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Mandatory Coaches Certification


For All Coaches

2016 – 2017 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 (coaches card) 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 2015-2016 CYO SPORTS SEASONS do not need to recomplete Safe Environment Training.  Coaches should bring their 2015-2016 CHO Certfication Card or the Safe Envirnment Training Cerficate to their certfication workshop to prove completion.

The diocese has a new provider for Safe Environment Training this year: 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.

Information regarding fingerprint opportunities will be posted on this webpage, or contact your parish or Catholic school