Youth Sports

National CYO Sports

The mission of National CYO Sports is to assist Catholic schools and parishes in making sure its sports programs reflect the best of our Catholic mission and values. Responding to St. John Paul II's call for Catholic leaders to integrate sports into our youth ministry programs, National CYO Sports empowers athletic leaders to animate the Gospel values in Catholic youth sports, encouraging young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

National CYO Sports wants to help schools and parishes, coaches and athletes have a "Catholic" experience that provides positive memories for a lifetime.

National CYO Sports offers preventative and responsive strategies and resources for coaches, educators, and parents:

  • On-line coaches training and certification program - Catholic Coaching Essentials
  • School- and Diocesan-wide consultations for Catholic School Principals and athletic staff leaders to align their athletic programs with the mission and values of the Catholic school framework
  • On-site coaches training - helping coaches see their role through the lens of Catholic youth ministry
  • The Parents as Partners in Catholic Youth Sports resource and parent training to address parents' role
  • Training for leaders on integrating Catholic leadership principles and values into sports

For more information about National CYO Sports, contact the Executive Director at 202-636-3825, ext. 19.

Catholic Athletes for Christ

Training video for group facilitators:


Catholic Coaching Essentials

National Catholic Youth Organization Sports (NCYOS) is collaborating with the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in developing and delivering customized coaching education online courses for coaches called Catholic Coaching Essentials. Athletics provide youth a positive environment in which to grow physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. The responsibility of fostering an environment in which athletes can mature in these areas often rests with the coach. Coaches are presented a unique opportunity to use the playing field as a mission field—to be a "Facilitator of Faith" in developing and furthering athletes’ Christian character and values. Details about National CYO Sports and the Catholic Coaching Essentials program can be found at

Print resources are that available include the following titles:


Coaching Youth Sports Series

by American Sport Education Program (ASEP)

These sport-specific books are excellent resources for beginning and experienced coaches. Each book includes basic skills specific for that sport including philosophy of coaching youth, basic first aid, practice organization, skills and strategies. Currently, the series includes basketball, volleyball, softball, football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, wrestling, and cricket.

On line training courses are also available through ASEP


More Than A Game: Stories, Prayers and Reflections for the Student Athlete

by Leonard DiPaul, Edward Hastings, Sharon Fuqua Retif

Through stories, prayers and reflections, the pocket size book helps young athletes find God, inner strength and confidence at crossroad moments in sports.

From Saint Mary’s Press


Coach Them Well: Fostering Faith and Developing Character in Athletes

by Dale Brown, David Cutcliffe, Kelly Hermann, Tim Welsh

In this book you will find four college coaches reflections on the ministry for coaching.

From Saint Mary’s Press


Successful Coaching

by Rainer Martins

An overall coach’s guide, the cornerstone of the ASEP coaching program. Covers all aspects of youth coaching.

Available at many bookstores or from Human Kinetics Publishers


Will You Still Love Me If I Don’t Win?

By Christopher Anderson with Barbara Anderson

How to effectively parent the child-athlete.

Available through Taylor Trade Publishing


Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul

By Susan Saint Sing

Reflections on the presence of God in sports.

By St. Anthony Messenger Press


Good Sports: The Concerned Parents Guide to Competitive Youth Sports

by Rick Wolff

Excellent Guidelines for parents of children in sports.

From Sagamore Publishing


Coaching Kids for Dummies

by Rick Wolf

Another in the series of “dummies” books; excellent basic resource by youth sports psychologist Rick Wolff.

Available through Amazon.Com


Coaching for Character: Reclaiming the Principles of Sportsmanship

by Craig Clifford (Contributor), Randolph M. Feezell, Randolf M. Freezell.

Insightful discussions on the meaning of sportsmanship. Includes excellent situational questions.

Available through Amazon.Com


Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry

by National Conference of Catholic Bishops

A blueprint for the continued development of effective ministry with young and older adolescents.

USCCB Office of Publishing and Promotion Services, 800-235-8722

An online version is available through USCCB


Available Media

Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.

Box 5076 , Champaign , IL 61825-5076


Other Organizations

Catholic Athletes for Christ

Spirit 'n Sport