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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



(Photo courtesy of John Von Seeburg)

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)


Holy Spirit Girls' CYO Models Christian Service by Giving!

CYO teams are challenged each year to give back with Christian Service projects. Service is one of the "Points of Emphasis" for CYO teams. The Holy Spirit, Fremont, Girls' CYO program has lived that call to service with projects by their teams.  Pictured above is the Holy Spirit Softball team, raising school supplies to donate to a local school. Pictured below are the volleyball teams and families serving food to the needy. Thanks for the inspiration!





The Oakland Diocese was founded in 1962 and celebrates its 50th anniverary with the theme "Gather Good Together in Christ." The Oakland Diocese CYO was founded with the diocese and we celebrate our 50th season!
Click Here for an article in the Catholic Voice on 50 Years of CYO

Below is photo from the Catholic Voice of the 1995 Girls' Basketball and Volleyball teams from St. Anthony School, Oakland, with Bishop Emeritus John Cummins. Also, below is a photo of the St. Anthony, Oakland basketball team from 1912!


"...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!

Boys' CYO Basketball Playoffs Conclude 2015 Season!

Sixty CYO Boys' Baskerball teams from around the diocese participated in two weekends of skilled play and close games!
For more information, Click Here to viisit the CYO basketball page.


Girls' CYO Volleyball Concludes with Exciting Playoffs!

Twenty-four 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams met for the annual Girls' CYO Volleyball Playoffs ... featuring exciting matches and great play!  Click here to visit the CYO Girls' Volleyball page for results  and photos!



CYO Track and Field Ready to Run!

The Oakland Diocese CYO Track and Field Program is organizing in the parishes and Catholic schools with practices beginning in February and meets beginning in March. Over 2500 runners in grades through 8th grade participated last season! For more information, viist the CYO Track and Field page.


Marty Mart Scholarship

St. John the Baptist CYO Volleyball Player Awarded Marty Mart Volleyball Scholarship!

Hailey Casarotti, 8th grade volleyball player from St. John's, San Lorenzo, has been awarded the 2015 Marty Mart Volleyball Scholarship Award. For more detals, Click Here to Visit the Scholarship Page

Read the Article in the Catholic Voice

(Hailey is pictured above with her coach, Robert Arriola)