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Mar

29

Fan Behavior

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If you get a minute, watch this great media clip with Frank Martin, the head mens basketball coach at the University of South Carolina. He really puts youth sports into perspective!  Click on the GCCYS logo to view the video clip.


 

Jan

31

Tournament Planning

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All coordinators were sent an email on January 14th asking for available gym time for the season-ending tournaments with the deadline for submission being Friday the 19th. We will be reviewing this information over the weekend and putting together a plan that we will communicate to the coordinators at our next meeting. As a reminder the tournament schedule is as follows:

  • Boys 3rd-5th: Feb 15-18
  • Boys 6th-8th: Feb 22-25
  • Girls 3rd-8th: Mar 1-4
  • If your team does not plan on playing in the season ending tournament, please notify your coordinator no later than February 1st for boys teams and February 15th for girls teams. Thanks!


    Dec

    15

    Boys Volleyball Season

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    An updated Rules Document has been posted on the web site so please review.  Remember that there will only be a single referee for all 3rd-5th grade matches as well as 6th grade Silver matches this season. If you have any questions about our boys volleyball program, you can check out the boys volleyball page (League menu) or please contact Derrick Rahe, the GCCYS boys volleyball commissioner at boysvolleyball@gccys.org

    Please note the following changes to referees and how they are paid.  Programs are not Required to pay referees double if only 1 shows up for 6th Gold – 8th grade.

    1. 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Silver:  Only ONE referee will be at each match.  ONE referee will be paid $20 total (coaches from each school should pay $10 at each match)
    2. 6th Gold: Two referees will each be paid $20 each, $40 total (coaches from each school should pay $20 total at each match)
    3. 7th & 8th: Two referees will each be paid $25, $50 total (coaches from each school should pay $25 total at each match

    Each player must have a waiver form on file with the league that is filled out by their parent or guardian.  These are only required once per school year so there is no need to fill one out if your son played in the GCCYS basketball league.

    Liability Waiver

     

     

    Nov

    30

    Boys Basketball Kickoff Email

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    The following email was sent on 11/30 to all boys basketball coordinators, athletic directors, and boys basketball coaches for whom we have a valid email address. Best of luck to all boys basketball teams this season. A similar email will be sent to girls coaches and coordinators in a few weeks.

    Boys Basketball Kickoff Email


    Nov

    19

    Boys and Girls Basketball Schedules Now Available

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    The full season schedule for both boys and girls basketball is now available (11/19 7pm).  These schedules were reviewed by the coordinators from each parish and feedback was provided to the league before the schedule was finalized.  Thank you to all parish coordinators for their feedback, almost all of which was incorporated into the schedule.

    Schedules can be found in a variety of formats from the Schedule menu (by Team, by Date, by Gym).  If you are a coach, you can also view a pre-filtered version of the schedule which only shows your team from your Coach Portal.  Others who created an account on the web site and subscribed to a team or teams, can view those schedules on their Subscriber Portal.

    An email will be sent to all coaches this evening notifying them of the publication of the schedule.  It is important to note that now that the schedule is live, making changes to it will be very difficult.  Any feedback a coach might have with the schedule should be directed to their parish coordinator and not the league.

    Thanks and have a great season!

    GCCYS and Amerileagues


     

    Nov

    18

    GCCYS High School League Info

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    For those looking for a high school league, SportsPlus will be offering this again for the 2017-2018 season.


     

    Oct

    04

    Moeller Youth Coaching Clinic

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    Archbishop Moeller High School is hosting the 26th annual Youth Basketball Coaches Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday October 28, 2017 at the school.  The clinic is designed for those who are coaching boys and girls in third through eighth grade.  Please read the flyer for more information.

    Moeller Coaching Clinic Flyer Flyer


     

    Oct

    03

    Basketball 6th-8th Grade Placement Meeting

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    As discussed at our member meeting in September, we will be having a placement meeting for all 6th-8th grade boys and girls basketball coordinators on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30pm at the Boy Scout Center in Evendale. At this meeting, we will finalize the placement of teams in Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 for the 6th-8th grade boys and girls basketball leagues. As team registration closes on October 17th, we will review the registrations and past years results and do our best to provide fair placement of teams. All basketball coordinators should attend this meeting. If you are the boys AND girls coordinator, please bring someone as a proxy for one of the leagues as we will have separate meetings for boys and girls that will run concurrently.  An email will be sent out to all basketball coordinators on October 3rd with this information.


     

    Oct

    01

    UC Bearcats Volleyball

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    Cincinnati Bearcats Volleyball wants to invite you and your team to a 2017 volleyball match. Your team can watch the Bearcats this season as they play at St. Ursula Academy while the Fifth Third Arena is under construction.

    The Bearcats open their home season Friday, September 29th at 7:00pm against Tulsa.

