Welcome to Our Lady of Sorrows Athletics!
Girls' Soccer Wins C.Y.O. Championship . Congratulations to our Girls' Varsity Soccer team! They reached the pinnacle of C.Y.O. athletics with a victory over St. Paul, 7 - 0, in the C.Y.O. Championship game this past Wednesday at Divine Child. Congratulations girls!
Football Team Wins at Ford Field. Our varsity football team wrapped up its highly successful season with an 8 - 0 victory over Our Lady of Good Counsel in an appearance at the Prep Bowl. Congratulations boys!
Cheer Brings the Saints' Spirit to the Prep Bowl. Our cheer squad performed with other C.Y.O. cheer teams from around the city at Ford Field at Saturday's Prep Bowl. They did a great job, and their hard work and spirit were evident!
Thanks Coaches! C.Y.O. sports programs would not be possible without the dedication of our coaches. I would like to thank John Carlson, Kevin Cusick, Enrico Ferrari, Quinton Deklerk, Julie Oliver, Uzan Yono, Andrea Rossi, Jeanne Morgan, Mark Diederich, Eric Wright, Chris Filiatraut, Jim Harrington and Jerrod Johnson for taking on this most essential role, and being role models for our children.
Basketball. We're looking forward to basketball season. Tryouts will take place as follows:
Tuesday – Oct. 25th
4:00 – J.V. Boys (5th/6th)
5:30 – Varsity Boys
7:00 – Varsity Girls
Wednesday – Oct. 26th
4:00 - 4th Grade Boys
5:30 – J.V. Boys (5th/6th)
7:00 – J.V. Girls (4th/5th/6th)
Thursday – Oct. 27th
4:00 – Varsity Girls
Friday – Oct. 28th
**4:00 – 4th Grade Boys (If necessary)**
5:30 – J.V. Boys (5th/6th)
7:00 – Varsity Boys
Saturday – Oct. 29th
10:00 – J.V. Girls (4th/5th/6th)
Players should plan on attending all tryout sessions for their age group.
**Please note that if the second tryout is necessary, any boys trying out for the Nativity will be invited to come over to the gym after the auditions are fully completed for a full basketball tryout.
It is also important that parents read the information on these Athletics web pages. Among other elements of our C.Y.O. programs, please note the following:
- Once the C.Y.O. regular season begins, a player cannot participate with another team in the same sport - e.g. club, travel, parks & rec.
- All players must have a current physical (performed after April 15, 2016) on file with the athletic department
- One of the more rewarding experiences of our C.Y.O. programs is the efficient and enjoyable gameday event. This takes a commitment on the part of all parents to volunteer their time to make these days memorable for our players, families, and our guests from other parishes. Volunteering is an essential part of your child's participation.
- Also, your coach(es) should be made aware at tryouts if you know that your child may have any scheduling conflicts – for games or practices - during the season. For many reasons, full attendance at practices is crucial to the development of not only your children, but all team members.
Please take time to register your child for basketball at Winter Sports Registration
I am very pleased to announce our basketball coaches for the upcoming season:
Varsity Boys Blue - Mr. Rick Genrich
Varsity Girls Blue - Mr. Robert Abraham
Varsity Boys Gold - Mr. Ray Samonie
J.V. Boys Blue - Mr. Russ Zarras
J.V. Girls Blue - Ms. Courtney Albers
J.V. Girls Gold - Mr. Lewis Campbell
We will likely announce the remainder of our coaching staff during the tryout process.
We’re looking forward to another full slate of sports teams in our C.Y.O. program this coming school year.
Philosophy and mission. Our goal is that our athletic department and coaches be partners with our Pastor, Associate Pastors, teachers and school and parish staff - and of course with you as the ultimate authority and influence over your children’s development – in the healthy growth of your children emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.
Commitment. There are many important lessons that our coaches incorporate into our programs-commitment, discipline, team play, sportsmanship. In order for your children to get the most out of their experience, and so that other children are afforded this same opportunity, it is only proper that we ask for a full commitment from each child and family.
Many of our team sports seasons begin with tryouts, as scheduling and space constraints require us to limit participation.
If your children plan on participating in any of our programs, it is important that they plan on attending all tryout sessions and make the commitment to attend all practices and games. It is imperative that you notify the Athletic Director if you know that any child would miss any tryout session. Missing any tryout session would likely be a factor in team selections.
Also, your coach(es) should be made aware at tryouts if you know that your child may have any scheduling conflicts – for games or practices - during the season. For many reasons, full attendance at practices is crucial to the development of not only your children, but all team members.
Eligibility. Our C.Y.O. programs are open to the children of all parish members. Also, students enrolled in our school are eligible. For those who do not attend our school, attendance in our Religious Education program is required.
Children of parish members from parishes adjacent to ours would be allowed to play in our program under certain conditions.
Also, once our seasons begin, players are not allowed to play on another team in the same sport.
