Students at Sacred Heart are encouraged to join athletics.  There is a wide variety of sports offered to our students through the Crusaders Youth Activities Association (CYAA), Lancaster Catholic High School at the junior high level, and cooperative agreements with other local private schools. 

Through these opportunities students have an opportunity to participate in athletics while learning to embody Catholic values, good sportsmanship, and team work, develop the fundamentals basketball, and have fun. The CYAA is an association formed to provide youth sports to the Catholic families in the Lancaster Area.  Students from all parochial schools or parishioners registered in religions education in Lancaster can participate in sports offered by the CYAA. Students must be enrolled in a parochial school to participate in any junior high PIAA sports such as basketball.  

Sports offered through the SHAA

Basketball is offered as a school sport at Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart is a member of the Lancaster CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) and Central Penn CYO Leagues.  Games are played against other Catholic Schools in the Lancaster and Harrisburg Deaneries. Teams also have the opportunity to participate in tournaments sponsored within the Harrisburg Diocese. 

Registration typically occurs in August/September. Girls and boys in grades 2 through 8 that attend Sacred Heart School, or are parishioners or attend religious education programs at either Sacred Heart or St. Philip parishes are eligible to participate.  All skill levels are encouraged. 

Contact Angie Sowers at with any questions. 


Sports offered through CYAA

Multiple sports are offered through the CYAA as described below.  More information and registration is available at

Basketball - Basketball is offered to boys and girls in grades 7th and 8th to participate on the Lancaster Catholic Junior High team.  Depending on numbers, players could participate on the 7th grade, 7/8th grade, or 7/8/9th grade team.   

Baseball  is offered in the Fall at U8, U10, U12, and U14 levels. Fall baseball is instructional. Section 1 is for more experienced players, section 2 is for those that are new to the age level.  The season starts in early September and runs through early October.  Games are double headers on either Saturday or Sunday.  Fields used are at St Leo and possibly Lancaster Catholic.

Softball is offered in the Fall and Spring.  The Fall season runs from the week after Labor Day to the end of October. All games are either Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons and are double headers. Practices vary by team, usually 1 weeknight and Saturdays. Practice times are set once teams and coaches are defined. The fields are at St. Leo & Lancaster Catholic.  

The softball director is Ed Krow.

Football Midget football is offered to students in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 in the fall.  

Games are either Saturday night or Sunday Afternoon.  Starts beginning of August and runs until mid November.  Home games played at Lancaster Catholic, normally on the turf field.  The football director is Chris Maiorino (LCHS Head Football Coach).

Flag football is offered to students in grades K through 6 in the fall and spring. 


Cheerleading  is offered for grades 2nd-8th.  Cheerleading participates at midget football games.

Soccer Rec soccer is offered to boys and girls in the Fall and Spring. The U6 and U8 teams compete within the Manheim Township Soccer Club on Saturday mornings. The U10 – U15 boys and girls teams participate in the Lancaster Area Recreational Soccer League against other local clubs in Lancaster County.

Fall Eligibility:  U6, U8, U10, and U12

7th and 8th grade students attending a Catholic Elementary school participate on the Junior High co-op with Lancaster CountryDay

Spring Eligibility: U6, U8, U10, U12, U15, and possibly U19

Club soccer: Beginning in 2022, the CYAA founded the Crusader Soccer Academy, a Club team focused on challenging players at a higher level of competition than what is offered by the rec program.  Academy teams play in the Central Penn Youth Soccer Team.  Teams are offered at U9/U10, U11/U12, and U13-15. Tryouts are held to select the team by neutral third-party evaluators.  The commitment is for a full year: Fall and Spring, 2 practices a week for an 8 game season and one tournament included for both Fall and Spring.  High School Age Players will only play in Spring Leagues and Tournaments.  Playing time with be decided by the coaches. 

The CYAA Soccer Director is Bryan Fossi.  He can be reached at with any questions.

7th and 8th Graders have the opportunity to play Fall soccer in a co-op with Lancaster Country Day School.  More information below.

Junior High/Co-op Programs through Lancaster Catholic High School

Soccer and Field Hockey.   In May of 2020 Lancaster Catholic announced new co-ops at the junior high level to provide a broader more competitive and improved developmental experience for our 7th & 8th grade students in all Lancaster parish schools. A co-operative agreement with Lancaster Country Day (LCD) in junior high soccer and with LCD and Lancaster Mennonite (LMH) in junior high field hockey was established to provide opportunities for more of our Catholic school junior high age students to participate developmentally in these sports.  There is no fee to participate and practices will be held at Lancaster Country Day (soccer) or Lancaster Mennonite (field hockey). Games are either hosted by the home school or held at Lancaster Lebanon League schools. 

Cross Country/Track and Field   Cross Country is offered to boys and girls in grades 7th and 8th to participate on the Lancaster Catholic Junior High team in the Fall.  For grade school, Track and Field is held as a one-time meet in early May of each year.  More details to follow.