July 2012

Sports Authority-CYC Coupon-20% Off - ONLY AUGUST 4th & 5th

Once again Sports Authority is offering a special 20% off coupon to CYC players and their families for the fall season.  Are you looking for new soccer spikes?  Goalie gloves? New volleyball kneepads?  Gym shoes?  This is the ideal time to use the coupon and go to Sports Authority. 

The coupon can ONLY be used on SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH

The coupon can be used to purchase most items in the store, just not the soccer or volleyball equipment and clothing.  Tell your friends, they won't want to miss this.

CYC Playoffs, Heat and RAS = July in St. Louis

CYC Softball and Baseball playoffs started Saturday, July 21st and will continue through Monday, July 30th.  We expect hot weather in the St. Louis in July, but this has really been a scortcher!  Neither the heat nor the playoff atmosphere could keep the RAS (Random Acts of Sportsmanship) from happening.  Below are some of the RAS that were spotted:

* Even before the first round Crusader baseball game between Green Park Lutheran and Christ, Light of Nations a paperwork snafu led to some confusion.  A player was on a roster, not on a roster.  Was it a forfeit or "subject to forfeit"?  The game was played and CLN came out on top 15-13.  However because of the snafu, it was decided that the game should be replayed.  Then Green Park Lutheran coach Jeff Cook stepped up and said "no", CLN won the game, they should advance.  Great Sportsmanship.

* Two umpires were singled out for their great rapport with the players under such stifling conditions.  Both Dave Myers and Don Bowe could be seen smiling, talking to the players and congradulating them when they made good plays.  We want to tip our baseball and softball caps to all the CYC officials who work the playoffs.  We are sure they are all deserving of recognition, even though they haven't all been brought to our attention.  "Thank you Mr. Umpire, you are a big reason the playoffs run so smoothly."

* We also want to thank the many volunteers at each of the playoff sites that make these games so special for all our kids.  They are right there sweating through each inning.  Without them we could not put on such a wide spread event.  We especially want to recognize Cindy Dierkes at Immaculate Conception in Arnold.  On Tuesday evening, before the first game started, she was hit on the ankle with an errant baseball.  So she kept score for two games with ice on her swollen ankle, never deserting her post!

* We want to acknowledge the sportsmanship of the whole Incarnate Word 8th grade girls softball team, and especially their coach, Tom Opich.  They were playing Queen of All Saints in a semifinal game, and QAS only had 8 players.  On the first play of the game the lead off hitter for QAS turned her knee at first base.  She was limping, but willing to continue to play.  Had she not been able to play, her team would have forfeited with only 7 players.  However the IW group allowed QAS to us a runner for her any time she got on base.  They didn't have to do that.  Just another display of Outstanding Sportsmanship.

* After a lopsided Intermediate Girls Open semifinal game, the St. Sabina team, which ended up on the losing side of the score, invited the St. Elizabeth/St. Robert team to come out on the field to join them in a post game prayer.  Congratulations to both teams for understanding the importance of ministry in sports.

 * Solomon Alexander and his St. Louis Sportsmanship Brigade dropped in a couple of playoff games and found these young men as worthy of their Sportsmanship Award:  At the Midget Boys Open baseball championhsip game St. Margaret Mary Alacoque took on Immaculate Conception -Dardenne (ICD). These two teams played an excellent game with St. Margaret Mary pulling away late to take the title. However, one player from St. Margaret Mary stood out in skill and character.

Devin is a soft spoken young boy, but has the build and attitude of man many years his senior. St. Margaret Mary put him on the mound in the 5th inning and the young man was not shaken by the ICD bats nor the pressure of the situation. He had two strikes on three different hitters in the last inning and a couple of close calls didn't go his way. St. Margaret Mary fans let out collective "Ooohs!" while the coach voiced his displeasure from the bench. To borrow from a popular sportscaster, Devin was as cool as the other side of the pillow. He didn't yell or talk to himself. He didn't slam the ball into his glove or throw some type of fit on the mound. Devin did what his team needed him to do. He went back to work and got the third out. Devin's display of maturity and class made him an easy choice for the Brigade.  Way to go Devin