    All matches are FREE as part of Experience UC.

    To reserve your teams spot and to get PA recognition at the game contact Deborah Dixon at Deborah.Dixon@uc.edu.

    GO BEARCATS!


     

    Sep

    27

    Volleyball Tournament Updates (10/16)

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    Here are some updates on the upcoming volleyball tournament:

    1. We will emailed coordinators on Wednesday evening (10/18) with information regarding hosting matches for the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade tournaments.
    2. The 5th, 6th, and 7th grade tournament schedule will be published by end of day Wednesday (10/25) and will include results from the entire season.

    Please note the dates for the year-end volleyball tournament:

    • 3rd-4th: Oct 27-29
    • 5th-7th: Nov 3-5
    • 8th: Oct 26, Nov 2-5

     

    Sep

    22

    Purcell Marian Fall Basketball Camp

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    Purcell Marian will once again be conducting a fall basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 5th-8th on Saturday, October 21st from 10:30am - 2:30pm at Purcell Marian High School. Please read the flyer below for more information!

    Purcell Marian Fall Camp Flyer


    Aug

    02

    Lindsay's Law

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    The Ohio Department of Health has announced new legislation referred to as Lindsay's Law which addresses Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth athletes.  The law went into effect on August 1, 2017.  GCCYS sent an email to all parishes during the week of August 1st to provide guidance regarding how this should be implemented for our member coaches, athletes, and parents.  You can read more about Lindsay's Law on the Ohio Department of Health web site:   READ ABOUT LINDSAY'S LAW 

    We have included links to resources below which might be helpful for our members, but please note that it is the obligation of the parish/school to make sure everyone for their program is trained and in compliance with the Ohio state law.


    The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law:

    For parents/guardians and youth athletes:

    For coaches:

    If you are a coach for an interscholastic sport and are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education, please visit their website for information about their training requirements around Lindsay’s Law.

    If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources:


     

    Jul

    10

    GA-UC All Skills Volleyball Camp

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    Train with the UC head coaches and players at Guardian Angels!  The University of Cincinnati will be holding a volleyball camp at Guardian Angels from July 31 - August 2. The camp will be split into a morning session for 3rd-5th graders followed by an afternoon session for 6th-9th graders. Please register online at www.gaboosters.org. Registration is limited and this camp will sell out so please don't delay!  If you have any questions, please contact Connie Ganim (connieganim@gmail.com)

    Session 1

    • 3rd-5th graders
    • 9-11:30am
    • $90 registration fee (includes t-shirt)
    • Eat lunch with the UC players from 11:30-12 (please bring a brown bag lunch)

    Session 2

    • 6th-9th graders
    • noon-3pm
    • $110 registration fee (includes t-shirt)

    May

    23

    Member Meeting on Wednesday!

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    Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 31st at the Dan Beard Scout Center in Evendale at 6:30pm. Please make sure at least one representative of your parish is in attendance. The focus of the meeting will be an update on the basketball season as well as planning for the tournament. There will also be a few proposed rules changes for the boys volleyball season that will be voted on. If you have any questions, please contact Travis Everly (everlytl@gmail.com)


    May

    15

    Miami Volleyball Summer Camp

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    Miami University is offering a summer volleyball competitive team camp for 7th and 8th graders on Wednesday, July 11th. Please read the following camp flyer below for more information.

    Miami Volleyball Camp Flyer


    May

    05

    Summer Basketball Camps

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    St. Xavier and Moeller High Schools have asked us to communicate information to you about their boys summer basketball leagues and camps. For more information and access to on-line registration for these programs, please click on the logos below.

    Moeller Summer Camps

    St. X Boys Basketball Camps

    St. X Summer Freshman Basketball League


    Mar

    01

    Boys Volleyball Tournament

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    The schedule has now been released!  An email was sent to coordinators at noon on Tuesday with information about the upcoming tournament and the schedule in particular.  Best of luck to all teams next week!

     REPORT YOUR TOURNAMENT SCORES IN A TIMELY MANNER.  Teams are advanced through the tournament based on a score being reported.  If your parish is hosting a championship or consolation game, you should be receiving an email from the league about trophy pickup and/or delivery.  Good luck to all teams!

    NEW this year is a physical bracket which shows teams as they advance through the tournament.  In years' past, we displayed a static bracket which showed the game times and the first round matchups.  This new bracket will show the teams as they advance through the tournament (scores must be logged to advance the teams on the bracket) and will also show the scores of completed games.  Please note that this is not a responsive bracket and while you can view it from a mobile device, it is best viewed from a computer or tablet.  Horizontal and vertical scroll bars are available to help you view the entire bracket. 

    Check out the links below.  You can also access this tournament information from the Post Season Tourney option on the Schedule menu.

