Coaches

A CYO Coach is primarily a youth leader with a gift of reaching out through athletics.  Coaches are essentially youth ministers on the court or on the field.  They serve to empower youth to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and to invite and encourage them to be responsible participants in the life, mission and work of the church.

CYO Coaches Clinics

All CYO coaches are required to take a coaches clinic within 1 year of starting to coach for a CYO program in the Diocese of Allentown.  These clinics provide an overview of insurance requirements, sports medicine, coaching the child with special needs, and the integration of our Catholic faith and CYO.  

Clinics are held four times per academic year throughout the Diocese.  Each clinic is held from 9 am to 12 pm, with check-in beginning at 8:45 am.  The registration cost is $25.00 per participant.  To register, please click on the clinic dates below:  

We are using an online Registration system. To register for this clinic, please click on the date below. 

Saturday, August 26Berks Catholic, Reading (District 3)

Registration Deadline: Aug 22

Saturday, October 14Sacred Heart, Bath (District 1)

Registration Deadline: Oct 10

Saturday, November 11St. Peter & Paul, Lehighton (District 5)

Registration Deadline:  Nov 8

Saturday, March 17St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield (District 2)

Registration Deadline: March 14

If you have any difficulties with registration, or unable to register online, please contact Nancy Kantz, Administrative Assistant, at nkantz@allentowndiocese.org or 610-289-8900, ext. 2028.

CYO Coaches Requirements

All CYO Coaches in the Diocese of Allentown are required to fulfill certain requirements prior to coaching.  All CYO Coaches are to be in full compliance with current Diocese of Allentown Safe Environment Policy requirements (click here for this list), as well as the requirements below.

Concussions & Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Each academic year, all CYO Coaches (head and assistants) are required to complete the free, online Heads-Up Concussions in Youth Sports training course before coaching any CYO sport.  In addition, all CYO coaches (head coach and assistants) are required to read and sign the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education and Information Form before coaching any CYO Sport.

Coaches must and provide a printed copy of the concussion certificate as well as the signed and dated SCA form to OYYAM with the team rosters for the first sport that they coach in an academic year.  For each subsequent sport coached, the date of the training is to be indicated on the roster.

CYO Coaches Requirements Concussion CA

Cardiac Arrest Coaches Training


For information regarding the Coaches Clinic, click here

For information regarding Protecting God’s Children requirements for coaches & volunteers, click here


CYO Athlete Medical Release & Liability Form

All CYO student athletes must have a medical release & liability form completed and on file with the CYO program.  Coaches should keep a copy of this form with them at all times.

CYO Medical Release and Liability Form

Roster Requirements

Details concerning how to complete the CYO Roster are provided in the document below and a copy of the 2017-2018 Official CYO Roster is provided.

Allentown Diocese CYO Roster Requirements

Roster Form 2017-2018 - Updated May 2017

Codes of Conduct

A copy of the codes of conduct for coaches, parents, spectators, and participants is provided below.

Diocese of Allentown CYO Codes of Conduct