    
The 8th grade CYC Softball Closed Division Championship between St. Martin De Porres and St. Angela. St. Martin has a tremendous lineup and overwhelmed St. Angela. The game was called early via the Mercy Rule. Shortened games sometime make decisions difficult for the Brigade, but a young St. Angela fan proved that sportsmanship is not scoreboard-dependent. Several other St. Angela fans were complaining aloud about the balls and strikes and the umpires overall. Our new friend, Tony said, "The umpires have a tough job. We should be happy they're here." A collective hush fell over the crowd. Although the fans around Tony were old enough to be his parents, he was the one acting like a grown-up. Recognizing Tony was an act of satisfaction and validation for the Brigade.  Tony, nice job of standing up for sportsmanship!
 

*  It was one of those "you hate to see either team lose" kind of games.  It was the Crusader Open Championship game at St. Mark's field (The field crew did a great job of getting it ready to play after a long Sunday morning rain.)  St. Simon had a 2-0 lead early.  St. Catherine Laboure shaved it to 2-1.  Then in the bottom of the 6th SCL scored 2 runs, aided by a key hit from Andrew Bavisik.  SCL held on for a 3-2 win and the Archdocesan Championship.  The team awarded Andrew a game ball, to take to his dad Dr. Michael Bavisik, who could not attend the game.  Dr. Bavisik is at Barnes Hospital recovering from serious back surgery.  He was hurt while driving a van full of SCL Troop 646 scouts back from summer camp in Minnesota.  The van rolled over 3 1/2 times to avoid a vehicle and boat.  All the scouts and a mom survived with only bumps and bruises.  Another van of scouts was behind them, and when they saw the accident, they were sure all in the van had been killed.  So we all understand why many of the parents watching teared up when Andrew was presented the game ball.

If you are at a playoff game, or any CYC game, and you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship don't let it go without being recognized.  Please contact Buzz at buzzswanston@archstl.org and let us know. 

St. Peter Parish 31st Annual Soccer Tournament

Date: 
08/18/2012 - 08/26/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

McNair Park - St. Charles
Grade and Gender: 
3rd and 4th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team by August 1
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Ken Thiele at (636)-947-0985 for more information and registration form

For more information:

51st Annual Monsignor Sprenke Soccer Tournament

Date: 
09/04/2012 - 09/22/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

St. Ann
7532 Natural Bridge Rd
Normandy, MO 63121
Grade and Gender: 
Boys-3rd-Parochial, Girls-3rd-5th
Entry Fee: 
$150.00
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
keith@stannsprenkesoccer.com Keith Leahy at 314-503-0338 Cell/ 314-381-7303 Home

http://www.stannsprenkesoccer.com/index.html

Harry Keough Memorial 4 v 4 Soccer Tournament

Date: 
09/01/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

St. Louis University High School
Grade and Gender: 
Grade School and High School Boys and Girls. Over 30, 40, 50 and Open 18 - 30 Ladies and Men
Entry Fee: 
$100 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
www.newdimensionssoccer.org

For more information:

All Saints 31st Annual Soccer Tournament

Date: 
08/17/2012 - 08/26/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

St. Peters Sports Complex
North Service Rd.
St. Peters , MO
Grade and Gender: 
KDG, 1st and 5th - 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
KDG - 1st Grade : $125, 5th - 8th Grades: $150
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Mike Sharkey at 636-379-2797 or soccerallsaints@aol.com

For more information:

Coach It Right - Soccer Clinic - August 2nd

The St. Louis Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Initiative is sponsoring a FREE Coaching Clinic for all youth coaches in the St. Louis area.  The clinic will be Thursday, August 2nd from 6 - 9pm at the Simon Athletic Center (650 Maryville University Dr) on the campus of Maryville University.

Here is your chance to learn from one of the sport's top coaches, MYSA (Missouri Youth Soccer Association) Coaching Director, Denny Vaninger.  Denny is a former US National team member and played 10 professional seasons.  In addition the first 150 coaches that sign up will receive MYSA official "F" license for FREE.  This course usually costs $40.

