Click here for a list of Program Coordinators for Harrisburg Boys CYO Basketball
Click here to review the CYO rules matrix for all levels for the 2017 2018 season.
The programs have approved the use of a “running clock” of two twenty-minute halves for the Intermediate II level (similar to the Novice rules). Please remind your teams of this change and remind the officials who work the Intermediate II games.
All games shall be played in accordance with the playing rules of the National Federation of High School Rule Book and the P.I.A.A., and as modified and listed herein.
• Games will be played with a 20-minute running clock for each half; halftime will be five minutes.
• There will be no overtime.
• The clock will stop in the last two minutes of the second half in accordance with normal P.I.A.A. rules.
• The clock will stop during timeouts and injury situations.
• Intermediate II teams are restricted from using full-court pressing at any time throughout the course of the game when they are leading their opponent by 15 points.
• All players are expected to play ¼ of each game at a minimum.
Harrisburg Diocese CYO Updates
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information - The following links are provided for coaches/parents/players to understand the importance of recognizing and immediately treating any signs of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)
Concussion Training Program - The link below is a document for accessing the NFHS Learn Concussion Training Program. This program is a requirement to coach in the CYO and must be completed annually.
What CYO is Really About
Throughout the course of every season, we all get caught up with wins and losses, administrative nightmares (like rescheduling games), complaints about officials or other coaches and a seemingly endless list of “issues”. And sometimes we lose sight of the value of our CYO Program. Here is a reminder of why we are all involved in CYO.
In an Intermediate 1 game between Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joan of Arc, an event transpired that will certainly have a major impact on all who witnessed it – and now hopefully on all who read about it.
With about two minutes to play in the game, and with St. Joan of Arc leading by 9 points, the St. Joan coach inserted a “special needs” player from his bench. The officials recognized the situation, assessed that there was no fear of injury to either the player or the other players on the court, and the game proceeded. Our Lady of Lourdes scored, cutting the lead to 7 points – then St. Joan missed a shot and a player from Lourdes grabbed the rebound and proceeded to dribble the ball up court. Then he slowed down, turned around and dribbled the ball back towards the St. Joan basket where the “special player” was standing. The Lourdes player handed the St. Joan player the ball and the St. Joan player shot and scored!!! The reaction of this player, the crowd and the officials was complete joy. The player was dancing on the court and both teams were celebrating.
If you have read this and not been touched then you need to ask Santa for a heart.
I want to personally thank all the coaches and players involved in this and especially the player for Lourdes. I have no idea if he did this on his own or was instructed to do it – and that does not really matter. Because in the end the “special player”, everyone in attendance and the CYO all benefit from a wonderful act of sportsmanship and kindness.
Please note the following stipulations regarding Game Managers, Clock Operators and Scorekeepers - Clearances are not required for Clock Operators and Scorekeepers as long as they are not responsible for supervising young people as well as ever being put in a situation where they will be left alone with them. Clearances are required for Game Managers given the fact that they will be responsible for the entire game site and without clearances are not able to go into a locker room to resolve a conflict or deal with an issue without an ID badge. Individuals who have applications submitted for clearances, etc and have not yet received their results, are not currently in full compliance with the Diocese of Harrisburg Youth Protection Program and therefore do not have a Diocesan Youth Protection ID Badge and may not be permitted coach or serve as Game Manager. Individuals who have completed all elements of the Diocesan Youth Protection Program but have not yet received their ID Badge with their name printed on it may receive a temporary badge from the parish or school for which they serve. These badges are similar to the accepted ones but will not have the individual's name printed on the badge. Click here to read more about the Youth Protection badge program.