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CYO: Parish Athletics


CYO Mission Statement

CYO Sports is one component of a parish’s comprehensive youth ministry program which enables the partnership of parents, coaches, priests, religious, teachers, and adult leaders to manage and support a sports program that allows youth to grow in their relationship with God and come to better understand themselves and the Catholic Faith.

Such a program:

  • employs healthy and enjoyable competition to promote the sharing of gospel values among athletes, parents and coaches.
  • assists parish leadership in nourishing the emotional, spiritual, social and physical needs of young people.
  • encourages young people to appreciate the gifts that they possess, and challenges them to share these gifts with their community.
  • allows youth to witness the life of Christian Discipleship in their coaches and adult leaders.
  • encourages youth to become responsible members of their faith community.

The CYO Athletic Program has existed in the Archdiocese since 1945. Prior to 1962, sports at OLGC was on a limited schedule and part of Region 10. In 1965, a stronger division, Region 11, was formed and OLGC was a part of this new region. OLGC CYO sponsors a variety of sports including: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball. Swimming is available as part of the athletic program at OLGC but is not recognized as a CYO sport by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Grade School Eligibility Rules

Participants must meet one of the following:

  • attend OLGC School
  • be registered at OLGC Parish and attend OLGC Prep

Participants are permitted to play the same sport for multiple schools during the same school year (e.g. OLGC & Klinger)


Grade School Sports

Sport Grades Season Registration
Cross Country 1 thru 8 Aug thru Nov May
Football (Saints) 5 thru 8 (Boys only) Aug thru Nov May
Soccer 3 thru 8 Aug thru Nov May
Volleyball 5 thru 8 (Girls only) Aug thru Nov May
Basketball 3 thru 8 Nov thru Mar October/November
Baseball 5 thru 8 (Boys only) Mar thru Jun Jan/Feb
Softball 4 thru 8 (Girls only) Mar thru Jun Jan/Feb
Track K thru 8 Mar thru Jun Jan/Feb

High School Sports

Sport Grades Season Registration
Soccer 9 thru 12 (Girls only) Aug thru Nov May
Basketball Basketball Nov thru Mar October
Volleyball 9 thru 12 (Co-ed) Mar thru May Jan/Feb