Catholic Youth Organization Basketball

CYO Basketball League Information

St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish is a participant in the Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO). See

The NVJCYO is a member organization of approximately 45 parishes from the Diocese of Arlington.

The mission of the NVJCYO, through its member parishes, is to organize sports programs for parish youth from 3rd through 8th grades throughout the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and to reinforce Catholic values taught in parish schools and religious education programs. It is an important component of the comprehensive approach to youth ministry in the Diocese. The programs administered by NVJCYO are meant not only to encourage healthy physical activity but also to play a significant role in the development of Catholic values in the youth of the Diocese and these activities should foster cooperation, respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, leadership, competitiveness, fairness, and courtesy.

Basic Team and League Information

Practices will begin in November and will be held at surrounding public school gyms including Gunston Elementary School.

The NVJCYO has leagues for each grade from 3rd through 8th. Depending on the number of players registered, St. Raymond’s will support teams as is feasible. We have successfully competed with teams consisting of various age groups, i.e., 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on a 6th grade team. As we begin to identify the number of players interested this season, we’ll be better able to organize teams. The more teams we have, the more adult volunteers we’ll need.

Teams will usually practice 2 times per week depending on gym availability and number of teams organized.

Games are held on Saturdays and Sundays mostly at Arlington Diocese Catholic Schools beginning the first weekend in December though the end of February.

The basketball league is open to 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls who are Parish members.

The cost is $60 per player and $20 additional for each sibling. (Checks should be made payable to St. Raymond’s.)

League rules can be found here.

If you would like to register a child for St. Raymond’s basketball team, please complete the online registration form and download and complete and submit the code of conduct and participation form.

If you are interested in coaching a team, assisting with the basketball program, or have other questions, please contact Ed Gloninger at Coaches and other volunteers are required to have completed to the Diocese’s Virtus Training. For more information regarding Virtus compliance, please visit St. Raymond’s Child Protection & Safety page or contact parish liaison for child protection, Patti Eckels at or call 703-440-0537.


We have an experienced group of dedicated Parishioners who have enthusiastically coached teams and supported the CYO programs at St. Raymond’s with their time and talents. These volunteers include:

  • Coach Kevin Haag, 8th Grade Boys
  • Coach John Bliss & Al Nessel, 7th Grade Boys
  • Coach Steve Carley, 6th Grade Boys (St. Raymond’s 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys team)
  • Coach Anthony Hansen, 6th Grade Girls (St. Raymond’s 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls team)

Thank you also to Russell Bogacki, Mark McDermott, Phil Bettwy, Liz Hildebrand, and Eric Michael who assist our coaches and/or assist the team in many areas. Thank you also to the parents who consistently help at the scorers table during games.

Directions to gyms may be found at

Please feel free to encourage others to learn about our CYO program. You may download our CYO Basketball flyer.

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