About the Program

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


Division groupings are based on grade, with each grouping having up to 4 divisions based on enrollment. (Each bracket includes a boys and a girls division — there are no co-ed teams.)
  • 3rd & 4th grade
  • 5th & 6th grade
  • 7th & 8th grade
Some teams may be mixed with both grades depending on enrollment numbers. Grades 3-4 are considered PeeWee’s and are intended to be less “competitive” than the older grades, 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.

Schedule & Games

The league runs from early November to mid-March, with each team playing approximately 14-20 games per season. Games have four 8-minute quarters, with each player required to play a minimum of one full quarter per game. 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 (St. John’s Academy) and half at the other team’s gym (within Bergen County). There are playoffs and championship games for each division, as well as an All Star game.


Players must either be a student at 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.

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 currently by check only, payable to SJSA. Please mail to:
St. John’s Sports Association
c/o Basketball
460 Hillsdale Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
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