Coaching Requirements

All coaches for St. Bernadette Athletics are expected and required to abide by the Charter and Bylaws of the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).  Please ensure you familiarize yourself with the rules and expectations of CYO Athletics.  If you have any questions, please contact our Athletic Director, Trina Poremsky.  CYO CHARTER and BYLAWS


All coaches are required to turn in an application to be considered to be a head or assistant coach.  All coaches are required to submit an application for each season and for each sport.  Neglecting to do so will remove you from consideration for coaching duties.  Turning in an application does not ensure you will be selected.  All coaches are required to complete the CYO requirements prior to submitting your application for consideration.  Please turn your completed application to our Athletic Director - Trina Poremsky.



All coaches are required to read and abide by the coaches code of conduct.  This is to remind us that the main objective of CYO athletics is to minister youths in the ways of Christ.  This form should be signed and turned in to your sports coordinator.


          Coaches Code of Conduct



All coaches are required to complete concussion training to adhere to Ohio's Return to Play Law, attend Virtus training and attend the CYO Coaches Development Program class for certification.   Each of these is MANDATORY.  More details are listed below.

Ohio's return to play law went into effect on April 26th, 2013.  All coaches in the state of Ohio are required to complete this training.  Failure to do so will result in your removal from consideration to coach any athletic activity at St. Bernadette.  Click on this link for NFHS Concussion training. This course is free of charge.

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.  Charges may vary depending on the location where the training is being offered./h3>

Please click on this link to schedule Virtus training

Once a coach accepts the responsibility to coach in CYO Athletics, they accept the responsibility to maintain a standard for excellence. Every coach, head and assistant, must attend the Coaches Development Program (CDP) before they begin coaching.

Rooted in our mission and values, it is our intention to offer an informational and educational leadership-training program for youth coaches. The program outline session includes Youth Ministry Through Athletics, CYO Governance, Risk Management, Helping Young Athletes Safely Excel in Sports and Coaching Pedagogy.

The program is offered throughout the year in both the Cleveland and Akron areas. You can download a list of program sessions on the right. Coaches can either use the online registration link to the right where you can pay with a Visa or Master Card or complete a paper form. Cost is $30.00.

Once a coach completes the program, they will be issued a coaching card and lanyard. Every coach on the coaching staff must wear their credentials to every contest.

Click on this link to register for the CYO CDP training.


Please contact Trina Poremsky with any questions and provide copies of attendance upon completion.