Stefan Anikewich, CYONY CLUB Program Volunteer Director
Email Coach Stefan
Registration link below
What it means to be part of TEAM CYONY:
Keeping true to our parent organization's mission to serve "non-Catholic and Catholics alike", ALL are welcome and ENCOURAGED to become a member of the Catholic Youth Organization of New York (CYONY) Running Program as a team member or volunteer. Here you will find important information to assist in this decision making process. First, no previous experience in track and field is necessary for your child to join. You will find that this program is designed to encourage and inspire the beginner runner to the experienced youth athlete who is committed to taking the next level in training. Our CYO coaches will ensure that EVERY team member has an equal opportunity to excel with the same level of direction REGARDLESS of skill or previous experience.
There are no tryouts. The CYONY track club will provide a youth athletics program for all individuals looking to participate in additional practices across all seasons. We promote a running environment built on enthusiasm, self-belief, goal setting, hard work/determination, good sportswoman/manship, community awareness and friendship. There’s always a focus on HAVING FUN, mechanics, efficiency, nutrition, endurance/strength, speed and trail stewardship. We develop runners.
The Catholic Youth Organization is grounded in Catholic values and is a registered 501c non-profit organization under the Catholic Charities Community Services. Keeping true to our parent organization's mission "non-Catholic and Catholics alike", all are welcome to join this program. It is expected that all children attend practice as much as possible, AND compete on weekends. We do not compete EVERY weekend, but we do compete often. Schedules will be posted before each season begins. This year’s schedules will be posted on our website.
Approximate Dates and Associated Season Fees:
Fall Season-September 1 - November 30 ($100 price includes meet entry fees and unlimited practices)
- Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30. subject to change
- Local trails in New Rochelle, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Valhalla, Yonkers and occasionally near the Hudson River (more advanced trail running)
Registration is now open for the
FALL Cross Country CYONY Track Club.
Winter Season-December 14 - February 28 ($50 )
We’re thrilled to announce the return CYO NY Youth Winter. We’ll kick-off on Wednesday, 12/14 at the Tappan Zee Bridge, 6:30pm. That will be our only outdoor practice/run of the season. Please find the CYO youth winter XCTF schedule below.
The program is open to ANY CHILD from ANY SCHOOL, grades 3-8. Indoor practices will focus on speed and running mechanics through static/dynamic drills (among others).
Practices are one hour followed by a 15-20 minute cool down. Indoor practices will be hosted by CYO Club and Fordham Prep Freshmen XCTF Coach Stefan and consist of modified high school workouts.
Cost is $50 per child for the season, and doesn’t include the Polar Bear track meet!
- 12/14: TZB 6:30pm, 1-6 mile runs available, path is well lit
- 12/21: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 1/4: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 1/11: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 1/25: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 2/1: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 2/8: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 2/15: Indoor Youth Track Clinic/Practice, 6-7pm, Mount Saint Michael Gymnasium
- 2/18 or 2/25: CYO Youth Polar Bear Outdoor Track Relay Carnival, Mount Saint Michael, time tbd
If you have any questions, please contact CYO XCTF Director, Stefan Anikewich.
Winter Indoor CYONY Winter Track
Spring Season- March 22 - July 31 ($100 price includes meet entry fees and unlimited practices)
- Practice site(s) Mount St Michael Academy, Bronx 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm and other local area facilities.
Spring Outdoor CYONY Track Club.
Weekly Training Program/Practice:
During cross-country season the club practices Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30. We meet on local trails in New Rochelle, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Valhalla, Yonkers and occasionally near the Hudson River (more advanced trail running). After daylight savings ends, the practices begin at 4:30pm. The Cross country season runs through the first week of November.
The cross country schedule is packed and we understand that attending everything is impossible. At minimum we strongly recommend that you attend both practices and compete (cyo/rr) 3-4 times a month.
Does This Replace My Current CYO Track Program?
No. In fact we’d encourage you to participate in both programs if possible. This is an option for those individuals looking for a more specialized program. We have witnessed strong personal growth in individual performances which was the nucleus of the formation of the CYONY Club Team. This team does not replace your current CYO parish team. Rather, it's an extension of the CYO that gives grade school athletes a rare opportunity to receive direct instruction from NCAA track and field coaches.
