Philosophy&Guidelines

ATHLETICS and ACTIVITIES (ATAC)
1. Philosophy
  • We believe that International School Manila has a unique opportunity to foster the development of global citizens of the future.
  • The Athletics  program aims to promote healthy, balanced and productive citizens, each actively capable of contributing to a global society in line with overall school goals/philosophy
  • Our program is based around and interwoven with our school mission/values. It is of great importance that our athletes/coaches and parents ALWAYS treat players, officials and spectators from other schools with respect both on and off the field of play and take pride in the demonstration of the highest qualities of ‘sportsmanship’ at all times.
  • The Athletics program also aims to promote the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for life long learning.
  • ISM believes that a variety of activities, in a comprehensive interscholastic and intramural program, helps promote and supplement a balanced and well‑rounded education. As such, the students should be given the opportunity to improve their self‑worth, athletic potential, and personal growth through a myriad of activities which are not limited to all four walls of a classroom. It follows that exposure to a variety of educational experiences help students to recognize, and value, physical and recreational activities as viable lifestyle choices.
2. Program Goals
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their intellectual, cultural, aesthetic and physical abilities.
  • Provide a broad program of activities that will encourage social interaction, cooperation and leadership.
  • Encourage attitudes that promote the development of a sense of responsibility, self-reliance and that contribute to a positive self-image.
  • Provide opportunities for students to acquire useful and practical skills, within a full spectrum of activities that range from the highly competitive to the purely participatory.
  • Provide a comprehensive interscholastic program where competitions are held locally and overseas.
  • Provide opportunities for all ISM students to join a wide range of athletic, cultural and recreational activities.
  • Provide the highest level of training, competition, and supervision within the context of a school-based program.
  • Provide coaching staff who will uphold the school philosophy and prevailing sense of dignity and pride.
  • Provide a safe and healthy climate through the collaborative efforts of the Athletics Director, ATAC staff and coaches.
Eligibility
  1. Interscholastic sports activities at ISM are available to all students in good standing. Any student may try out for a team provided that the student meets the requirements of the activity or organization.
  2. Students involved in sports or activities must maintain a high academic level. Should a student fall below an acceptable level, then a decision on that student’s eligibility and continued participation will be made after consultation with parents, counselor, ATAC Director and Principal. Academic checks are done for all IASAS trips to ensure students who represent ISM are doing do with a good academic record.
  3. Students who show recalcitrance with regard to their academic work, school rules, general behavior, attention to responsibility, etc. may forfeit their rights to participate in activities.
  4. It is recommended that all students, and especially (varsity athletes) engaging in strenuous physical activities, undergo an annual medical examination prior the start of the season. Please submit a copy of the medical clearance to the school clinic. *Note an ECG test at St. Luke’s can be done for approximately 700-900 pesos. ECG is now a part of admissions enrollment (for all new students) and the re-enrollment process (for certain grade levels)
Quitting a team
1.   Students who quit a team shall be ineligible to rejoin the team for the remainder of the season of that team.
2.   A student who quits his/her team will be charged 100% for their team uniform once measuring and ordering has taken place. Students/parents have a responsibility to inform their coach if they quit a team. If a uniform is made and students have not informed ATAC or coaches they are quitting a team the student is responsible for full cost of the uniform and will be billed accordingly.
Uniforms
  1. The school will pay forty percent (40%) of the basic uniform up to 600 pesos.  This does not include jackets, sweatshirts, footwear, bags, or team t-shirts, etc.  The rest of the cost of the team uniform plus additional items (eg: team t-shirts) will be charged to the school account of the students concerned.
  2. Varsity Teams will get two sets of uniform and one set for JV Teams except the Basketball JV Teams which will get two sets.
  3. Practice uniforms that may be issued from time to time must be returned, otherwise the replacement cost will be charged directly to the school account of the student concerned.
  4. It must be understood that once a student is measured it is automatically charged to his/her school account of their share for the uniform cost.
Overseas Travel
  1. Students participating in IASAS events will have 40% of their airfare paid by the school; all other costs/taxes and charges are borne by the parents.
  2. Trips by teams or groups other than IASAS (e.g. Pre-IASAS exchanges, Gymnastics, Sailfish , Wall Climbing trips ) are considered to be exchanges and students are required to fund 100% of these trips.
  3. Traveling students on all trips should wear the official ISM Travel Uniform:  Boys- Green school or varsity polo shirt with Khaki pants and closed leather shoes will be worn. Girls-Green school or varsity polo shirt, school khaki pants are to be worn (mini shorts/shorts or skirts are not to be worn) The ISM IASAS Varsity Jacket is the official cover up to be worn on school trips. Individual team warm-up tops are not part of the travel uniform. No casual sandals, high heels or flip-flops are to be worn as part of the traveling uniform.  Certain headgear (caps etc) is not deemed to be suitable for travel.
  4. All ticketing and documentation needed for overseas trips will be processed and collected in the ATAC Office. All school trips are supported and coordinated via the the school affiliated travel agent. Individual parent organized travel or use of other travel agents for school trips is not allowed, this includes internet/direct online purchasing of tickets!
  5. During overseas trips it is the coaches’ responsibility to make curfew calls each night of the trip, including the night of arrival.
  6. For all ATAC school trips students must travel with the school team/group on both the outward/inward sectors of the trip.
  7. For all MS/HS events where housing is offered ISM participants must stay with host families and not stay with parents in hotels. This is an ISM and IASAS rule.
