St Vincent CYO: Welcome

Welcome to St. Vincent of Petaluma CYO Website.

The CYO Philosophy:

The Catholic Diocese sponsors sports activities as one dimension of it's ministry to youth. The teamwork, support, and discipline demanded by a sport are reflective of the characteristics of a true Christian Community. Sports offer the opportunity to experience a community that supports and respects it's members. The Catholic Diocese is also committed to providing a "Safe Environment" for all participants. For more information see: Safe Environment .

The CYO programs seek to provide activities for all youth. All players are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability, to improve their skills and to excel in their talents. The team aspect of sports is emphasized rather than the "star" athletes and teams.

In developing a supportive team, participants are taught to respect and affirm their teammates. An atmosphere of sportsmanship, helpfulness and patience is encouraged. Cheating, ridicule and unsportsman like conduct are not tolerated.

Failure in a game or in conduct are seen as learning opportunities. You are challenged to do your best and accept critique when appropriate. Youth, parents and even coaches who are not "coachable" in their skills of attitude may be asked not to participate.

Teams are encouraged to try to "win" the game but not at all costs. Sportsmanship, equal participation of all players and fair play are the first priority of every practice and game. Teams who strive to make each player look good, who develop strong team support and who practice the fundamentals of the sport will find that they are winners of both the game and of Christian characters.

Adult volunteers are the key to the success of the CYO programs. They are the models for the youth. They must consciously attempt to be Christian witnesses, to teach the fundamentals of a sport responsibly, to treat each participant fairly and to uphold the goals of the CYO program.