Week 25 Feb 13-16, 2017

Thank-you to Coach Hobbins/Winters who took our HS Academic Bowl team to Brent last Saturday for the sem 2 event. Our team placed 3rd and narrowly missed out on getting into the final playoff round.
Our boys baseball program got off to a great start this past Sunday with a double header down at Brent vs a combined Illam/Tot league team. Our boys won the first 7 inning game 3-1 in a tight contest and then lost the second 5 inning game 3-8. A great start for ISM Bearcats Baseball.
Good luck to our Bearcat Gymnasts who compete this coming weekend in the Philippine Cup meet.
Tryouts and practice schedule for S3 sports are posted. S3 HS sports are (Golf, Track and Field, Baseball/Fast Pitch Softball, Badminton)
S3 MS sports are (Track and Field, Mixed Touch and Badminton) S3 tryouts for MS will start this week Mon/Tues for Track  and Mon/Tues/Wed for Badminton. Flyers are at MS office notice board and on ATAC blog. Mixed touch will begin Mar 1st with Coach V.
Please note a Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball development program for MS boys and girls will take place during S4 from end of April until end of May.
Housing requests for future IASAS events- We are now calling for community support to host student athletes for IASAS Badminton (April 5-9 need 80 beds- online badminton housing registration ) and for IASAS Golf (April 8 need 60 beds one night only- online golf housing registration )
S2 athletes who were just housed at Bangkok/ISKL/JIS please help out and house to fulfill your hosting responsibility as a Bearcat athlete for this year. We need your support!
Please assist if you can help house for these upcoming IASAS events in April. Online housing form links for these events are available as listed above and are at IASAS housing and hosting tabs on ATAC blog or under the helpful shortcuts on ATAC blog main page. Should you require further information about hosting for IASAS events go to…http://atac.ism-online.org/iasas/iasas-housing/ or contact ATAC office or email pekinm@ismanila.org
Upcoming events- (full match schedule available at ATAC Game schedule)
Feb 13–16 Baseball/Softball clinics at ISM with visiting USA collegiate coaches. (see coaches bios below)
Feb 13,14 MS S3 tryouts(Track)
Feb 13,14,15 MS S3 tryouts(Badminton/)
Feb 15 HS S2 Sports awards for all S2 teams. Lofthouse 5:30pm.
Feb 18 Track meet at Brent
Feb 18 Badminton at Brent
Feb 18-19 Philippine Cup Gymnastics meet
Mar 4 Track meet at Brent
Mar 4 ISM Chess Invitational
Mar 4-5 Bangkok Splash swim meet for Sailfish
Mar 10-12 Pre IASAS exchange weekend
Mar 18 British School Gymnastics meet
Mar 18 Golf team at Mt. Malarayat
Mar 24 ISM twilight track meet
Mar 25 Golf team at Mt. Malarayat tbc?
Apr 1-2 ISB Bangkok Gymnastics meet
April 5-8 S3 IASAS Championships Badminton/Golf at ISM, Track at ISB, Baseball/Softball at SAS
Apr 22-23 Sailfish International meet at ISM
May 6 ISM Goodwill Gymnastics Meet
May 12-14 Jakarta MS Mixed Touch tournament
To find out details of all the Bearcats matches mid week and on weekends go to the ATAC game schedule page- link is provided below and follow the instructions to find out when and where our Bearcat teams will be playing. The ATAC(Athletics) Game schedule is housed within the parent portal to ensure secure access for ISM parents http://atac.ism-online.org/schedules/

Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog  http://atac.ism-online.org/ as it is our one stop shop for all information related to the competitive ISM sports program.

For our All Year Round teams- Wall Climbing, Chess, Judo, TKD, Aikido, Table Tennis -As these programs are year round it is possible for students to join during the year as long as space is available. See link to information and schedule to attend and meet the coaches. All year round sports teams See schedule for our All year round teams program here

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 16-17 are as follows: ATAC all year round teams- 3:15-4:30. For our Sailfish swim team program please check the Sailfish blog for information http://sailfish.ism-online.org/

ATAC Gymnastics team practices 3:10-4:50 M/W/F
All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm on their respective practice afternoons. MS seasonal teams practice from 3:15-4:45pm.In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus is 4:55pm  this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns in our area.

Parents and students please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to our sports and activities program. If you have any questions regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after reading the information on the blog please send an email to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will endeavour to assist you as best I can.

Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a  a range of products and items to purchase including items from our service partners. Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.

