Coaching Requirements

All coaches are required to attend Virtus training and CYO sanctioned sports requires all coaches to attend a Coaches Development Program class.   More details are listed below.  A comprehensive list of CYO Coaching requirements can be found here.

Virtus Training

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "right doing" 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. When registering, select "Cleveland, OH (Diocese) in the drop-down menu.

Please click on this link to schedule Virtus training

Coaches Development Program

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 $35.00.

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.