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Exceptions to General Rules

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A. Non-Catholics who do not attend a Catholic School may participate with the Catholic parish program within the geographic boundaries in which they reside. A player who cannot secure placement on a team must contact the County Director.

B. Every effort should be made to play on the resident parish team. However, a youngster who cannot secure a position on the roster of a resident parish team (or if the resident parish has no program at all) may participate on a team of an adjoining parish (within the county that the player resides) with authorization of the CYO County Director. An adjoining parish is one whose boundaries touch on the youngster’s resident parish. As long as the resident parish offers a spot on one of its teams, the player is bound to play with his resident parish.

C. Local County rules take precedence in all County


A parish roster is limited to

3 player exceptions

in any combination of A & B.

A player placed on a team as an exception for the 2008-2009 season does not establish eligibility for future years.

The CYO County Director has final say as to parish boundaries and what constitutes an adjoining parish. If no program exists in a parish, or the player cannot secure a position in the resident parish, the parish coordinator must contact the County Director for instructions.


Professionals are barred from all CYO activities. In the area of athletics, the CYO of the Archdiocese of New York has an agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union. Pursuant to this agreement, anyone signing a professional athletic contract to participate in a professional athletic program is not eligible for CYO Competition.


Where team rosters are required, such rosters must be signed by a moderator, principal or designated authority. Proof of eligibility and fees established by the County Director must be submitted when the roster is due prior to the first scheduled game. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in a team’s automatic forfeiture of all games until such time a roster is filed.

Roster Additions

Additions to team rosters must comply with Archdiocesan rules. Such additions must be made on an Official Roster Addition form and filed with the County Director. The deadline for basketball is December 1, 2008. The deadline for baseball is May 1, 2009. For all other scheduled programs, the County Director will determine the cutoff date.

Coaches, Players & Spectators

Any players, coaches or spectators who are not living up to the CYO Code of Ethics, will be subject to immediate suspension or expulsion from CYO competitions. The home team is responsible for the conduct of the game, which includes the spectators. Both teams should play the game respecting the rights of the opponent team. Spectators should likewise extend this respect to the opponent’s spectators.


The assignment of game officials and game reports must conform to local county regulations. In the event of a team forfeiting a game for non-appearance such team will be responsible for paying the entire officials’ fees for such game.


It is the responsibility of the home team to supply the basic equipment for conducting the particular activity when a home team facility is used or an outside facility is used.


Eligibility - Protests must be submitted in writing along with a $50.00 protest fee.

Game condition protest - As per section 4 article 2 of the National Federation of State High School Association Rules, there are no game condition protests.


The team who forfeits a game receives a loss and the opposing team is given a win. The team who forfeits loses eligibility for playoffs. Use of an ineligible player in a game or games means forfeiture of the game for violating rules. Forfeiture is determined by the County Director and/or the CYO Sports Advisory Committee with extreme circumstances taken into consideration.