  8. Please note: ISM school medical insurance will cover up to 100,000 pesos (approx US $2000). If your child has an accident on a school trip or at a sports event locally or overseas that requires a visit to a doctor or and or there is any medical expense incurred please collect an insurance claim form from the ISM clinic and submit to the insurance company with appropriate supporting documents within 60 days of the injury. It is recommended for all overseas travel that parents have adequate personal medical coverage. To ensure all ISM students attending overseas trips have adequate medical cover in case of accident/emergency surgery/death/disability etc whilst on an overseas trip all traveling members will be covered via mandatory travel insurance for the duration of the trip. If you do not wish to be covered parents must supply a copy of your own private medical coverage documentation one week prior to the trip to ensure you will not be billed under the school mandatory coverage. Parents will be invoiced for the mandatory coverage as a part of the billing process. If you require a copy of the insurance cover please contact ATAC office. Approximate cost per student for a 3 day trip is 700 pesos or a 5 day trip is 900 pesos.
Travel for local and international fixtures and games:
  1.  MS students will receive permission slips prior to matches distributed by the coach the week prior to advise parents of match date/time/venue. HS students are advised verbally by coaches of mid week/weekend matches. Please note that all scheduled matches are available via the online ATAC game schedule page http://atac.ism-online.org/schedules/  which is housed on the parent portal.  Parents please note- It is advised that HS students selected to ISM teams and who participate in on or off campus matches will not be issued with a permission form for every match. Involvement with any team/group includes parental consent for all domestic bus trips and match play along with and including for ISM staff to administer first-aid/medications should the need arise. When games or activities are held off campus. Students must return to ISM after the activity (unless they have prior approval from the parent and of the coach to be dismissed from the playing venue….see below).
  2. Students must travel to off‑campus venues in official transportation, unless they are traveling with their own parents. Parents MUST provide written confirmation at least 24 hours prior to departure to the coach.  The coach will collect these permission slips.
  3. Students may travel in the car of other students, provided written consent from both sets of parents is given 24 hours prior to departure.
  4. To lessen security risks, buses will not drop off students en route, nor will they stop for food or other refreshments. Students should come well prepared for food prior to departure.
Dress Code
  1. In activities requiring uniforms, all participants are expected to wear the official school uniform in competition.
  2. During practice, students are expected to abide by the dress requirements of the school and coach.
  3. Students traveling to off‑campus locations are expected to dress appropriately and should be guided by their coach/sponsor in this matter.
  4. Students going overseas must travel in official travel uniform.
Housing
  1. The ATAC Office will coordinate with the students and school community all aspects of housing for IASAS Events.
  2. The ATAC Office will then reconfirm with families 3-5 days before the event and schedules will be sent to families.
Schedules-
  1. All activities are bound by the general ISM School Board Policies.
  2. It is the policy of the school’s Administration that ISM will try to avoid participating in competitions over long weekends or holidays unless absolutely necessary (see #4 below) Organizations and Leagues are to be informed of this policy prior to the release of the schedule.
  3. It is also school policy that, during regular weekends, there will be no activities programmed for Sunday unless there are compelling reasons to support calendaring on that day. Such reasons may be: a tournament or competition promoted by an outside agency; sporting fixtures, again promoted by an outside agency, that are only and exclusively scheduled on Sundays. In cases such as these, the relevant school principal or the school superintendent will need to give authorization.
  4. ATAC Policy states that practices and games will be limited to no more than five (HS) and four (MS) contact times per week (inclusive of Saturday games) If extra games/matches are required, then practices times need to be reduced to ensure the “five contact policy” is adhered to. This allows students to bring intensity to training that mirrors the requirements of the game as well as achieving balance with their academic responsibilities.
  5. If a student is not able to meet the minimum team training requirements as stipulated for MS/HS ISM seasonal or year round teams participation in local meets/competitions will not be allowed. For HS students failure to meet the minimum training requirements will deem them ineligible for IASAS selection (no matter of individual ability.
  6. Any student who is an official member of a Philippine National squad must talk with their Head Coach to ensure they are able to meet the ISM minimum training requirements to be eligible for ISM team selection for seasonal and year round teams.
SCHOOL IDENTIFICATION
  1. All school personnel (administrators, faculty, staff and coaches) are required to wear their ISM ID while inside the campus.
  2. Athletes and coaches are required to bring their school ID on all off campus and overseas trips.
EMERGENCY:
  • ISM’s outdoor facilities have a lightning warning system in place to ensure our outdoor sports areas are cleared when lightning is detected in the area. At all 3 fields and the swimming pool we have a set of 3 amber lights mounted in visible areas for students and coaches to observe. During the school day for PE classes or after school training/matches if lightning is detected within 0-8 miles an alarm goes off in the security office and the lightning warning system is activated. The set of amber lights will flash and this is the indication for any student/PE teacher/coach or adult to clear the field/pool and seek cover in the nearest area to that venue. When the lightning passes the lights will go off and this is the indication that activity can then recommence. All coaches/adults are to monitor students in the covered areas they take them to during a lightning delay until the activity can resume. http://atac.ism-online.org/manila-weather-forecast/ism-lightning-warning/
  • Procedures for cancellation of after school or weekend events in the event of extreme weather can be found at this link http://atac.ism-online.org/manila-weather-forecast/atac-event-cancelation-extreme-weather/
  • ISM has a Crisis Response Manual. In case of natural calamities or security threats, these procedures must be followed. A copy of this Manual is available at the ATAC Office. If you have questions regards any emergency situation please call the ATAC office during office hours or the ISM Security office (open 24hrs
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS-
  1. ISM Operator  840 8400 during school hours
  2. ATAC Office  840 8610 during school hours
  3. ATAC Fax No. (632) 840 8610
  4. Athletic Director Cell: 0917 5218610
  5. Clinic 840 8580
  6. Security Office 840 8530
 

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