The goal of the league and Sports Ministry as a whole, is to bring Orthodox Christian athletes closer to Christ by providing a mature, safe, moral, and sportsmanlike environment in which a healthy level of athletic competition can be enjoyed. Our parish Basketball program is divided into three groups:
Boys GOYA Basketball has been very active since the foundation of the St. Athanasius Parish. Each year we get between 14-18 players on the roster. The GOYA age range is 13-18 years of age. College students are not eligible. All players must be baptized Orthodox Christians, and actively participate in GOYA events as well as attend church on Sundays. Practice takes place each Friday from October to April, 5-7 pm at the Ottoson Middle School in Arlington. There are usually 16 regular season Metropolis league games and 2-5 playoff games. Additionally we have participated in the Metropolis' January tournament and the Harry Agganis tournament in Lynn. Other fun events include the annual trip to a Celtics game (which is always well attended!!) and trips to one or two local College games at BC or Bentley College.
Girls GOYA Basketball: Thanks to the support of the parish members. St. Athanasius has had a Girls's GOYA team playing in the league since its inception 12 years ago. Our Girl's GOYA basketball team consists of girls between the ages of 13-17. The girls in the league are all active members of church and GOYA. We have been fortunate to have a number of girls move up from the JOY league and participate in the GOYA league as they get older; in this way we have been able to build a solid foundation for future teams. All girls, with or without experience in playing basketball, are encouraged to participate. Practice takes place each Friday from October to April, 5-7 pm at the Ottoson Middle School in Arlington.
JOY Basketball: The JOY league was added to the Metropolis Sports Ministry 9 years ago and since we added the Junior JOY league. St. Athanasius has had one or two teams entered every year. All players must be baptized Orthodox Christians. A player that turns 7 years of age after September 1st and is less than 10 years of age is eligible for the Junior JOY league. A player that turns 10 years of age by September 1st and is less than 14 years of age is eligible to play in the JOY league. A player that turns 14 years of age before September 1st must move on to the GOYA teams. Practice takes place each Friday from October to April, 5-7 pm at the Ottoson Middle School in Arlington. We also try to attend one or two local College games during the season.
All players must be present and dressed for 60% of regular season games in order to be eligible for playoffs. To be eligible to play in a game, a player should attend Church, Sunday Church School, and Divine Liturgy the Sunday before their respective game. The season will culminate with a Tournament and a banquet with all the parishes in the Metropolis.