Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS) - About Us

Catholic Young Adult Sports started in April of 2010. The founder/President, Paul Spotts, had spent several years in campus ministry, but after leaving campus life, he recognized the vast need for authentic Catholic community for young adults. His ministry experience had taught him a few main things that are core to CYAS:

  1. Fellowship = Fun: Community at its core should be enjoyable. A fun and hospitable community is the essential to any real effort to share Christ with others.
  2. Kerygma = Opportunities to Grow: Kerygma is a greek word from the Bible that means "to announce." Romans 10:14 "...how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?" Opportunites to learn about Jesus without feeling judged are crucial to getting to know Christ.
  3. Discipleship = Team Based Christianity: Though western culture is one of rugged individualism, Christianity has always been a team effort. Discipleship is a complex Church term that simply means "follower." In 1 Corinthians 1:11 St. Paul says, "Follow me as I follow Christ." This is "The Way", as the early Christians were called, to follow one another to Christ.

Implementation

Fun: Our core events are geared to having fun! We provides year-round recreational sports leagues and social events to all young adults, both married and single, Catholic and not so Catholic. Free agents and newcomers are always welcome in CYAS, feel free to contact us for a soft introduction if you want to be introduced to someone attending an event before showing up alone.

Growth: We want you to grow with us, even if you never want to be a Catholic. We offer monthly service opportunities, annual mission trips, and small group Bible studies so you can learn more about yourself, about Jesus, and find answers about living as a Catholic.

Team Effort: Our team effort is not only on the sports field. Those looking for deeper friendships and those who want to take their faith to an adult level join our small group Bible studies and discipleship friendships. In discipleship, we walk together one-on-one as we explore the faith and challenge a peer to strive to be saintly. You must be in a CYAS Bible study to engage in a discipleship relationship through CYAS. 

Anna Mann

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FAQs

CYAS is a 501c3 non-profit charity, meaning donations are tax-deductible to the degree allowed by law. Like nearly all charities we have a revenue generating side through our sports leagues (e.g. red cross sells blood from blood drives) and a larger fundraising/charity side that is the heart of why we do the sports (discipleship through Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips). CYAS'  revenue from leagues is not nearly enough to cover the expenses for a national outreach ministry. In fact, it isn't even enough after expenses for one full-time staff employee. Donations primarily serve our mission in these main areas:

  1. To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
  2. Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
  3. Expansion efforts (including our need for support staff and office space to build a national system - think league operation support, national marketing, donation processing and servicing, accounting, legal support, and expansion related travel and training systems)
  4. To pay for our insurance cost (about $10,000/year and growing as we grow)
  5. The ongoing formation, training and community building among our missionaries. They need to be loved in order to continue sharing His love
The captain's deposit is just that, a deposit ensuring us of your teams participation in the league. It is non-refundable, because we get field time and schedule around your team being playable. Captains with unused deposits will normally be offered a league credit, if CYAS is notified before the end of registration that the captain's team will not be in the league.

Full refunds will be provided for any event that we cannot hold due to field scheduling conflicts, lack of interest, or any other cancellation of a league/event on our part.

If a player is injured and will miss the remainder of the league, we suggest they help recruit a permanent sub and ask them to subsidize their fees (please contact us so we are aware of the arrangements & injury, or for help finding possible replacements).

Free agents and donations are non-refundable. Credits may be given to free agents for leagues, if they notify us before registration closes.

We wouldn't be "Catholic" Young Adult Sports if we weren't!

Several teams have both spouses playing and bring babies or kids to be watched by substitutes on the bench or by bringing a friend/relative spectator. Many captains will also let the couple share a team fee and just not play at the same time depending on if the team needs a man or woman. Couples may also free agent and join a team in this method, just contact us if you plan on rotating play and want a discounted team fee.

DEFINITELY BRING THE KIDS OUT! ALL OF OUR SOCIALS ARE EVEN AT FAMILY FRIENDLY SPORTS BARS (unless otherwise specified)

The Catholic Church is not adverse to the use of alcohol by adults in moderation.In fact, it was customary for Jews to drink wine within religious celebrations and regularly with meals. Jesus himself made good wine abundant at the Wedding of Cana and ultimately transformed wine into the gift of his blood, which we receive at the Catholic mass offered daily. Therefore, we are comfortable with the casual and responsible enjoyment of alcohol and are not adverse to gathering after a game at the local family friendly sports bar for fellowship and to enjoy a drink, and/or meal, in moderation.

We do ask participants to please refrain from consumption during our leagues out of respect for our participants who are opposed to the consumption of alcohol, are underage, and to help us provide a good witness that healthy fun community can exist without the assistance of liquid spirits.

It is CYAS policy that during CYAS events, where alcohol is allowed, only beer and wine may be consumed, no hard liquor or mixed drinks.

JOIN AS A FREE AGENT! We'll place you on a team or create a team of other FAs for you. If you only have a few friends you want to play with you can also ask to be placed together with others on a team or have some FAs added to complete your team.
CYAS has a strategic plan of national growth to reach young adults, evangelize through Bible studies and retreats, and provide awesome kick butt sport leagues, social events and mission trips. We have a hurdle though...missionary staff! We are praying for the Lord of the Harvest to provide laborers. If you know someone interested please send them to this link and suggest they apply to discern with us: www.catholicyoungadultsports.com/career