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2018-2019 Middle School

Student & Parent Athletics Handbook


The American School of Dubai, an independent not for profit American community school, offers what is the best about American education to provide learning experiences designed to promote the maximum potential of its students. OUR MISSION The American School of Dubai’s mission is to challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.

CORE VALUES Compassion | Excellence | Integrity | Respect | Responsibility

STUDENT PROFILE Thinker | Communicator | Contributor | Learner | Leader & Role Model

CONTACT P.O. Box 71188 Dubai, UAE +971 4 395 0005 www.asdubai.org

The American School of Dubai is committed to the protection, safety and welfare of our students. ASD has adopted a Child Protection Policy that guides our professional practices for the safety and security of students.


Contents Message from the Athletics Department

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Quick Facts and Contact Details

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The Vision of Athletics

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Middle School Athletics Program Overview of the 2018-2019 Athletics Season Joining a Middle School Team JF6 Athletics Overview MS Junior Falcons Athletics Overview MS Falcons Athletics Overview

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The ASD Student-Athlete Tryout Procedure Tryout Notes JV/Varsity Team Placement Beyond Designated Age or Grade Level ASD JV/Varsity Seasons Communication Player Code of Conduct and Contract Academic Eligibility Policies Uniform & Equipment Policy Athletic Uniform Deposit Uniform Final Due Date Practice & Competitions Participation Playing Time Dress Code on Game orTravel Day Class Attendance Policy on Game, Practice, or Travel Days Dropping Out of a Sport Participating on an Outside Team Leagues & Tournaments EAC JEAC Travel Local Travel Insurance Epipen Medical Notice Celebrations & Awards MS Junior Falcons and MS Falcons Recognition Events Middle School Ambassador’s Sports Awards The ASD Scholar Athlete Award

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The ASD Parent Expectations of Parents: Parent Sportsmanship Code Booster Club

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The ASD Coach

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Quick Facts & Contact Details The Athletics Department is responsible for after school sports and competitive interscholastic teams. This includes the Mini Falcons, JF6 MS Junior Falcons, MS Falcons, Junior Varsity and Varsity sports programs including golf, dance, swimming, volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, wrestling, cross country, cheer, softball, baseball, badminton, and track & field. The Aquatics Department is responsible for running a competitive swim program for elementary, middle and high school students. This also includes coaching the Middle School, JV and Varsity swim teams. The Physical Education Department is responsible for teaching required physical education courses, in school intramural competitions, and special events such as Sport Days. The Campus Recreation Department is responsible for recreation based activities, intramurals, and pay per session training programs which include a variety of sport-centered activities. The Booster Club is responsible for supporting and encouraging ASD athletes and coaches as well as fostering school spirit within the community. Booster volunteers participate in a variety of ways including organizing concessions for ASD hosted tournaments, selling spirit merchandise, helping to organize the seasonal recognition events and raising funds to support scholarships and the athletic program. Dear ASD parents and students,

ATHLETICS DIRECTOR Mark Buschini Tel: 04 395 0005 ext. 1810 mbuschini@asdubai.org ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR Jasmine Brawn Tel: 04 395 0005 ext. 1818 jbrawn@asdubai.org ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Jill Spinks Tel: 04 395 0005 ext. 1820 jspinks@asdubai.org SCHOOL COLORS Red, white and grey MASCOT Falcon

Welcome to Falcon Athletics for the 2018-2019 year at American School of Dubai. I am pleased to be returning to lead this program and look forward to an exciting year ahead. In the right environment sport is a vehicle for tremendous personal growth and development. The American School of Dubai is committed to providing that environment to our athletes through a framework of values central to quality athletics programs. Programs at ASD aim at providing opportunities for athletes at each stage of their development. All middle school students from Grades 6-8 are eligible for middle school athletic programs. These programs consist of Middle School Falcons, Middle School Junior Falcons and JF6 teams for each activity. The Middle School Falcons is a select program participating in the Emirates Athletic Conference (EAC). The Middle School Junior Falcons is a select program providing athletic opportunities to a wider range of student athletes and they compete in the Dubai International Schools Sports Conference (DISSC). The JF6 program is inclusive of all developmental players at the Grade 6 level and they play in the Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (JEAC). The American School of Dubai sets high standards of performance for our student-athletes in sport and in life. The Athletics Department looks forward to a successful year and would like to encourage all student-athletes to continue to work towards their own definition of athletic and academic excellence. GO FALCONS!

