Welcome to CYO Athletics. We are pleased that you have chosen CYO Athletics as your child’s athletic program. CYO Athletics provides an exceptional opportunity for your child to learn new skills, have fun, be with their friends and be physically active. Athletics is part of our daily lives – striving to be the best we can be requires each child to learn and compete at their own pace.
The competitive spirit is learned, starting with those early, character-shaping years. Competition is within the human spirit, waiting to be nurtured and developed positively for life’s lessons. CYO’s mandatory participation rules assure that every child will have an opportunity to participate in every game. See our sport web pages for specific participation rules. See you at the game!
Things Parents Need to Know
Knowing when the season begins can help you manage the tasks that need to be completed before the start of the season. Knowing when practice begins, games begin, rosters are locked and tournaments are held can give you a road map to a successful season. Visit the sport program pages for the season planners for this information. The first day of practice for each season will be ….. Fall – August 1 Winter – November 1 Spring – March 1 Summer – June 1
Each season a planner is created containing important dates. Visit the sport pages for individual sport planners.
Your child’s eligibility in CYO Athletics is important to us. If your child is enrolled in a Catholic school or is a member of a Catholic parish, he/she is eligible to participate in CYO. If your child is a non-Catholic enrolled in PSR or enrolled in RCIA he/she may be eligible to play, contact the CYO Office of details.
Each child must have a current Pre-Participation form on file with the team before he/she participates in practices or games. One component of the form is a physical exam. A physical exam is valid for 13 months from the date of the exam. You may download the from at the bottom of the webpage.
An Eligibility Request Form (ERF), must be completed when your child wants to participate on a team in which they are not a parishioner/student. This form must be completed with all the appropriate signatures and given to your Athletic Director so then can submit it to CYO for review and approval. You cannot participate in practice/games until the ERF is approved.
Use the Diocese of Cleveland Parish Locator to identify the program that your child is eligible to participate.
The coaches of your team are selected and approved by your Athletic Director and Member Administrator. These are the leaders of the athletic program at your parish/school.
All coaches have to meet age requirements, attend Coaches Development and Virtus training classes as well as an on-line Concussion Awareness program. Coaches are submit an application and background check to the parish/school prior to starting to coach.
If you have a question or problem with your team’s coach, talk to him or her directly first. Your next conversation should be with your Athletic Director and finally your Member Administrator. The CYO Office is always available to help you through this process.
Remember to say “Thanks” and “Good Job” to your child’s coaches as often as possible!
It is recommended that each parish/school have a member-wide Coach and Parent Meetings before each season. This is a great way to get a consistent message to all participating families and coaches. As a parent you can listen to the program expectations from an Athletic Director, as well as get to know the mission of CYO, practice & season dates, and training & fundraising information .
It is recommended that the coaches meeting should be held 3 weeks prior to the start of practice and the parent meeting 1 week before the start of practice!
The CYO also has Coaches Meetings 1-2 weeks before the start of practice. All coaches should attend so they can get the latest scoop about the season. Check the calendar for details.
Deadlines are important for a program with more than 22,000 participants. As a parent you will be made aware of registration deadlines by your Athletic Director. Please respect those deadlines. If you miss a deadline, it could impact the ability for a team to be sponsored or for your child to be added to a team roster.
If you see athlete registration information come home with your child or on-line, please act as soon as possible so that you are not left off the team!
CYO Athletics is proud that coaches and parents comprise of a team that is trying to achieve and improve every child’s experience. As parents, you are the primary teacher of your child. Your positive example and actions at the game are an integral part of your role as sports parent. Parents are expected to respect the Dignity of every athlete and use a positive approach that involves praise and encouragement for the effort displayed instead of the final outcome.
The law requires all of Ohio’s teachers and coaches to undergo education on recognizing the symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), approved by the department of health, on an annual basis. The Ohio High School Athlete Association along with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education have completed the training material and have made it available at this link Lindsay’s Law. Please note that there is a separate coach and parent component. Please review the material for use at your upcoming parish/school parent meetings as well as coach’s meetings.
The Diocese of Cleveland CYO has partnered with Rainbows Babies and Children’s Hospital to provide you with a resource that can help you prepare for your child’s participation in youth sports. Talk the time to read the guide as well as visit the University Hospital website for additional information.
Through CYO’s partnership with University Hospitals and Akron Children’s Hospital, parents may take their athletes to receive free concussion baseline testing. This is valuable if a child experiences a head injury. The child can be tested after the injury to assist with the assessment of the effects of the head injury in light of the baseline information. CYO is pleased that our partners are offering this service to CYO athletes for free.
General Forms for Parents
The athlete pre-participation form is to be completed and submitted to the Athletic Director before the athlete is eligible to participate in a practice or game. The form contains the physical form, release form and emergency medical authorization information. The pre-participation form is valid for 13 months from the date of the physical exam.Preparticipation Form
The Eligibility Request Form below is to be used for one individual athlete seeking permission to play on another member’s team. The ERF must be approved by the CYO Office before an athlete is permitted to participate in any practices or games.Eligibility Request Form
The Eligibility Group Form below is only to be used for a group of athletes from the same CYO member seeking permission to play on another member’s team. The ERF must be approved by the CYO Office before an athlete is permitted to participate in any practices or games.Eligibility Request Group Form
Download the ERF Fact Sheet for a quick reference.