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Welcome to the CYO Home Page!

“To belong to a sports team means to reject all forms of selfishness and isolation--it is an opportunity to meet and be with others, to help each other, to compete in mutual esteem and grow in brotherhood.”
– Pope Francis to young people,
Italian Sports Center Event, 2014



WELCOME TO THE 2015 – 2016



CYO Teams Exhibit Positive Values and Sportsmanhip

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 Points of Emphasis:

  • Spirituality and Prayer
  • Service to Each Other and to the Community
  • Sportsmanship







 50 + Years of CYO in the Oakland Diocese

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

Marty Mart Scholarship

Applications are being Accepted for the Marty Mart CYO Girls' Volleyball Scholarship for 2015-2016

Each year, the Oakland Diocese CYO awards a scholarship, the Marty Mart Scholarship, to an outstanding 8th grade Girls' CYO Volleyball player.  The award is named in honor of Marty Mart, longtime CYO associate director.  The scholarship is funded entirely by private donations and is open to any 8th grade player who is participating in Girls' CYO Volleyball this current season for the Oakland Diocese CYO.  (Another scholarship will be announced this spring for CYO players in other sports.)

See the Scholarship Application for complete requirements, application process and deadlines.

 Click Here to Visit the Marty Mart Scholarship Page to Download an Application and for more Information.

What's New!

Girls' CYO Volleyball  Season
Begins in Pink – Emphasis on Fun and Service!

The Girls' CYO Volleyball season began with preseason tournaments that featured excithing volleyball play, but also service to the community! 


Over 2000 Coaches Attend CYO Basketball and Volleyball Coaches Workshops!

In preparation for the coming basketball and volleyball seasons, over 2000 CYO coaches were certified to coach at one of eleven Certification Workshops held around the diocese during October.  The two hour workshops included an emphasis on coaching youth with Christian values, first aid, diocesan policies and rules. Coaches also were required to complete online Safe Environment training and be screened through fingerprinting.
For more information on CYO Caoches Certification, Click Here to visit the CYO Workshops Page.



Exciting Diocesan Meet Concludes CYO Cross Country Season

The CYO Cross Country Season finished on Friday, October 16 with the Diocesan Meet at Joaquin MIller Park, Oakland. Over 900 runners concluded their season with the challenging mile course. Click Here to go to the CYO Cross Country page.



St. Leander 8th Grade CYO Team in Service to the Community

St. Leander CYO 8th Grade National Basketball Team recently collected bags of food around San Leandro neighborhoods to donate to St. Vincent DePaul. Over 400 bags of groceries were collected.  For more information, visit the CYO Basketball page