Jasmine Brawn Associate Director of Athletics

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THE VISION OF ATHLETICS The interscholastic athletic program is an integral part of the total education and growth experience at ASD. Student-athletes are given the opportunity to challenge themselves through sport and to build upon characteristics of leadership and citizenship, while cultivating teamwork, self-discipline and physical fitness. Athletics is aligned with the ASD Mission Statement. ASD Core Values and Beliefs are at the center of everything we do. Our programs attempt to promote and put into action the Student Profile. Athletics is a training ground for life. It is our goal to challenge and inspire each of our student-athletes to find the best in themselves on their journey of personal growth and development as part of this community.

ASD MISSION STATEMENT We challenge and inspire each student to achieve their dreams and to become a passionate learner prepared to adapt and contribute in a rapidly changing world.

ASD CORE VALUES Compassion | Excellence | Integrity | Respect | Responsibility

AT ASD… WE BELIEVE THAT • • • • • •

It is our responsibility to give help where needed. Striving for excellence is critical to our success. Integrity and honesty are essential to a safe and trusting community. Every person has equal inherent value. Embracing our diversity strengthens our community. Every person is responsible for their choices.

ASD STUDENT PROFILE The American School of Dubai strives to achieve its mission by providing learning experiences to support every child to embody the skills and characteristics of the Student Profile. Whether benefitting from an ASD education for one year or 13, every student is being prepared to be successful as a thinker, communicator, contributor, learner, leader and role model. Thinker: Creative, Critical, Reflective, Adaptable, Persistent Communicator: Effective, Confident, Collaborative Contributor: Aware, Ethical, Respectful, Open-minded, Compassionate Learner: Engaged, Responsible, Self-directed, Inquisitive Leader/Role Model: Inspires, Guides

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Middle School Athletics Program ASD currently offers three distinct programs to Middle School students: JF6, MS Junior Falcons and MS Falcons programs.

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2018-2019 Middle School Athletics Season Overview Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

JF6 Eligitiblity: Grade 6 Only League: Junior Emirates Athletic Conference Sport

Soccer

Track & Field

Basketball

Season

October 1- November 3

November 21 - January 26

April 24 - May 23

Online Sign-up

September 9 - 24

October 28 - November 11

March 17 - April 7

Jamboree

Saturday, November 3

Saturday, January 26

Saturday, May 4

MS Junior Falcons Eligibility: Grades 6 - 8 League: Dubai International Schools Sports Conference Sport

Swim, Volleyball

Basketball, Soccer

Season

September 9 - October 22

November 4 - February 4

Online Sign-up

August 19 - 30

October 18 - 28

Tryouts

September 2 - September 6

October 30 - November 3

Recognition

Monday, October 22

Monday, February 4

MS Falcons Eligibility: Grades 6 - 8 League: Emirates Athletic Conference Sport

Dance, Swim, Volleyball

Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Wrestlling

Track & Field

Season

September 9 - October 22

November 4 - February 4

February 17 - April 23

Online Sign-up

Online Sign-up: August 19 - 30

October 18 - 28

January 27 - February 7

Tryouts

September 2 - September 6

October 30 - November 3

February 11 - 16

Recognition

Monday, October 22

Monday, February 4

Tuesday, April 23

How to Join a Middle School Sports Team 1. The online sign-up link will be sent to middle school students one week prior to the start of the season. 2. Athletes report for tryouts on the predetermined dates. 3. After two days of skill assessment, coaches begin to form squads. Coaches do their best to give fair assessment and consideration to all. 4. Emails go out to inform athletes whether they have made the team or not. Coaches are available to answer any questions from athletes. (While we understand that being cut is disappointing for many athletes/parents, it is not possible to place everyone as team sizes are limited). 5. Athletes report for practices beginning the week after tryouts and the season begins. (Attendance is paramount. If a student is unable to fully commit to the program due to scheduling conflict opportunities must be given to other athletes. Please communicate conflicts with coaches as soon as they become known).

