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!

Catholic Prayers

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 
heavenly prize: 
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 

laying down, 

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 
building community. 
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. 
Amen. !

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.


- Amen


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 

single step. 

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)    


Basketball Prayer


Almighty Father, 
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 
from injury. 
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 


Catholic Youth Organization of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. 

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