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Welcome to the CYO Home Page!

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Welcome to the CYO Home Page!



"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 Track and Field Meets have begun thoughout the Oakland Diocese. This season, over 2500 athletes will run, jump and throw during a season that will culminate with the Diocesan Track and Field Championship Meet in May.  For more information, Click Here to visit the CYO Track Page.



In February and early March, teams from around the Oakland Diocese will compete in league playoffs, followed by Diocesan Playoffs in CYO Girls' Volleyball, Boys' Basketball, and Girls' Basketball in the eastern part of the Diocese. For information on Diocesan Playoffs or league playoffs, see the links on the individual sports pages.

Playoff t-shirts are a tradition in CYO Playoffs! Pictured above is the 8th grade CYO Volleyball team from St. Philip Neri School, Alameda, modeling t-shirts from their trips to Diocesan Volleyball Playoffs the past three years.

For more information and for results for volleyball playoffs, click here to visit the CYO Volleyball page.
For more information and for results for basketball playoffs, click here to visit the CYO Basketball page.



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!

Close Games and Great Play HIghlight 2014 CYO Playoffs

February and March featured diocese-wide playoffs for Girls' CYO Volleyball, Boys' CYO Basketball and, for the eastern part of the diocese, Girls' CYO Basketball Playoffs. Games were played with great skill and before excited families!
For more information and for results for volleyball playoffs, click here to visit the CYO Volleyball page.
For more information and for results for basketball playoffs, click here to visit the CYO Basketball page.


CYO Spring Sports Begin!

CYO Spring sports are beginning with CYO track and field for boys and girls, basketball for girls (in the Western part of the diocese) and boys' sand volleyball. 
Meets and games will be held around the diocese.  For more information, visit the individual sports pages on this website.


Marty Mart Scholarship

Applications Being Accepted for the 2014 Marty Mart CYO Volleyball Scholarship!

The 2014 Marty Mart Volleyball Scholarship Committee is inviting applications for the 2014 Marty Mart Scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded to an 8th grade CYO athlete who competed this school year.
Cick Here to Visit the Scholarship Page for More Information, Requirements and to Download a Scholarship Application.