Several years ago, the CYC started a program called Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS). We asked any parent, coach, spectator or player to simply report any and all outstanding acts of sportsmanship they witnessed during a CYC game. These are acts that we want to encourage all our participants to display every time they take the field or court. In addition to recognizing winners of games, we feel it is imperative for the CYC to search for and recognize Acts of Sportsmanship at our athletic events. As a Catholic organization we must train our children to display Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition.
Many instances of Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) were spotted during the recent 2015 Archdiocesan Baseball/Softball Playoffs. Following are a few examples:
- Two Incarnate Word 6th grade softball teams were on a collision course to play in the Championship final game. Coaches Bill Snyders and Dan Walsh got together to discuss the situation. It is impressive that two teams from the same school made it all the way to the Archdiocesan Championship game. They decided that this accomplishment should be celebrated. They also knew that the players on both teams are good friends, not only in school but outside of school too. Plus these two teams often practice together. They decided the best solution was to go ahead and play the game but declare the teams co-champs! That’s a wonderful example of sportsmanship and of the CYC Spirit!!
- Zach Spalding, a 6th grade baseball player for Queen of All Saints was also recognized for his sportsmanship and determination during their Archdiocesan Championship game against St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. For those old enough to remember former major league pitcher Jim Abbott, Zach was a flashback to him when he pitched. He is a left-handed pitcher who holds his glove in his right arm when he pitches. As soon as he releases the pitch, he puts the glove on his left hand and is ready to field his position, which he did once during his two strong innings of work on the mound. Congratulations to Zach for being an inspiration to all who watched the game!
- There are many CYC volunteers who do tons of work behind the scenes and are never recognized for their hard work. These volunteers are the ones who make all the games possible. They are the backbone of the CYC organization. The CYC would like to recognize Mark Bozich, grounds keeper at Queen of All Saints for his (and his crew's) hours of work they did on the baseball field to get it ready to play after 3 inches of rain on a recent Sunday morning. This is behind the scenes Sportsmanship at its best!
A reminder to all coaches, parents, officials, players and fans to keep a lookout for any Random Act of Sportsmanship you might see at your games. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief explanation of the act(s) and we will recognize those acts because we want to encourage all CYC participants to always practice Sportsmanship! Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!