Coaches Development Program (CDP) is rooted in the mission and values of the Diocese of Cleveland CYO. The intent of the CDP is to offer an informational and educational leadership-training program for youth coaches in the CYO. The program contains interactive sessions for the topics of “Youth Ministry Through Athletics”, “CYO Governance & Risk Management”, “Helping Young Athletes Safely Excel in Sports” and “Coaching Pedagogy”.
At the completion of the course, each coach should be able to identify the elements of a successful coach in CYO. By accepting the responsibility to coach in CYO Athletics, you are expected to maintain a standard for excellence. Every coach, head and assistant, must attend the Coaches Development Program. Coaching lanyards are presented to each attendee at the CDP session.
A coach may complete part of the requirements online. CYO accepts the National Federation of High Schools core courses; “Fundamentals of Coaching” and “First Aid, Health & Safety for Coaches” in lieu of the Sports Medicine and/or Pedagogy sessions of the CDP. You must have both courses. If a CYO coach presents proof of completion (Course Certificates) of these two NFHS core courses when they register or arrive at a CDP location, they can reduce the time required to be in attendance at the CDP. Use this link to register for the NFHS core courses nfhslearn. To receive a lower registration fee, register “outside the US”. If you feel that you may coach High School or Middle School sports at an OHSAA school, please select “Ohio” (OHSAA requires the Ohio course and fee).
Before a coach receives their credentials, they must complete the CDP program, as well as complete the following Diocesan requirements. Click the Requirements to Coach in CYO button below to see a listing of all the items you need to complete.