Coaching Requirements

UpdatedWednesday January 29, 2020 bySandra Price.

The information contained on this page is very important for any adult that wishes to participate with CYC sports as a volunteer in any capacity. In order for an adult to participate as a coach, be it as the manager, head coach, assistant coach, etc. he or she must be listed on the team's official CYC roster.

There are a few things that our volunteers need to do in order to be eligible to be listed on a CYC roster. Please take the time to read the requirements as listed below.

To be a Manager or Coach in the Archdiocesan CYC Sports Program, all persons over the age of 18 must be compliant with the Safe Environment policies of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  This includes background checks, attending a Protecting God's Children session, and attending Coaching to Make a Positive Difference.

Coaching to Make a Positive Difference is required for all Coaches and Managers (Head Coach). All Coaches must either attend a class in person or take the online class.

All persons interested in Managing or Coaching are selected by the particular Parish/Church/School Athletic Association.

Managers and coaches, as role models, serve an important role in the development of the children in the program, and they are accordingly held to high standards of proper conduct and behavior. 

The CYC would be nothing without so many excellent coaches, dedicated to helping their team members achieve success and spiritual growth, both on and off the field. The Archdiocese and CYC provide as many resources as possible to help coaches reach this goal.

The CYC also requires that all adult coaches and those adults working with youth meet Archdiocesan requirements set forth by the Office of Child and Youth Protection as of January 2020.  All steps are completed in your account on

    1. Register onto new site www.preventandprotectstl.orgClick here for instructions on creating your account.
    2. Attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop.  See the schedule of upcoming class dates.
      • Officials 18 years of age and under and who have not graduated from high school are not required to attend.
    3. Have had a Criminal Background Check through the Office of Child and Youth Protection.
      • Officials 18 and under and have not graduated from high school are not required to have a background check.
      • Cost is a one time fee of $8.00 if registering with the CYC office.  Some parishes may pay for your background check, so check with your Parish Child Safety Coordinator.
    4. Complete Mandated Reporter training (short video on prevent and protect website)
    5. Complete Code of Conduct training (short video on prevent and protect website)
    6. Read and sign the Archdiocesan Code of Ethical Conduct online in your account.  Officials 18 and under and who have not graduated from high school must read and sign the Youth Code of Ethical Conduct for Minors and turn into their Parish Child Safety Coordinator.

All Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches (any adult listed on a CYC Roster) of Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade teams must attend the CYC Coaching to Make a Positive Difference class, a 2 ½ hour program that helps coaches make a positive difference in their team member's lives. This program can be taken in an online format at the coach's leisure. After attending/completing this program, coaches receive a CYC Coach ID number, which is then used when applying for a CYC ID card.  A listing of current classes can be found by clicking here.