CTTCS Athletics Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHAT CHILDREN ARE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY SPORTS AT CHRIST THE TEACHER CATHOLIC SCHOOL?
A:
(From the Diocese of Wilmington Athletic Handbook:)
9.50     An individual is eligible to participate in CYM athletic programs for a diocesan regional school (Christ the Teacher) if they meet the stated criterion.

9.50.1  The individual attends the regional school or

9.50.2  The individual is registered member of one of the parishes supporting the regional school AND attends religious education classes at that parish or

9.50.3  The individual is registered member of one of the parishes connected to the regional school and attends another Catholic school that does not have the sport.

9.50.4  Participation/Affiliation rules stated above will apply for individuals participating in regional schools.

Essentially, to participate in Catholic Youth Ministry athletics, a child must either (1) attend CTTCS, or (2) be a member of one of our sponsoring parishes AND actively participate in Catholic religious education.
Certain non-CYM sports such as Junior JV Basketball and Intramural Cheerleading are run as “in-school” programs, and are only open to CTTCS students.

 

Q: HOW ARE TEAMS CHOSEN FOR CYM ATHLETICS?
A:
This answer depends on the sport. For instance, in Cross Country and Track & Field, all children participate on the same team.  For a sport like Varsity Basketball, where we always field multiple teams, children attend skill assessments and are then placed on a team best suited for their experience, skill level, and ability to improve.  In this case, teams from other programs are divided in a similar fashion to attempt to keep the level of competition somewhat equal.
Q: WHEN ARE PRACTICES?
A:
Again, this answer depends on the sport.  CYM Athletics allows a maximum of three practices per week.  Generally, most of our teams get two practice sessions per week.  The length of time depends on many factors including facility availability.  For instance, in 2006 – 2007, we fielded 16 basketball teams covering grades 3 – 8.  With only one gym at the school, practice time was at a premium.  We hope to be able to address this situation by finding additional gym space in the future.  Since our coaches are volunteers, we must work around their availability. In most cases, through carpooling and other adjustments, usually children’s situations have been able to be worked out.

 

Q: WHEN ARE GAMES HELD?
A:
This depends on the sport; for more specific answers, contact the individual sports coordinator listed on the main athletics page.  Some sports such as wrestling, track & field and cross country hold their meets only on weekends.  For some sports such as soccer and basketball, games are almost always on weekends, but occasionally a midweek game may be scheduled — especially as a “make-up game” or tournament.  Some sports such as baseball could be held any day of the week, and others such as softball are generally only held on weeknights (except for make-up games and CYM playoffs).

 

Q: WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS?
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For more specific answers to Diocese policy, visit the “For The Sake of God’s Children” page on the Diocese of Wilmington website.
The short answer is — all Diocese of Wilmington employees AND VOLUNTEERS (including coaches) must pass a background check a minimum of every three years. In addition, for athletics, minimum staffing standards mandate no less than two (2) cleared adult coaches be present at all times. This number is adjusted upwards as the number of children grows. (For instance, two cleared adults for the initial seven [7] youths in grades 8 and under. One additional cleared adult for each additional 10 youths. Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Youth Ministry handbook; section 5.3)
Parents must be partners in this effort by not dropping off and picking up on the parking lot, but by walking to the gym or field and picking up the child. This is a school and Diocese rule, is meant to keep the children safe, and avoids putting the coach at risk of sanctions from the Diocese caused by him or her by being left alone with children.

 

Q: WHERE DO I FIND THE NECESSARY FORMS FOR REGISTRATION AND/OR ADULT BACKGROUND CHECKS?
A: On the school website is a link to all the forms you should need:  CTTCS Sports Registration Forms (click here)
http://www.christtheteacher.org/activities/sports/registration.asp
Q: WHO RUNS CTTCS ATHLETICS?
A: CTTCS Athletics are run by an Executive Committee in conjunction with our coaches and parents. The seven member elected board (Executive Committee) meets twice monthly along with the Principal’s designee (our Athletic Director, Mr. Hackett). This group of 8 serves at the pleasure of the Principal, and generally oversees all school athletics under the direction of and in communication with the school administration.
Q: HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
A:
We are only as strong as our members, and we always have room for more!
One of the two monthly meetings is open to the general membership; generally held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Main Office Conference Room.  Each parent is enrolled as a member of the CTTCS Athletic Association by the action of signing up their child for sports. You can also become a member simply by showing up at a General Membership Meeting and declaring your intention to become a member.  To become a VOTING MEMBER, a member must attend at least three meetings during the year, AND must participate in a minimum of two association events (coach a team, be a team parent, help at spaghetti dinner, staff the concession stand, help get the fields ready for play, etc.)