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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Please Take Your Seat

Last summer, I was watching a CYC baseball game. The coach for one team sat at the entrance to the dugout on a bucket. It was a painter’s bucket; the kind coaches often use to carry baseballs to the game. He encouraged his players, yelled to fielders to move this way and that way, and clapped for good plays. In between innings, he would stand up and glad hand players as they returned from the field. Every once in a while, he would stop a player, and quietly, but with intent, offer instruction. Then he would take his seat on the bucket. He was in control of his team; while seated.


Recently, at a CYC basketball game, a coach told me to be sure and watch him during the game. “I can be quite animated on the sideline. My parents tell me they sometimes enjoy watching me coach as much as watching the game. I never sit down”.

When did it become so important, as a coach, to be standing for the whole game? Most will say it came with the beginning of televised 24-hour sports channels that glorify coaches to a celebrity status. Watch a college basketball game. Coaches pacing the sideline, sometimes running up and down the court, arms flailing, shouting at players and refs.


While a coach is an integral part of the team, he/she should not to be the main focus of the team. A successful team is made up of players who do their best to add value to the group. The coach guides this process with the instruction of critical skills and development of the right attitude for fun and success for the players on the team. 

CYC coaches should always work toward the betterment of their team. You should focus on what you can do to make the players successful; not on what will make you look good in the eyes of others.

When a coach stands on the sidelines, yelling and screaming, they take the focus of the game away from the players and place it on themselves. This does not benefit the success of the team. This is not the proper example for our CYC players.


Next game, try coaching while seated. Your players will still hear you. You will appear more relaxed and in control. You will feel more relaxed and in control. You will be sitting on the bench with your coaches and players.

UCLA coach John Wooden, shown above, won ten NCAA basketball championships in twelve years. Wooden never saw the need to be the focus of attention by standing to coach. Seemed to work well for him.

Random Acts of Sportsmanship Spotted During Basketball Season!!

A number of Basketball RAS have been reported to the CYC Office...

And the RAS's go to:

  • Coach Hanson and the Ste. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade Basketball Team
  • Chase Foelsch, 5th Grader from St. Cletus AND St. Cletus 5th Grade Coach Branson
  • Holy Infant Coach Miller and his 5th Grade Basketball Team
  • Coach Claudia Brauss and her St. Richard's 4th Basketball Team

To read these RAS stories, follow this link to our new RAS Page...

We ask everyone to get involved with this program by keeping your eyes open for those Random Acts of Sportsmanship by players, coaches, officials and fans. Then report them to the CYC Office.

Simply send an email describing the act to:

Coach It Right Baseball Clinic

For more information, call (314)345-5130 or visit:

We Want You To Know What's Going On

Sometimes when we talk to parents and coaches in the CYC program, we are told information concerning programs, rule changes and special events is not delivered from the CYC office to John/Mary Q. Parent. Somewhere in the information chain, the message is lost or distorted. In the immediate information world we live we understand the importance of making information easier to find, access, and deliver


The CYC, in an effort to get information to everyone in a timely manner, is taking steps to improve its communication strategy.

One of our core values is “Give It Your Best Effort”. This applies to the CYC office just as much as it does to coaches, players, and parents. In this spirit, we will give it our best effort to communicate with the wonderful people in our program in a more effective way.

There are two steps we’re taking:
1. Step up our social media game.
2. Analyze our existing communication chains.


Stepping up our social media game is the first thing we are committed to doing. This is a relatively easy step that can start now.

Every other week, we will post an article on this website with information on events, changes in CYC rules or procedures, and other information you need to make your experience with the CYC flow smoothly.
Bookmark this website and plan to visit it on a regular basis!

Also, we will use Facebook and Twitter to share ideas, pictures, coaching inspiration and other fun stuff related to the world of youth sports. Don’t be left out of the loop.

Twitter: @CYCsportsSTL


We are beginning to analyze our information chains in order to discover where our messages are getting lost or distorted. This will allow us to correct problems, make improvements, and create better processes that guide the flow of information. Once we gain a better understanding of our communication chains, we will adopt better solutions to help drive these processes.

CYC sports are fun! Participating on a CYC team is a life-learning experience for kids and their parents/coaches. Let’s all do it right.

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