About Our CYO Basketball Program

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2020-2021 CYO Basketball 

We pray you are staying healthy as you handle the tasks at hand for the fall and beyond. These are certainly challenging circumstances to make permanent plans as the landscape continues to change. Through the uncertainty, all we can do is carefully consider all the information available and then discern what is best for the safety and well being of those we minister to and with.

With this in mind, I am sure many of you have been wondering how the pandemic will impact the upcoming basketball season. It is with a heavy heart that I need to announce that Archdiocesan leadership decided to suspend Boston Catholic Athletics/CYO Basketball for the 2020-2021 season, which includes the Archdiocesan and Region 1 tournaments.  

We understand that this will be a huge disappointment for so many, but especially for the players. This is difficult, but we believe this is a wise decision as parishes are doing all they can just to remain open and start sacramental preparation while schools will be busy trying to keep children safe and in the classroom. 

We are sure that there will be questions as to how this impacts other sports, but the only sport that we, the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support, have oversight over is parish basketball for grades 5-12 and the Archdiocesan elementary school leagues that host basketball for grades 3-8. Diocesan Catholic high school sports are a separate entity and fall under the jurisdiction of the MIAA and the Catholic School office. We cannot speak about how this does or does not affect other school sports offered at an Archdiocesan elementary school. 

Please note: should the situation greatly improve, and as State and Archdiocesan guidance allow, we hold out the possibility of a very shortened basketball season followed by an Archdiocesan tournament in the spring. While this appears to be highly unlikely, we want to hold out at least a small, but realistic, hope of this possibility. 

St. Sebastian, saint of athletes, pray for us,  

Michael Lavigne
Asst. Cabinet Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship  
Director of the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support.

 

About Our CYO Basketball Program
CYO Basketball starts with Grade 5. There are 4 boys' divisions:  grades 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10 and 11 & 12.  There are 3 girls' divisions: grades 5 & 6, 7 & 8 and 9 through 12.

CYO Sports is one component of our parish's comprehensive youth ministry program. It 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.  To better understand the program, all parents and players should read this letter.

Games and Practices
Practices In a typical season practices begin in November and are held for 90 minutes once or twice a week based on available gym time. Games are played on weekends against other parish teams from Medfield, Dedham, Needham, Natick, Westwood, Norwood, Franklin, Wrentham, and Plainville. Home games are played at Westwood High School.

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact Ken Foscaldo at 781-329-7672 or [email protected]. Otherwise you can send correspondence to:

Mr. Ken Foscaldo
35 Norfolk Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090