CYO Sports is one component of a parish's comprehensive youth ministry program which enables the partnership of parents, coaches, priests, religious, teachers, and adult leaders to manage and support a sports program that allows youth to grow in their relationship with God and come to better understand themselves and the Catholic Faith.

Employs healthy and enjoyable competition to promote the sharing of gospel values among athletes, parents, and coaches

Assists parish leadership in nourishing the emotional, spiritual, social, and physical needs of young people.

Encourages our youth to appreciate the gifts they possess, and challenges them to share these gifts with their community

Allows youth to witness the life of Christian Discipleship in their coaches and adult leaders

Encourages youth to become responsible members of their faith community


With Almighty God as my witness, I promise to adhere by the following Rules and Guidelines

Before the Game:

Make a commitment to honor the game in action and language no matter what others may do

Tell your child before each game that you are proud of him or her regardless of how well he or she plays

During the Game:

Fill children's "emotional tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their best

Don't give instructions to players during the game. Let the coach correct player's mistakes

Cheer good plays for both teams

Archdiocese of Philadelphia