Upcoming visit of USA Collegiate Fast pitch/Baseball coaches to ISM next week Feb 12-16
​With the wonderful support and contacts from ISM Softball Coach Angela Respecki ISM has been fortunate to secure the services of three outstanding fast pitch coaches, one of which also has an extensive baseball coaching background. The visiting coaches from Texas will be at ISM to work with our HS players throughout the week from Feb 12-16 at practice sessions and in some PE classes to get the new IASAS sports of Fast Pitch Softball and Baseball off to a solid start for our Bearcat athletes.

Below is a brief bio of the visiting coaches. It is going to be a great learning experience for our players and coaches and we look forward to giving them a big Bearcat Welcome!​

Coach Gay McNutt– a decorated collegiate player as well as a veteran with 32 years of coaching experience. O​f those 32 years, 22 were spent as a Division I college coach. She spent 6 years as the head coach in the Southland Conference with Northwestern State University before taking the reins at University of Southern Miss for seven seasons, and nine seasons at Stephen F. Austin State University, in all, McNutt’s teams have won eight conference championships and finished in the league’s Top 3 on 10 other occasions, with four NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances. McNutt has been honored numerous times in her coaching career. She was named Conference Coach of the Year at Stephen F. Austin in 2010, and was a three-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year at Northwestern State and took Conference USA Coach of the Year honors in 2004. McNutt was a four-year starter behind the plate at Texas A&M, starting for the Aggies from 1982-1985. She was named to the all-region team each of those four years and earned All-American honors in 1985. McNutt, who served as team captain in each of her last two seasons at A&M, helped lead the Aggies to a national title in 1982 and ’83, and a second-place finish at the Women’s College World Series in 1984. McNutt was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 2011. McNutt now works for Schutt Sports as the Business Development Manager for Baseball/Softball.

Coach K​enny Bruce– is​currently a girls fastpitch coach and operates a softball organization in Texas. 
​Coach Bruce has had a passion for and began playing baseball at a very young age. He was fortunate to have the ability to have played at the collegiate level, as well as in the DBA and NABA. Coach Bruce recognized that his interest for fastpitch softball began out of curiosity to help his daughter McKenna, now 17,  when she started playing at age 4. He remembers falling in love with the game from the very first pitch. Coach Bruce quickly began coaching, giving private hitting lessons, as well as assisting at camps all over USA.Coach Bruce proudly shares, “My passion and commitment to the sport, and the next generation of female athletes, empowered me to open Pro Form Camps & Training, Pro Form Fastpitch and Pro Form Apparel. Since May 2015, Pro Form Fastpitch teams have had 17 athletes who have been granted college scholarship commitments. Our coaching staff continues to do an amazing job developing softball players into great players, as well as produce powerful and confident women in our society.”
​Coach Bruce is a ​well-rounded softball/baseball​coach with almost 20 years experience. He has coached every age group from 10u Coach Pitch to 18u and has coached many athletes currently playing at the collegiate level. Coach Bruce’s 

strengths are hitting and fielding instruction. Upon meeting Coach Bruce it is evident that his“passion for this game burns as bright as ever”.

​Coach ​Shawn Andaya-Pulliam- is originally from Stockton, California.
​ She was recruited and earned a scholarship to attend​​/play softball at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Coach Shawn pitched all four years and led her team to win the 1987 NCAA National Softball Championship. Coach Shawn earned honors as a three Time NCAA All-American. She is a member of the Texas A&M Softball Hall of Fame as well as the first softball player inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. She is a member of the NCAA Division I Softball 25th Anniversary Team along with N​CAA Division I All-Decade Team. At Texas A&M University Coach Shawn served as the Assistant Softball Coach from 1992-1994 and the Director of Major Gifts from 1996-2017.
Coach Shawn has a strong sense of community service. Currently Coach Shawn is the United States Liaison for VOOM Foundation, a humanitarian medical organization that travels to Nigeria several times a year conducting open-heart medical missions.

Coach Shawn is excited to travel to Manila and shares what this trip means to her:  “I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for this opportunity to visit the Philippines and to be able to share my gift and softball knowledge in my grandfathers’ native land.  Both of my grandfathers’ came to America from the Philippines as children in search of a better life and opportunity. I grew up in Stockton, California and through softball I was able to rise abovemy difficult circumstances and be the first in my entire family to obtain a college degree from a top 10 university. I have also achieved athletic success surpassing my wildest dreams. I have been a NCAA Divis​i​on I National Champion, A​ll-​A​merican and nominated the first woman softball player inducted into the Texas Sport Hall of Fame. None of this would be possible without the courage, strength and wisdom of my grandfathers and their plight to move our family forward.  I live my life trying to create these same type opportunities for others.  Opportunities change live​s​!