When is the St. Aloysius season?
Practices typically start in November. League games for the 2019-2020 season are expected to start during the week of December 1st. Playoffs are expected to begin and end in March.
How often do the teams practice?
Generally 2 practices per week starting in November leading up to the start of the regular season. Practices are either 1 to 1.5 hours each depending on the team, coach and/or gym availability.
All or most practices will be during the week.
Once the regular season starts practices are generally 1 to 2 times per week again depending on the team.
Is it possible for my child to play on another basketball team and CYO simultaneously?
Absolutely! It is quite common for athletes to play on another team during the winter season. In past years we have had players that have played for their local town Recreation league, Wayne PAL, Trinity Academy, and even their local town travel team.
However as per a new 2018 rule from the Archdiocese of Newark, no Trinity Academy student can play on a St. Aloysius CYO team if there is a spot available on the Trinity Academy school team for their grade. If there is no Trinity team at the grade level for that year then the student can play CYO.
All St. Aloysius home games will be on Sundays at the Trinity gym. This usually works well with Caldwell Travel as they typically do not have games or practices on those days. Many of St. Aloysius CYO coaches also coach other teams in other leagues as well.
It doesn't mean that there will not be any conflicts however and expectations should be set with BOTH team's coaches before you commit to play CYO. If you have concerns please reach out to us at [email protected].
Does my child have to tryout to make the team?
The CYO league which St. Aloysius is blessed to play in allows for multiple teams in each division from the same parish. Additionally each division has between 2 to 4 levels of play (from very competitive to developmental).
If we receive an abundance of applicants for a given division, St. Aloysius CYO will create additional teams. In that scenario we may choose to field a more advanced team alongside a more developing one.
If your child can commit to work hard, come to practice and be coachable...we will find a spot for them!
How much playing time can my child expect?
St. Aloysius CYO strives to provide as much playing time as possible for all committed players on each respective team. However we play in a competitive league against other Catholic parishes and the playing time in some games may not always be divided equally among the Student-Athletes.
The following MINIMUM playtime guidelines apply for each division:
Peewee (3rd and 4th Grade): Equal playing time for all players for the first 3 quarters.
Junior Varsity (5th and 6th Grade): Equal playing time for all players for the first 2 quarters
Varsity (7th and 8th Grade): Equal playing time for all players for the first 2 quarters