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Last Revised on January 15, 2012

Purpose and Philosophy

The Office for Catholic Youth Ministry’s Athletic Program is an important component of the comprehensive approach to youth ministry in the Diocese of Wilmington. The purpose of these programs is to promote Christian attitudes while encouraging healthy physical activity. These activities should foster:

  1. Cooperation
  2. Respect
  3. Sportsmanship
  4. Responsibility
  5. Leadership
  6. Maturity
  7. Competitiveness
  8. Fairness
  9. Courtesy
  10. Self Control
Related Policies:

Participation in any CYM Athletic program is not based solely on Religious affiliation. Parishes/Schools are to establish guidelines for participation and can include factors such as number of teams/participants, budgetary considerations, facility availability and similar considerations. These guidelines must be clearly stated and properly followed. 2098

Catholic Youth Ministry reserves the right to overrule the Athletic Association of a parish/school on a decision if in the opinion of the Executive Director of the Office for Catholic Youth Ministry the decision is not in the best interest of the overall program. 2100

All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266