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JF6 Athletics Overview Program:

JF6 is an all-inclusive program offered to students in Grade 6 only.

League:

The JF6 teams participate in the Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (JEAC).

Sports:

Three seasons including soccer, basketball, and track and field.

Focus:

The emphasis is on fundamental skill development and character development with an introduction to competition in preparation for the selective school programs beginning at the MS Junior Falcons and MS Falcons level.

Teams:

Ability levels are identified in order to create heterogeneous teams in preparation for competition and jamborees.

Eligibility

Athletes who were a team member of a MS Falcons team are ineligible to play the JF6 season in the same sport. Sport

Practice Days

Practice Times

JEAC Jamboree

Season 1

JF6 Soccer

Monday - Thursday

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, November 3

Season 2

JF6 Track & Field

Monday - Thursday

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, January 26

Season 3

JF6 Basketball

Monday - Thursday

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 4

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The American School of Dubai sets high standards of performance for our student-athletes in sport and in life.

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MS Junior Falcons Athletics Overview Program:

The MS Junior Falcons program is offered to students in Grades 6-8.

League:

MS Junior Falcons participate in the Dubai International Schools Sports Conference (DISSC).

Sports:

The program is offered in the sports of swimming, volleyball, basketball and soccer.

Focus:

The programming emphasis is to provide athletic opportunities to a wider range of student-athletes and to continue the skill, character and team development begun in JF6 and beyond. A balance is struck between the desire to achieve observable outcomes and provide the opportunity for individual development.

Teams:

MS Junior Falcons teams are select teams.

Eligibility

All Grade 6-8 students are eligible for MS Junior Falcons with the exception of athletes who were a team member of a MS Falcons team in the same sport.

Season 1 Swim: practices per week 3-4 Volleyball: practices per week 2-3 Season 2 Basketball: practices per 2-3 Soccer: practices per week 2-3

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Athletics is a training ground for life. It is our goal to challenge and inspire each of our student-athletes to find the best in themselves on their journey of personal growth and development as part of this community.

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MS Falcons Athletics Overview Program:

The MS Falcons program is offered to students in Grades 6-8.

League:

MS Falcons participate in the Emirates Athletic Conference (EAC).

Sports:

Sports offered consist of swimming, volleyball, dance, basketball, soccer, cross country, and track and field.

Focus:

The focus of the MS Falcons teams is to provide the student-athlete with proper skills and fundamentals to develop them for the next level of participation. It is our intent to provide playing time for all qualified team members.

Teams:

MS Falcons teams are select teams.

Eligibility

All Grade 6-8 students are eligible for MS Falcons participation.

Sport

Practices Per Week

EAC Championship

Season 1

MS Dance

4-5

Performances: home games throughout the season

Season 1

Swim

4-5

October 13

Season 1

Volleyball

2-3

October 20

Season 2

Basketball

2-3

January 26

Season 2

Cross Country

3-4

January 19

Season 2

Soccer

2-3

January 26

Season 3

Track & Field

3-4

March 27

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The Athletics Department looks forward to a successful year and would like to encourage all student-athletes to continue to work towards their own definition of athletic and academic excellence.

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The ASD Student-Athlete Being a member of an ASD interscholastic team is a privilege. Our student-athletes are ambassadors for our community and as such are expected to demonstrate the highest degree of etiquette in school and in all aspects relating to competition. Student-athletes are expected to remain in good academic standing. These expectations are reflected in our Core Values at ASD. Middle School Athletics Handbook | 9


TRYOUT PROCEDURE • • • • •

The online sign-up link will be sent to middle school students one week prior to the start of the season. Athletes report for tryouts on the predetermined dates. After two days of skill assessment, coaches begin to form squads. Emails go out to inform athletes whether they have made the team or not. Athletes report for practices beginning the week after tryouts and the season begins.

