Below is policy information pertaining to the 2022 season. All participants will be required to sign a Waiver and Release of Liability form in order to participate. Games will continue to be on Sunday's and registration will open up November 1 2021. The goal is to have enough players to fill 8 teams.
Policies for Participation in CYO Sports
In developing plans for the resumption of CYO sports, the Diocese of Oakland is required to implement the health and safety standards established by the State of California Department of Public Health and /or the county in which CYO competition will take place. The Diocese of Oakland may require compliance with written policies and modifications for each sport adopted by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for the 2021-2022 seasons. If there exists a conflict, the Diocese of Oakland may follow the more stringent standard. Please thoroughly read the applicable CIF guidelines which are available at https://www.cifstate.org/landing/index CYO competition may be suspended and/or these protocols may be modified, based upon future public health guidance from federal, state or local governments concerning COVID-19. The Diocese will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 transmission rates and assess the situation.
Expectations for Parents/Guardians/Student Athletes/Volunteer Coaches:
Parents, guardians, player participants, and volunteer coaches (collectively, “CYO Participants”) must work together to create a healthy sports environment to reduce the likelihood for transmission of COVID-19 during CYO competitions. These are specific policies that will reduce that risk while allowing for CYO competition to resume in 2021-2022:
IF EXHIBITING COVID SYMPTOMS: CYO participants are not permitted to participate in practice, games or matches if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, which may include: fever or chills, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, newly-developed loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. By bringing a child to a practice or game, a parent/guardian is attesting that their child does not exhibit any of the above symptoms.
REPORTING COVID ILLNESS: CYO participants must immediately inform the coaches, who shall in turn inform the parish/ Catholic school’s athletic directors, of any situation in which a CYO participant has been tested positive for COVID-19, or been exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine or self-quarantine (as determined by state and county health policies). Immediate notification is the responsibility of all CYO participants. If a CYO participant receives a positive COVID-19 test, the parish/ Catholic school athletic director must immediately inform the Diocese of Oakland (Bill Ford, Director, CYO; 510- 628-2187; firstname.lastname@example.org; or Gloria Espinoza, Director, Human Resources, 510- 267-8359; email@example.com) and comply with the California Dept. of Public Health and/or county rules regarding reporting and cooperation with contact tracing.
FACE COVERINGS: Use of PPEs (face coverings) will comply with parish, gym and county requirements. Effective August 3, 2021, both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have required that a PPE is to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. All CYO players must wear PPEs indoors with playing and while not playing. All coaches must wear PPEs while coaching indoors. All spectators vaccinated or unvaccinated must wear PPEs while indoors. PPEs must cover the nose and mouth at all times. No gaiters or bandanas are permitted. Social distancing is required for participant bench areas.
This High School League was started to fill a need in our community. Our target player is a high school boy who DOES NOT play on their high school basketball team, but wants to continue playing competitive basketball without the rigorous demands of nightly practices with little time for family or other activities. SIHSH does not hold practices, and your player(s) play 1 game each week on Sunday afternoons.
Our goal is to build a Community-based league where boys grades 9th-12th attending different schools could coexist and play together, mixing the 9th through 12 grades on to one team. The high school Program was started 13 years ago in Danville; however, the demand for that program has increased dramatically. This increased demand was the genesis of St Isidore High School Hoops. Former rivals from San Ramon Valley, De La Salle, Cal High, Dougherty Valley, and Monte Vista can now all play on mixed teams, giving a rare opportunity to friends, brothers, and cousins to all play together.
In general, sports have become single-focused, often requiring a year-round commitment. This league will allow boys to continue to enjoy playing competitive basketball and to stay connected to their community.
St Isidore High School Hoops offers state of the art gyms, will use only certified High School referees, will be staffed by adult Coaches, and follow High School basketball rules with regulation uniforms.
We hope to welcome your family and player(s) to the St Isidore Hoops team. See you on the court.
ELIGIBILITY AND INFORMATION
St Isidore High School Hoops registration is open to any high school boy. currently in Grades 9-12, who DOES NOT play on his high school basketball team. There is no residency requirement. There are no practices, only games on Sundays.
November TBD:Coaches Registration/Applications. Your application will be reviewed by the league, you will be screened via the Meghan's Law website, and you will be notified of your acceptance via email.