    Schedule by Bracket Schedule by Gym Physical Bracket


     

    Feb

    08

    Girls Volleyball Tournament/Division Champion Shirt Order Form

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    Here is the order form for the girls volleyball tournament and regular season division champions! Coaches or coordinators must order shirts by November 10th!! This year late orders will not be accepted.

    T-Shirt Order Form


    Nov

    10

    Game Day

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    All parents should take a moment to read "10 Things Parents Need to Know" which is a great reminder to all. Coaches, if you need help tracking playing time for basketball, please print out and use the Basketball Player Tracker. League specific information is available under the new Leagues menu.

    Also as a reminder, the maximum gate fee that a parish/school may charge is $5/family, $3/adult, and $1/child

    Basketball Rules Basketball Player Tracker 10 Things Parents Need to Know


    Nov

    09

    NKU Norse GCCYS Boys and Girls Basketball Nights

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    Northern Kentucky University is inviting all Greater Cincinnati Catholic Youth Sports League Basketball teams to NKU Youth Jersey Night Basketball games! All GCCYS basketball players will receive one complimentary ticket. Additional tickets are $4 for adults;$3 for youth (ages 3-17). Please read the schedule and flyers below for more information!

    GCCYS Girls Night

    NKU Women Norse vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies

    Friday, January 27th, 2017: 7:00pm tipoff

    GCCYS Boys Night

    NKU Norse vs. Milwaukee Panthers

    Saturday, February 11th, 2017: 7:00pm tipoff

    NKU GCCYS Boys Basketball Night Flyer NKU GCCYS Girls Basketball Night Flyer


    Oct

    20

    Winter League Champion Shirt Order Forms

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    NEW DESIGN!! Here are the order forms for winter league division and tournament champions! Coaches or coordinators must order shirts by March 11th! Late orders will not be accepted.

    Division Champion T-Shirts Tournament Champion T-Shirts


    Oct

    11

    Registration Metrics

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    Now that boys basketball registration is complete and girls winter team registration is due in a few weeks, if you'd like an idea how many teams are registering per grade/skill level, click on the button below to view some high-level registration metrics.

    Registered Teams by Grade/Skill


    Aug

    25

    Winter Season Dates

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    Thank you to those that attended our member meeting this evening.  There were several rules changes that were passed by a majority of members.  Please look for updates to the Rules documents sometime in the next week.  These rules changes are not applicable to ongoing fall leagues.

    Timing for our winter leagues has been decided upon.  All teams will be playing a 9 week regular season.  Please review the highlights of this new schedule below.

    1. The boys basketball season will begin on December 1st and practices may begin on October 31st
    2. The girls basketball and volleyball season will begin on December 15th and practices may begin on November 14th
    3. This year the winter break will be two weeks in length as teams will not be playing during the week of December 19th and 26th.
    4. The boys season will end on February 12th and tournaments will take place over the following two weekends (most likely 3rd-5th the first weekend and 6th-8th the second weekend)
    5. The girls season will end on February 26th and tournaments will take place during the following weekend (March 2nd - 5th).

    More information will be available soon in regards to deadlines for registration, etc ...


     

    Jan

    20

    Inclement Weather Policy

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    As temperatures plunge below zero for the upcoming weekend, now is a good time to post a reminder about the GCCYS Inclement Weather Policy. As the GCCYS is informed of gym closings by parish/school coordinators, this information will be shared on the front page of the web site. In addition, games will be marked as postponed or cancelled which will trigger email and SMS text notifications to those that subscribe to Game Status Change notifications for teams affected. If we have a very large weather event, the web site might be put into maintenance mode in order to handle traffic. If this is the case, listings of closed gyms will appear.

    GCCYS Policy: Games/matches may be postponed due to extreme inclement weather where the safety of the coaches, players and spectators are at risk. It will be the responsibility of the parish/school site representative and coordinator, at the hosting school, to make the decision regarding the closing of their facility. The coordinator must provide notification to GCCYS a minimum of 90 minutes prior to the start of a game/match. All subsequent games/matches will be cancelled except in cases where it may be possible to re-open later in the day. If a host team's gym is open but the visiting team decides not to participate it will result in a forfeit. Request for postponement and reschedule will be accepted from coordinators only.


    Jan

    09

    Team Fee Payment

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    All league fees ($125 per team for all leagues) can be paid to "GCCYS" and sent to the following address:

    GCCYS
    PO.Box 42376
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

    Jan

    08

    Volleyball Tournament Schedule

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    ALL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES ARE PUBLISHED

    All bracket assignments and seedings are final. All coaches will be subscribed to score reporting notifications for the tournament. Coaches will receive an email during their game with a link to the score reporting form. The winning coach should log the game score as soon as possible after the completion of their game. This will auto-advance their team on the schedule. Please note that a consolation game will take place for this tournament to determine a 3rd place finisher. We did our best to avoid any parish-related conflicts that were submitted by coordinators.

