St. Francis Xavier Christian Youth Organization (CYO)

Welcome to a new year for the Saint Francis Xavier Athletic Association! We are looking forward to another year of healthy activity and Christian fellowship for our youth and families. CYO (Christian Youth Organization) involves students in parish life through athletics. Any student enrolled in the St. Francis Xavier School or St Francis Xavier School of Religious Education, and students who are active members of other parishes that do not offer CYO Basketball, is eligible and encouraged to participate in CYO.

CYO provides our youth with the opportunity to develop new skills, habits, and a great opportunity to enjoy St Francis Xavier Parish.

Again this year, we will offer the following programs: (See tabs below for more information)

  • Biddy Basketball: for boys and girls Pre-K (4's) through 2nd grade.
  • Novice Basketball: for boys and girls in 3rd & 4th grades.
  • Junior Varsity Basketball: for boys and girls in 5th & 6th grades.
  • Varsity Basketball: for boys and girls in 7th & 8th grades.
  • Volleyball: for girls in 5th & 6th grades (spring season).
  • Novice Volleyball: grades 3 & 4 (spring season).

Biddy Basketball (Pre-K4's-2nd grade)

Biddy Ball is an introductory program open to boys and girls in Pre-K4 thru 2nd grade. This program’s goal is to teach dribbling, shooting, passing, and the very basic structure of the game. The skill building is low key and fun is a big part of the “Fundamentals.” This program starts in early December and runs through early February on Saturday mornings.

Novice Basketball (3rd and 4th grades)

The Intramural program provides more opportunity to build upon basketball skills and is still an introductory program. For this level, following a few weeks of just skill building and learning teamwork, there will be games with other area parish teams. The games are low key, there may or may not be a score kept, the goal for this program is to build skills and a comfort level with the game. Encouragement is the key to success and all players will play equally. This program starts in early December and runs thru early February.

Junior Varsity Basketball (5th & 6th grades)

JV basketball is a continuation of the skill development found in intramurals but at a higher level. Regulation games are played on Saturday and Sundays starting on December first thru mid-February. Attending practice 2 nights a week is expected. Learning is still the priority at this level, but on a more competitive level.

Varsity Basketball (7th & 8th grades)

Varsity Basketball is a competitive level of play. Teams compete for the Deanery/League title. Players are not guaranteed equal playing time at this level. Participation in practice two nights per week is expected of players at this level. Practice begins in October and the season runs thru early February.


Starting in early March, volleyball becomes the game of choice at St. Francis Xavier. Games are played against other local Catholic Schools. The season runs from late March through mid-May. Participants can expect practice two nights per week. Any girl in 7th-8th Grade interested in volleyball is encouraged to sign up for the Junior High Volleyball program at Delone Catholic High School.

Novice volleyball is offered for girls and boys grades 3 and 4. There will be no games with other schools; this is an in-house introduction to the sport.

✟  Registration is only available online.  This will allow for a quicker turnaround time on registration. Computers will be available for registration during the Back to School Picnic, Back to School Night, and SRE Back to School meeting. (If these dates do not work for you or registering online is a problem, please contact Tim Staub at

✟ The deadline for registration for Volleyball and Biddy Basketball is December 1st.  Any registration submitted after December 1st may be SUBJECT TO REJECTION. The deadline for Competetive Basketball is September 25th.

As a volunteer organization, we are in need of many volunteers to make our programs available. Please take the time to become involved. Many lasting friendships have been forged through shared work!

The clearances required by the Diocese of Harrisburg are required for all volunteers who work with the youth of our parish. These clearances are required for any volunteer work you might do at the school or parish, so it would be beneficial for everyone to have them. CYO will gladly pay your clearance fees.

✟ Please watch for information regarding a REQUIRED Parent Meeting  at the beginning of the season to meet the coaches and to review our policies. This date will be posted in the weekly bulletin!

✟ If you would like more information or if you have any questions, please contact Tim Staub.