TRYOUT NOTES • Athletes trying out for a sport have the claim to know the assessment standards in which they were evaluated. • Upon request the coach is available to meet with an individual. They will be given the time to ask the necessary clarifying questions to understand why they may not have made a particular team. They will be given the reasons based on the assessment criteria standards. • Parents should expect that every candidate is treated fairly and given every consideration at a tryout. • Coaches are sensitive to feelings of disappointment and will handle the task of forming squads as positively as possible. • Coaches are available to answer any questions an athlete may have at any time during the tryout period. • Being cut is disappointing for many athletes and their parents. Unfortunately we are unable to place everyone on a team at ASD. Any athlete cut from a team is welcome to tryout again the following season. • When parents and athletes understand and support a coach’s decision, the challenge is simply overcome. All challenge is an opportunity for growth.

JV/VARSITY TEAM PLACEMENT BEYOND DESIGNATED AGE OR GRADE LEVEL Student-athletes will begin try-outs with their own age or grade level. A head coach may recommend level changes to the Athletics Director upon consultation with other coaches. If administrative approval is granted, the head coach will discuss the move with the player and parents of the player. If all parties agree that the move is in the overall best interest of the player, team, and program, then the shift will occur.

ASD JV/VARSITY SEASONS Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Sports

Dance, Golf (Gr 8), Swim, Volleyball

Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis (Gr 8), Wrestling

Badminton (Gr 8), Baseball (Gr 8), Softball (Gr 8), Track & Field

Season Dates

September 9 - October 28

November 4 - February 10

February 17 - April 21

Online Sign-up

August 19 - 30

October 18 - 28

January 27 - February 7

Tryut Dates

September 2 - 6

October 30 - November 3

February 11 - 16

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COMMUNICATION The ASD Athletics Office supports over 1,150 athletic opportunities in 14 different sports within 53 different teams over 3 seasons of sports. We strive to provide accurate and up-todate information accessible through a central system of Google calendars and PowerSchool Learning in addition to offering information sessions to both athletes and parents at the beginning of each athletic season. Calendars and Schedules ASD has a variety of calendars available through the GO Page of their website. The Competitions Calendar is one of the school’s five main calendars and showcases the dates, times, locations, and specific details regarding all games and tournaments of every athletic team. Every sport has its own practice calendar and these calendars can be online located on the Athletics page (under Campus Life) as well on each team’s PowerSchool Learning page. These calendars are the best resource for accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information regarding all games, tournaments, and practices. Team Pages via PowerSchool Learning Each team has its own detailed webpage page via PowerSchool. Both the athlete and family will be granted access to upon team selection. The page can be accessed through the “Extras” tab once signed into your PS Learning account. The Athletics Office and the team’s coach(es) update this page throughout the season with announcements, travel details, and relevant team information.

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT AND CONTRACT All students are expected to abide by the rules, regulations, and policies of the American School of Dubai, Emirates Athletics Conference, Dubai International Schools Sports Conference and Junior Emirates Athletics Conference. All Middle School players and their parents must read and sign a copy of the Players Code Card, which is issued to families at the beginning of each season. The Code Card includes the Athletics Code, participation consent, medical release contract, and parent and player codes of conduct.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY POLICIES Being a member of an ASD interscholastic team is a privilege. Our student-athletes are ambassadors for our community and as such are expected to demonstrate the highest degree of etiquette in school and in all aspects relating to competition. Student-athletes are expected to remain in good academic standing. These expectations are reflected in our Core Values at ASD. Falling below standard in any of these areas are grounds for suspension or dismissal from an athletic team at ASD. In addition, students must demonstrate punctuality and regular attendance at school. Any student deemed to have excessive tardiness or absences from school or individual classes may be ineligible to participate in athletics activities. In every case, a student must be in school on the day of an after school event, and in school the day before an away trip in order to participate.