Register. If your child is planning on participating this fall, please register them at OLS Fall Sports Signup - Fall, 2016
Conditioning Camp. Our annual All Sports Conditioning Camp is being held the week of August 1st. This is open to all boys and girls in grades 3 to 8 who want to get in shape for the fall season. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Diederich at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 207-3216.
Volleyball. Tryouts for the following volleyball teams will begin on August 10th, or shortly thereafter:
Varsity Girls (7th/8th grade)
J.V. Girls (5th/6th -*see note)
Volleyball tryouts will be held in the gym in our Family Center.
Football. Conditioning begins on Monday, August 8th. This first activity will take place on our north athletic field, as will most football practices and home games, for the following teams:
Varsity - (7th/8th grade)
Junior Varsity – (5th/6th grade)
Freshman – (3rd/4th grade)
Soccer. Tryouts for the following soccer teams will begin on August 10th, or shortly thereafter:
Varsity Girls (7th/8th grade)
J.V. Girls (5th/6th -*see note)
Varsity Boys (7th/8th grade)
J.V. Boys (5th/6th -*see note)
Details on dates, times and locations for fall sports tryouts and practices will be posted on the Athletic Director’s web page at http://olsorrows.com/content/athletic-director when they become available. They will also appear in our Sunday parish bulletins.
Practices for all of these team sports will begin after tryouts and continue through mid to late October.
Cheer. We are still in need of a cheer coach if we are to have a cheer squad this year.
*Please note: As we have been doing in recent seasons, we welcome 4th graders to our J.V. tryouts. They would be eligible to make our teams in the event that we do not have enough 5th and 6th graders to complete our rosters. However, 4th graders will not be chosen over 5th or 6th graders.
Coaches. We are also in need of a few coaches for our soccer and volleyball teams. See “Coaching” below.
Basketball. Tryouts for C.Y.O. basketball (4th through 8th grades) will likely begin on October 26th. Practices begin after tryouts and continue through the end of the season. Tournament games and league play begin with Thanksgiving tournaments and continue through late February.
Bowling. Practices for our 4th through 8th graders will begin early to mid-December. A ten week Saturday league play schedule begins January 7th, 2017.
Dates for spring sports will be published when they are finalized by the C.Y.O. office.
Good coaching is the essential element to the goal of C.Y.O. athletics: the healthy development of our youth-emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. Children that enjoy athletic competition and savor participation with a team, look up to good coaches as role models.
If you think you would be a good coach, please call me so that we can meet and discuss this rewarding and valuable role. I would look forward to that very much.
And a big "Thank You" to the spouses and families of our volunteer coaches…Coaching is time consuming and oftentimes emotionally and physically draining. The spouses are doing the extra work at home and on the road, so that our coaches can help our children.
Please show appreciation to our coaches by having your children to all games and practices on time, well rested, and with a positive attitude.
As parents of program participants, we all have to do our share of volunteering to make our athletic program run efficiently. Of equal importance, everyone's participation results in successful events for the enjoyment of our families and visitors from other parishes. Volunteering includes helping at concessions, collecting admissions, gym and field setup, cleanup, etc.
If your child is playing or trying out for a sport, please take time to visit the Athletic Director’s website throughout the year at www.olsorrows.com/content/athletic-director.There is essential information on this web page, and accompanying pages, for all participants in the C.Y.O. programs.
If you have any questions, please feel welcome to call me at 248-536-1242.
Kevin Hammer, Athletic Director
Have a great summer!
Parent Involvement. As parents of program participants, we all have to do our share of volunteering to make our athletic program run efficiently. Of equal importance, everyone's participation results in successful events for the enjoyment of our families and visitors from other parishes. Volunteering includes helping at concessions, collecting admissions, gym and field setup, cleanup, etc.
Participation in O.L.S. C.Y.O. Sports. If your child is playing or trying out for a sport, please take time to read carefully the "OLS Sports Athletic Code of Conduct" page, accessed from the menu on the left side of this page. There is essential information in this document for all participants in the C.Y.O. programs.
Volunteering. A volunteer working with children and/or youth must comply with the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Detroit. This includes: 1. submission to a background check, and 2. certification in "Protecting God's Children"(for college students and adults) or "Called To Serve" (for high school students). Before a high school students gets credit for service hours, these guidelines must be met. Please go to the "Coaches' Corner" web page for the information you need.
Coaching. Good coaching is the essential element to the goal of C.Y.O. athletics: the healthy development of our youth-emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. Children that enjoy athletic competition and savor participation with a team of their peers, look up to good coaches as role models. Thank you to all that take on this vital role on our community.
And thank you to the spouses of these coaches. Anytime a coach takes on such a magnanimous commitment to our youth, as coaching is, their spouse has to pick up the slack at home. We appreciate very much the sacrifice that you make for us.
The attached "Being Present," below, captures the essence of the significance of coaching. Although the article's subject is a priest, the idea that the critical element to a child's attention is commitment and sincere interest applies to coaching as well.
We are always searching for coaches for upcoming seasons. If you think you would be a good coach, please call me so that we can meet and discuss this rewarding and valuable role. I would look forward to that very much.
Kevin Hammer, Athletic Director