Sports at IST
SPORTS AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PROGRAM
IST is committed to ensuring that students receive a balanced education through which they learn to understand the importance of not only intellectual endeavors, but equally importantly, of physical and emotional development. IST offers a wide range of musical, sporting, artistic, and other activities through its after school sports and co-curricular activities (CCA) programs. Participation in these activities is a valued part of the holistic development of our students and all students are encouraged to participate.
IST’s Athletic Department provides a co-curricular sports program for students as an integral part of the school’s overall curricular program. The athletic program at IST puts both elementary and secondary students in competition within China’s international school community in three leagues- ISCOT, ISAC-Beijing/Tianjin, and ACAMIS. School sports promote the ideas of teamwork, discipline, personal sacrifice, hard work, sportsmanship, healthy lifestyle, and loyalty to school and community.
Within Tianjin and Beijing, IST elementary students participate in sporting events in soccer, badminton, table tennis, track and field, and cross-country running, in both the ISCOT (International School Conference of Tianjin) and ISAC- Beijing/Tianjin (International School Athletic Conference- Beijing/Tianjin).
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MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
IST middle school and high school students participate in sporting events in soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, track and field, and cross-country running, in both the ISAC- Beijing/Tianjin (International School Athletic Conference- Beijing/Tianjin), and ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools).
ISAC BEIJING/TIANJIN: INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS ATHLETIC CONFERENCE-BEIJING/TIANJIN. ESTABLISHED IN 1999.
IST is a founding member of ISAC and participates in seasonal league play in middle school and high school in the three core sports of volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Additional events are offered in badminton, table tennis, track and field, swimming, and cross-country running. Well organized sports competition with the 14 member schools below is offered through ISAC- Beijing/Tianjin: Beijing City International School (BCIS), Beijing International School of Singapore (BISS), British School of Beijing (BSB), Dulwich College of Beijing (DCB), German School (DSP), Harrow International School of Beijing (HISB), International Academy of Beijing (IAB), International School of Beijing (ISB), International School of Tianjin (IST), TEDA International School (TEDA), Tianjin International School (TIS), Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), Yew Chung International School (YCIS), Canadian International School Beijing (CISB).
ACAMIS: ASSOCIATION OF CHINA AND MONGOLIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS. ESTABLISHED IN 1998.
IST is one of the four founding members of ACAMIS. With over 60 international school members, ACAMIS offers end of season tournaments for high school teams in the core sports of volleyball, basketball and soccer. These tournaments involve travel with student home stays to a host school within the 6-school division for three-day tournaments. For 2012-2013, IST is in the Orange Division with the following schools: (6): Dulwich College Shanghai (DCS), International School of Tianjin (IST), Utahloy Internationals School Guangzhou (UISG), Nanjing International School (NIS), Western Academy Beijing (WAB), Yew Chung International School, Shanghai (YCIS-S).
ACAMIS also offers large invitational tournaments amongst the China wide organization in badminton, track and field, table tennis, and swimming.
At the conclusion of school year an Athletic Awards Presentation is held to recognize the sports teams during the year that has just concluded. Awards will be presented to each school team for Most Valuable player-MVP, Most Improved Player-MIP, and Best team Player-BTP.
To be considered for any of the awards, students must have punctual attendance to school and all practices. They should also demonstrate good sportsmanship, be a positive role model and an ambassador for IST. The IST Athletic Excellence Award will also be presented for male and female Athlete of the Year in middle school and high school categories.
Co-Curricular-Activities (CCAs) complement the sporting and performing arts components of IST’s Co-curricular Program, and provide an extension to the regular curriculum for students in Grades K-12. The CCA program at IST is especially popular at the elementary and middle school levels, and is offered in sessions of 9 or 10 weeks throughout the school year.
CCAs are grouped into 5 categories 1) Performing Arts, 2) Arts & Crafts, 3) Movement & Games, 4) Life Skills & Services, and 5) Classroom Extension. IST provides a balance of offerings within these 5 categories across the grade levels. A schedule with details for each CCA will be provided to students and parents as part of the sign up process prior to each session.
ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES OFFICE
IST has a professionally staffed Athletic and Activities Office to support the Athletic Program, After School Activities, Field Trips, and other necessary local contacts for educational purposes. There are many necessary areas of support provided by the Athletic and Activities office, including:
- Assist Athletic programs and Athletic Director with hiring coaches and referees
- Arrange transportation and accommodation of ACAMIS or ISAC events.
- Tournament management- schedule, various needs of teams.
- Support After School Activities, Field trips, and Community service.
- Coordinate the Co-Curricular Activity program- hire instructors and local facilities as needed.
- Research and collect information of potential field trip destinations.
- Consult with leading teachers to develop itineraries for Week Without Walls school trips.
- Arrange and liaise accommodation and activities for field trips.
- Develop contracts for overnight trips as necessary.
- Assist field trips as necessary.
- Coordinate with community service program to create contacts with local organizations and provide administrative support.