Welcome from the AISB Athletics and Activities Director
Dear Secondary School Parents and Students, Welcome to AISB and Vampire Country. My name is David Hughes and I am the Athletic and Activities Director. Sport and activity is a vital part of student life here at the AISB. Some of life's most important lessons, such as victory and being part of a team, are learned through participation in athletics and activities. AISB takes great pride in offering one of the finest interscholastic athletic and activity programs to be found in Bucharest, and throughout Eastern Europe. We strive to provide our students with the best in coaching, facilities and equipment, all of which are based on the core values of our program: excellence in effort, sportsmanship, teamwork, self discipline and dedication. A variety of competition levels are arranged with other schools and clubs in the local area and AISB is a proud member of CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association). Our membership in CEESA and other organizations such as ISTA and AMIS provide our students with excellent opportunities to participate in a wide variety of academic, cultural and sporting events. The administration, parents, teachers, and students support this program to the fullest and recognize the important role that athletics and activities play in the total education of our students. If you would like to receive further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Go Vampires! Respectfully yours, David Hughes Athletic and Activities Director
All about our Vampires Athletics & Activities ProgramQ. What sports and activities do you offer in Secondary School? A.
FALL Middle School Boys Football Girls Football Boys Tennis Girls Tennis Mixed Cross Country First Lego League Robotics Speech and Debate FALL High School Boys Football Girls Football Boys Volleyball Girls Volleyball Mixed Cross Country Model United Nations –IMUN Speech and Debate
WINTER Middle School Swimming Basketball Choir Band Knowledge Bowl Math WINTER High School Swimming Basketball Model United Nations – THIMUN Knowledge Bowl First Tech Challenge – Robotics Math
SPRING Middle School Boys Softball Girls Softball Track & Field Boys Volleyball Girls Volleyball Model United Nations SPRING High School Boys Softball Girls Softball Tennis Track & Field Band Choir
Q. When do the seasons run from/to? A. Fall Season – 29/08/16 to 20/11/16 Winter Season – 21/11/16 to 12/03/17 Spring Season – 13/03/17 to 21/05/17 Q. How often are practices? A. Middle School Sports practices take place every Tuesday and Thursday and activities practices run on Monday and Friday. They typically run from after school until 5pm. High School sports practices take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and activities practices run on Tuesday and Thursday. These typically run until 5pm. Q. Who coaches the teams? A. Where possible, we try to recruit coaches from within our staff community. Where there is no one with the relevant experience or skills set, we look to recruit specialist coaches from within Bucharest. Q. How are athletes selected for the sports teams? A. At the beginning of each season, tryouts are held, normally for the first two or three days of practice. All students wanting to be considered for a team should sign up and attend tryouts. When selecting a team, coaches are encouraged to assess the athletes’ skill level, knowledge of the game, team work, personality and fitness. In Middle School especially, selecting teams at that age level is a difficult and sensitive process. The Middle School coaches and the Athletic Director are all involved in team selection process, to ensure that the best possible teams for each age level are selected. After the teams have been selected, we expect all athletes who were not successful in getting in to the first team to commit to the whole season and continue training. Q. What is the hosting system (for tournaments and travel) and why do you do it? A. When our AISB Vampires travel to CEESA events the host school community will welcome our sons and daughters into their homes for the duration of their stay. When AISB hosts a CEESA tournament our international guests are similarly housed by our own school community. These events are able to happen thanks to our supportive parent community and their hospitality. Families who have children participating in the middle and high school athletic and activity program must be aware of the hosting responsibilities that AISB undertakes through our membership and support of CEESA. Q. What opportunities are provided to those students who are not selected for the travel team? A. Students that are not selected to be on the travel team are expected to continue training for the season. They will become part of the vampire junior’s team and will have opportunities to play matches and tournaments with against local schools. Q. What is CEESA? A. CEESA stands for the Central & Eastern European Schools Association and provides AISB with a wealth of opportunities to travel to compete in athletics and activities. See their website for more information. www.ceesa.org. Q. What is BISAC? A. BISAC stands for the Bucharest International Schools Athletics Conference and was set up this year with the aim of providing quality sports tournaments, matches and festivals for all students. AISB is a founder member of BISAC along with the International School of Bucharest and the British School of Bucharest. Q. Can Middle School students play on a High School Team? A. Middle School students who display exceptional talent may play for the High School team provided they have trained for the whole season with that team and the application to CEESA is approved. The application must be submitted 8 weeks prior to the tournament taking place. Q. What forms do I need to complete for my child to play for a team? A. We kindly ask that you complete the forms on the website that include give permission for your child to participate in the team. We providing medical information necessary for coaches and schools that your child is visiting, hosting responsibilities, the CEESA parents form (only necessary if your child is travelling on a CEESA sanctioned event). After your child has signed up for a team or activity they will receive access to the documentation that details key dates throughout the season, approximate trip costs and a disclaimer on agreeing that if your child is selected to play for the team then you agree to pay the full amount for the trip. There is also an ‘opt out’ option which means that your child can train for the season and play in local tournaments but will not travel abroad with the team. Q. Who do the teams play and how often do they compete? A. Our teams have the opportunity to play in CEESA tournaments and events, usually at the end of the season. Sports teams also play matches and tournaments with local schools and club teams throughout the season. Q. If students travel throughout Europe, how much does this cost? A. CEESA trip costs typically range from 300 to 500 Euros depending on the location and time of the year. Non-CEESA trips such as AMIS, ISTA or Film Festival tend to cost more due to extra accommodation and registration fees associated with the trip. Q. What is the Vampires Varsity Club? A. The Vampires Varsity Club is a student body set up to help promote all forms of Vampire life! They are heavily involved in tournaments held at AISB and undertake jobs such as running the concession stand (the booster club), livestreaming the events, scorekeeping and promoting the tournament.