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Welcome to the CYO Home Page!

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Welcome to the CYO Home Page!

"Dear friends, never forget that you are on the field of faith! You are Christ’s athletes! You are called to build a more beautiful Church and a better world."
– Pope Francis to young people, World Youth Day 2013




CYO teams will begin forming soon in Cross Country, Girls' Softball, Basketball and Girls' Volleyball.  The individual sports pages, listed to the left, will give you more information on the various sports activities in CYO.

Our Points of Emphasis in CYO:

Spirituality and Prayer
Service to Each Other and to the Community


Enjoy the Coming Seasons!



CYO Teams Exhibit Sportsmanhip Values


The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), through the vehicle of sports, provides youth with an opportunity to practice Christian attitudes and responsibilities and to become friends with other children throughout the diocese. CYO activities should be examples of the meaning of Christian sportsmanship."  (CYO Code of Conduct)

The Oakland Diocese Catholic Youth Organization is a church-sponsored athletic program for elementary and junior high age youth from the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. CYO Sports are offered by the Church as a ministry to young people.

CYO sponsors a variety of sports: girls' and boys' basketball, girls' volleyball, girls' and boys' track & field, girls' and boys' cross country, girls' softball, boys' sand volleyball and cheerleading. Teams are offered for children in third through eighth grades.

CYO offers parish-centered or Catholic school-centered teams. CYO teams are not "club" or city teams. For enrollment or eligibility requirements, please contact your local Catholic parish athletic director.

Check out the information about individual CYO sports, tournaments, CYO philosophy and coaches certification programs. Links to individual CYO leagues with web pages are found on their respective sports pages.

Every athletic competitor exercises every kind of self-discipline --- they to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (I Corinthians 9:15)

 CYO Teams in Prayer


 CYO Teams in Service to Others




St. Anthony, Oakland, Girls' Volleyball and Basketball Teams, 1995

St. Anthony, Oakland, Boys' Basketball team, 1912

Click Here for an article in the Catholic Voice on 50 Years of CYO

"...sport, practiced with passion and ethical sense, in addition to exercising a healthy competitive spirit, becomes a school to learn and deepen human and Christian values."

– Pope Benedict XVI

What's New!

Relays Highlight Week #3 of CYO Cross Country

Week #3 of CYO Cross Country featured the annual Relay Meets at Garin Park, Hayward and at Oak Hill Park, Danville on Friday, October 2. Teams of five competed with runners traveling half-mile loops. Pictured above is a young runner exchange at Oak Hill Park.  Pictured below are girls finishing at Garin Park. For more information, Click Here to go to the CYO Cross Country page.




CYO Athletic Directors Meet in Annual Seminar

CYO Athletic Directors from around the diocese recently gathered for a morning of prayer and enrichment, at the Center for the Deaf, Hayward.  The day began with Mass, celebrated by Father Paul Vassar. (Photo above)  Keynote was presented by Mr. Frank Allocco, legendary basketball coach, now coaching at USF (Right, Photo below). Over 70 CYO atheltic directors attended.


Marty Mart Scholarship

Assumption CYO Runner Awarded 2015 Spring Marty Mart Scholarship

The Marty Mart CYO Scholarship Committee has announced that Jasmine Powell from Assumption parish, San Leandro, is the recipient of the 2015 spring scholarship.  For more details about this outstanding young person, and about the scholarship, Click Here to Visit the Marty Mart Scholarship Page.

Click Here to read the article in the Catholic Voice