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As the Catholic Youth Council we take pride in our long tradition of providing children through out the St. Louis area with the opportunities to compete with their parish and friends in a variety of sports. For almost 80 years the CYC has been a ministry of the Catholic Church in St. Louis, sponsoring Archdiocesan playoffs, recognizing league, district and area wide champions.

In addition to recognizing winners of games we feel it is imperative for the CYC to search for and recognize acts of sportsmanship at our athletic events. As a Catholic organization we must train our children to display their Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition. In an effort to recognize and reward sportsmanship among CYC participants, the Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) program was initiated in 2009.

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: RAS@cycstl.net


2019 Basketball RAS

Coach Chris Drazen - His RAS Has a Positive Impact on Opposing Coach

 In a recent game that St. Catherine played, the opposing team, St. Simon the Apostle, coached by Anna Goldbeck, had only five players. About two minutes into the game one of St. Simon’s players hurt her ankle, so the team was down to four players. Rather than have the advantage, St. Catherine’s coach, Chris Drazen, decided to play 4 on 4. He did not have to do this, and the other team was not expecting it. He continued this way until the St. Simon player’s ankle was wrapped and she was ready to reenter the game, halfway through the 2nd quarter. Coach Goldbeck stated “I believe Coach Drazen should be commended for this. Not many coaches would play this way. This will definitely stay with me as I continue coaching.

Natalie Briggs of Immaculate Conception (Arnold) Helps Set the Tone for Sportsmanship


A CYC Official commented that he doesn’t often see opposing players applaud for the other team after a free throw has been made. However, he did witness this at one of IC-Arnold’s recent games! He wants to commend Natalie Briggs a 6th Grade Player on Immaculate Conception's Basketball Team and thank her for doing just that, for clapping for the opposing team after they made a free throw. This Random Act of Sportsmanship is a great example to other players and fans and sets the tone for a spirit of friendly good-fellowship at CYC games.

Lending a Hand to an Opposing Player! Kudos to Nick Bittner!

St. Cletus was playing St. Patrick (Wentzville) at St. Pats on Saturday March 9th at 6:30 pm. St. Cletus had a 30 point lead on St. Pat in a game that could have had some sore losing. St. Pat continued to play hard and under control of their coach. With five minutes left in the game, Nick Bittner #12 of St. Pat collided with a Cletus player who then went to the ground. Nick, who was playing defense, stopped playing to help the Cletus player to his feet.  Kudos to Nick and his team for representing CYC well.

2018 Volleyball RAS


Coach Mark Haegele and the St. Paul-Fenton 3rd Grade Boys Volleyball Team

Their Random Act of Sportsmanship as reported by Coach Cindy Traub, St. Peters-Kirkwood

With a few kids out sick, our St. Peter third grade boys' team was left with exactly five players who could attend our game at St. Paul in Fenton.  As the head coach, I ran the boys through warmups anxiously waiting for all five to arrive. When it was time for the pre-game prayer, we only had four players.  That was less than we needed, and we didn't know what the consequence would be for us being low on numbers.

 As we gathered to pray, Teddy, one of St. Paul players, suggested that since we did not have enough players and his team had more than six, perhaps some boys from his side could join our team so the game could go on.  Mark Haegele, the St. Paul coach was very supportive of this suggestion, emphasizing that the goal of our league is to be instructional.  He sent Teddy and Max H. to join our team for the afternoon, and they joined us without hesitation.

We introduced our new St. Paul teammates to our St. Peter teammates and got ready to play the game. What happened on the court that afternoon was a lesson in sportsmanship that could not have been more impactful. Our borrowed teammates from St. Paul immediately began offering high fives of encouragement and congratulations to our St. Peter teammates, whether things went well or not so well.  Soon our boys were high-fiving each other too. The spirit on the court was high - all the boys were having a good time and enjoying the best part of what organized sports has to offer. Thanks to St. Paul for being such great hosts and great examples of sportsmanship. May we all be quick to follow your lead and offer others grace when they need it.


2018 Soccer RAS

Coach Amy Strickland and the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque 7th Grade Girls Soccer Team

This RAS was reported by an Official for the 7th grade girls game between St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and Our Lady, Queen of Peace: OLQP has ten players on the roster and only nine showed up for the game against SMMA. The SMMA coach, Amy Strickland, took it upon herself to also only play nine girls in the game. This opened the field up and gave OLQP a chance to play offense. In the second half of the game OLQP scored their first goal of the season and the girls went crazy. This was a great demonstration of sportsmanship by Amy and her 7th grade girls team!

2018 Baseball/Softball RAS

Coach Matt Flick - A great example!!

Coach Matt Flick's name was submitted by Larry Fuegner from Seton Regional Catholic School (formerly St. Elizabeth’s) 2nd grade girls’ softball team. Coach Fuegner commended Coach Flick (from St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville) for his great coaching and sportsmanship exhibited on and off the field. During games Coach Flick "makes sure every player on the field is learning the game and having a good time. He is a good example of how a CYC coach should manage a team." The other Seton coaches agree... "it was always a pleasure to play Coach Flick’s team. His coaching staff, players and parents all shared and followed his example"

Coach Matt Flick, the CYC congratulates and thanks you for representing exactly what CYC Sports should be!!

2018 Golf RAS

A RAS for Grace & Vinny!

