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Catholic Charities Corporation Administrative Offices:

7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900

Become an Official

Find information on what CYO looks for in officials, as well as required training.

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What We Look For

Officials play a vital role in CYO by contributing in a positive way to the development of young people. CYO Officials must have current sport credentials while demonstrating good character, integrity and a lack of personal bias. CYO officials are expected to be knowledgeable of CYO and sport rules and they are to apply these rules in ways that uphold the development of the child and the fairness of the contest as primary values.

Officials represent the Mission, Values and Philosophy of CYO through their professional attire, presence, and interaction with coaches, staff and spectators. Officials must conduct themselves according to the state guidelines for the safety of children and the Official’s Code of Ethics.

Officials Academy

CYO is proud to operate the CYO Official's Academy that trains high school youth to officiate basketball, volleyball, flag football, and soccer games for children in the lower grades. Each sport pays a fee per game and each assignment can be 3-4 four games. 

High School Students selected to enter the CYO Officials Academy of the Diocese of Cleveland are receiving outstanding on the court knowledge and skills training from a team of top officials led by Nick Crème, who designed the Academy and has trained hundreds of officials in CYO and for OHSAA. Nick was invited to present the CYO Officials Academy at the University of Notre Dame Play Like A Champion Today National Leadership Conference to help other youth sports programs duplicate his efforts.

High school students who have completed the Academy training are eligible to take the on-line OHSAA Officials training to gain OHSAA certification. High school students who have completed the Academy training will be paid to officiate CYO games.   

Download the planner to view Winter 2022 Season Training Dates. 

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Referee shirts and whistles provided.

High school students interested in becoming CYO Academy officials, please register for the Officials Academy here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2T97MNY

CYO Officials Academy of the Diocese of Cleveland Requirements:

  • Interested high school students must complete the CYO Academy application online at the above link no later than October 10, 2021.
  • Applicants will be informed of their status for acceptance by October 15, 2021.
  • Persons chosen to participate in the CYO Officials Academy must attend and fully participate in all Academy training sessions.
  • Persons chosen to participate in the CYO Officials Academy must bring proof of having received a  Covid vaccine to the first training at Walsh HS on October 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CYO Academy Officials will work with young children who are ineligible to receive a vaccine. The safety of our children and of our Academy Officials is paramount.
  • Upon completion of the CYO Academy training candidates must receive approval to our Academy trainers to be assigned and scheduled to officiate at CYO games.

For more information, please contact Vic Rosato, vrosato@ccdocle.org


Officiating Requirements

All contest officials assigned to regular season, tournament competitions and sanctioned events must meet the following requirements:

  • Be certified by an organization approved by the CYO Athletic Administration
  • Register with the Diocese of Cleveland CYO Athletic Office according to the administrative procedures determined by CYO
  • Complete Concussion in Sports, an online course required to maintain compliance with the Ohio Return-to-Play law. Click the button below to learn more about the course.

Concussion Awareness Course


Payment for Officiating

The Diocese of Cleveland CYO uses ArbiterSports to pay CYO officials.

All CYO officials are registered in ArbiterSports by CYO assignors. Once registration is complete, officials will receive a welcome letter and additional information and instructions.

CYO officials are responsible for creating their own ArbiterPay account in order to receive payment for games worked.

Click the button below for more information and instruction on how to set up your ArbiterPay account.

ArbiterPay Instructions

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