CYO League (grades 3-8)

For grades 3-8, our program plays in the CYO Athletic Basketball league which is sponsored by the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, under the the Archdiocese of Newark. 

Grades 3-4 are considered PeeWee’s and are intended to be less 'competitive’ than 5th - 8th, providing a place for development while introducing players to competitive play. We strongly encourage and expect our coaches to focus on development, not winning, at this age. From grades 5-8, the level of competitiveness increases significantly. 

Below are the grade brackets and competition structure for the CYO Athletic Basketball League, with each grouping having up to 4 divisions based on enrollment:
  • 3rd & 4th grade
  • 5th & 6th grade
  • 7th & 8th grade

Please note the following:

  1. Each bracket includes a boys and a girls division - there are NO co-ed teams.
  2. Some teams may be mixed with both grades, whereas other teams may be all from the same grade. This depends on enrollment numbers.
  3. All schools that participate in this league must follow the Archdiocesan Athletics Handbook.
  4. There are playoffs and championship games for each division, as well as an All Star game.
  5. Typically, most teams play approximately 14 – 20 games per season.
  6. Games have four quarters, eight minutes per quarter.


  • The league runs from early November to mid-March (including playoffs).
  • Practices are typically once a week in the evening, with the specific day & time chosen by the coach and league based on availability.
  • Most games are on weekends but also can be on weeknights.
  • Each team plays half its games at our home gym and half at the other team's gym (Bergen County).


  • Players must either be a student at the St. John's Academy, or be currently enrolled and active in the St. John's Parish CCD program. 
  • Players must participate in at least one tryout if required. (View tryout schedule)

Age Requirements

  • 3rd or 4th graders must be no older than 10 as of August 31st.
  • 5th or 6th graders must be no older than 12 as of August 31st.
  • 7th or 8th graders must be no older than 14 as of August 31st.


  • Registration: $170 per player
  • Uniform: $35 for jersey, $35 for shorts (prior players may keep their uniform if it fits)


  • Payments are by check only, payable to SJSA
    Mail to:
       St. John's Sports Association
       c/o Basketball
       460 Hillsdale Ave
       Hillsdale, NJ 07642

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