Grace Wilkinson helped out with the golf training league on a weekly basis. When the young golfers did not want to listen to an adult or just weren't understanding what the adult was saying, Grace would jump in and show them exactly what they needed to do and why. She would demonstrate and critique the young golfers when they did it. She proved to be a great asset to the training league.

The person who nominated Vinny Buffa wrote: Vinny is one of our older players. In the last couple weeks of league play, the training league players were allowed to jump in to experience the league. Vinny was paired with one of our young training league golfers. He took the young golfer under his wing and showed him what he needed to do. He did it in a way as to not intimidate the young golfer. He really made him feel welcome. When growing the CYC golf league, we need kids like Vinny.

Three CYC Golfers Cheer on a Three Year Old!

The CYC Office recently received an email nominating three young golfers for a RAS. The email said:
During CYC Golf Playoffs, three girls were playing, Madison Neise, Kylie Hamm, and Emma Dempsey. They began in the middle of the course on a shotgun start, so when they finished they had to walk back from the middle of the course to the clubhouse. As they were passing hole 2, a dad and a little boy were playing. The little boy was "almost three" according to the dad. As I was standing there watching the little boy swing, one of the girls noticed and one of them said "Hey! He is getting ready to swing." The girls all quieted down and watched him swing. Just as you think it would do for an almost three year old, the ball went 15 feet or so. The girls all screamed "great shot!" and applauded. The little boy grinned from ear to ear taking in their admiration. Those girls could have let it all go and just kept walking but they stopped to cheer him on, and it totally made the little boy’s day!

2018 Basketball RAS

A Classy & Generous Gesture by a CYC Coach

The latest RAS is about one coach's small act that impacted many:

St. Joseph-Manchester’s 8th Grade girls basketball team was scheduled to play its final game (ever again) at St. Clement. As the coach and players were warming up and getting set to do battle, St. Clement Coach Ryan Beller approached and asked if this was the St. Joe’s team’s last game. He said that he had purchased roses with ribbons in the school colors tied to them for the St. Joe's girls to give to their moms prior to the game.

In the words of another coach: “All I can say is WOW, what a classy and generous gesture by Coach Beller. In my humble opinion Coach Beller showed the girls, me, parents, and everyone in the gym Saturday what CYC sports are supposed to be about, and I thank and applaud him!!

A RAS for Coach Brian Hansen and the Ste. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade Basketball Team

Near the beginning of the season, St. Gerard Majella’s 4th grade team, coached by Jim Temprano played Ste. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade team, headed by Coach Hansen. SGM was winning the game by about 8 points when Ste. Genevieve’s coach noticed that SGM was struggling a bit compared to the other kids on his team. Coach Hansen came over to the SGM bench with about 1:30 left in the 4th quarter and said, “Let’s see if we can get that player a basket.”

He then called a time-out to inform his team to not guard the SGM player and to give Coach Temprano some time to draw something up for his player. Coach Hansen’s team allowed the SGM players to make an easy pass to that particular player in the paint and allowed him to get an uncontested shot off. The shot did not go in, so Ste. Genevieve allowed SGM players to get about four more rebounds so they could keep passing the ball back to that player. He was able to get about four more shots off.

Unfortunately, he didn’t get the basket, but he got to shoot it more than he has ever been able to in the past. SGM has drawn up plays for this player in the past, but the defense is usually too fast for him to get a shot off so his shots almost always get blocked. It was a really nice gesture by Coach Hansen and the whole St. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade Team!!

A RAS for Chase Foelsch, 5th Grader from St. Cletus AND St. Cletus 5th Grade Coach Branson

Prior to a game on January 13, 2018 when St. Cletus played against St. Theodore, Chase Foelsch, a 5th Grader from St. Cletus, was asked to lead the prayer. Rather than leading the teams, coaches, fans, and officials in the Our Father or the Hail Mary, Chase said his own prayer asking God to bless both schools and keep them safe during play, among other petitions. It was very moving and all present were quite impressed with Chase. Chase’s coach, Aaron Branson, is a big part of this as well as he works very hard to foster a sense of faith and friendship among his team.

A RAS for Holy Infant Coach Miller and His 5th Grade Basketball Team (from a fan)

I’m not sure if all of you are ‘familiar’ with my attendance at St. Clare basketball games, but I am basically in our gym for around 90% of all games played there the last two seasons. I would say, in general, that most of the CYC teams demonstrate decent sportsmanship, but this weekend I saw a truly outstanding example of sportsmanship and just overall “Christian” value application during what could have been a really contentious battle in our 5th Grade C Division.

The Holy Infant Team lead by Coach Miller was a true pleasure to watch and to see how those players went out of their way to help up St. Clare players that hit the floor, gave “high fives” to the opposing players when one of the Clare players made a good play, and went over to see if an opposing player was okay after an especially hard (but legal) pick. The Holy Infant team had 3 coaches on the bench, and I heard all three emphasize sportsmanship to their players more than a few times.

I want to publicly recognize that team and coaching staff for a unique and distinguished performance. It was refreshing and impressive.

A RAS for Coach Claudia Brauss and her St. Richard's 4th Grade Boys Basketball Team

We'd like to give a shout out to Claudia Brauss and St. Richard’s for what we understand was and continues to be a great show of sportsmanship. A boy on a Holy Infant team broke his arm badly one Saturday night. Claudia and her team have reached out to the player, family, coach, and team with thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. We see plenty of evidence of the true Christian values on the CYC Basketball court!!