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3rd Annual CYC Bantam Home Run Derby

                                                              

3rd and 4th grade CYC girls and boys are invited to St. Gerard Majella Saturday, May 16th from noon to 2pm to participate in Bantam Home Run Derby.  Cost is $1 per round.  Prizes will be awarded.  Co sponsored by Fischer's Pro-Line Sports and Rawlings Sporting Goods.  Contact Clay Cary at 314 660-6927 with questions.    

 

Go Blues! Go Cards! Go to Sports Authority for apparel!

It is an exciting time in St. Louis with the Blues starting their playoff run and the Cardinals starting the 2015 season.  Sports Authority wants to add to the excitement by offering all CYC familes 20%!  Not just this weekend, but the next four weekends!  4/17 - 4/19, 4/24 - 4/26, 5/1 - 5/3 and 5/8 - 5/10.  The 20% off can be used for Blues and Cardinal apparel, but also for most items in ALL the St. Louis area stores.  So CLICK HERE and print this coupon and head to Sports Authority before you cheer on the Blues, Cardinals and your CYC teams!

Positive Parent Awards

April 12, 2015 - During halftime of two different CYC Archdiocesan Championship basketball games at Mary Queen of Peace Parish the CYC awarded Pizza Parties to 3 teams that earned the party by having at least 75% of the team's parents complete the FREE online Coaching Coaches Positive Parent course.  In the photo above left, from left to right is the 6th Grade Girls basketball team from Christ the King and their coach Stephanie Cross, Solomon Alexander of the St. Louis Sports Commission, Paul Scovill, CYC Sports Director, Cris Atchison and his daugter Mackenzie representing the St. Cletus 5th Grade Girls basketball team, and Bill Bommarito of Coaching Coaches.  The third team to win the pizza party could not make the ceremony.  They are the 5th Grade Girls of Sacred Heart-Valley Park and their coach Mary Reschke.  The St. Louis Sports Commission has given the CYC a grant so that this class will be FREE to the first 1100 parents that sign-up. 

The middle photo is the winner of our latest Positive Parent program contest.  That is Bill Bommarito handing a $174 check to Pat Conley, who has completed the course.  Since the basketball season was coming to a close the Pizza Party contest did too.  However the current Positive Parent contest is a monthly drawing to win $174.  No that is not a typo.  The 74 represents the 74 years the CYC has been in existence, and is a reminder that next year will be the 75th year of CYC Sports.  Every parent that completes the course will have their name put into the drawing and stays in there each month of the drawing which ends in December.  The sooner you complete the class, your name will be in the drawing longer.  Pat's name was pulled at the end of March as our March winner.

YOU can be the next $174 winner.  Simply go online and take the FREE, 27 minute Positive Parent course NOW!  The CYC wants every parent to take the class and Promote the Triangle of Player, Parent and Coach that we think is so essential to a successful youth sports program.  CLICK HERE  to learn more about being the Positive Parent your player and his teammates want.  Did we mention it is FREE

Bball Score: Players 3, Coaches 2, Officials 2 - RAS that is!

     The CYC Archdiocesan Basketball Playoffs concluded Sunday, April 12 at various gyms in the South Central and West County districts.  It was great to hear that Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) were not lost while teams battled for the championship.

      The 3 players that were identified were all recognized for very similar acts.  After a collision, an opponent ended up on the floor and they went over and helped them up and either asked if they were OK or apologized for knocking them down.  The 3 players were Madelyn Muhr on the Immaculate Conception-Dardenne 5th grade team, Jordan Faccaro on the St. James 7th grade boys team and Joe Lally on the Mary Queen of Peace 8th grade boys team.  A trio of Good Sports!

      Two coaches were also recognized for their great sportsmanship and positive demeanor during a playoff game.  This recognition came from a game official who wrote: "I officiated the 7th grade boys quarterfinals last night, and witnessed two outstanding role models in the role of coaches. Henry Thompson from Loyola and Mark Degreeff of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Instead of complaining about calls, they coached their players how to play better defense without fouling. Instead of constantly checking about the 25% rule, they freely substituted and most of their players, if not all, played about the same amount of the game. Best of all, you could witness their reflection in their players by the sportsmanship displayed during the game.  It was a treat to officiate, and I told them both I was proud to work the game. Their parents and families should be very happy about the men coaching their sons."  Both coaches and their teams are Champions of Sportsmanship!

     Officials nominated for RAS awards were partners for the 8th grade boys Closed and Open championships.  They are Sara Woods-Bryant and Jeff Hermann.  Both championship games came down to the last seconds to determine the winners.  These officials were not only professional, but calm when all around them, players, coaches and fans were very excited.

       Congrats to all RAS receipients.  A reminder that even though basketball season is over, we expect sportsmanship to continue into the Spring and Summer sports.  You are invited to send any RAS you see to buzzswanston@archstl.org so those acts can be recognized and rewarded.  Good Sportsmanship Makes Great Sports!
 

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