Email The Athletics Office provides minimal email communication to athletes and families throughout the season. However, there will be one email sent to the ASD family account of athletes selected for a team at the beginning of the season. This email will contain links for deposit payment, the Athletic Code Card, and the team’s PS Learning page. One additional email will be sent to both the athlete and the family upon selection of MESAC with details regarding payment, travel, and packing list.

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UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT POLICY Student-athletes are responsible for any uniforms and equipment issued to them by the Athletic Department. Student-athletes are expected to keep all issued items clean and in good condition. Families are financially responsible for all items issued and will reimburse the Athletic Department for all items returned past final due date. Athletes will not be permitted to receive the next season’s uniform unless all items issued are returned and/or paid for. Any refusal to adhere to this policy will prohibit eligibility for athletic awards. Student-athletes are to wear only athletic department approved equipment.

ATHLETIC UNIFORM DEPOSIT An athletic uniform set can cost anywhere from AED 400 to more than AED 1,400 to replace. Each player is required to pay a AED 500 Athletics Uniform Deposit. An online payment link will be sent via email from the Athletics Office to the athlete’s family account after the athlete has received notice of being selected for the team. The deposit is due immediately and the uniform will not be given to the athlete until the funds have been received. Uniforms are to be returned to the Athletics Office promptly at the end of the sport season. The family will receive a refund of their Uniform Deposit within one week of all uniform pieces returned to the Athletics Office in good condition. Athletes competing in multiple seasons of sports will receive a new online payment link at the beginning of each season after team selection. Payment is due for each season of sport participation and refunds cannot be transferred from one season to another. If the uniform is not returned, lost, or damages have occurred, the uniform deposit will be applied towards the cost of replacement of the athletic uniform item. Should the cost of the lost or damaged athletic uniform exceed the deposit, the studentathlete will be informed of the replacement cost of the uniform and balance owing (less the initial deposit) will be charged.

UNIFORM FINAL DUE DATE No uniforms (from any season) will be accepted after May 10, 2018.

PRACTICE & COMPETITIONS PARTICIPATION Attendance at practices, competitions, and corresponding team events are mandatory for all student-athletes. Absences should be communicated with a coach and avoided whenever possible. Communication is paramount. Two absences without communication may be considered grounds for dismissal from the team. Student-athletes are expected to attend 100% of practices and competitions. 85% attendance is a minimum standard of acceptable absence at ASD. If a studentathlete’s attendance falls below an 85% attendance record they may be ineligible to participate in games and tournaments.

PLAYING TIME Participating on an athletic team is a privilege, not a right. The coach determines playing time based on the following: respect, attitude, self-discipline, coachability, knowledge of the sport, and athletic talent.

DRESS CODE ON GAME OR TRAVEL DAY Student-athletes should wear appropriate attire on game day so as to represent our school and team properly. Each coach will impose the set guidelines for a dress code at their discretion, with administrative approval.

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CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY ON GAME, PRACTICE AND TRAVEL DAYS Blocks 1 2 3 4

Practice Must be present 1/2 day Must be present 1/2 day

Games

Tournaments

Travel Teams

Must be present full day

Must be present the day before competitions

Must be present all periods prior to departure

DROPPING OUT OF A SPORT When a student-athlete is selected for a team and decides to participate in a sport, the Athletic Department and coaches expect the student-athlete to complete the season. If there are extenuating circumstances during the season which necessitate dropping a sport, the student-athlete must consult the coach and explain the circumstances. Depending on the circumstances, the student-athlete may be granted a release by the Athletic Director to participate in the next season. If a student-athlete decides to quit a sport without consult or is dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons that individual will be deemed ineligible to participate in the following sports season.

PARTICIPATING ON AN OUTSIDE TEAM ASD student-athletes first commitment is to their school sponsored team. Practice and competitions with the school team come before any outside team, unless given prior approval. A violation of this policy may be grounds for dismissal from the team.

