Registration Open in Westchester

Boys and girls in grades three through eight are eligible to sign up for the Westchester Putnam CYO Spring Basketball League.

Season begins April 24 and concludes in June 27. Games will be played on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays at Holy Family, New Rochelle; Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe; and St. Patrick, Armonk.

Click here to register.

CYO Leagues on Staten Island

CYO Staten Island is offering a parish-based outdoor basketball league, high school basketball league, baseball and softball this spring.

The parish-based basketball league opens April 15 and is for children in grades three through eight. Baseball and softball begins May 1 and is open to sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys and girls.

CYO Bowling begins April 12.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Rockland Basketball Registration Open

Registration is open for the Rockland CYO Spring Basketball League.

The season opens April 24 and continues through June 27. Games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Aedan in Pearl River and St. Catharine in Blauvelt.

Cost is $1,050 per team with a max of 12 players. League is open for boys and girls in grades three through eight. A high school division may be added.

Click here to learn more.

Athletes Safely Returning to Action

Catholic high school athletes from the archdiocese are returning to action in high-risk sports such as basketball and football.

John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School became the first football program from the archdiocese to compete.

Read how athletes and coaches are safely competing in the archdiocese.

Click here to read the story in this week’s Catholic New York.

PHOTO BY ALAN ZALE OF CATHOLIC NEW YORK

CYO Adding Outdoor Sports in April

CYO New York will begin outdoor sports activities in April after having its fall and winter sports cancelled due the Covid-19 pandemic.

CYO New York will offer spring/summer basketball, basketball clinics, cheerleading, track and field, baseball, softball and golf.

“This has been and continues to be a difficult year for thousands of youth who play CYO sports,” said CYO Director Seth Peloso in his letter on the CYO website. “We understand the loss this has been. We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation. We do look forward to re-starting some in-person programming this spring in accord with applicable
public health protocols and regulations.”

Peloso added: “School gyms continue to be used for classes in order to maintain proper social distancing and will
not be available for CYO sports for the remainder of the academic year.”

Athletes Waiting for Mayor’s OK

Catholic high school athletes in New York City are waiting for Mayor Bill de Blasio to give his OK for the start of high-risk sports at schools in the city.

The mayor was scheduled to meet with officials from the New York City Department of Health last Friday and said a decision on a start date could come this week. High-risk sports include football, ice hockey, basketball and competitive cheer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his OK for high-risk sports to begin practice on Feb. 1 with approval from local officials. So CHSAA athletes in Westchester County have started practices, and in some cases began competing in games. Iona Prep opened its hockey season with a 9-3 win over St. Mary’s on Sunday.

The Catholic High School Football League released its 2021 spring schedule with openers set for March 13.

NYSPHSAA Cancels Winter State Meets, Suspends High-Risk Sports

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Friday all winter state championship tournaments are cancelled for the 2020-2021 season and it has suspended all high-risk sports until it receives the proper authorization to do so from state officials.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus and John S. Burke are Catholic high schools competing in the NYSPHSAA.

“When examining the feasibility of Winter State Championships, it became apparent that travel and overnight accommodations would create a unique challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in a press release. “At this time, we must prioritize maximizing student participation without a focus on championship events.”

Basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball and wrestling are listed as high-risk sports by the New York State Department of Health.

Low- and moderate-risk sports are permitted to continue practicing and competing. State tournaments for spring sports are still on.

CHSAA Delays Start of Basketball, Wresting, Hockey, Cheer Seasons

CHSAA athletes may have to wait till end the end of December to learn if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health will give schools the OK to allow student-athletes to compete in high-risk winter sports.

High-risk winter sports are basketball, hockey, competitive cheer and wrestling. If the COVID-19 pandemic numbers improve in New York and the governor OKs these sports by the end of December, practices for these sports will begin on Jan. 4.

This decision also will affect the Catholic High School Football League, which is having 7 on 7 flag football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If given the OK, the CHSFL will have its first 11-on-11 tackle games on the first weekend of March.

Low-risk winter sports are permitted to begin practice Nov. 30. These sports include swimming and diving, indoor track and field and bowling.

CYONY Cancels Indoor Activities

All CYO New York indoor activities for basketball and cheerleading have been “suspended for the immediate future,” according to a letter from CYO New York Director Seth Peloso.

The start of the CYO New York basketball season originally was postponed to January. On Oct. 23, Peloso sent a letter to the CYO community announcing the 2020-2021 CYO New York winter basketball season was cancelled.

A second letter followed Nov. 13 after inquires came from the CYO community to Peloso, asking what indoor activities could be done.

“CYO indoor programming will be back, but it will be done when it is
deemed safe,” Peloso stated in the letter.

“In consultation with our Catholic school and parish leadership, all CYO-related indoor activities for basketball and cheerleading are suspended for the immediate future,whether in school/parish facilities or in private facilities.”

Peloso addressed the CYO New York spring season in his letter.

“Our next scheduled announcement regarding spring programming will be made in January,” he said.

CYO Cancels Basketball Season

The 2020-2021 CYO New York winter basketball season has been cancelled, according to a letter from director Seth Peloso on the CYO New York website.

The season, which usually starts in December, was planned to have a delayed start in January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are writing to share that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the CYO winter basketball season,” Peloso said in the letter. “During the coming months we will continue to monitor and evaluate safe and responsible options in the hopes that basketball can resume for the Spring and/or Summer leagues. At this time, we are reserving any official position on Spring and Summer, but commit that we will keep you informed as decisions are made. We hope to have more details in January.

“We understand the important role CYO athletics plays for children and families, and we too are disappointed to have to share this news.”

CYO New York is in the middle of its 2020 fall cross country season, and Staten Island CYO is having a fall bowling season. CYO New York will continue its track, art, essay, photo and chess programs during the pandemic. The letter did not mention the status of the 2020-2021 CYO cheerleading season.