The CYO of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties ( is proud to announce the release of a new policy that promises to impact the lives of children across the metro area. The CYO Concussion Protocol is a brand new policy governing education, assessment, and care related to concussions in youth athletes. This policy is now in effect in the CYO of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties and is expected to be adopted by the Parochial League of Kansas City Kansas in January 2016.

One of the most important skills needed to be a great leader is communication. A youth sports coach is no exception. The way a coach communicates with children, parents, administration, and other coaches will go a long way toward the quality of the experience. Let's take a quick look at the major areas of communication and how we can be great in each of them.

Editor's Note: Executive Director Peter Piscitello had the opportunity to screen the film Concussion as part of an evening put on by the Brian Injury Association of Kansas, which included a distinguished panel of local physicians skilled in the area of head trauma. It was a great format that shed additional light on the film's subject.


"It's a mindless, violent game... And then it's Shakespeare."


This is a quote spoken by the movie version of Dr. Julian Bailes, a real-life doctor portrayed by Alec Baldwin in Concussion. I have no idea whether the real Dr. Bailes has ever uttered this phrase,  but then I suppose that's not the point. This is a movie. At it's best Concussion tackles the topic of head injuries in football by presenting interesting thought pieces and with characters like Dr. Bailes reciting prose that reflect the nuance and passion on both sides of this debate.  Overall however, Concussion tells only one side of a complex story and seeks to set good versus evil in a battle that isn't nearly that clear.

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Catholic Youth Organization of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. 

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