Welcome to CYO Athletics! At the heart of our programs is the Coach! Every coach has an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people. The coach is a teacher of values, skills and life’s lessons. Being a coach is a privilege, a challenge and a responsibility. It is an invitation to serve God and God’s children!
The role of the coach begins by helping young people grow and develop from an inexperienced athlete into tomorrow’s leaders. You accomplish this by modeling Christ-like behaviors as you share experiences with your athletes, patiently teaching skills to all levels of athletes, and treating players with Dignity. Your coaching style, philosophy and personal qualities are instrumental toward helping young people be more Christ-like in they way they live. Your positive guidance can make a difference in their lives. Families entrust you with their child’s care.
Once the season begins, all eyes will be upon the coach! Respect for your opponents, the decisions of the officials and your players are reflective of your character. Sportsmanship begins with you and your example is something your athletes mimic. When you make the effort to be the best you are capable of becoming, you build character. Coaches influence their players and their families long after they end their CYO experience.
Make a Difference! Touch a life! May God guide you along this journey.
Things Coaches Need To Know
Each section represents about 1,600 CYO participants. A CYO Athletic Director and Staff member are assigned to each section to help with philosophical, administrative and eligibility questions. There also is a member of the Athletic Advisory Committee(AAC) assigned to each section. Visit the Athletic Advisory Committee for details on Section Meetings and contact information.
Below is an list of CYO Members and the staff and AAC members the Pastoral Designee can contact for guidance.
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. Below is the Planner for Spring-2014.
Begin your player registration as early as possible. It is recommended that player registration open at least 6 weeks prior to the team entry deadline. You can use paper or on-line registration procedures. Contact the CYO Office for on-line registration contacts.
The eligibility of your team and accuracy of your roster are critical to a successful season. Please cooperate with your Pastoral Designee when preparing your Team Eligibility Roster information, Eligibility Request Form (ERF), and Pre-Participation Forms. The Eligibility Request Form, commonly referred to as (ERF), must be completed when a child wants to participate on a team in which they are not a parishioner or attend the school in which they are not enrolled. This form must be completed with all the appropriate signatures and given to your pastoral designee so then can submit them to the CYO office for review and approval by the season entry deadlines. CYO highly encourages you to conduct a Pre-Season Parent’s Meeting to review team sports information and paperwork required.
Coaches Development Program
Each coach is required to attend the Coaches Development Program (CDP), the Virtus program and have a background check. You can acquire your coaching credentials after you attend the Coaches Development Program. You can register for the program now before your sport season begins by visiting the Coaches Development Program web page.
Have 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. You can talk about your expectations as a Pastoral Designee, the mission of CYO and your program, practice and season dates, training and fundraising. 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 Remember to ask your Pastor come to the meeting to help set the tone for the season!
The CYO also has Coaches Meetings 1-2 weeks before the start of practice. These organizational meetings are very informative and will better prepare you for the upcoming season. Make sure all coaches attend so they can get the latest scoop about the season. Check the calendar for details.
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Don’t forget to view our Diocesan Championships webpage for information on our sport championship tournaments throughout the year. This includes tournament dates, facilities, admission cost, t-shirt sales, and general tournament information.
General Forms For Coaches
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.
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.
The merger process is in place for members that are joining together for the purpose of fielding a team. Each member in a merger should try to have their own team before joining with others. There is a maximum of 7 members that can be in a merger. Also a merger team is prohibited from using an ERF to have others join the team.
Merger Proposals need to be submitted to the CYO Office by: Fall Season – July 15…..Winter Season – October 15…..Spring Season – February 15…..Summer Season – May 15
The athlete pre-participation form is to be completed and submitted to the Pastoral Designee 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.