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Welcome to the CYO Athletic Directors Page!

This page has information and resources for parish and school CYO Athletic Directors.



Information for CYO Athletic Directors


Downloadable CYO Forms Page

2014 – 2015 CYO Sports Calendar

Certificate of Insurance Request Form

CYO Form Order Request


2015 CYO Athletic Directors Seminar

CYO Athletic Directors from around the diocese gathered recently at the Center for the Deaf, Hayward for the annual Seminar.
The day began with a Mass for ADs, gathering around the Lord's table in thanksgiving for the gift of ministry to young people and to pray for all in CYO.  The Celebrant was Father Paul Vassar, former pastor of St. Leander parish and for Vicar General for the Diocese of Oakland. Father Vassar thanked the ADs for their service and challenged them to make Jesus the nter of their ministry.
Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Frank Allocco, legendary basketball coach and nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker. Frank relayed the message that since CYO is a Church-centered sports program, it offers a unique ministry and opportunity fo young people.
The Seminar is sponsored annually each September by the CYO Office.

Above, Father Paul Vsssar addresses the athletic directors.  Below, Frank Allocco (right) shares with athletic directors following his keynote.



Information on 2015 CYO Basketball

Click Here to download 2015-2016 CYO Basketball Preseason Information for Athletic Directors

 Click Here for 2015 CYO Basketball Workshops Instructions to Athletic Directors

Click Here tor 2015 CYO Basketball Coaches Workshops Information

Click Here for CYO Basketball Workshops Coaches Registration Form


Information on 2015 Girls' Volleyball
(Western Part of Diocese)

Click Here to download Girls' CYO Sports Preseason Information for Athletic Directors

Click Here for Girls' CYO Volleyball Preseason Information for Athletic Directors


 Click Here for 2015 CYO Girls' Volleyball Workshops Information

Marty Mart Scholarship Information

Link to the Marty Mart Scholarship Page


Information on Concussion Policy

In accordance with state law, all parents/guardians and players must complete and return to the athletic director a Concussion Awareness Sheet. The sheet gives the parent and athlete information on concussions and also has the concussion policy regarding return of the player to participation.

Click here for Concussion Information Sheet (in English)

Click here for Concussion Information Sheet (en español)


Safe Environment Information

Code of Conduct Involving interactions with Minors in the Diocese of Oakland

Oakland Diocese Safe Environment Training Information

"Shield the Vulnerable" On-Line Training

Sports Injury Prevention Resources

An excellent resource for coaches, athletes and parents for Sports Injury Prevention is the website STOP Sports Injuries, a campaign of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Check out the website for a wealth of downloadable information to keep our athletes healthy and playing!

STOP Sports Injuries Website

Stop Sports Injuries Banner

National Federation Coaches
Membership / Insurance Information

NF Group Coaches Enrollment Form




Catholic Youth Organization
Diocese of Oakland

2121 Harrison Street , Oakland CA 94612
510-893-5154 • Fax 510-834-5498

Bill Ford, CYO Director
Grace House, Administrative Assistant

CYO Email

CYO Athletic Director Job Description

CYO Athletic Director

The parish athletic director is responsible for the overall conduct of the parish CYO athletic program. She/he is responsible to the pastor and/or the Catholic school principal. All parishes/schools participating in the CYO program must have an athletic director who has been appointed by the pastor and/or principal.

Athletic directors will receive information from the Diocesan CYO Office and their leagues. They are responsible for disseminating this information to their parish programs.

Responsibilities of the athletic director include:

  1. Recruiting and training qualified coaches for all teams. Providing coaches with Coaches Certification Workshop information and ensuring that the coaches are certified for that sport season.
  2. Conducting an information meeting for all coaches prior to each season to discuss rules and rule changes, league information, CYO and coaching philosophy, and other necessary information for the coming year. Being certain that there are a minimum of two adults present at all activities.
  3. Providing information for coaches to host parent information meetings for parents of participants. Coordinating parent programs and attend parent meetings as necessary. Checking to be certain that all teams have hosted parent meetings.
  4. Representing the parish in league meetings (or send a representative) and contribute to league activities.
  5. Being knowledgeable of the CYO Bylaws and the league constitution and rules. Ensuring that the philosophy of the CYO program is followed. Being certain that all players are eligible to participate.
  6. Organizing the parish/school athletic program and support functions including:
    • Arranging for registration of team players. Distributing registration materials; setting time and location for registration.
    • Acquiring and maintaining equipment, first aid supplies, uniforms.
    • Scheduling practice facilities.
    • Distributing league schedules to all coaches. Any change in the schedule or request for a change must be made through the athletic director.
    • Arranging funding and fund raising for support of the program.
  7. Checking with the parish and school calendars to avoid schedule conflicts. Meeting, at least annually, with the pastor, Catholic School principal, and DRE to discuss the CYO program. Working with parish leaders to avoid conflict with other parish programs and to promote the CYO program in the parish.
  8. In conjunction with parents and parish leaders, arranging to evaluate teams and coaches after each season.
  9. Conducting at least one annual Eucharistic celebration planned by players for the players; a Mass of Thanksgiving for the talents given by God.
  10. Selecting and training an assistant athletic director. Organizing a parish/school CYO board to support the athletic program.