CYC Coaches Training Program

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Coaching to Make a Positive Difference

All Head Coaches/Managers must attend this program. Please visit the Training Program Dates page to find a day and time that works for you. 

Assistant Coaches can also attend this program, if they have not, they will need to have a CYC Photo ID Card to coach in the program.

All coaches/volunteers must have completed the Archdiocese's Protecting God's Children workshop, which is coordinated by the Safe Environment Program, as well as have a Missouri Background check done every 2 years and have read, signed and returned to your parish the Code of Ethical Conduct. These are Archdiocesan requirements, that the Catholic Youth Apostolate-CYC Sports program fully supports.  You should contact your parish for details on these requirements and/or copies of the forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Objectives of the Program?

  • To be pro-active in providing useful tools to volunteer youth coaches.
  • To develop a deeper awareness in our coaches of their unique opportunity to impact young people in a positive way.
  • To bring together both veteran and novice coaches to share philosophies, coaching methods, goals, expectations, problem solving and experiences.
  • To make a very good CYC parish program even better.
  • To meet the goals of the Archdiocesan Strategic Plan.
  • To offer support and direction to the volunteer youth coaches.
  • To connect the principles of our faith to our players, parents and coaches, through sports.

What can your coaches expect?

  • Your coaches will receive a 70 to 80 page binder designed to familiarize them with essentially every phase of coaching.  There will be in-depth discussions on:
  • Coaches as Teachers
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Yelling vs. Teaching
  • In class development of a coaching Philosophy, Goals and Expectations.
  • An in-depth look at a Practice Pyramid coaching style utilizing “Individual Wins.”
  • A detailed review of proper Pre-Season Planning, In-Season checklist and Post-Season evaluations.
  • A detailed discussion on an effective Pre-Season “Parent and Player Meeting” which includes handouts discussing a “Code of Excellence” and a “Parent Participation Agreement” (all designed to reflect the coaches, the parent and the child’s role with regard to: Sportsmanship, Respect and Responsibility).
  • A detailed discussion on how to run an effective practice:  “The Proactive Pyramid”.
  • Strategies in support of:  “Protecting God’s Children.”
  • Specific Objectives and Drills; by Sport and by Grade.
  • An Age-Appropriate Approach.
  • Assistance in making youth sports a reflection of our faith.

What is the Cost?

The Training program is free of charge to the head coach/manager of each of your CYC (K-8) teams.  If a CYC parish Athletic Association wishes to send additional coaches or personnel there is a cost of $15.00 per participant to cover materials and incidentals.  Non-CYC coaches may attend at a cost of $40.00. (Revised, 1/1/04)

Who Must Attend?

The program is mandatory for all of your CYC (K-8) head coaches/managers.  The program became effective with the Fall 2003 Soccer and Volleyball seasons.  This is a one-time training session.  Each following year only new head coaches/managers will need to attend.

Do the Coaches need a Card?

Yes, coaches are required to hold a valid CYC ID Card. Coaches who have completed CYC Coaches Training will have an assigned Coaching ID number added to their card.

All coaches need to apply for their Coach's ID Card in one of two methods:

1) Online: ( and follow the directions - those applying for a head coach's ID Card will be asked to supply the date they attended the "Coaching to make a Positive Difference" training program. Not having that training date or providing the wrong training date will slow down the processing of your ID card.

2) Attend, in person, an ID Card Session - See the CYC website: ( for ID Card Session dates - those applying for a head coach's ID Card will be asked to supply the date they attended the "Coaching to make a Positive Difference" training program. Not having that training date or providing the wrong training date will slow down the processing of your ID card.

After the CYC Office verifies attendance at the CYC Coaches’ Training Program session and the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program verifies that you are in compliance with the Archdiocesan requirements, your card will be processed and issued. For Head Coaches, your coach’s number will be on the card.
Please allow at least 10 days for this process.

What should I do if my Card is lost or stolen?        

          A replacement card can be issued for $5.00 by applying for an online ID Card. 

Where are the Sessions?

Parish and districts are encouraged to schedule sessions as soon as possible.  Arrangements can be made by calling BILL BOMMARITO at Coaching Coaches LLC. (314) 909-0500.  Additionally we will have monthly sessions at the Cardinal Rigali Center for individuals and smaller groups who might be unable to attend a local parish program. Simply check the CYC website, for dates and times.

Who is Bill Bommarito and Coaching Coaches LLC, formerly Coaching Concepts, Inc.

  • Bill is the founder and President of Coaching Coaches LLC – The program is dedicated to the education of Volunteer Coaches – their job is to educate so that coaching becomes easier and even more enjoyable
  • He grew up in St. Louis and has played (9 years) and coached (16 years) in the CYC program.
  • He was president & director of a CYC parish program – Umpires in the CYC program.
  • He played 4 years of high school football and hockey (St. Peter grade school, Vianney High School) and 4 years of college hockey (University of Dayton).
  • He taught business for 6 years in two high schools in Ohio and coached football and baseball.
  • He was on the committee which developed the CYC Coaches Handbook.
  • He also created a 30 minute video and 24 page workbook, “Volunteer Coaching:  The Winning Formula” to help volunteer coaches to better understand their role as “coach”.

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Program Background

(June 2003)

CYC Parish Sports Leadership,

The purpose of this correspondence is to update you regarding the CYC youth coaches training program, “Coaching to Make a Positive Difference”.  Hopefully it will clarify where this program came from as well as its goals and expectations.  It will also address some of the misconceptions and assumptions that have surfaced in recent weeks.

This training program is a part of the CYC’s four step response to the Archdiocesan Strategic Plan as promulgated by Archbishop Justin Rigali.  One of the important goals of the plan called on all of us involved in this service to young people to “Proclaim Jesus Christ in word and action”.  The CYC was directed by this plan to develop programs and tools that would assist our CYC youth coaches in attaining that goal.Step One:  The development of the CYC Youth Sports Handbook, distributed since January 2002 to over 7000 coaches, parents, clergy, leadership and administrators in our program.

Step Two:  In April 2002 we implemented the prayer before all CYC youth games with members of both teams and the game officials gathering to ask His blessing on the event and offering the efforts of all participants to His honor.

Step Three:  The CYC Youth Coaches Training program was started.  These sessions are uniquely designed for our CYC volunteer coaches and leadership to assist them as they carry out their service to the youth of the Archdiocese.  Attached you will find a fact sheet answering some basic questions regarding the program along with a biographical sketch of the primary presenter Bill Bommarito.  Also included is a listing of what a coach can expect to take home from the session and the objectives of the training.

Step Four:  Scheduled for fall of 2004, is a parish “roundtable” program.  This will be a no-cost optional program template designed to bring together all the elements of the parish CYC sports program (coaches, parents, clergy and administrators).  The program will allow the attendee’s to interact through discussion and reflection to bring about an increased awareness of the CYC parish sports program’s goals, purposes and expectations.  It will assist in assuring that youth sports is an important part of the parish family.

St. Louis Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Vicar-General of the Catholic Youth Council, has called on the parish programs to participate by investing this time for the young people we serve.  All of us at the CYC appreciate your contributions in “keeping the children in the shadow of our church”.  As president/chairperson of your parish CYC sports program, we ask that you make this information available to all of your coaches/managers and adult leadership as soon as possible. If you are no longer in this position please pass along this information to the new parish leadership.

With all best wishes and with continued gratitude for your service to children, I am,

Michael P. Kalist
Executive Director

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