The CYO 5 Minute Game Plan
As part of the CYO mission to provide Christ-centered youth sports opportunities, we are committed to providing tools that aid coaches in forming children spiritually, mentally and physically. In addition to praying before and after practices and games, The 5 Minute Game Plan is an interactive program designed to be used at the beginning of a team's first practice each week. In just 5-10 minutes, this combination of scripture, saints, Catholic values, discussion and prayer helps place Christ at the center of your team and connect faith and sports in a meaningful way. The program was created in conjunction with Archdiocesan school and religious education curriculum to supplement existing faith formation.
Simply review the lesson plans below and use the corresponding week with your team during the season. We encourage coaches to involve kids in reading through the content and leading discussions that create an impact on your team. Contact the CYO Office with questions.
Through a shared commitment to forming our children in the faith, we can help lead youth to Christ through sport!
With Christ at the center of our Catholic faith, prayer is essential to everything we do. In addition to prayer before games, CYO encourages coaches to include prayer before and after practices, after games, and whenever else appropriate. Please use this page as a resource for prayers. The Play Like a Champion website also has prayers for you to consider.
Prayer Before a Game
God our Father,
You have created us
to strive for the best.
Grant to all athletes, coaches, and
strength to pursue excellence
during this event,
and in all that we do.
We pray for the safety of these
Protect them from injury and harm.
And finally, we pray for your grace,
that you would provide us
with the endurance to pursue our
eternal life in Your Son. Amen
Prayer to Saint Sebastian
Patron Saint of Athletes
"Dear Commander at the Roman
Emperor's court, you chose to be also
a soldier of Christ and dared to
spread faith in the King of Kings, for
which you were condemned to die.
Your body, however, proved
athletically strong and the executing
arrows extremely weak. So another
means to kill you was chosen and
you gave your life to the Lord. May
athletes be always as strong in their
faith as their Patron Saint so clearly
has been. Amen."
Courtesy Play Like a Champion Today via
Lord, Lay Down Your Path
Lord, lay down your path
between the lines of battle
where many leaders have walked before me.
Lay down your path
so that I may tread in your footsteps
of the wise, courageous, and fallen faithful;
for the victorious road has yet to be paved with gold.
Lay down your path
so these spirited athletes know not the prospect of
but believe in the glory revealed in your way.
When the contest approaches
and this game we love becomes a way of life,
give me the strength to lead with a narrowing focus.
We arrive today as a team prepared
to meet each twisted mile with steps undaunted.
Our sights are set.
Lord, lay down your path.
A prayer by Dylan Drugan in the Notre Dame Book of Prayers (2010)
A Coach's Prayer
O' gracious God, I thank you for calling
me to the ministry of coaching. Help me
to answer that call with a generous heart.
Enable me to be a good coach, skilled,
informed, fair-minded and caring. Let me
see beyond the rules of sports and catch
their spirit. Grant me the wisdom to see
that athletics are not only about healthy
bodies but healthy minds, that sports are
not only about victory but enjoyment, that
competition is not only about winning but
Let the mind of Christ inspire and guide
my coaching so that I never lose sight of
the dignity and worth of each and every
person whom I coach. Help me to follow
the example of Christ who coached not
only by instruction but by encouragement
and love. Finally, dear Lord, teach me and
the athletes whom I coach to be grateful
for your many blessings. I make this
prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Prayer to St. Micheal The Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray;
and do Thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan
and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope.
To Thee do we cry, poor banished
children of Eve.
To Thee do we send up our sighs
and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
Thine Eyes of Mercy toward us,
and after this our exile show us the
Blessed Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
A Runner's Prayer
Almighty and ever-living God,
As I prepare to embark on the race ahead, be my
strength for that journey.
Help me to remember that each race begins with a
When the race becomes long and my will begins to
wane, help me to recognize that you will never
leave my side.
May each leg of this race emblazon my desire and
zeal to be a beacon of Christ’s light in a world that
can seem at times to be covered in darkness.
Help me to realize that my talents are not my own
and all that I am belongs to you. May I never
forget that the talent I have been given is to be
used to accomplish your will.
Allow me, Lord, to use my talents to be a sign of
hope in the world.
May the road rise up to meet me, the wind be at
my back, and may the sun shine warmly upon my
Come Holy Spirit, be the force behind my stride.
I pray this in Christ’s name always.
Adopted from a prayer by Michael S. Suso in the Notre Dame Book of Prayers (2010)
Bless us as we take this court.
We pray that we may put into action
the things we have learned in practice
about life, sportsmanship and skill.
May you keep us safe in our endeavor
and protect all who participate today
We remember that our every talent on
this court came from You and strive to
glorify You through our actions today.
Bless this game that it may lead all who
participate and watch closer to You.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for Practices
We thank you for bringing us here today and
ask that you bless this practice.
May we who participate here grow not only in
our athletic ability,
but also in our relationship with you and in
our love for others.
Help us to use the talents you have given us to
the best of our ability.
Help us to learn virtue through this endeavor,
that we may grow in our understanding of this
game and of life.
Keep all gathered here today safe from injury
and help us to glorify you through all that we
accomplish in this practice.
We ask too for the intercession of your
Mother, that she may watch over us and pray
for us. Amen.
Prayer After a Game
Thank you for the opportunity to have
played this game today. Thank you for our
opponents, our coaches and our parents for
their part in this day. Thank you for the
talents we displayed and the things we
learned through this contest.
As we go forth, keep us ever mindful of
your Love and your Will.
Help us continue to grow in our athletic
ability through hard work and
perseverance in the week ahead.
We ask that you bless all the participants
in today’s game wherever they may go,
that we may all return safely to our next