Athletics at Saint Raphael

All Parishioners Are Welcome!

All youth in the St. Raphael parish are invited to join a variety of sports organized in cooperation with the Cleveland Diocese CYO.  Athletics at St. Raphael is a volunteer supported program and only succeeds by the generous contribution of volunteer help through our parish families.  Please consider becoming a volunteer for one of our teams - contact any of the coaches listed below or the Pastoral Designee, David Puckett, via email or phone (216) 401-7176.
 
By closely following a few simple steps your student-athlete can be easily registered and eligible to participate in any of these sports. 
 
Important Note:  All athletes must have on file with St. Raphael CYO a fully completed Pre-participation Form which consists of both a Physical and an Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA) and is found in the Useful Information section on this webpage.  These forms are valid for 13 months from the date of the physician's exam.  Failure to have a current set of forms on file will prevent the athlete from participating in any practice or event.  Forms are to be sent to Tony Galang, 332 Kenmore Drive, Bay Village, OH 44140.
 
 
Registration:  Register for all sports through SportsPilot.  Be sure to enter the grade the athlete will be in at the time the sport is being played (e.g. for Fall sports, use the grade the student will be going into in the Fall of that year).  Review additional information and requirements for each sport below.  Youth from neighboring parishes that do not offer a specific sport may join the St. Raphael team for that sport by additionally completing and having approved the Eligibility Request Form (ERF) found in the Useful Information section. The ERF must be signed by the Pastoral Designee at your home parish and then sent to the Pastoral Designee (Dave Puckett) at St. Raphael.
 

 

Season/Sports

 

Registration Period

Late Registration -

Additional Fee Charged

 

Reg. Closed

Fall: Flag Football, Tackle Football, Volleyball, Cross-Country
May 1 - June 15
June 16 - June 30
June 30
Winter:  Girls & Boys Basketball
Sep 15 - Oct 15
Oct 16 - Oct 31
Oct 31
Spring: Track & Field, Baseball
Jan 15 - Feb 15
Feb 16 - Feb 28
Feb 28

 

 


 

Dan Straitiff
216-577-4455

Offered for boys and girls who will be in grades 3-8 in the Fall who enjoy running, would like 
to get in shape or like a team sport. No prior experience needed and all are welcome.  Practice starts in August and is held at Cahoon Park in Bay Village, typically 4 times per week at 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Meets are held every weekend in September and October on either Saturday or Sunday at various locations in the Greater Cleveland area. All participants run, regardless of ability in meets. Please note the dates for registration and review and complete all actions listed in the points below. Register using the grade your athlete WILL BE in the FALL.
 

Brian Darling

Offered for boys and girls in grades 1 through 4 with the primary purpose of instruction and development of skill and knowledge of the game. Practices are once a week and start in August. Games are held in September and October on Saturday mornings. Home games will be played in Bay Village, and Away games at neighboring parish fields. 


Mike Ginley
440-821-7317

Open to all boys in grades 4-8. Boys in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade are placed on 3 individual teams but 5th/6th could be combined if the numbers are not enough for individual teams.  Boys in grades 7 and 8 are combined to create a single varsity team. Practices may begin August 1st and are held 5 nights a week and sometimes on Saturday. Once games begin practices will move to Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday. Games for the 4th and 5th grade may be held on Saturdays or Sundays during the months of September and October. Games for the 6th and 7th/8th grade teams are held on Sundays in September and October with both teams playing at the same field, primarily school fields in western suburbs or Catholic high schools.


 

Connie Massie
440-930-7243

Offered for girls grade 3-8 with practices starting the first week of August. All girls who register are placed on a team. The season runs from late August-October. Practices will be held at St. Raphael and other designated sites 1-2 times per week. Games are held on Saturdays or Sundays at various locations on the west side of Cleveland. In grades 3-6, teams are set up with equal talent and height with an emphasis on development. No league standings are kept but teams can enter 1-2 tournaments. In grades 7-8, teams are set up as A/B based on talent and skill. League standings are kept and teams can enter 2-3 tournaments in addition to regular season games. 8th grade girls have a city-wide tournament at the end of the season.


Tim Kerwin (Boys)
                                                              440-665-4505                                                                                                srboyshoops@gmail.com                              

                                                           Paige Taliak (Girls)                                                                                                                          440-503-2201                                                                                                    srgirlshoops@gmail.com                                      

 

Offered for boys and girls grade 4-8 with practices starting the first week of November. All children who register are placed on a team. The season runs from December until March. Practice days and times for an individual team will vary from week to week based on gym time availability and will be posted weekly on the parish website. Games are held on Saturdays or Sundays at various locations on the west side of Cleveland. In grades 4-6 teams are set up with equal talent and height with an emphasis on development. No league standings are kept but teams can enter 2-3 tournaments. In grades 7-8, teams are set up as A/B based on talent and skill. League standings are kept and teams can enter 2-3 tournaments in addition to regular season games. 8th grade teams have a city-wide tournament at the end of the season.

 

High School CYO Boys Basketball              High School CYO Girls Basketball

      Mike Schafer                                                         Connie Lempke
      440-892-3855                                                         440-617-0911


Mike Sekerak

Offered for grades 4-8. Practices start in March in the St. Raphael gym and move outdoors to Bay Village City fields as weather permits. Practices are held 2-3 times each week. Grades 4- 6 are more instructional while the 7/8 grade is more competitive. Teams play 10-12 games which are held after school or on weekends at various west side locations and the season runs through the middle of May. Coaches are needed for all grades.
 

 


Patti Nugent
440-263-631

A program for 4-8th grade girls and boys. Golf instruction and course play is offered weekly at Bob-O-Links Golf Course on Thursdays at 11:00am. A CYO Medical Form must be on file for each student athlete before they can participate in any practices. Only one form is required for the entire school year. Emergency Medical Forms, however, need to be filled out for each sport and submitted to the coach along with the registration form.

  • Cost:  $115
  • Info & Registration
  • Sign-ups: April 

 

           Mike Ginley                       Dan Straitiff
          440-821-7317                     216-577-4455

Offered for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Practices start in March and are held at Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake 3 nights per week (Tues, Weds, Thurs) for about an hour. Meets are held on weekend days in April and May with competition held at the grade level.
 
Cost: $85 - until March 5th; Late registration $90 March 6-18th

• Sign-ups: Late February to Mid March
 

Useful Information

The Athletic Commission promotes, coordinates and finances athletic programs at St. Raphael parish to provide wholesome opportunities for parish youth to develop favorable habits and attitudes of social living. We hope to fulfill this purpose with several objectives in mind:

  • To aid in the moral, physical and athletic development of parish youth, both as individuals and as members of a team
  • To encourage and maintain interest in parish athletic programs and to provide an opportunity for all interested parish youth to participate in athletics
  • To provide safe and adequate fields, equipment and facilities for the use of parish athletes and teams
  • To provide proper supervision and coaching for parish youth engaged in parish athletics
  • To provide proper supervision and coaching for parish youth engaged in parish athletics
  • To promote the philosophy, values and objectives of the CYO through its athletic programs

For Additional Info Contact:

Dave Puckett
440-250-9303