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Catholic Charities Corporation Administrative Offices:

7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900


High School & Adult Basketball Eligibility

High School Basketball: Open to all teens, including boys and girls, in grades 9 to 12.

Adult Basketball: Open to men 18 years of age and older.

General CYO Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to participate in the Diocese of Cleveland CYO, your child must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Parish Membership: The parent(s)/guardian(s) are registered members of a Catholic parish within the Diocese of Cleveland or other approved areas.
  • School Enrollment: Your child attends a Catholic school within the Diocese of Cleveland or other approved area.
  • Parish School of Religion (PSR) or RCIA: Your child is enrolled in and regularly attends the PSR or RCIA in the current school year of the sponsoring parish and lives within the defined boundaries of the parish that would sponsor the team. In this case, an Eligibility Request Form must also be submitted, and your child must attend six religious education sessions before he/she is eligible to participate in competitions.

Eligibility for High School Athletes/Teams

Looking for what section and zone your parish or school is in? Please note athletes can only participate in their Section and Zone. You must contact the athletic director of the parish or school to see if you are eligible.

If the high school athlete is registered at a CYO member parish:

  • They are eligible at the parish in which they/their parents are registered parishioners.
  • If their parish does not have a team, they must play in their zone first then within their section.
  • See zones below. Follow the zone guidelines for grade school sections.
  • They may not jump into another section.

If the high school athlete is enrolled at a parochial high school who is a CYO member with a team and the parish they are registered at has a team:

  • They can play on their high school team where they are enrolled OR
  • The parish in which they/their parents are a registered parishioner AND their parish has a team.

If an athlete is enrolled at a parochial high school but is not registered at a parish, the athlete:

  • Is eligible to participate at the parochial high school, if they have a team, OR
  • Must play within the section closest to their primary home address.
  • Must complete a CYO special request form - see CYO website high school basketball

If the athlete is a parishioner of a no zone parish and that parish does not have a team:

  • May not move to another section.

Download the High School Section Assignments below.

2022-2023 High School Section Assignments

Required Forms: Pre-Participation Form

Your child must have a current Pre-Participation Form on file with the sponsor of the team before he/she may participate in any CYO practices or games.

The form consists of three parts:

  • Physical exam
  • Information and release section
  • Emergency medical authorization

All three sections must be complete and current in order for the form to be valid and for your child to authorized to participate in CYO practices and games.

The complete Pre-Participation Form is valid for 13 months from the date of the physician's signature. The Pre-Participation Form will become invalid if any of the information contained in the information and release section or emergency medical authorization section of the form changes, or if 13 months have elapsed since the date of the physical exam.

Click the button below to download the Pre-Participation Form.

Pre-Participation Form

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