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SMSC CYO Basketball FAQ 2019-20


How old does my child have to be to play?

SMSC CYO basketball is offered to boys and girls 1st thru 8th grades.


Where are the official CYO rules of play?

Posted by the Oakland diocese at this link.


How much does it cost to play?

The Registration fee for 3rd-8th grades is $325 and 1st/2nd grades the fee is $250. When registering your child, you must pay the entire registration fee. Registration opens 7/1/2019 and closes 9/1/2019

*Registration fees cover the cost of: gym rental fees, referee costs, insurance, equipment, and other administrative costs. Fees are determined by the SMSC CYO Basketball board based on costs of running our league and the cost to participate in the Tri-Valley CYO league. As a result, fees are subject to change each year at the discretion of the SMSC CYO Basketball Board.


Can I make partial payments?

No. We DO NOT offer automatic payments plans via credit Card. 


Can I register in person or by mail?

Registration is online only. Visit SMSC CYO Basketball WebsiteThere is no in person registration. We recommend you register asap after registration opens. 


Are all Players guaranteed a spot on a team?

Teams will be limited by the number of Coaches pre-registered. If a waiting list is required the following criteria will determine placement on the list of available players for draft.

  • Parishioners of St. Michael's or St. Charles
  • Child of a head coach
  • Online registration for players - registrations are time stamped
  • Returning players
  • All others


Are there cuts?

In the 1st/2nd grade league the number of teams we have are based on the number of coaches that volunteer. Players are usually placed on teams based on the school they attend. We do not cut players however we will close registration at any time. You are encouraged to register your child asap. Every year we have to turn away kids that want to play in our 1st/2nd grade league.


In the 3rd thru 8th grades we hold evaluations. Teams are formed based on the number of players registered and the number of coaches that we have. There are times that we may close registration for a grade level due to not having enough players to form teams or not having enough coaches for the number of players registered. To avoid these situations, we encourage you to register your children early. We ask volunteer coaches to register early as well.


When are tryouts (evaluations)?

Tryouts will be held on on 9/15/2019


Can I request that my child be on a certain team?

We usually place 1st/2nd grade players on a team based on the school they attend. If you have a special request please let us know when you fill out the registration form. It becomes difficult to grant request the closer we get to the season. We cannot guarantee that your request will be granted.


In the 3rd– 8th grades we hold evaluations. Each player must attend evaluations. After evaluations the coaches will draft players. In the 3rd grade only coaches may consider special request. There is no guarantee special request will be granted.


When do practices start and how often are they?

Practices will start the week of 9/30/2019 for grades 3rd-8th. For grades 3rd-8th Practices are once a week at various locations in Livermore. This year we are offering training day on Saturday as well. This is optional but is a great way for you child to work specifically on their basketball skills. Games are played on Sundays. For 3rd-8th grades games could be played in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, or Alamo. Games times are 12pm – 6pm on Sundays. Occasionally we may play games on Saturdays. 


Practices for grades 1st/2nd will start 10/5/2019 Grades 1st/2nd teams will have one practice on Saturday and one game on Sunday. 


Where are practices held?

Practices are held in Livermore at various gyms. Locations are selected by coaches based on what locations are available and their availability. As the coaches are volunteers themselves, with their own schedules, they determine practice dates.


When does the season start and end?

  • Our 3rd – 8th grades will start at the end of September (Practice) and conclude at the end of January.
  • Our 1st/2nd grade games start the first week of October (Practice) and will conclude in January.
  • There will not be games during Thanksgiving weekend or Christmas break.
  • Some teams in 4th – 8th grade may qualify for playoffs. Our 1st/2nd and 3rd grade league does not have playoffs.


Are uniforms provided?

Yes, uniforms are included in the registration fee. You will need to measure your child and then choose the appropriate size from our sizing chart. (Chart coming soon). Please make sure to measure your child as there will not be any uniform exchanges.


If our team is missing players can our game be re-scheduled?

Tri-Valley CYO has decided to not re-schedule any games this year.


How do I add a second parent or guardian to the system so he/she will also receive all communication from the league?

During the registration process, you have the ability to “Add a Second Adult” in the same manner as described above for a sibling.  If you have completed the registration process, you can follow the link in the received email and log back into the registration system and add the addition contact information.


What if I need to update my registration information?

Log into your account and update your information.  You should have received an email with your registration information once you have paid.


What basketball size will be used?

1st & 2nd grade uses 27.5 inch.  Boys in grade 3-5 use 28.5 inch, and boys in grade 6-8 use 29.5 inch.  Girls in grade 3-8 use 28.5 inch.


Does the league need volunteers?

Yes, SMSC CYO basketball cannot run without volunteers. If you can spare some time to help us please send an email to the Athletic Director.


Why don't the CYO pages open when I click on them?

Make sure your "pop-up" blocker is set to accept pop-ups from the CYO website.


Who can I can contact for additional questions?

If you have questions feel free to send an email to:  . Someone will get back to you asap.