LEAGUES & TOURNAMENTS EAC MS Falcons participate in a local league called Emirates Athletics Conference (EAC). EAC is a local league consisting of five member schools within the UAE. EAC organizes weekly competitive exchanges amongst the member schools and a one-day championship tournament during the latter part of the season. EAC Member Schools: American School of Dubai (ASD); American Community School - Abu Dhabi (ACS); Dubai American Academy (DAA); Gems American Academy (GAA); Universal American School (UAS). DISSC MS Junior Falcons participate in a local league called Dubai International Schools Sports Conference (DISSC). DISSC consists of four member schools within the UAE. DISSC organizes a mid-season and end of season tournament as well as exhibition games throughout the season. DISSC Member Schools: American School of Dubai (ASD); Dubai American Academy (DAA); Bradenton Prep Academy (BPA); Dunecrest American School (DAS). JEAC The JF6 program participate in a local league called Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (JEAC). JEAC is a local league consisting of 8 member schools within the UAE. JEAC organizes exchanges amongst member schools throughout the season and a one-day Jamboree during the latter part of the season. JEAC Member Schools: American School of Dubai (ASD); American Community School - Abu Dhabi (ACS); American International School Abu Dhabi (AISA); Collegiate American School (CAS); Dubai American Academy (DAA); Gems American Academy (GAA) ; Universal American School (UAS); Dunecrest American School (DAS). Middle School Athletics Handbook | 13


TRAVEL

CELEBRATIONS & AWARDS

Local Travel

Each season the JF6, MS Junior Falcons and MS Falcons have an end of season celebration to acknowledge all studentathletes for their dedication and commitment to the ASD Athletics program. Student-athletes will receive a certificate of participation from the Athletics Department. Parents are welcome to and encouraged to attend our Recognition Nights for MS Junior Falcons and MS Falcons teams.

The ASD athletics program covers all costs associated with local/ ground transportation to and from all off-site practices, games, tournaments, EAC, DISSC and JEAC competitions. Insurance As stated in the Players Code Card, the parent agrees to pay all costs, charges and expenses incurred in relationship to providing medical care and releases The American School of Dubai and its representatives from responsibility for all medical costs. Private travel and medical insurance is an individual family responsibility. Coverage should be sought out prior to given travel dates. Epipen Medical Notice Any student requiring an epipen is responsible for carrying and supplying the necessary epipens for games or tournaments.

MS Junior Falcons and MS Falcons Recognition Events Season 1: October 22 Season 2: February 4 Season 3: April 23 Middle School Ambassador’s Sports Awards Presented to a middle school girl and boy who, in the opinion of the coaches, have made a major contribution to the ASD athletics program. Areas considered include sportsmanship, attitude, skills and the ability to get along with peers and coaches. These awards are presented at the Middle School end of year recognition assembly. The ASD Scholar Athlete Award This award goes to an outstanding scholar-athlete. The recipient will have a final year average of at least Proficient in all strands in all subjects and a high standard of athletics ability, participation in school sports, and sense of sportsmanship. The faculty and Athletics Department selects students based on academic ability and achievement.

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The ASD Parent At ASD parents are vital in making the Athletic Department the best it can be. Parents are called upon to volunteer to support coaches and teams throughout the year. EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS: PARENT SPORTSMANSHIP CODE ASD believes parents are an important part of all programs and students learn and develop best when the adults in their lives model the values we teach and hold dear. We are therefore asking all parents support their athlete in athletics by: 1. Serving as positive role models for their athlete, and maintaining the highest standards of conduct and respect when interacting with students, other parents, coaches, other teams and officials. 2. Remembering athletes participate in athletics to have fun. It is their experience. 3. Supporting the capable leadership of the coaches during events or games. 4. Emphasizing the importance of skill development, teamwork, and acquiring a greater understanding of the sport over the idea of being the “best” or “winning.” 5. Teaching their athlete to adhere to the rules and expectations of them as participants and to resolve conflicts in a positive and controlled manner. 6. Insisting their athlete treat students, coaches, officials, and spectators with respect regardless of race, gender or ability. 7. Recognizing the value and importance of the coaches and volunteers who provide athletics opportunities for their child.

