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Catholic Charities Corporation Administrative Offices:

7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900

Practices begin October 25 and the regular season begins December 11.

CYO does not register individual athletes in the sport of basketball. Please see your Member Athletic Director for more information.

The program concludes with championship tournaments in March.

Both programs conclude with championship tournaments.

Guest Player Rules

The coach needs the approval of their Athletic Director prior to the game to invite a Guest Player. If a team has fewer than 7 athletes at a game, a guest player may be moved from the member’s other CYO basketball teams to fill the positions at the start of a game under the following restrictions:

  • The athlete meets the age/grade restrictions of the team he/she will assist.
  • The guest player is reported by means of the button on the Coaches Information page of before the game in which he/she will be used. It is recommended that this by done by the Member Athletic Director and according to Bylaw 5-3-2-C-6 are reported on the day of the game.
  • The same individual may be invited as a guest player for no more than two (2) games during the season with any team. Once an individual is a guest player twice, they may not be invited by any other team for the remainder of the season.
  • The athlete complies with Game and Time limits as outlined in Section 1-H.
  • The guest player(s) must meet the minimum participation requirements outlined in the division specific sections.
  • Guest player movements are to be reported on the basketball scoresheet before the competition begins. The guest player’s name should be listed after all of the regular team athletes and put “GP” next to their name.
  • Guest player playing restrictions - If the guest player is the sixth and/or seventh player on the roster, they cannot start the first segment of the first quarter of the game. Coaches are encouraged to not play guest players more segments than players on the original roster.
  • Uniform Requirements
    • Guest players must wear the uniform of the team that they are playing on, not their rostered team uniform.
    • There are to be NO duplicated uniform numbers (teams should have at least one extra jersey to be borrowed by the guest player for that game).
  • Guest players cannot be used for sanctioned events or CYO championship competitions.

The Athletic Director must inform their coaches of what their process is to report a GP at their school/parish level.

Sanctioned Events Tournaments

CYO Members, Parishes, Parish Organizations, Catholic high schools, or Catholic colleges are permitted to sponsor tournaments or competitions with the sanctioning of CYO. Sponsoring organizations submit a Sanctioned Event Application to at least [10] ten days before the Tournament or Competition begins. A fee of $60 must be sent to Diocese of Cleveland CYO, Sanctioned Event, 7911 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 44102. Make checks payable to Catholic Charities. Click the Sanctioned Event Application link on the right to download the form.

When CYO approval is given, the event is officially listed on the CYO website Sanctioned Event section and advertising is permitted. Advertising is NOT permitted before the event is approved. Click Sanctioned Event List on the right to download the current CYO Sanctioned Events list.

Click the button below to download the 2021-2022 Sanctioned Event FAQ.

Download Sanctioned Event FAQ

Sanctioned Events Completion Report

Please submit the Sanctioned Event Completion Report (link on the side bar), along with a completed copy of the results, no later than 10 days after the closing date of the event to the CYO Athletic Office: Penalty for noncompliance to any of these terms results in inability to sponsor events for one calendar year.

Noelia Speringo, CYO Membership & Communications Coordinator

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Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Part of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

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