary and the Holy Trinity (the Fleur de Lis symbol) and our program (CYC). We have customized the logo for each district and each CYC sport. Our plan is to feature the new logo on CYC apparel to be made available to all and for you to use the logo in your CYC program. For logo information, go to:


A new emphasis on three core values for our CYC organization:

1. SPORTSMANSHIP – The way we play the game is important. We will play the right way, we will be examples of mercy, and we will never over-dominate anyone. Everyone on the CYC team should have a chance to play, both in the game, and at practice. All should learn how to win and lose with class. When the other team plays better than your team, offer them genuine congratulations. When you are the better team accept praise humbly. The handshake line should be a model for sportsmanship. Parents should encourage players and cheer for good play. Officials should give their best effort for all games, and when they make mistakes, they should not be ridiculed or insulted. Be a good teammate. Everyone will show respect for yourself, your team, your coaches, the officials, and the game.

2. EXEMPLIFY THE FAITH – We will exemplify Christ in our playing and by living lives of virtue. We will lead, play, and cheer with integrity so that all people will see us as a positive, living example of the Church. CYC stands for Catholic Youth Council. Everyone should model the Catholic faith when participating in CYC sports. We love one another. We care about each other. We pray for, and with, each other, not just before the game, but after the game, and at practice. As players, we are good teammates, meaning we treat each other as equals. As coaches, we strive to model the Catholic faith. CYC coaches are extremely impressionable to their players. Many of us can remember the positive influence our CYC coaches had on us growing up. Be that coach to your players. Attend Mass as a team. Invite another team in your league to join your team at Mass and do something fun afterwards.

3. SERVICE – All of us have been given unique gifts and talents by God. These talents should be used on the field and in the community. Service gives us the opportunity to use those gifts for others. Helping others, whether it’s your teammates, or members of your parish community, is an important aspect of our Catholic faith. CYC teams should look for opportunities to serve. Help a teammate who is experiencing a tough time. Volunteer at a parish function. Most parishes have organizations who help the needy of the community. Find out how you can participate. All of these are great team-building activities that will strengthen the bond of your players to each other and provide them a chance to serve others. 

These are just a few points concerning our core values. We will devote more time to each of these soon. Everyone in the CYC program needs to emphasize these core values in all that we do. Put them on t-shirts, on banners in your gym and at your field, discuss them at your meetings, highlight them in your parish bulletin or school newsletters. We need to use these values to improve our sports culture. The CYC needs to be the leader in promoting the right way to play the game. We need to be better.

In the next few months, we will be reaching out to all of you to listen to your ideas and concerns in regards to the CYC program. Through your district, we will hold “open forum” events where we will hear your suggestions and let you know what we are thinking. Look for more information on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed concerning these events.

To contact me call 314-792-7253 or e-mail If you would like to stop by and talk, let me know.

Time to shine up the new bike and take it for a ride.



The End of An Era

This Friday, August 31, 2018, will be CYC Director Paul Scovill’s last day in the office. After 34 years, he is taking a well-deserved retirement. In the last year and a half, three members of the CYC Sports Department have retired. Paul, Butch Rosier and Buzz Swanston. Almost 70 years of CYC experience.

Friday afternoon really is the end of an era.

When Paul started as CYC Sports Director in 1985, the CYC office was on Lindell Avenue. Six sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and track. Several adult leagues were in play at the time. All communication by phone and letter. New rulebooks typed each year. A lot has changed.

Fast forward 34 years. We are now at the Rigali Center. Nine sports, adding lacrosse, golf and chess. Now communication with thousands, via e-mail, happens in an instant. Rulebooks, with revisions, are copied from the previous year in a few minutes, and posted on the website where they are available to everyone.

When asked to mention some highlights of the CYC program, Paul says:

• It’s a fun, safe experience for kids to play sports. Even a lesser skilled kid, can have fun and excel on his/her CYC team.
• CYC keeps kids, and parents, involved in their parish. Hopefully involvement with the CYC team leads to more involvement at the parish.
• Volunteers are the life-blood of the program. Without volunteers CYC sports would not exist.
• CYC sports bring kids from different backgrounds together. In the St Louis area, where our local neighborhoods are so important, CYC sports gives kids the opportunity to interact with those from different cultures, backgrounds and neighborhoods.
• At all pre-playoff meetings, Paul always encourages coaches, volunteers and officials, to “make it special” for the kids. For some, the CYC playoffs may be their only opportunity to play in a playoff atmosphere.


• “I have worked with Paul for four years. I bug him daily with questions and he always has the answer right off the cuff. He has a lot of CYC knowledge stored into his brain. He is also the Professor of Excel documents. There will be a real void in the CYC when he leaves. – Andrea Nickels, Administrative Assistant
• “None will ever be as dedicated and as passionate about CYC as Paul is. It’s a part of him, and he will always be a part of it”. – Ann Widner, Support Staff
• “Paul Scovill has always been an inspiration to me; his dedicated service to the Church and to God’s kids has been a blessing to thousands of young people and adults. We will miss his leadership”. – Paul Masek, Director of the REAP Team

Paul says he will miss his relationships with the many CYC volunteers over the years. He has made thousands of friends, not only with the CYC, but with the St Louis volleyball community as a coach and official. It brings him great joy to see former players he once coached, now coaching volleyball in the CYC organization.

