January 2013

OMG...OLP and St. Rose Hoopsters are RAS Recipients

              Our Lady Guadalupe - 7th grade girls                        St. Rose Phillipine - 6th grade boys

The CYC wants to thank the St. Louis Sports Commission Sportsmanship Brigade, which dropped by a couple of North County gyms in search of Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS).

Our Lady of Guadalupe's (OLG) 7th grade girls basketball team is something to behold. Relative to basketball, the unit that can dribble with either hand, play defense without fouling and make open layups has a great chance of winning.  Wins are a team effort.  OLG is skilled, tough, disciplined and respectful. The six girls who rotated in and out of Friday night's contest can all run, pass, dribble and shoot. None of them are defensive liabilities, either. Yet, they play as if they are trying to achieve something rather than just win something. OLG sprinted out to an early lead.

While the game's outcome was all but certain, its level of sportsmanship was not. Big leads sometime prompt the team in control to start showing up the other team by pointing and laughing or doing some sort of silly dance. The team on the short end may respond with increased fouls or verbal outbursts directed at coaches, officials or the opponent.  Both teams held it together, though. Their coaches made sure the game became a teaching moment and each unit used the opportunity to find success on individual plays and just get better. On one particular play, a St. Angela player was inadvertently hit while jumping for a rebound and knocked to the floor. Three OLG players quickly turned and extended their hands to help the young lady.

OLG is a strong basketball team, but the players showed even greater strength when they reached down to help a fallen opponent up. The Sportsmanship Brigade was impressed by this team's humility, discipline and skill. What's even more impressive is the fact that their parish does not have a gym. So, every game is a road game for these girls.  They played an outstanding game and showed outstanding sportsmanship. Watch out for these young ladies in the future. They will undoubtedly do great things on the court and beyond.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and St. Sabina played a spirited game in a 6th grade boys basketball matchup. The St. Rose coaches set the bar very high from the opening tip. Every timeout was met with high-fives for the boys and calm, yet firm instruction on how to correct mistakes was given throughout.

The team as a whole represented their parish, the North County district and CYC very well. It's good to see a team win with its play and its character  Sportsmanship certainly lives and thrives at St. Rose. The entire squad will enjoy a pizza party courtesy of the Sportsmanship Brigade. Good luck the rest of the season, guys and keep up the fantastic work!

The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents, fans and officials who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130.

The CYC would like to recognize and reward Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) at CYC games also.  Although we do not have a brigade that attends games, we ask all adults; Parents, Coaches and Officials, who attend a CYC game to notify us when you see a RAS.  All you have to do is email buzzswanston@archstl.org a brief descripton when you see a player, coach, official or even fans perform a RAS.  We want to celebrate every RAS, because we believe Good Sportsmanship makes for Great Sports!

St. James the Greater 8th Grade Boys "Little Shamrock" Basketball Tournament

Date: 
03/02/2013 - 03/09/2013
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

St. James the Greater Parish (in Dogtown)
6401 Wade Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
Grade and Gender: 
8th Grade Boys
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Clyde Woolbright at woolbr8stl@yahoo.com or call 314-604-9971

St. James the Greater 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

Date: 
01/26/2013 - 02/02/2013
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

St. James the Greater Parish (in Dogtown)
6401 Wade Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
Grade and Gender: 
7th Grade Boys
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Clyde Woolbright at woolbr8stl@yahoo.com or call 314-604-9971

St. James the Greater 5th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

Date: 
02/09/2013 - 02/16/2013
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

St. James the Greater Parish (in Dogtown)
6401 Wade Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
Grade and Gender: 
5th Grade Boys
Entry Fee: 
$100
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Clyde Woolbright at woolbr8stl@yahoo.com or call 314-604-9971

Friday Night Lights - Immacolata Basketball

                 

You may be familiar with "Friday Night Lights", as it was a popular TV show a few years back.  The Immacolata Basketball Program has borrowed the phrase and given it a basketball spin.  If you are a student at Immacolata, the gym is the place to be on a basketball Friday night.  Three games an evening, music playing, players names announced and a concession stand whose proceeds go to the trip for the 8th graders that help man the table.  The old church turned into the gym is wall to wall people.  Bleachers on the east side of the gym are reserved for adults and visitors.  A balcony over the entrance gives adults a "top-down" view of the game, and the stage is all kids, all the time.

Each of the Immacolata teams get a turn to play in a "Friday Night Lights" game during the season.  In a recent visit we caught the end of the 3rd grade girls game, a 4th grade boys game and the first half of a 7th grade girls game.  It was a very pleasant night of youth basketball.  Coaches were not yelling at their players or the officials.  Players were not moaning or rolling their eyes at the officials.  We even saw opponents shake hands, say "nice play" and help each other up.  The fans were not complaining to the referees or yelling instructions to their sons and daughters.  It seemed as if everyone in the gym got it!  It was a night to have fun and enjoy playing and watching basketball.  An atmosphere of sportsmanship pervaded the gym.  This was a great example of what CYC sports can and should be.

Congratulations to all the folks at Immacolata for making their Friday Night Lights a fun and enjoyable place for both kids and adults to come together.  In so doing, they have earned the Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) award.  Thanks and keep up the good work.  Good Sportsmanship makes for great sports!

