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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

CYO Coaches' Certification Program

As a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, CYO has training and screening expectations of all who work with our young people.  CYO Coaches Workshops allow the ooaches each year 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.

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.

2017 – 2018 CYO Coaches' Certification

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 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 CYO philosophy, rules, and safety procedures..

Safe Environment Training - It is required that each coach complete diocesan safe environment training prior to certifiction. See the Diocesan Safe Environment Training section below for details.

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

Additional Certification Requriements - The certified coaches of the team must be high school age or older. To be selected, coaches must complete the screening process and be selected and approved to coach by their parish or Catholic school prior to certification. Coaches are screened following Coaches Workshops under the provisions of "Megan's Law" and will be fingerprinted. (See fingerprint section, below.) Coaches must agree to follow the "Diocesan Safe Environment "Code of Conduct Involving Interaction with Minors."


Diocesan Safe Environment Training Required for All CYO Coaches

It is required that each coach complete diocesan safe environment training. These trainings are NOT included in the coaches' workshops; instead, coaches need to complete the traning "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 posted here. Coaches will not be certified to coach until the safe environment requirement has been completed.

NEW COACHES are required this season to complete or to recomplete the Safe Environment Training (SET) Course, to be completed after July 1, 2015.  All coaches should bring their SET completion certificate to the workshop.

COACHES WHO WERE CERTIFED TO COACH IN CYO FOR THE 2016-2017 CYO SPORTS SEASONS do not need to recomplete Safe Environment Training.  Coaches should bring their 2016-2017 CHO Certfication Card or the Safe Envirnment Training Cerficate to their certfication workshop to prove completion.

The provider for Safe Environment Training in the Diocese of Oakland is  Virtus Online Safe Environment Training.  For more informaiotn, please see the links, below:

Oakland Diocese Safe Environment Training Information

Virtus Online Safe Environment Training


Fingerprinting Required for All CYO Coaches

The following CYO volunteers are required to be fingerprinted:

  • All New CYO Athletic Directors (or those not previously fingerprinted)
  • All Returning CYO Coaches who are coaching CYO Basketball and/or Volleyball Teams who have not been previously fingerprinted for the Diocese or Oakland.
  • All New Coaches who are Coaching CYO Basketball and/or Volleyball Teams and who have not been previously fingerprinted for the Diocese of Oakland.
  • All Cheerleader Moderators.
  • All CYO Track and Cross Country Coaches and Coordinators.

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

Click Here for a flyer listing fingerprint opportunities for CYO Coaches
or contact your parish or Catholic school

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 Opportunities for Fingerprinting (Spring 2018)

For more detailed fingerprinting requirements see the middle of this page.

CYO Coaches' Certification Workshops



Click Here for Information on CYO Track Coaches Workshops


Click Here for Information on CYO Girls' Basketball Workshops (Spring 2018)

Details on Coaches Certification Workshops will be listed here when available.

Workshop Registration Form

Going to a coaches workshop?  Click here to download a fillable form for registration