Officiating for CYO Athletics is an important aspect of the program. Officials play a vital role in the quality of a player’s experience; they are an important contributor to the development of young men and women.
Because of this role, every official is expected to be a person of good character and integrity, free of any personal bias. CYO Officials are knowledgeable of all CYO and sport specific rules and must be able to enforce these rules fairly as well as encouraging good sportsmanship. Officials must represent the Mission, Values and Philosophy of CYO through their professional attire, presence, and interaction with coaches, staff and spectators. Officials are expected to conduct themselves according to the Code of Ethics guidelines.
All contest officials assigned to regular season, tournament competitions and sanctioned events must be certified by an organization approved by the CYO Athletic Administration. All officials assigned to CYO competitions must be registered with the CYO Athletic Office according to the administrative procedures determined by CYO.
Officials are registered by the CYO assignors into ArbiterSports.com. Once an assignor registers an official into ArbiterSports, the official will be sent a welcome letter and additional information and instruction. After an assigner has registered an official in ArbiterSports, each official must create an ArbiterPay account in order to receive payment for games worked. Use this link for more information and easy instructions to set up an ArbiterPay account.
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In 2001, CYO Athletics began the CYO Officials Academy in basketball to help introduce officiating to young people and any individual interested in enforcing the rules of the game. The role of officiating is indicative of enhancing the quality of each child’s sport’s experience.
Basic to the program is the belief that properly and adequately trained from the beginning, individuals with an interest in officiating can develop as capable officials. It is a goal of the program that officials will learn the professional way to perform the duties of an official.
CYO recruits by sport, veteran officials from the high school and college level to assist as mentors and trainers for each student member. They guide, educate, supervise, critique and assist the young official in order that the young official can develop and progress toward a meaningful avocation as an official.
Flag Football – Trainings are held August. Games are played on Saturday and some Sunday’s. The season begins the last week of August and lasts through mid-October.
Soccer – Trainings are held in August. The season begins last week in August. Boy’s games are played on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. Girl’s games are played during the week and weekends. Locations are throughout Summit County and the east side of Cleveland and in the Parma area.
Volleyball – Trainings are held in August. Games begin the last week of August. The season will be completed by mid-October. Games are played on weekends.
Basketball – Trainings are held on Sunday evenings. There are six mandatory training sessions in order to complete the training. They will begin the third week of October and last through the third week of November. Games are played on Saturday’s & Sunday’s. Locations vary throughout East side, west side of Cleveland and in Summit County.
Lacrosse – Training are held in March. The season begins in the last week of March and ends in the middle of May. Locations are throughout Summit County and the east side and west side of Cleveland and in Summit County.
After trainings are completed, CYO assigns officials based on the game and the individual’s schedule. The official is paid a fee by game by sport. Officials will be evaluated at the end of their sport’s season. After an official gains experience, they are elevated to the next level of officiating.
Follow the link below to register for the Fall Official’s Academy Trainings.
Download the Official’s Academy Planner below to view training dates.
Download the Official’s Academy FAQ below to get answers to frequently asked questions.
For more information or to register for the Academy, contact Vic Rosato, 330.379.3636 ext. 16.