The following policies and procedures are binding for any participant in any CYC Sports Activity.
(Established March 2002)
Sample Athletic Prayers
Almighty God and Father, we ask your blessing on all who participate in today’s game. Give all of us the spirit to do our best. And, win or lose, may we come away knowing the benefits we received from the opportunity we had to play this day.
Good and gracious God, watch over all whom come together in competitive spirit this day. Keep all players free from injury and be with all who have come to enjoy our play.
Most loving God, give strength and protection to all players who participate today. Watch over all who came to cheer for us and support us. May this game be a source of fun and enjoyment for all.
Holy God, in your goodness you have given us the ability to compete in today’s game. May our competitive spirit help to build an attitude of respect and cooperation beyond the (diamond/field/court). Keep safe all who play and all who watch this game.
Heavenly Father, may our zeal for winning today be matched by our even greater zeal for sportsmanship in all contests and for cooperation in all directions of life.
Loving God, help us to use our skills and talents to compete with zeal and enthusiasm and, when the game is done, help us to leave the contest with a sincere and genuine respect for all—players, fans, coaches and officials.
God of goodness, give us the strength to do our very best today. And, no matter the outcome, help us to come away true winners in all we do. Watch over all who play today and all who make this game fun and enjoyable.
Almighty Father, watch over all who are part of today’s game—players, coaches, officials and fans. May this day be a source of enjoyment for all who are here. And after the game may we walk away better persons for having participated.
From time to time the CYC office, CYC Sports Districts and our scheduling committees are approached regarding conflicting scheduling between CYC games and parish or school related religious activities or events. Here is the official policy regarding that specific issue as well as commentary on related issues.
NO CATHOLIC YOUTH COUNCIL (CYC) YOUTH (AGES 18 AND YOUNGER) SANCTIONED GAMES ARE TO BE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN PRIOR TO 12:00 NOON ON SUNDAYS.
Anyone seeking an exception to this policy must have the written approval of the Pastor of every parish affected.
Also, the CYC scheduling committees (both Central office and Districts) must be sensitive to and pro-active in determining all other possible conflicts with parish or school religious activities. Caution should be exercised when scheduling games so as not to create a conflict between CYC sports activities and Sunday Mass, Holy Days of Obligation Mass, Parish School of Religion classes, Masses of Anticipation, retreats or other faith based events. If a problem is discovered after that fact, the district should explore all possibilities with the team regarding re-scheduling.
All steps possible need to be taken to avoid placing young people and their parents in a position where they must choose between these activities.
One other note to keep in mind; some parish sponsored teams play in leagues and/or tournaments that are not sanctioned or sponsored by the Catholic Youth Council. In these cases the CYC would have no jurisdiction. Those teams, players and parents would have to resolve those issues with that organizations’ leadership.
Please observe the following revised Guidelines which will go into effect November 1, 2013 regarding the use of alcohol at parish functions. Beverage alcohol, in the Guidelines, refers to wine, beer, straight and mixed liquor and cordials.
GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF BEVERAGE ALCOHOL
The following guidelines regarding serving beverage alcohol have been developed for all parishes, parish organizations, agencies, and entities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Approved by the Presbyteral Council on September 19, 2013 and Promulgated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on November 1, 2013