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Welcome to St. Martin De Porres CYO Basketball

The St. Martin de Porres CYO basketball program offers boys and girls within our community, active parishioners, inactive parishioners and non-parishioners, an opportunity to enjoy basketball at the instructional, intramural and travel team levels of competition.  We also offer many clinics, contests and events to experience basketball in a variety of settings.   It gives them a chance to develop their basketball skills, teamwork and sportsmanship, plus they are offered a chance for new friendships.  CYO empowers young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, to participate in community service and to foster their spiritual growth.  CYO also encourages parents to share in their children’s growth and to be a positive influence on our youth.  Please also check us out on Facebook at St. Martin de Porres CYO Basketball using the Facebook link on the top of our home page!  Click on photos, then click on see all to view all of our different photo albums.  

We look forward to another eventful and fun season!

Tickets to NY Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Lounge Event

Parents, based on your feedback, there is more than enough interest for me to purchase one MSG lounge for the NY Knicks versus Memphis Grizzlies game on Sunday, 11/27 at 6 PM.  The cost of each ticket is $131, which includes food and non-alcoholic drinks, since the lounge costs $5,500 and holds 42 people.  The lounge is Section 309, which you can view in the virtual link below.  It's the best lounge, since in the corner.  (Since this email, this lounge has sold-out)

The Knicks are also holding the adjacent lounge in Section 308, since I sense I may need a second lounge, but I can't commit quite yet.  (Please let me know if you are interested in tickets for this lounge, since I'm getting close to enough commitments to secure this lounge).  

Below are links to pictures of prior Knicks games in The Lounges.  Please note that transportation to the game is your responsibility.  

To secure your tickets, please Venmo @Chris-Fields-CYO for $131 times the number of tickets that you want ASAP.  Tickets are first come, first served.  Should I decide to get a second lounge, then I'll let everyone. 




Below is a link to the Knicks Virtual Venue to see a 3D view from each section. 



Facebook Albums

2018 Milwaukee Bucks:  www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=stmartincyo&set=a.575152402923393 

2017 Utah Jazz:  www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=stmartincyo&set=a.264939880611315

2015 New Orleans Pelicans:  www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=stmartincyo&set=a.157851627986808

2014 Los Angeles Lakers:  www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=stmartincyo&set=a.157848034653834

by posted 09/01/2022
Tickets for Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Court-time Event

Parents, I've placed a 25% deposit to commit our group to the Sunday, 12/4 Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics game at the Barclays Center.  I've also reserved a 56 passenger bus with JTR for St. Martin CYO participants, first come, first served (bus is currently half full).  Given that I'm making this commitment prior to 9/15, the Nets confirmed the following pricing:

Lower Level (Section 29...only 18 tickets available / held for us):  $145 (these tickets have sold out)

Mid Level (Section 117, Rows 1 & 2, 52 tickets reserved, but can get more):  $120

Upper Level (Section 212, Rows 1 & 2, 45 tickets reserved, but can get more):  $60

Below is the proposed agenda for the day.  The court-time would occur from 11 AM to 1 PM after which you have time to Christmas shop and / or dine in Brooklyn or Manhattan.  During the court-time, I draw names out of a hat for the high five line and anthem buddies.

Below are Facebook albums from prior Nets events for those who haven't attended in the past.   

If you would like to purchase tickets, then please Venmo @Chris-Fields-CYO for the correct amount after confirming via email which tickets you want and if you'd like to reserve a seat on the bus.  Many people get down to Brooklyn on their own, but many also appreciate the bus.  




Proposed Agenda 

  • 7:30 AM - bus departs from St. Martin
  • 10:30 PM - meet at the Barclays Center, exact entrance TBD
  • 11::00 PM to 1:00 PM - kids get to use the Barclays Center court for shooting lines and 5-on-5 games in each half court
  • 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM - enjoy Brooklyn....several us in the past have gone to BWW in the Atlantic Terminal, but there are many nice restaurants on 5th Avenue down the street from the team store, too.
  • 4:30 PM - earliest that you could re-enter the arena
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - meeting point TBD for those selected for High Five Lines and Anthem Buddies.  
  • 6:00 PM - game
  • 8:30 PM - bus departs from Barclays Center

Prior Nets Events

2008 vs. Denver Nuggets: 649 people.....224 people also attended the San Antonio Spurs game on free tickets from the Nets!


2009 vs. Memphis Grizzlies: 335 people.....257 people also attended 2 games for the price of 1 to see the Celtics and Lakers.

2010 vs. Miami Heat: 262 people


2011 vs. Miami Heat: 328 people


2012 vs. LA Clippers: 200 people


2013 vs. Detroit Pistons: 259 people


2014 vs. Chicago Bulls: 318 people


2015 vs. LA Clippers: 180 people.....126 people also took advantage of court-time after the GSW game


2016 vs. Portland Trail Blazers: 100 people.....plus 29 people attended the Golden State Warriors game


2017 vs. Golden State Warriors: 106 people......plus 13 people attended the Cleveland Cavaliers game


2018 vs. Philadelphia 76'ers: 40 people


2019 vs. Philadelphia 76'ers: 197 people


2020 - no event due to Covid

2021 vs. Phoenix Suns: 107 people (we safely had this event even though the Archdiocese canceled the season)


by posted 09/01/2022
2022-2023 CYO Registration

Parents, I hope all is well! Please carefully read the email below about the upcoming season.  I will be in Poland visiting my wife’s family the first three weeks of July, so if you have any questions, then please contact me in June.  Please note that the website is fully updated to answer most, if not all, questions.  

