If you're new to playing basketball in an organized league, you might be wondering what the difference is between SPAL and CYO! Here's a brief description that might offer some help as you make your selections. A child is welcome to register for both, of course!
If you have any additional questions, please contact any board member for assistance.
CYO is the more competitive option among the St. Paul's basketball enrollments. In CYO, the rosters are selected via a competitive tryout, usually with two teams per grade for both boys and girls. The teams represent St. Paul's among all other Rockland County CYO parishes and compete in either an East or West division to chase the Rockland County CYO title. In CYO, playing time is not guaranteed and is at the coach's discretion based on strategy to put the team in the best position to compete.
SPAL is more recreational than CYO and consists of several teams per age group that all compete against each other within the St. Paul's program in an "intramural" fashion. The approach for SPAL is more developmental than CYO, but still offers a competitive league atmosphere like any other. The teams compete in a full season, culminating in playoffs and a championship game. In SPAL all players are guaranteed equal playing time and all boys and girls who register are guaranteed a roster spot.