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Welcome to the CYO Coaches' Workshops Page!

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Welcome to the CYO Coaches' Workshops Page!

"Sport is a human activity of great value, able to enrich people's lives. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the inclusive and unconditional love of God for all human beings."
– Pope Francis "Sport at the Service of Humanity," 2016

2019 - 2020 CYO Coaches' Certification


CYO is a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland with expectations of training and screening for all who lead and interact with our young people.  CYO Coaches Workshops each year allow ooaches to gather in prayer, to reflect on coaching chidlren with an emphasis on Gospel values, and to receive policies and information about coaching in CYO. Diocesan Training and Screening requriements help ensure that adults will safely interact with young peple.

All CYO Coaches must be certified to coach prior to each sports season. This page contains certification requirements, safe environment requirements and current information on CYO Coaches' Certification Workshops.

CYO Coaches' Certification Workshops

Workshops to certify coaches will be held prior to the beginning of each sport season. Coaches who attend a Coaches' Certification Workshop, and who meet program,  safe enviroment training and screening requirements, will be certified to coach in that sport for that school year.

Attendance at a Workshop during that school year and prior to that sport season is mandatory for all coaches and assistant coaches. Coaches must attend the entire workshop to be certified. (Without a certified coach, a team may not participate in CYO.)

Announcements of dates, times, and locations of workshops will be available to the athletic directors and posted on this web page prior to each sport season.

Workshops will include prayer, CYO philosophy, rules, and safety procedures..

Safe Environment Training and Screening - It is required that each coach complete diocesan safe environment training and cleared through Livescan fingerprint screening prior to workng with children and CYO certification. See the Diocesan Safe Environment Training section below for details.

Coaches must Print and bring a copy of their Virtus Training Report Page or the Summary Page (not the training certificate) to workshop registration OR be prepared to show the page on your smartphone.  The page is found on the Virtus Website under the Training Compliance Menu Bar.  To receive a certification card at the workshop, the Training Report Page must indicate a training date after July 1, 2017 AND your Live Scan Clearance date.  

Certification Cards - Certification cards are presented to coaches at the end of each workshop  who complete program requirements. All coaches should carry their certification cards with them to all the games and be prepared to present them when requested by game referees or gym monitors. Failure to provide proof of current certification within 48 hours will result in a forfeit of the team for that game. Any person on the team bench (excluding team members and scorekeepers) must have a valid certification card.

Additional Certification Requriements - CYO certified coaches of the team must be of high school age or older. Coaches must be selected and approved to coach by their parish or Catholic school, and then complete Safe Environment Training and the screening process and be selected and approved to coach by their parish or Catholic school  Coaches must agree to follow the "Diocesan Safe Environment "Code of Conduct Involving Interaction with Minors."

Coaches who are under 18 years of age - must attend a coaches workshop and review and complete the "Code of Conduct for Minors Volunteering or Working with Younger Children." They should not complete Virtus Safe Environment training nor are they required to be fingerprinted.


Diocesan Safe Environment Training
for All CYO Coaches

It is required that each coach complete diocesan safe environment training. (These trainings are NOT included in the coaches' workshops;) Coaches need to complete the training "on line" or attend a "live training" in the parish or Catholic School prior to attending a workshop. Details are included on each workshop flyer. Coaches will not be certified to coach until the safe environment requirement has been completed.

ALL COACHES, NEW AND RETURNING, are required to complete or to recomplete the VIRTUS Safe Environment Training (SET) Course, to be completed after July 1, 2017.

Oakland Diocese Safe Environment Training Information

Link to Virtus Online Safe Environment Training


Fingerprint Screening for CYO Volunteers

All CYO coaches, athletic directors, track/cross country coordinators and cheerleader moderators are required to be fingerprinted and cleared.  Volunteers must be Live Scanned for the Diocese of Oakand.

Coaches who have been successfully fingerprinted for the Diocese of Oakland (CYO or another diocesan agency) do not have to be re-fingerprinted.

CYO volunteers may be fingerprinted at CYO Opportunities, Diocesan Fingerprint Agencies and outside live scan providers.

Click Here  for  information on Fingerprint Details for CYO Volunteers

or contact your parish or Catholic school

If you need assistance, email Grace House at [email protected] or Diana Bitz at [email protected]

Other Training Opportunities

Note: Clinics Listed Here are NOT Certification Workshops but opportunities to sharpen your coaching skills

Frank Allocco and Excel Basketball
Coaching Clinics

Learn new coaching techniques or sharpen your coaching skills with these two coaching clinics offered by legendary coach Frank Allocco and Excel!  The Youth Basketball Coaches Academy will be on Monday and Wednesday nights, September 16 and 18.  The Ultimate Youth Basketball Coaches Clinic will be on Saturday, Ocotober 12.  Both are at St. Mary's Gym, Walnut Creek.  A great way to begin your coaching season!

Click Here for a Link for More Information

De La Salle Coaches Clincs

A one night coaching skills clinic is offreed by coach Justin Argenal and the De La Salle coaching staff on Wednesday, September 25. Sharpen yur coaching or learn new skills to prepare for the season!

Cick Here to Download Information Flyer


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

Skills Clinics and Additional Training Resources for Coaches

Want to sharpen your Coaching Xs and Os?

Many of our local Catholic high schools and other organizations offer skills clinics for coaches.  We post information on individual sports pages under "Opportunities" sections.  Check the webpage in this site on your sport for information on offerings!

Interested in On-Line Training?

The following are on-line courses from the American Sports Education Program (ASEP).


(Note: None of these courses listed are CYO Certification courses.)

Fingerprinting for CYO Volunteers

The Oakland Diocese requires that adults working directly with children are fingerprinted.  This includes CYO Coaches and CYO Athletic Directors.

Click Here for 2019 Fingerprint Opportunities

Click Here for General  Information on Fingerprinting


CYO Coaches' Certification Workshops



Click Here for Information on CYO Basketball Workshops


Click Here for Information on
CYO Girls' Volleyball Workshops

 Note: These workshops are only  for CYO Cross Country ooaches. If you are coaching another CYO sport, please wait for a workhosp in your sport.



Bring to registration:

  • Print a copy of your TRAINING REPORT PAGE OR THE SUMMARY PAGE (from your Virtus Website www.virtusonline.org > Toolbox Tab > Scroll down to "My Report" on left sidebar)  or be prepared to show the page from your smartphone. This will confirm your Virtus completion date (after July 1, 2017) and your live scan fingerprint clearance date.



 Click Here to Download Registration Form