  

Baseball Coaches - Get ready for the 2013 season with Coach It Right Clinic

The 2013 Coach It Right! Baseball Clinic is coming Saturday, March 2 at St. Louis University High School.  Click on the flyer below to register.  In addition, Coach Nicollerat is having a hitting seminar leading up to the big day. The hitting seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. also at St. Louis University High School.  Coach Nicollerat will cover:

• History of the swing
• How artificial turf and aluminum bats impacted the swing
• How technology has allowed us to see what really happens in the swing
• Style vs Technique
• What happens in the swing?
• How we can teach this to our kids?
Do our kids really swing like the best hitters in the world?

Call 314 531-0330 ext 2133 to reserve a spot, or email snicollerat@sluh.org

Remember, the hitting seminar is on February 12 and the Coach It Right! Baseball Clinic is March 2.  Register for both today!

               
 

Did you know... CYC has Lacrosse Leagues?

    

That's right, the CYC has lacrosse leagues for boys and girls in grades 5 through 8.  The leagues run from March 16th through May 18th on Saturday mornings.  The girls play at the Meyer Youth Center and the boys play on the grass field at DeSmet High School.  Last year there were 8 girls teams and 6 boys teams. 

If you are interested in playing, now is the time to check with your parish to see if they will have a team this year.  If they do not, you can still play.  Sign up by sending the following information:

  • Player's name
  • Address
  • Parish you live in
  • School you attend
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address

    to buzzswanston@archstl.org by February 10th.  We will assign you to the closest team that needs players.  St. Louis seems to be a hotbed for lacrosse.  It is a fast growing sport that is new to most of the CYC players.  Give it a try and see how you like it.  See more details about CYC Lacrosse at http://www.cycstl.net/sports/lacrosse.

SHORT NOTICE - Free SLU Men's Bball Tickets

GREAT RESPONSE FROM CYC FOLKS - THANKS - all allotted tickets have been given out!!!

YES, FREE TICKETS, BUT YOU HAVE TO EMAIL BY 5pm Thursday, January 17th to reserve tickets to the SLU Billikens vs Rhode Island Rhodies game Saturday January 19th at 7pm at Chaifetz Arena.  Only reserve the number you will use, so others can use the rest too.

Reserve tickets by e-mailing your name, parish, and # of tickets you will use to buzzswanston@archstl.org BY 5pm Thursday.  Once tickets are reserved, they can be picked up at the CYC Office Friday or by the Billiken statue outside the Northwest corner of the arena from 6 to 6:50pm. 

Good College Basketball at a price you can not beat!  Don't delay, this is on a first come, first serve basis.

A Jersey for Every Kid...Honduras Relief...You can Help!

In 2009 Ryan Janasik, a student at St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood decided to collect soccer jerseys from CYC parishes in St. Louis.  Many parishes chipped in, including: Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Clement, Queen of All Saints, St. Paul, Our Lady of Pillar and St. Gerard.  In total Ryan collected 2800 soccer jerseys and sent them to kids in Honduras through a not-for-profit organization.  The organization is called Honduras Relief Effort.

Ryan is now trying to finish his project off on a high note by raising money for the kids in Honduras.  He has been appointed an Ambassador of Honduras Relief Effort and has set up a not-for-profit fund here in St. Louis.  He is raising money by selling bracelets that say, "A Jersey for Every Kid, Honduras Releif Effort".  If you would like to help provide a Jersey for Every Kid, you can purchase a bracelet for $2 or make a donation by contacting: Ryan Janasik  314 775-7061 or pkjanasik@sbcglobal.net .  The CYC Office also has bracelets for a donation there contact Buzz Swanston at buzzswanston@archstl.org.

Sportsmanship & Mutual Respect on Display the 1st week of CYC Bball

                                     

Mutual respect was the order of the day on the first league Saturday of CYC Basketball at St. Genevieve DuBois Gym.  It was a back and forth game between the 7th grade girls from St. Genevieve (Coach Mullinex) and St. Paul.  In the end, St. Genevieve prevailed to win the game.  The St. Paul girls shook hands, huddled around their coach, Brian Strubhart.  Then the girls sprinted across the court toward the two referees.  There each of the girls on the losing team shook hands with both officials and thanked them for officiating their game!  Great Sportsmanship and very deserving of the Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) award. 

Here area few comments from observers:  Dennis Heidert, Ste. Genevieve Basketball Director, "This reminds us what a good Catholic attitude is.  These girls are the C.Y.C. at its very best."  St. Paul coach Brian Strubhart, "St. Genevieve 7th grade girls team deserve recognition as well... It was a great atmosphere and a truly exciting game to coach... The competition was awesome (evidenced by the close score) but it was such a positive environment for the kids... That doesn't just happen --- it's a testament to their program and their coach / players... In my mind, the whole experience was exactly what CYC strives to achieve"

We are always on the lookout for great acts of Sportsmanship.  Please be a Sportsmanship Spotter!  If an act of sportsmanship by a player, coach, official or fan catches your eye, please let us know!  You can send a brief description of the RAS to buzzswanston@archstl.org.  Great Sportsmanship makes sports great!