Youth Ministry



Basketball for ALL

One of the little known gems of St. Margaret’s parish is our Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball programs. Our teams have performed well the past several years with strong enrollment of players and coaches. Registration takes place in early October with practice and games beginning shortly thereafter. Rosters are open to parish youth from public and Catholic schools with limited spaces for non-Catholic youth as league rules permit.

The girls’ program for grades 6-8 runs from October through the end of December playing games two times a week with one or two practices per week. Games are played on Sunday and Thursday against other CYO teams in the area such as St. Rose, North Syracuse and Sacred Heart in Cicero. There is a $50 registration fee plus a uniform deposit.

Practices for the boys CYO do not start until early November. There are three teams in the boys section: Modified (generally grades 6-8), Jr. Varsity and Varsity teams for high school youth. Games for the boys’ teams begin in early December and continue until the end of February when playoffs are held. This is a great opportunity for boys to play in a very competitive league. All games have sanctioned referees. Again there is a $50 registration fee plus a uniform deposit. All players are responsible for finding their own rides to and from games.


Saturday Morning Elementary Age Basketball

For the wee ones, we have Saturday Morning Basketball, a very popular program for boys and girls in grades 2 – 6. The program is run by parishioner Ken Cook and staff. The program is heavy on instruction and basketball fundamentals with some low key competition later in the season. Standings and team scores are not emphasized. Parents often stick around during practice to assist and watch. Every child gets to play a fair amount of time. The program runs from early December through February. It is open to children from public and parochial schools. There is a small sign up fee that covers tee shirts and a pizza party at the end of the season.

The program will be split into junior and senior divisions. The junior division will be for players in grades 2 through 4. This modified division will utilize a smaller, youth sized basketball and an 8 1/2 foot basket height. The senior division will be for grades 5 and 6. A 4th grade player MAY be moved to the senior division if it has been determined by the Program Coordinator that the player is capable of playing at the next level.

Mission Statement: To teach the fundamentals of basketball through an atmosphere that fosters fun, positive attitude, and sportsmanship.