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Program Divisions

Last Revised on January 15, 2012

Athletic program divisions must abide by the policies included in this section.

Related Policies:

All participants in the High School (Senior) Division are to be 9th through 12th grade students or the equivalent and may not have reached their 19th birthday before July 1st of the current program year. 2161

All participants in the High School (Intermediate) Division are to be 9th or 10th grade students or the equivalent and may not have reached their 17th birthday before July 1st of the current program year. 2162

All participants in the Grade School Varsity Division are to be 6th through 8th grade students. They may not have reached their 15th birthday before July 1st of the current program year. 2163

WRESTLING allows 5th graders to participate on the Varsity level. 2164

TRACK teams allow participants 3rd grade through 8th grade. 2165

BASEBALL - It is recommended that parishes and schools use 7th and 8th graders only for CYM Baseball and avoid or limit the use of 6th graders. Sixth (6th) graders can be used to fill out rosters but should not make up the majority of players on the roster. The larger fields used by CYM, the age/size of the 6th grader and 6th graders batting against 8th grade pitchers are factors that should be considered by your athletic association. 2166

The CYM Junior Varsity Sports Program is intended as instructional with maximum participation by all team members. Mandatory Play Rules have been instituted in most JV Programs. Coaches of JV teams in sports without a Mandatory Play Rule should adhere to “maximum participation” during CYM contests. 2167

No player in the Grade School Jr. Varsity (JV) Division may have reached his or her 13th birthday before July 1st of the current program year. 2168

No player above 6th grade is permitted to participate at the Jr. Varsity level. 2169

No individual may play on a CYM JV team and a JV team in a league sponsored by a CDOW parish/ school (i.e. St. Edmund Academy JV Boys League, St. Elizabeth JV Girls League, etc.). A violation will result in the CYM team forfeiting all games in which the individual played and the individual must be removed from the CYM roster. 9445

Boys and Girls BASKETBALL participants are to be 5th and 6th grade students. A team may use 4th graders to fill out teams with 5th/6th graders. No 3rd graders permitted under any circumstances. 2170

JV SOCCER (5th/6th) - This program will be for 5th and 6th graders. A team may use 4th graders to fill out teams with 5th/6th graders. No 3rd graders permitted. 2171

JV SOFTBALL (5th/6th) - This program will be for 5th and 6th graders. A team may use 4th graders to fill out teams with 5th/6th graders. No 3rd graders permitted. 2172

For all other JV sports, participants are to be 4th grade through 6th grade students. 2173

An individual may request to move to a higher level of play under these stated conditions. 2174

The request to move to a higher level must be submitted in writing and approved by the Director of CYM Sports. The request must detail the reasons for the move. 2175

If the Director of CYM Sports denies the request, a written appeal may be sent to the full AAC for review. 2184

The Pastor, Athletic Association President and the individual’s parent or guardian must sign the written request. 2176

CYM will only entertain such requests that involve special circumstances. The fact that a player is above average in a particular sport is not sufficient reason alone for a move to a higher level. 2177

Under NO circumstance will participants of Football, Wrestling, Baseball and Fast-Pitch Softball be considered for a move to a higher level. 2178

The individual must be no more than one grade below the minimum grade level for that particular sport. 2179

This rule is NOT intended for individuals that are requesting to play at the junior varsity level and have not reached the grade making them eligible for participation. 2180

The individual may not play at both levels during the same season. 2181

Once the season starts, the individual may not move back to the lower level. 2182

The “Program Year” coincides with the school year. 2183