Paul is extremely devoted to the CYC. He cares deeply about kids and their development and growth, both athletically and spiritually. He takes pride in doing things the right way. Never one to seek the limelight, Paul has spent untold hours working for the betterment of the CYC.

We wish Paul all the best in his retirement. After 34 years, you deserve time to relax. Enjoy!

CYC Volunteers to be Honored at the 2018 Sports Awards Banquet

The 62nd Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel. CYC volunteers will be recognized for their service and dedication. We hope you will make plans to attend the Dinner and support all of the great CYC volunteers!!

Visit the Sports Banquet page for more details and for information about purchasing tickets and placing congratulatory ads in the Banquet Program.

The Sports Banquet has a long and rich history...
The event began as a pre-match dinner for the International Soccer matches, generally between a team from Europe and a team of CYC All-Stars. These games and the "Kick-off Dinners" were started in the mid-1950's, usually the night before the game to introduce the players. From the dinners spawned the Soccer Banquet, which was the forerunner to the CYC Sports Banquets. In the early years honorees were all soccer related, with the major awards being the Gold & Silver Boot Awards.

The Banquet has definitely evolved over the years. In 1973 the “District Person of the Year” award was started. This award is presented to a person from each one of our CYC Districts. Each district selects their Awardee on the contributions that person has made over the years to their parish or district.

In 1984 the CYC began presenting the “Sport Service” award, in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and track. This award is presented to a player, coach, manager, game official, administrator, sponsor or contributor who has participated in their CYC sport.

Nominations are made on a basis of the individual’s contribution and service which has advanced the popularity and appreciation of the CYC Program. A nominee is an individual who has exemplified sportsmanship and dedication and is committed to the betterment of youth sports. Nominees have participated in their respective CYC “Sport” Program for at least five years.

This Year's Recipients are:

2018 Silver Soccer Boot Award

  • Steve Bettlach

2018 District Person of the Year Award Recipients

  • Patty Burgess - North County District (St. Norbert)
  • Justin Duley - St. Charles District (All Saints-St. Peters)
  • Mark Trenter - South Central District (Mary, Queen of Peace)
  • Keith Louis - South County District (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)
  • Bob Nance - West County District (Christ, Prince of Peace)

2018 Sports Service Award Recipients

  • Greg Isenman - Basketball Service (South County District, Immaculate Conception-Arnold)
  • Melanie Sullivan - Soccer Service (South Central District, Annunciation)
  • Jennifer Becker - Volleyball Service (St. Charles District, St. Joseph-Cottleville)
  • David & Kari Baker - Track Service (South Central District, St. Peter-Kirkwood)
  • Tim Davenport - Golf (North County District, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)

The Importance of Having a Pre-Participation Evaluation/Physical Completed (written by Cardinal Glennon SportsCare)

Summer break is almost over and school is about ready to start. That means kids are already starting to get prepared for fall sports with summer camps and conditioning. The most important step in being prepared for the upcoming season is having the PRE-PARTICIPATION EVALUATION/PHYSICAL (PPE) completed. This is the first step in safe athletic participation. All schools require a physician's certificate stating that the individual is physically able to participate in their chosen activity or activities. Per the Missouri State High School Activities Association for the state of Missouri, all PPEs that are dated after February 1 are valid through the next school year. So a PPE that was done after February 1, 2018, is valid through the 2018-2019 school year.

There are benefits of having a PPE performed by the athlete's personal physician. The most beneficial aspect is that the personal physician knows the medical history of the athlete. Also any conditions that are identified can be immediately followed up on and kept in their chart. We recommend that if at all possible for all PPEs to be performed by personal physicians for that purpose. It is very important for there to be a comprehensive medical record of the athlete that includes general medical history, orthopedic issues, and concussions. If your athlete does not have regular pediatrician or family physician, please call your local SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare liaison at 314-577-5640 and they will be more than happy to help you find a pediatrician or family physician convenient to you to establish care.

This annual physical is used to identify athletes that may be at risk for further injury or illness and to refer those athletes on for additional medical evaluations. It allow the pediatrician or family physician an opportunity to address the medical history, probe for potential issues such as cardiovascular problems, as well as address drug and alcohol use with the athlete and evaluate for any orthopedic issues. They will ask a series of questions related to the athletes history of concussions and concussion symptoms. This is another reason it is important to report all concussions to the athletes family physician so that the medical history is complete.

The specific purpose of the PPE is to identify:

  • Athletes at risk of sudden death
  • Medical conditions such as anemia, amenorrhea, eating disorders, asthma, or hypertension that may require further evaluation and treatment
  • Recent orthopedic injuries or musculoskeletal issues that have not been treated. Athletes can be screened for muscle deficits, range of motion issues and joint instability.
  • At-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse, depression, STDs, or pregnancy.

If your child has had their PPE and has been identified with any issues that need further evaluation and treatment, your local SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare Liaison, is able to help you with any of those referrals.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare is the premier pediatric sports medicine provider in St. Louis. We provide exclusive, direct access to comprehensive medical providers for young athletes. We offer a 24/7 concierge line that you can call with any questions or to help find any specialist needed. We help parents navigate the healthcare system to ensure your athlete is treated in a timely manner by the correct specialist. Many of our services are offered in multiple locations so that your child can be evaluated and treated close to home.

For more information about SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare or to find a specialist for your athlete call or text us at 314-577-5640 or visit us at

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