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 CYO Athletics

The CYO Athletics program of the Diocese of Greensburg is open to parishioners of the diocese and students currently enrolled in its Catholic schools.  The goal of the CYO program is to teach youth about sports, competition and good sportsmanship consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church while promoting an inclusive, developmentally-oriented youth sports culture. 

The CYO Athletics program currently offers the following athletic opportunities:

  • Co-Ed Cross Country (Fall)
  • Girls Basketball (Fall)
  • Boys Basketball (Winter)
  • Girls Cheerleading
  • Co-Ed Soccer (Spring)
  • Girls Volleyball (Spring)

Please contact your local Catholic school principal or your parish pastor for more information.

 Participation

All participants in the CYO program must be registered and active members of a Catholic parish or Catholic school in the Diocese of Greensburg. All parishioner participants must be enrolled in, and regularly attending, the parish religious education program for the entire school year.

 

The parish pastor must verify this enrollment and activity status with a signature on the Participant's Consent Form. All athletes must meet the age, grade and other requirements of the particular CYO athletic program in which they play. Additional participant information can be found in the CYO Handbook of Policies.

All participants/parents/guardians must complete and submit the documents in the list of Participating Forms to the parish/school before being permitted to participate in CYO Athletics. Forms must be retained at both the parish/school locations.​

 Participants Forms

​Consent Form
By signing this form, you agree to abide by the Handbook of Policies, rules and regulations of the Diocese of Greensburg, which has been distributed to each program.
​Understanding of Risk of Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Form
Be familiar with the nature and risk of concussion and traumatic brain injury while participating in interscholastic athletics.
​Warning Signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information Acknowledgement Form
For Athlete/Parent/Guardian - Read to review and understand the symptoms and warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
​Player Code of Conduct

 Coaching

The athletic program is an integral part of the educational process. Coaches play an important part in the development of not only student athletes, but also their growth as young women and men. Leading by example, and following the Coaches Code of Ethics, assures that student athletes are receiving the best guidance possible both on and off the court.

The job of a coach does not end when a student athlete steps off the field or court. The relationship between coach and student athlete can make a strong impact on young women and men, either positive or negative. The responsibility of the schools, parishes and diocesan administration is to ensure that our student athletes receive the highest quality coaching available, and that the coach demonstrates a positive influence to all student athletes on the team.​

All CYO teams must have a diocesan approved, volunteer coach that is at least 21 years of age. A coach must be present with the team at all games and practices, and is responsible for the team's conduct.

Prior to discharging any duties, a coach is required to submit a series of background clearances from the state and federal government, the diocese and the PIAA.

 Coaching Requirements

Diocesan Requirements

VIRTUS Training
Register for a local VIRTUS training or take the online course.
Act 24 Form
Submit an Arrest/Conviction Report Form.
Code of Pastoral Conduct
Read and submit a signed Acknowledgement Form.
Code of Conduct for Coaches
Read and sign.
Play Like a Champion Today Coaches Clinic
Register for an upcoming Play Like a Champion Today Clinic.

 

Diocesan and PIAA Requirements

​Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information Acknowledgement Form
Download, sign, and review the symptoms and warning signs of SCA.
​Concussion Training
Complete the online Concussion Training.
​PA Mandated Reporter Training
Complete the online Mandated Reporter Training.

 

State and Federal Clearances

​PA Criminal History Record Check
Submit a PA criminal history record check.
​Child Abuse History
Complete the PA and federal child abuse history check.
​FBI Fingerprints
Visit the instructions for FBI Fingerprinting. All applicants must register prior to going to the fingerprint site.

 

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