We offer general tips, access to resources, and documents for download for CYO parents and families.
If an incident occurs at a practice or a game, please complete our online form.
Incidents can range from player injury to adult conduct. Let us know what happened so we can let the leaders of those involved know as well.
|Updated COVID-19 Pre-Participation Form|
The pre-participation form is to be completed and submitted to the athletic director before the athlete is eligible to participate in a practice or game.
The form contains the physical, release form and emergency medical authorization information.
The complete pre-participation form is valid for thirteen months from the date of the physician’s signature.
|Grade School Section Assignments|
Looking for what section and zone your parish or school is in? Please note athletes can only participate in their Section and Zone. You must contact the athletic director of the parish or school to see if you are eligible.
Section: Large group of programs that can work together to form teams if no teams can be formed in their zone.
Zone: Small group of programs that can work together to form teams.
Download the Grade School Section Assignments below.
High School Section Assignments
|Looking for what section and zone your parish or school is in? Please note athletes can only participate in their Section and Zone. You must contact the athletic director of the parish or school to see if you are eligible.|
Eligibility for High School Athletes and Teams
If the high school athlete is registered at a CYO member parish:
If the high school athlete is enrolled at a parochial high school who is a CYO member with a team and the parish they are registered at has a team:
If an athlete is enrolled at a parochial high school but is not registered at a parish, the athlete:
If the athlete is a parishioner of a no zone parish and that parish does not have a team:
Download the High School Section Assignments below.
Knowing when the season begins can help you manage the tasks that need to be completed before the start of the season. Knowing when practice begins, games begin, rosters are locked and tournaments are held can give you a road map to a successful season. Visit sport pages to download individual season planners.
The coaches of your team are selected and approved by your athletic director and member administrator. These are the leaders of the athletic program at your parish/school. All coaches have to meet age requirements, attend our Coaches Development Program, and complete VIRTUS training classes as well as an online concussion awareness program. Coaches must also submit an application and background check to the parish/school prior to starting to coach.
If you have a question or problem with your team’s coach, talk to him/her first. Your next conversation should be with your athletic director and finally your member administrator. The Diocese of Cleveland CYO is always available to help you through this process.
It is recommended that each parish/school have member-wide coach and parent meetings before each season. This is a great way to get a consistent message to all participating families and coaches.
As a parent, you can listen to the program expectations from an athletic director, as well as get to know the mission of CYO, practice and season dates, and training and fundraising information.
Coach meetings should be held three weeks prior to the start of practice and parent meetings one week before the start of practice.
Deadlines are important for a program with more than 22,000 participants. As a parent, you will be made aware of registration and roster deadlines by your athletic director. Please respect those deadlines. If you miss a deadline, it could impact the ability for a team to be sponsored or for your child to be added to a team roster.
If you see information online regarding athlete registration, or if your child brings home paperwork, please complete it as soon as possible to guarantee your child a spot on the team.
Ohio law requires all teachers and coaches to undergo annual training to recognize the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. The Ohio High School Athletic Association, along with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education, have developed the training material, which is available here. Please note, there is a separate parent component that most be completed by all CYO parents with athletes in grades 7 to 12. Please review the materials before your upcoming parish/school parent meeting.
CYO Athletics is proud of the coaches and parents who support our teams and improve every child’s experience. As parents, you are the primary teacher of your child. Your positive example and actions at the game are an integral part of your role as sports parent. Parents are expected to respect the dignity of every athlete and use a positive approach that involves praise and encouragement for the effort displayed instead of the final outcome.
We kindly ask parents to read the article below:
CYO Athletics has partnered with University Hospitals to provide you with a resource that can help you prepare for your child’s participation in youth sports. Please read the UH Sports Medicine Playbook below or visit University Hospitals website for additional information.
Through CYO’s partnership with University Hospitals and Akron Children’s Hospital, parents may take their athletes to receive free concussion baseline testing. This is valuable if a child experiences a head injury. The child can be tested after the injury to assist with the assessment of the effects of the head injury in light of the baseline information. Our partners offer this service at no cost to CYO athletes. Visit our Concussion Awareness page for more information.
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