CYO Rules of Eligibility

Parish School Students

  1. A boy or girl who attends their parish school may participate with their parish – school team.
  2. A boy or girl who attends a parish school other than their registered parish may participate with either their parish team or their school team. However, once an individual establishes a preference, he/she may not play for another parish for the remainder of the scholastic year. Example: An individual may not play soccer for the school he/she attends and then play basketball for the parish in which he/she is registered.

Public School Students

If a public school student is a Catholic and a registered member of the parish and attends PREP, the student is eligible to participate in the OLGC CYO Sports program. However, if this student is a member of a particular team in his/her school, he/she is not eligible for that sport in his/her CYO program.

Private Catholic School Students

If a private Catholic school student is a Catholic and a registered member of the parish, he/she is eligible to participate in the CYO Sports program at that parish. However, if this student is a member of a particular team in his/her school, he/she is not eligible for that sport in his/her CYO program.

Students must meet the age and grade requirements for each sport.

Students must maintain a passing grade in conduct and effort in order to be eligible to play CYO sports. Failure in these areas makes the student ineligible for CYO sports for that marking period.

Change of Residence – After Start of Season

If a student moves on or after the official start date of a season (August 1st, November 1st, or March 1st), he/she may participate with his/her old parish’s team(s) for the remainder of that school year, or he/she may join the team of his/her new parish. If he/she chooses the latter, he/she may not return to his/her old parish’s team.

Student Suspension/Expulsion

To be a member of the OLGC CYO athletic program is a privilege — not a right. When a boy or girl puts on an OLGC CYO uniform, he/she represents a longstanding parish and Archdiocese of Philadelphia tradition. Therefore, in order to safeguard the integrity of the CYO program, he/she is expected to act in a Christian manner, to honor the student code of conduct, and to contribute to the overall good of the OLGC CYO sport program.

A student who fails to comply with CYO guidelines — either Archdiocesan or OLGC — or who does not comply with team regulations as determined by the coach, will be held accountable for his/her actions and dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Any student who is expelled from day school will lose eligibility for the CYO athletic program for that school year. Suspension from student’s school may result in partial or full disciplinary action.

  • Suspension

    A serious infraction of CYO policy or the Student Code of Conduct may result in the suspension of the student.

    There are two types of suspension. One is a suspension which is levied by a coach due to misconduct either during a game or practice. The other type is a suspension which is determined by the CYO Board due to multiple incidents of game misconduct, or violations which have ramifications beyond the OLGC CYO sports program (e.g. serious damage done to school or church property). A review of any such incidents will be conducted by the OLGC CYO Athletic Board. If a student receives a suspension from the CYO Board, any or all of the following sanctions shall be imposed.

    1. A student/player will be ineligible for a determined number of consecutive games in league, tournament or playoff games, or the continuation into the next season’s sport. The student/player must be dressed in uniform for the suspended games and remain on the bench. Rescheduled games shall count and forfeits shall not count.
    2. A determined number of hours of community service will be assessed. The CYO Board will assist in making arrangements for this community service, if necessary. The CYO Board is not responsible for transportation to or from the site, or supervision of the project. A form must be signed by the organization benefiting from this community service.
    3. If the infraction involves monetary retribution for damages incurred, it is the responsibility of the student’s family to make this payment.
    4. The student/player is ineligible for the Scholar Athlete Award.
    5. The student/player remains on probation for the entire sports season. If another infraction occurs — be it minor or major– the student/player will be expelled from OLGC CYO sports for that school year.
    6. A time period for the sanctions to be completed will also be assessed at the time of suspension.
    7. Any student who is suspended from a CYO sport is ineligible for All Star play in any recognized CYO sport during that school year.
  • Expulsion

    1. If a student/player has committed a serious infraction which is considered criminal in nature, including use or possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugs, the CYO Board reserves the right to dismiss him/her from OLGC CYO sports for that school year.
    2. Any student who is expelled from his/her day school will be dismissed from the OLGC CYO athletic program for that school year. He/she must reapply to the OLGC CYO Athletic Board in order to regain their playing status. The Board reserves the right to decline this application.