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. 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.