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Athletic Associations - Parishes and Schools

Last Revised on January 15, 2012

The Office for Catholic Youth Ministry recognizes that most parishes/schools have athletic associations that govern their individual athletic programs.  An Athletic Association can be made up of a number of adults/coaches, include executive committees, have formal by-laws and hold regularly scheduled meetings.  In the case of smaller parishes, the Athletic Association can be as few as one individual appointed by the pastor of the parish/principal of the school to coordinate athletics in the parish/school.

Athletic Associations for parishes are accountable to the parish council and to the pastor of the parish.  Effective comprehensive youth ministry demands that the Athletic Associations be active representatives of young people and their interests on the parish Youth Ministry Leadership Committee.

The athletic director for private Catholic schools is accountable to the principal of the school.

Related Policies:

If the conduct of players, coaches and/or spectators is found to be detrimental or that their continued participation is not in the best interest of the overall CYM program, CYM may dismiss the team from the CYM league. If CYM finds that the policies of a parish/school athletic association are detrimental and/or not in the best interest of the parish/school and/or the CYM athletic program, CYM may refuse to accept the registration of athletic teams resulting in their teams not being scheduled for CYM contests. 13241

The Office for Catholic Youth Ministry requires each parish/school to name an individual as Athletic Association President (AAP). 2104

The AAP is to serve as the primary contact between CYM and each individual parish/school. 2105

The AAP is responsible for approving rosters and assigning head coaches. 2106

The office for Catholic Youth Ministry reserves the right to overrule the Athletic Association of a parish/school on a decision if, in the opinion of the CYM Director, the decision is not in the best interest of the overall program. 2107

The Office for Catholic Youth Ministry may, for any grave reason, require the parish/school to replace their Athletic Association President. 2108

If the conduct of players, coaches and/or spectators is found to be detrimental or that their continued participation is not in the best interest of the overall CYM program, CYM may dismiss the team from the CYM league. 12112

If CYM finds that the policies of a parish/school athletic association is detrimental and/or not in the best interest of the parish/school and/or not in the bert interest of the CYM athletic program, CYM may institute sanctions up to and including refusing to accept the registration of athletic teams of that parish/school resulting in the parish/school teams not being scheduled for CYM contests. In such instances, individuals that wish to participate will be referred to other parishes subject to openings. 12114