To register for the course, go to http://www.stlsports.org/sportsmanship/events/register.php

Coach It Right - Soccer Clinic

Date: 
08/02/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

Maryville University - Simon Athletic Center
650 Maryville University Dr
St. Louis, MO 63141
Grade and Gender: 
Soccer Coaches - Parents welcome
Entry Fee: 
Free
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Solomon Alexander at 314 345-5130 or salexander@stlsports.org

Soccer Coaches - here is a great opportunity to expand your coaching knowledge at the right price...FREE!  This Clinic from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, August 2nd at the Simon Athletic Center on the Campus of Maryville University will be led by Denny Vaniger, former CYC player and now the MYSA Coaching Director.  Denny is a former US National Team member and played 10 professional seasons.

The first 150 coaches that sign up and attend the clinic will receive their class F coaching license free of charge (ordinarily costs $40).

To register go to this website: http://www.stlsports.org/sportsmanship/events/register.php

So you think YOU are HOT!!!

           

Sure it's 99 or 102 or even 105, that's hot.  So while you are out at your position, sun beating down on you, man it's hot and sweatty!  Your pitcher is soaking wet.  Look at your catcher, they are drenched.  Ahh but look a little further, how about that home plate umpire, and his partner on the bases.  They don't get to come in and sit down in the shade when it's your turn to bat.  They are out there for the whole game.  Be sure you treat them with respect and appreciation.  They are earning their keep in this heat.

We want to recognize two such umpires, Erica Clark and Will Goeller.  They were the umpires at Assumpion in South County in late June when the St. Louis Sportsmanship Brigade showed up.  Both teams, 6th grade boys from Green Park Lutheran and St. Simon, were well manored and very good sports.  But what really stood out was how home plate umpire Will Goeller was in control of the game, treated all the players with respect, and made it a positive sporting experience for players, coaches and even the fans.  Good going Erica and Will.

One of his players asked St. Rose 7th grade baseball coach, Courtney Terry, "what's the score?"  He replied, "It doesn't matter what the score is.  They're playing hard and we're playing hard.  We need to score some runs when its our turn and play good defense."  Coach Terry taught, cheered and encouraged not only his team, but St. Sabina's too, when they made a good play.  It just so happened that the St. Louis Sportsmanship Brigade also noticed Blake Terry, an enthusiastic catcher who cheered on his teammates and was a team leader.  Yes, Blake is the coach's son.  Plus, Blake was also recognized earlier this season as a good sport in a game against St. Norbert.  We're guessing you could catch him being a good sport at every game he played.

Help us recognize good sports and good sportsmanship when you see it.  Email buzzswanston@archstl.org, or call Buzz at 353-8911 ext 13 to report any and all Random Acts of Sportsmanship!  

CYC @ MYC Preseason VB Tourney

Date: 
08/24/2012 - 08/30/2012
Sport: 
Volleyball

Location

Meyer Youth Center
4354 South Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63109
Grade and Gender: 
7th and 8th grade Girls and Boys
Entry Fee: 
$90
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Buzz Swanston via email at buzzswanston@archstl.org or call 314 353-8911 ext 13

2012 is the third annual CYC @ MYC Preseason Volleyball Tournament.  Last year's tournament had 38 teams from all 6 CYC districts.  This is a great way to get ready for the upcoming CYC season.

As an added feature this year, a lively and interactive presentation of ENDOW=Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women, will help your team grow in unity, mutual respect, team spirit and strength.  As your team comes to understand their God given dignity as women they will gain a deeper appreciation of their won unique beauty and worth.  These presentations to the girls teams will take place between pool play games.

The tournament is divided into pools of 4 teams.  All pool games are played on the same day/night.  Each team is guaranteed 6 games, that is 3 two game matches in pool play.  Pool play will begin August 24th and conclude August 28th.  Teams that finish at the top of their pool will advance to the playoffs which will either be Wednesday, August 29th or Thursday, August 30th.

For more information and a registration form, click here.  Registration closes Friday, August 17th.