CYO Coaches

Coaches Responsibilities

See Coaches Orientation Schedule.

A CYO coach is primarily a minister to youth with a gift of reaching out to young people through athletics. CYO head coaches must be 21 years of age or older and must be present and responsible for the team at all times. Responsibilities of the CYO head coach include:

  • Attend a Coaches Accreditation Seminar sponsored by the Archdiocesan CYO Office. All OLGC head coaches and assistants must be accredited by their second year of coaching. Head coaches and assistant coaches are also required to be incompliance with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s SAFE Environment Program which includes attending a SAFE Environment session and completing both the Pennsylvania State Police Request For Criminal Record Check and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance form.
  • Be knowledgeable of all aspects in the CYO athletics manual and make sure that all rules and policies are faithfully observed.
  • Attend the pre-season coaches meeting at the time and place designated by the athletic director and sport coordinator.
  • Should conduct pre-season meetings of parents/assistants to ensure that everyone understands their responsibilities, including proper behavior at sports functions so as to be accountable for the general comportment of all present for the sports function.
  • All rosters are to be completed by the coach and are to be checked and signed by the Athletic Director and Priest Moderator for correct dates of birth, school, grade and parish registration.
  • Conduct themselves in a Christian manner which will reflect credit on their parish and the CYO, ensuring team members and followers do the same.
  • Teach and guide the youth on the team with a sense of fair play, sportsmanship and acceptance of winning and losing in accordance with Christian ideals.
  • Take care not to schedule practices or events that will interfere with holy days, religious duties and instructional classes.
  • Inform the OLGC CYO Athletic Board of any misconduct of a student who is in violation of the student code of conduct.
  • Implement and monitor the conditions of a student suspension if mandated by the OLGC CYO Athletic Board. A full report should be given to the OLGC CYO Board when the student’s suspension is completed.
  • Attend weekend mass and encourage, by word and example, the same for the student/players.

Coach Suspension

The OLGC CYO Athletic Board is empowered to relieve a coach of his/her position if found to be in violation of Archdiocesan and/or OLGC CYO policy. If a coach is suspended, the OLGC CYO Athletic Board reserves the right not to renew his/her coaching eligibility. Some specific violations are listed below:

  1. Failure to inform the OLGC CYO Board of any infraction (s) against the Student/Player Code of Conduct.
  2. Failure to comply with any or all of the OLGC CYO Athletic Board sanctions for a player’s suspension or expulsion.
  3. Outwardly/public use of foul language or physical and/or verbal abuse by a coach towards players, referees, or others present during practices/games calls for immediate suspension
  4. Failure to attend Coaches Accreditation Program may result in suspension.
  5. Demeaning words and/or gestures may result in suspension.