Our parish teams are the very backbone of the CYO. The CYONY Club Team is a product of the growth and success of the parish teams and the work and effort that is put forth by all the volunteers. The Club team is NOT an all-star team or a traveling team. During CYO meets all athletes will participate on their respective CYO or participating parish/school team.
TEAM CYONY will give team members an opportunity to expand on an already strong foundation built and maintained by the parish teams. The success of Team CYONY is wholly dependent on the continued success and growth of your current CYO program.
Meet the Team:
A key element that differentiates the CYONY Track Club from other local programs is that our team will be directed by nationally recognized NCAA coaches working side by side with CYO coaches and coordinators. Their extensive personal and professional track and field experiences will allow us to build a sustainable track program. These individuals include:
Stefan Anikewich, CYONY Program Volunteer Director, Track and Field Coach.
Stefan Anikewich is a Track and Field coach for the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, New York. The program currently has 60 children enrolled in a 4 season program. A passionate 4th generation distance runner, Stefan trains 50-75 miles a week. In 2015, Mr. Anikewich and fellow coach, Lee Manning started a youth summer trail running clinic in lower Westchester. In the programs Inaugural season, they attracted runners from 11 different area schools. Stefan is a graduate of Iona Preparatory High School, Saint Thomas Aquinas College and is finishing an advance degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Manhattanville College in Purchase (2016). Mr. Anikewich was mentored for a decade by the late Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, an American theologian, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, author and one of the leaders in the United States for the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation.
How to Register (rolling registration):
All Children must preregister online and pay the registration fee before attending any practices. No walk - up participants will be permitted and all proper documentation must be submitted prior to attending the first scheduled practice or meet. Secure registration and payment options are available online. Please use the "register online" button above to sign up your child for the program. Whether paying online by creditcard/Paypal/direct deposit or if paying by check, no Registration is not complete until the payment has been received and processed. Registration must be completed by the participant's parent. If you would like to register and pay by check, please complete the online registration process and mail your payment, check made out to "CYO" to:
Catholic Youth Organization
Attn: Seth Peloso
1011 First Avenue, 6th FL
New York, NY 10022
Uniforms will be required. This cost is not covered by your CYONY registration fees. Each athlete needs to purchase, at minimum, a singlet. Matching color bottoms will also be required but do not have to be purchased through the CYO. during the online registration process, you can prepay and select your desired size.
Scholarship opportunities for CYONY are available. If you’re interested in more information, please contact
Parent/Athlete responsibilities include:
- Travel to and from practice and meets
- Entry to Regional/National Qualifiers or meets
- Lodging and related expenses at Regional or National meets
- Private training
- Uniforms (including replacement uniforms if misplaced/lost/damaged)
CYO Coach Volunteers:
We are actively looking for CYO coach volunteers to join this exciting club! The CYO coaches will work side by side with the NCAA coaches in rolling out and sustaining the training program. Please contact us if you’re interested in coaching.
Parents, guardians, family members and caretakers play a crucial role in the success of the program. The child athletes really embrace and appreciate the extra support. We encourage all members to participate as spectators or volunteers as needed. If you would like to volunteer your time, please send an email to Seth Peloso or Stefan Anikewich.
Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators and fans. In becoming a member of this organization, an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the organization and its participants. The essential elements in this Code of Conduct are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to themselves, their team and their organization. It is only through such conduct that our organization can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to our sport and community.
Code of Conduct:
The following essential elements of the Code of Conduct must be followed:
1. Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the sport and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and meets.
2. The value of good sportsmanship and the concepts of fair play should always be placed above winning.
3. The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
4. Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
5. Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect to athletes/teammates.
6. Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the organization should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play in view of spectators or participants.
7. Spectators involved with the sport must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.
8. Eligibility requirements, at all levels, must be followed. Rules and requirements such as age, previous level of participation, team transfers, etc, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.
Also, this program runs parallel to local CYO programs and meets. In short, if your child is currently enrolled in a school based CYO track and field program, this will not be a conflict.
if you have any questions regarding the registration process.