2014-2015 Harrisburg Diocese CYO Updates
• Coaches Orientation Program Registration (This is required for new coaches only)
The annual CYO Coaches Orientation Program is scheduled for 2 dates currently. Monday, October 27 - 6:30 PM at Lancaster Catholic HS. and Monday, November 24 - 6:30PM at the Cardinal Keeler Center, Room 103, located at 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
All coaches are reminded of Article XVI, Orientation Program, found in the Diocese of Harrisburg Catholic Youth Organization Girls and Boys Athletic Policies.
Pre-registration is required. Cost of the program is $10. Please bring your registration fee with you and pay at the door. Make all checks payable to The HBG Diocese CYO. Coaches are required to sign in at least 15 minutes before the program and must attend the entire program to receive accreditation. ALL coaches in the Diocese must attend this Orientation Program at least once before they will be allowed to coach. No coach may be added to a roster until they have attended this program
If you have any questions about the orientation or any other CYO program, please contact Jake Slagle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Coaches are now able to register for the 2014-2015 Season on the Harrisburg Diocese CYO Website
• You do not need to resubmit for new clearances, however ALL COACHES MUST REGISTER ANNUALLY! Once your clearances have been approved by the office for youth protection, you are then able to coach. No coaches are permitted to work with students until they have been officially cleared for the year.
• The following also need to be completed by all coaches/parents/players:
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.
Please notify your coaches so that they may get the ball rolling on completing these necessities to coach.
• Dates for the Coaches' Orientation Meetings have not yet been determined. Starting this year, we are attempting to hold the three orientations at three different locations throughout the Diocese to cut down travel for the attendees when possible.
• Dates for the pre-season 30th ANNUAL BISHOP DALEY BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT have been posted on the Dio website. Click on the Main Menu link for the tournament dates you're looking for to get their specific information. Registration will again be online Harrisburg Diocese CYO Website and will be available on or around October 11, 2014.
Click here for a list of Program Coordinators for Harrisburg Boys CYO Basketball
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.
2013/2014 Diocesan Schedule of Events
Click here to review the Harrisburg Diocesan Schedule of Events for 2013/2014 season.
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.
New Religious Education Requirements
Effective for the 2009/2010 Diocesan Basketball season the Diocese has adopted new religious education requirements for participants. Click here to view and print the new requirements.
Diocesan Athletic Policies
The sixteenth edition of the Diocese of Harrisburg Athletic Policies for the 2013/2014 season are available by clicking here.
Code of Conduct Addendum
At a special meeting of all programs on January 3, 2008, a Code of Conduct Addendum was unanimously approved by all programs present. This is effective immediately for the remainder of the season. Click here to review the addendum.
Coaching information for the Varsity, Intermediate I and Junior Varsity level can be found under the Coaches menu. Please note that this is a password protected area. Please email Tom Herweg for a username and password. Also please submit any changes or corrections to Tom as well.
Directions to all game sites can be found under the boys cyo drop down menu or by clicking Contest Locations
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