CYO Coaches Information

CYO Coaches
are faithful men and women with a heart for youth
central to building a healthy sports ministry
in the spirit of Blessed Pier Giorgio and Blessed Chiara Badana

The Diocesan Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO) provides sports leagues which are an important component of comprehensive youth ministry in our parishes.

If you are a parent, young adult, college age and a high school player
we would like to talk with you about how you can coach with Nativity Stars.

CONTACT:  Nativity CYO Rep Mark Guthrie at  

Responsibilities of a CYO Coach

  • Coaches are responsible to know and be an example of the CYO Mission and Philosophy as they represent the Diocese of Arlington.
  • Coaches are required to attend annual pre-season coaches meetings and identified training sessions.
  • Coaches are responsible to teach the rules of the sport and the proper skills, techniques, strategies, and tactics for their sport in an age appropriate manner.
  • Coaches are responsible to conduct themselves in an appropriate fashion at practice and competitions, to wear required credentials and to be in accordance with Bylaw 8.
  • Coaches are responsible for supervision of their team at practice and competitions. Coaches are also responsible for the conduct of their spectators at competitions.
  • Coaches must be represented at all scheduled practices, games and other events.
  • Coaches may not hold “closed practices”.  Parents, CYO leaders, and Parish leadership may attend practices and contests and are expected to demonstrate behaviors that uphold the mission, values, and best practices of CYO.
  • It is recommended and encouraged to have women acting as head or assistant coaches in girls’ sports. When a girl’s team is coached by men only, it is required that a woman 18 years of age or older be associated with the team, and in attendance at all practices and games.  In the case of a woman coaching a boys team, it is required that a man 18 years of age or older be associated with the team, and is in attendance at all practices and games

Head Coaches

  • Must be 25 years of age or older, interview with CYO Rep and/or Director of Youth Ministry
  • Compliance with Diocesan Child Protection Policies:  Attend a Virtus training session and have a completed background check before coaching their first practice.
  • Complete a Concussion Awareness and Training – See below
  • Attend Coach Training/Train the Trainer – See below

Assistant Coaches – High School Students

  • Must be 16 years of age or older & have three references, interview with CYO Rep and/or Director of Youth Ministry

Concussion Awareness and Training for Coaches

As we all know the information pouring from the medical profession and media about concussions is voluminous. Coaches and parents need to take this very seriously.

Coach Training/Train the Trainer, October 28, 9:00am – 2:30pm at St. Timothy Parish

On October 28 at 9 a.m. at St. Timothy we have invited Play Like A Champion

The training is not sport-specific, rather it deals with youth support, goal-setting and helping each coach see coaching as a critical component of youth physical, personal, and spiritual development.

Play Like a Champion (PLAC) is also used by Bishop O’Connell and hundreds if not thousands of schools/parishes across the country.

Our hope is to implement a coach training component each year and this is our first foray. Additional initiatives will include much more sport-specific training (e.g., training runners clinic, basketball coaching technique/skills clinics, etc.) wrap up by 2/2:30.

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