Availability: CYO Football is open to children in grades 1-8. Teams in grades 4-8 participate in the Tackle football, teams in grades 1-3 play Flag football, while 4th grade teams can choose to play Tackle or Flag. Practice may begin on August 1.
Fees: Contact your member Athletic Director.
The Diocese of Cleveland CYO urges all members that sponsor football to join the “Heads Up” Football Program sponsored by USA Football. The “Heads UP” program includes resources pertaining to Education & Certification, Equipment Fitting,Concussion Recognition & Awareness, Heat & Hydration, and Heads Up Tackling. Visit USAFootball.com for more information, also take a minute to watch the video at the bottom of this page.
All Tackle football teams can choose to participate in the Middleweight or Unrestricted Divisions. Flag Football is offered in the 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Grades. For weight classifications and other sport specific rules, please refer to the rule book.
The goal of a CYO Coach is to facilitate a positive environment in which athletes can grow physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. For a list of the requirements to be a CYO Coach, visit the How to be a CYO Coach page.
CYO’s philosophy states that every player participates at all divisions of play. Each athlete must be treated with Dignity regardless of their ability. Participation on a team allows players to learn and understand the values of cooperation, teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility and respect. CYO encourages each child to develop at their own pace while working for a common goal by regulating mandatory participation rules. The participation requirements are clearly defined in the sport rules. It is our Hope that each athlete can make a significant contribution to their team.
Genesis 1:27 remind us “in the Divine image God created humanity.” CYO Athletics encourages every athlete and every coach to accept one another with compassion, respect, patience, kindness, humility and understanding.
Just putting a helmet on a football player for the first time each season becomes an awesome experience to many young players. CYO Football – just a pass away from a touchdown!