BOOSTER CLUB The ASD Booster Club is a parent volunteer organization that supports the Athletics Department by raising funds, organizing volunteers, staffing concession stands and providing opportunities for community events. All parents of ASD student-athletes are considered a member of the Booster Club. An elected governing board coordinates all efforts of the Booster Club, but all parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer and participate in Booster events. 4 Hours of Power The Booster Club asks all parents of student-athletes to volunteer 4 hours a season in support of the team, students and Athletics Department. The Booster Club organizes a number of ways to support ASD student-athletes and the Athletics Department such as: Becoming a Team Parent • Representing ASD at events • Volunteering at the Falcon’s Nest concession stand • Volunteering at the Spirit Store • Decorating athletes’ lockers • Organizing team photos • Planning recognition events Information regarding the Booster Club is on the Athletics GO Page, or you can contact the Booster Club at booster@asdubai.org.

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The ASD Coach Coaches can be the most influential aspect of a young person’s life and with that comes a great deal of responsibility. Because of our commitment to excellence, coaches at ASD become one of the most important components of our athletic program. Coaches are responsible for modeling positive behavior and attitude at all times. Coaches are both a participant and teacher at the same time.

ASD CONSIDERS THE FOLLOWING WHEN APPRAISING ITS COACHES

In order to be considered an effective coach and role model, our coaches must be knowledgeable in their sport, prepared, motivating, and able to make adjustments during competition. In short, coaches have great responsibility and opportunity to mold young lives.

Success is measured if the above criteria are met. Wins and championships take care of themselves and will occur if and when everything else falls into place.

ASD COACHES: • Act professionally at all times, putting students first. • Keep open lines of communication with their players, parents and the Athletics Department. • Serve as a liaison between players and their teachers if additional support is needed for academic success • Know and follow policy set by the American School of Dubai. • Work with the Associate Director of Athletics when concerns arise. • Fulfill paperwork required to ensure students can participate in JEAC, DISSC & EAC. • Create and communicate meaningful practice schedules to allow for the improvement of athletes. • Ensure players are prepared for all upcoming competitions. • Supervise teams at all times. • Teach and model good sportsmanship as well as grace in both victory and defeat through both words and actions. • Maintain a team page on PowerSchool Learning. The team page may include training videos, encouragement, reminders, team photos and more. • Keep attendance records of practices and games as required by the Athletics Department.

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• Was the season a positive experience for the athlete? • Did the players learn and improve throughout the season? • Did the individuals and team represent the school in an exemplary fashion?

ASD Coaches are respected and not judged on the basis of record. Both winning and losing are contingent upon any number of factors, including available talent, injuries and more.

EXPECTATION OF COACHES: COACHES CODE OF ETHICS ASD believes coaches are the cornerstone of our program. Athletes are motivated and excel in sport when they have a coach they respect and admire. We have the highest expectations of our coaches at ASD: 1. Respect: A coach shows respect towards coaches, officials, players, opponents, oneself, the sport, the organization and property. 2. Fairness: The coach is fair to all athletes. The coach provides athletes with fair opportunities to demonstrate their ability and contribute to the teams’ success. 3. Caring: The coach maintains a positive, caring and encouraging attitude. 4. Integrity: A coach acts with integrity, keeping to their own personal values and the core values of ASD in word and action. 5. Responsibility: The coach’s role is to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem in every athlete. The coach promotes the values of team spirit and fair-play. The coach models leadership, composure, respect and fairness and makes decisions in the best interest of the athletes. The coach provides consequences to team members who display unsportsmanlike behavior. 6. Excellence: Coaches are expected to strive toward excellence in what they do, not only in the outcomes for our program but in the process of working with our athletes. JV/Varsity Athletics Handbook | 16


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