St. Martin de Porres CYO registration for the 2022-2023 season will be online starting 8/1/22.  $30 late fee applied starting 9/15/22 and late registration closes on 9/30/22.

Programs include boys’ and girls’ divisions for instructional (K-1st, 2nd-3rd grades), intramural (boys 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-9th, 10-12th grades and girls 4th-6th, 7th-10th grades) and travel (boys 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades and girl’s 5th-6th, 7th-8th grades).  Travel-tryouts will be on 9/17 and 9/18.  Intramural evaluations will be on 9/25.  Boys high school league (10th-12th grades) will start on 9/24 at Gold's Gym.

Given two seasons of no CYO basketball, we have much planned to get the kids back into basketball! Starting after Labor Day and concluding once formal practices start in mid-Oct, we plan to have evening clinics on Mondays (K-1, 2-3 instructional), Thursdays (G4-6 intramural) and Fridays (B3-4, B5-6 intramurals).  B7-9 intramurals will have pick-up games on Saturday mornings at Gold's Gym in Sept and Oct to get them back into basketball.  The travel teams will be able to use St. Martin gym on the weekends in Sept and Oct to start practicing and hosting scrimmages.  Once the rectory confirms which days the parish, school or religious ed aren't using the gym, I'll create a 6-week clinic schedule and you can email me if you'd like to participate.  You must be registered to participate in all clinics, so please register early.  Clinics will be limited to 50 kids.  Clinics are free of charge.  At two of the clinics, the Marist men's and Vassar men's teams will also participate as in pre-Covid years.

These clinics will not only be run by league directors, but we'll also have Marist men's (John Dunne) and women's (Erin Doughty) coaches, Vassar men's (Ryan Mee) and women's (Anthony Mason) coaches, LMC Athletics (Tyler Lydon - Syracuse, Denver Nuggets and Justin Cooper), Matt Hoyt (Spackenkill Coach) and others contributing at times over this six-week period. We know how much the kids missed CYO basketball the last two years, so we hope 6 weeks of clinics at least partially make-up for lost time.

Once the season is underway, we'll have the following contests and events:

  • CYO Mass:  Nov 6, 2022 at 9:30 AM
  • 3-Point Contest: Nov 12, 2022
  • K of C Free Throw Contest: Jan 16, 2023
  • Coach’s Retreat:  date and format TBD in Nov 2022, combination of guest speakers and a DVD teaching from ChristLife or TMIY (That Man Is You!) along with a nice dinner from Cosimo’s. 
  • Hot Shot Contest Finals: Feb 12,2023 (top two from team contests in Jan advance)
  • Instructional Hot Shot Contest Finals:  Mar 5, 2023 (top two from team contests in Feb advance)
  • Brooklyn Nets Event at the Barclays Center:  includes two hours of court-time, high-5 lines, anthem buddies and the game, date TBD, typically in Nov
  • New York Knicks and college games at Madison Square Garden: dates TBD
  • UConn Men's and Women's games: dates TBD, women's game will be versus Villanova and Big East Player of the Year Maddy Siegrist, a St. Martin CYO graduate!  For games at Storrs in Gampel Pavilion, I’ll also arrange a tour of the Champions Center earlier in the day.
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:  It's been 10 years since we last visited the Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.  I’ll gauge interest as we get into the season. 
  • Marist and Vassar CYO Nights: dates TBD
  • CYO Picture Night:  Jan 20, 2023
  • Open Gyms / Pizza Parties: 2 in Dec and 2 in Feb
  • Season-end BBQ: Apr 28, 2023

As for the 13th Annual St. Martin CYO Basketball Tournament, which wasn't played the last two years, I'm working on dates with Marist, Vassar and the Culinary Institute of America.  Stay tuned for more information once I know more.  The 12th annual tournament two years ago had 84 travel teams from across the Archdiocese and 147 games.  Tournament proceeds will benefit St. Martin de Porres parish, Hudson Valley Knights of Columbus food pantries, St. Martin CYO kids to attend Camp Veritas and other local charities.

Regarding the Boys 10th-12th and Girl’s 7th-10th Grade Leagues, the expectation is that the boys high school league will have teams from St. Mary’s Wappingers, Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Lourdes High School.  The expectation is that the G7-10 league will have teams from the Regina Coeli, Holy Trinity and hopefully other Dutchess parishes.  Both leagues are played at Gold’s Gym. 

Registration fees will increase $20 per child given inflation. Please see Registration Info & Fees for details.  Please note that family limit fee is $275 for active parishioners and $325 for inactive or non-parishioners.  Since only one family limit fee of $325 can be input to the system, a reconciliation will be done after registration closes to process credits as needed.  Please note that we have cost increases across the board for gyms, storage, t-shirts and equipment. 

If you are uncertain if you have active parishioner status, then please click on the email link to ask Chris Fields, who will confirm your parishioner status.  All registrations will be reviewed for accuracy and registering with the incorrect parishioner status will result in an additional $25 fee per player.  Please note that attending religious education at St. Martin has nothing to do with parishioner status, i.e., this does NOT make you an active parishioner. You must attend church and make a contribution.

Given no CYO basketball the last two years, there will be no 4th grade travel team and 2nd grade boys and 3rd grade girls will not have the option of playing up from instructional to intramurals.

As you can see, we are well prepared to welcome the kids back to St. Martin CYO Basketball!  Please share this email with your friends, which will also be posted to our website at www.stmartindeporres-cyo.org.

I can't wait to see everyone again this fall!


by posted 06/07/2022
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