    Tournament Schedule by Bracket

    Tournament Schedule by Gym


    Oct

    21

    Score Reporting (Coaches)

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    Here are several ways for the winning coach to log their game score.

    1. Subscribe to the Score Reporting Reminder notification and receive an email during your game with a link to the report score form (most coaches were auto-subscribed to this)
    2. Login to your Coach Portal and find games that need scores logged in the upper right hand corner of your portal (Coach option on Portals menu)
    3. Login to your Coach Portal and log or edit your game scores from your team schedule
    4. Your coordinator also has the ability to log your game scores if you are having difficulties

    Please note that you must have an account with coach level access in order to access a Coach Portal or subscribe to the Score Reporting Reminder notification. Accounts were created for all coaches. IF YOU CREATED YOUR OWN ACCOUNT, you most likely do not have coach level access unless you discussed this with the league. Game scores can be edited up to 14 days after your game in case they have been reported incorrectly. If you are the coach of the losing team and the score has not been logged after 3 days, please help us out and log the score yourself. Thanks!


    Aug

    26

    Unclaimed Coach Accounts

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    On July 18th, all teams for the fall volleyball season were set to "Approved" status which triggers the creation of web site account for coaches. If you received an email from the web site with account information but did not reply within 24 hours OR you never received an email, you need to claim your account. To do so, please request a new password by navigating to the Password Reset Page and enter the email address that your coordinator gave the league. If you are not sure which email address this is, then go to the Teams Page on the Organization menu and look for the email address associated with your team. When you request a new password, if the system does not recognize your email address or you never receive a subsequent email (it should happen within 30 minutes), please Contact Us and we will get it sorted out. Thanks!

    IF YOU CREATE YOUR OWN ACCOUNT, IT WILL NOT HAVE COACH-LEVEL PRIVILEGES!.


    Aug

    25

    Game Change Notifications

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    Now that the initial schedule has been frozen for the fall leagues, we are going to activate game change notifications. From this point forward when a scheduled game has a change in location, a change in game time, or either of the two teams are changed, you can receive an email or SMS text message notification. In addition, when a new game is added to the schedule or a game is removed from the schedule, canceled, or postponed, you will also receive a notification

    In order to receive notifications, you must have a user account on the web site. Simply choose the organization you are associated with and then choose the teams you want to follow (up to 5). You can then choose the types of notifications you would like to receive. Please make sure you enter a valid email address and if you want to receive SMS text message notifications that you enter a valid phone number including area code

    A quick note about game statuses. A game starts out as "scheduled" and then when the game has been completed it will change to "completed" or "forfeited" if one of the teams does not show up. If one of the teams cannot make the scheduled game but the game will be rescheduled, it will be placed in "postponed" status. If the location or time of a game is changed, the status of the game will be changed to "rescheduled".


    Aug

    22

    Register for an Account

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    Account registration is now open for those that want to follow and subscribe to teams. To register, please click on the Register link in the upper left corner of the web site. You will be asked to choose a user name, password, and enter your first and last names and email address. Choose the organization you are affiliated with and then one of more teams (winter league teams will not be available until late October/mid November) from the parish/school that you want to follow. You can also choose to subscribe to a number of different email and text message notifications.

    Once you have created your account, you can login to the web site and will now notice a Portals menu which has a Subscriber option. By choosing that option, you will see your own personal portal with information about the teams you are following. PLEASE NOTE ... that coaches and coordinators have accounts with higher level access created for them. Coaches and coordinators CAN create their own account if they like, but PLEASE USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS that your school/parish supplied to the league. Coordinator or coach privileges will be added to your account after your organization contact information or team information has been communicated to the league.

    Regular account holders can choose to subscribe to the following types of notifications:

    1. Game Change Notifications - receive an email or text message any time a scheduled game is changed (new location or time), added, or removed from the schedule.
    2. League Announcements - receive an email of any league wide announcements that are published on the web site.
    3. Score Reporting Reminder - Coaches can choose to receive an email with a link to the score reporting form which will be sent during the game.

    Aug

    07

    NFHS Concussion Training

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    ALL HEAD COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES must complete the NFHS Concussion Training course before their first game. As a head coach, after you have completed the free, on-line training course on the NFHS web site, you can edit your coach account (after it has been created for you) on the GCCYS web site and specify the course completion date. This training is valid for up to 3 years upon completion of the course so if you have already completed the course in the past 3 years, you should simply enter your course completion date. In order to take the course, you must first register yourself and create an account on the NFHS web site. You will then be able to take the course.

    Please note that it is the obligation of the parish/school to make sure everyone for their program is trained and in compliance with the Ohio state law.

    NFHS Registration Take Course Check Completion Edit My GCCYS Account