"Keeping the Faith While Keeping the Score"National CYO Sports

National CYO Sports animates Gospel values in Catholic youth sports to encourage young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

To learn more about NCYOS, a program of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), read about our mission, vision, and governance structure…

The NCYOS Website

This website is published by NCYOS as an aid to those in leadership in the Catholic-sponsored sports community – administrators, coaches, youth ministers, parents and all interested persons – to present a vision of athletic programs that "teach Gospel values through sports."

This Website includes:
• HOME PAGE – News and Notes of Current items in Catholic Youth Sports and other significant items
ABOUT NCYOS – information about the mission and staff of NCYOS
ABOUT CATHOLIC YOUTH SPORTS – the vision of Gospel centered sports;
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES AND BEST PRACTICES – spiritual and inspirational resources; standards and best practices; links to other youth sports organizations; recommended print resources
NCYOS TRAINING OFFERINGS – training opportunities from NCYOS and other recommended organizations.


News and Notes

NCYOS Offers "CoachDeck" Cards at Discount Price

NCYOS, through the NFCYM Online Store, offers the CoachDeck Basketball Cards at a special very-discounted limited time price. CoachDeck cards were created to assist the millions of hard-working youth sports volunteers and parents who would like to help players learn important skills and fundamentals though fun drills and games. The time commitment involved in coaching is enormous, and sometimes it is not possible to thoroughly prepare for each practice. CoachDeck will be a valuable resource for any coaches "bag of tricks!"

To order click here to visit the NFCYM On-Line Store.



Time Conflicts Between Church Activities and Youth Sports Games?

Religious education and youth ministry programs in Catholic parishes and youth sports have the same audience. How can very busy families keep time conflicts between faith and sports in perspective? Click here for an article from Our Sunday Visitor, "In Soccer Mom Era, Sports and Faith Go Head-to-Head," for creative ways to deal with these problems. NCYOS Chair Tauno Latvala from the Archdioces of Seattle is interviewed for the article!




NCYOS and “Coaching Coaches” Partnering
in Parent and Coaches Training

NCYOS has endorsed “Coaching Coaches” in providing training programs for parents and coaches, with an emphasis on values in Catholic-sponsored, faith-based sports programs. The Parent Program is called “Positive Parent Participation” and helps parents to define their roles in youth sports.  Over 23,000 coaches nationwide have viewed the Coaches Program, entitled “Coaching to Make A Positive Difference,” Both programs have the option to be taken “on-line” or with a live presenter.
Click Here to view the Press Release with more information

For more information on Coaching Coaches, Click Here to visit their website



Concerned About Injuries on Your Team or With Your Child?

Each year, countless athletes hit the courts and fields in our faith-based sports programs. Often injuries can make the experience not much fun and can be dangerous! How can we make youth sports more safe? For information on a variety of injury prevention programs, including concussion awareness, visit the Ensuring a Safe Playing Environment section of the NCYOS Standards and Best Practices page.


New Vatican Initiative on Sports Is Announced

The Vatican has announced a new Department dedicated to the understanding of Sports and Culture. The new department will be in the Pontifical Council for Culture and will cooperate with the existing Sports Section in the Council for the Laity. It was stated that "the new approach is aimed at coming to an understanding of sport as a privileged place for dialogue among Church, culture and youth." Click here for a link to an article from the Vatican Today.

Catholic Coaching Essentials

Catholic Coaching Essentials from ASEPNow available! The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) allows preregistration for their special online course for Catholic Coaches. Open the National CYO Sports portal page on ASEP's website and preregister for these learning experiences.


Online Store

Online Store ImageNational CYO Sports has developed resources specifically for Catholic youth sports. Check out the prayer card, Prayer to See God in Youth Sports, and the brochure, Parents as Partners in Catholic Youth Sports. NFCYM's Online Store provides a modern, user-friendly Internet shopping cart experience with real-time credit card processing, a variety of shipping choices, automatic volume discounts, and more.

NCYOS Brochure



Partners and Sponsors

National CYO Sports is proud to have the following organizations as partners and sponsors:

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National CYO Sports is a subsidiary of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)—an organization of affiliated dioceses and collaborating organizations. NFCYM's stated purpose is to “serve those who serve the young Catholic Church.” Through NCYOS the NFCYM furthers their mission by fostering the development of youth ministry throughout the church.