Ascension baseball sign-ups are now open! Baseball is for boys in grades 4-8. The registration fee for baseball is $60. This fee includes an Ascension sports jersey. There is also a $40 booster fee (per family) if this is the first sport your child(ren) are playing this school year. The deadline to register is Friday, February 24th. Ascension uses the WeShare website for all sports sign ups. The web address to access the WeShare site is https://ascensionkettering.weshareonline.org/index.aspx.
*Due to the low number of CYO teams last year for baseball, the CYO is suggesting that you also sign up your child for baseball within your local community (like, KABC, EKRC, etc.) just in case the CYO league cancels due to low participation. Should the CYO cancel baseball, refunds will be given.
As a reminder, volunteers are needed to coach. Please consider being a coach for your son’s team. Coach’s forms can be filled out on the WeShare website when registering.
Ascension Athletics Needs YOU!
Athletics at Ascension is an important part of our kids’ development as they move through elementary and middle school. The athletic programs offered here at Ascension provide our students the ability to compete in soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, cheerleading and volleyball through the CYO and SAY organizations. In addition to the health benefits of exercise, the number one reason stated by kids in recent youth sports surveys is that kids participate in sports to be with their friends. In conjunction with the Archdiocese Charter on Youth Athletics we aim to provide a safe and fun environment for our students to enjoy sports with their classmates.
But, as they say, it takes a village. The current Athletic Board will have three (3) vacancies this coming August. We are in need of 3 people to volunteer for the Athletic Board. This is generally a commitment, on average, of about 3-5 hours a month meeting to discuss the business of the Board. We recognize that this time commitment can often come at the expense of other family commitments. At the last Board meeting, we approved the following: Beginning with the August 2017 term, sports participation fees for children of parent volunteers on the Athletic Board will have all athletic and booster fees waived for the duration of you commitment to the Board. This is offered as consideration for the effort and time spent supporting Ascension Athletics.
In addition to the upcoming vacancies on the Board, we also have a number of parents that have been serving as Sports Coordinators for a number of years and their kids will be moving on from Ascension. We need to fill the following Sports Coordinator positions for the upcoming (2017-2018) school year and beyond:
- SAY Soccer
- CYO Soccer
- CYO Basketball
- Intramural Basketball
The primary role of the Sports Coordinator is to set rosters, arrange for coaches, distribute and collect jerseys and work with the Board ensure submission of all paperwork to SAY/CYO in a timely fashion to meet registration requirements. We also recognize that this involves a time commitment on behalf of the Coordinators. So beginning with the August 2017 term, sports participation fees for children of the Sports Coordinator will be waived for the sport in which the parent is the Coordinator.
If you are interested in joining either the Athletic Board or becoming a Sports Coordinator please contact the Athletic Board to express your interest.
Ascension Athletic Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ascension Athletics: Important Changes to 2015/2016 Sport Fees and Jerseys
The Athletic Board would like to make everyone aware of some changes to sports registration fees and jerseys starting in the 2015/16 sports season. To ensure greater consistency across all sports, we have decided to move to a $60 flat registration fee per person for each sport moving forward. This new fee includes an Ascension sports jersey as the current reversible jerseys that we have used in the past have been discontinued by the manufacturer. All sports jerseys will be turned back in at the end of each sport season (example: soccer jerseys will be returned to Ascension Athletics at the end of the soccer season) to ensure better tracking of inventory, no duplication of numbers amongst teammates, and easy replacement of jerseys due to wear and tear throughout the sports year. In addition, the annual Booster Fee per family will be $40 moving forward. The Booster fees paid combined with our fundraising efforts helps in providing our teams with the necessary up-to-date equipment, facilities, and resources needed for continued success in our sports programs. We appreciate your continued support of Ascension Athletics and should you have any questions regarding these changes, feel free to contact any member of the Athletic Board.
Dine to Donate
Check back here in the coming days for info on our next Dine to Donate at an area restaurant. You eat a great meal, we earn money for Ascension Athletics. A real win-win!
New Prayer Resource for Ascension Sports Coaches
One of the things that should distinguish athletics at Ascension and other Catholic parishes is our reliance on Jesus Christ. We know that everything we have is gift from God and all that we do is a gift back to him. This knowledge affects the effort we give at practices and during games, how we treat opposing players and coaches, and how we interact with officials and parents.
At Ascension we are committed to being a praying, teaching, caring serving sign of God’s presence in the world, and that includes the world of athletics. Every practice and game involving Ascension teams should begin and end with prayer. To that end, we have developed a simple resource that can be used by all coaches, players, and families at practices and games.
You can download your own copy here. It contains simple prayers that can be used prior to and/or after practices and games. It’s small enough to fold and keep in your athletic bag, and when you print it, you’ll actually get two copies – one for yourself and a one to share with a teammate or coach.
God bless you, and Go Knights!!!!
New Archdiocesan Charter on Youth Athletics
After 3 years of study and discussion by athletics and youth ministry leaders from all over the Archdiocese, the Archdiocese has promulgated a Charter on Youth Athletics. Encompassing everything from playing time and coaching, to league and Athletic Board organization, the charter is to be put into full effect as of Fall, 2014. Ascension’s Athletic Board will be studying the Charter and implementing it as soon as we are able. The full document is available here: Archdiocese of Cincinnati Charter on Youth Athletics
Ascension Athletics Handbook
Download your own copy of the Ascension Athletics Handbook here: Ascension Athletics Handbook
(Please note: the edition of the handbook included here is currently in the process of being edited, so some details will change during summer 2014)
The mission of CYO is to provide the Catholic Youth of the Greater Dayton Area an opportunity to participate on athletic teams under Christian leadership and supervision.
More information from the Dayton CYO web site including schedules, results and game locations.
VIRTUS Training/Child Protection
At Ascension, we take the protection of our young people very seriously. All coaches and volunteers must attend a VIRTUS Child Protection Awareness Session and undergo an Archdiocesan background check before working with young people. For more information about the Child Protection requirements of Ascension and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, please visit our VIRTUS/Child Protection webpage
Concussions and Youth Sports
All of us involved in youth sports are becoming more and more aware of the long term negative effects of concussions. The Ohio General Assembly has passed a new law that takes affect on April 26, 2013 that deals with concussions. That law has implications for both athletes and coaches. Please see our Concussion Awareness page for the information you need to keep our young athletes safe and comply with this new law.
Ascension Parish participates in the following sports:
CYO Coordinator: Steve Gunderson
Intramural Coordinator: Eric Steck
Coordinator: Brenda Kosir
Coordinator: Martha Saurine
CYO Coordinator: William Delaney
SAY Coordinator: Jeff McManus
Coordinator: Rob Hart
Thank you for your support, the AAB!