November TBD (Opens at 8 AM):Player Registration begins
December TBD: Player Evaluations @ St Isidore Large Gym
6:00-7:00 PM: Freshman and Sophomores
7:00-8:00 PM: Juniors and Seniors
8:30 PM: Coaches Selection, followed by Player Draft/Team formation
January TBD: Scrimmage
January TBD: Season Begins
March TBD: Playoffs, Semi's, Championship
We have space for 120 players, or 12 teams. Once we reach our capacity, all players registering after that time will be waitlisted.
The 2021 season has been suspended. Below is information from the director of CYO Oakland Diocese.
Dear CYO Families,
Because of the continuing pandemic and restrictions, all CYO activities in the Diocese of Oakland will continue to be suspended, in compliance with prohibitions on team sports activities from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This action is based on the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and the current challenges in keeping our young people, volunteers, and families safe in our Church-sponsored activities, as well as to be in compliance with county prohibitions. This suspension is taken after consultation with the presidents of the CYO leagues in the diocese.
The suspension includes the winter sports of CYO Boys’ Basketball, CYO Girls’ Basketball (in the eastern half of the diocese) and Girls’ CYO Volleyball and includes practices, games, and activities. Previously, CYO Cross Country did not run this fall. Our intention at this point is to resume those sports in Fall, 2021. However, the league presidents will continue to monitor conditions and to make additional recommendations should conditions change.
CYO remains hopeful that this coming spring, CYO Track and Field, CYO Girls’ Basketball (in the western half of the diocese) and CYO Boys’ Sand Volleyball can be played as these sports were not played last spring. The CYO league and track section leadership will recommend decisions regarding these sports after January 1. Resuming these activities will depend upon participant and volunteer safety, local government directives and venue availability.
CYO coaches are reminded that any sports activities at this time are without the sanction of the Diocese of Oakland and CYO. (See the CYO Athletic Manual, page 15, for “Off Season Restrictions and Limitations.")
We look forward to our parish churches and our schools reopening safely, a necessary first step in a return to CYO sports. When we are able to resume play, CYO will continue to be a vital ministry in our Church for our young people. We all continue to rely on our leagues and on the dedication of our many players, coaches, athletic directors, coordinators, game officials and volunteers.
While we wait, we will all be praying for all those affected by the pandemic, both directly and indirectly, and for our children to stay healthy and safe.
Bill Ford, CYO Director
Bill Ford, Director
Catholic Youth Organization
Diocese of Oakland
Dear Players and Parents -
It is with great sadness that we are writing to share that on May 31, 2020, Coach Bobby Carter passed away in a tragic accident. Coach Carter was loved and respected member of our SI Hoops program the last two years, his loss will be felt deeply by all of us.
We pray for Coach Carter and his family in this time of great loss.
INFORMATION FOR THE 2021 SEASON
By now, some of you may have heard that the Fall, 2020 CYO sports season has been "suspended". The purpose of this is to provide some brief background information, and possibly some hope for the near future.
Since late May, the presidents of the three CYO leagues in the Tri-Valley area have had conference calls to discuss the situation facing us as we consider playing CYO basketball. The intention of the calls were to try to get ahead of a rapidly evolving situation so that we could anticipate what issues would need to be proactively addressed so that we could play basketball in a safe and healthy environment. Underlying these discussions was the realization that we could only play if allowed to do so by the regulatory agencies and the Diocese of Oakland.
Unfortunately, as of today, there has been no clear guidance regarding what we are allowed to do to safely ensure the health of all those who would play basketball. As you may recall, our registration process always opened in mid-June, and concluded in mid-August with player evaluations in September and practices beginning at the beginning of October.
Anyone who has taken a quick look at the wave of adjustments to sports competitions for the Fall, understands the challenges facing any sports league which is deciding what to do in these unusual times. After discussing all of the issues facing CYO basketball and youth sports, the decision not to play in the Fall was made a few days ago in a meeting of league presidents and the Oakland Diocese.
We have a meeting scheduled in mid-October to evaluate the possibility of playing basketball at the start of 2021. We do not know what form competition may take, but we have already discussed several options with the first priority being the safety and health of our players, their families and everyone involved with CYO basketball. It is not the intent of the CYO program to place additional requirements in place to play. Everyone involved is taking a level-headed approach to this issue and to do whatever is possible to provide the opportunity for our children to safely play basketball with the health of all those that support them in mind, too.
Please understand that we appreciate the support that each of you have given to the players in the High School basketball program.