FAQs & policies
- How are coaches selected for our teams?
- May a student participate in ASL athletics if s/he is involved in other clubs or activities outside of school that may cause a conflict?
- Are returning players automatically selected for spots on a team?
- Can seniors play JV?
- Why are teams announced by email instead of in person?
- Can middle school students play on HS teams (not including the junior teams of cross country, swimming, and track and field)?
- Some sports and teams seem to play more matches than others, or play against a wider variety of teams. Why is that?
- Do teams dress up on game days?
- Can parents and/or fans ride the bus to away games with the team?
The athletics department seeks to hire qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, enthusiastic coaches
Whenever possible, the athletics department seeks to employ ASL members of faculty and staff who are qualified, experienced coaches
All interested coaches go through the same HR process, which includes a written submission of interest, extensive interviews, reference calls, and appropriate HMRC child protection & safety background checks
All coaches are instructed by the athletic director on ASL athletics policies, philosophies, and core values, as outlined in the coaching handbook.
We expect our student athletes to fully commit to ASL teams, meeting every obligation with respect to practices and games and making the ASL team in a given season their athletic priority.We understand that students have commitments outside of ASL and its athletics program and that there will be unavoidable conflicts with those other commitments. Choices may have to be made that may leave our students feeling pressure from one side or another, resulting in their feeling like they’ve let down a team or a group. We want to help students avoid these all-too-familiar predicaments, although they may be inevitable when students are balancing various activities in the same season.
In some ways, making the right choices is an authentic learning experience, preparing students for the future and difficult decision making. We are on hand to be as helpful as possible to our students.
As a matter of principle, in general, we do not put MS students on HS teams
In the few instances in which this has occurred in the past, we were oversubscribed in the MS for a sport that had too few participants to fill out a full JV
We will not place a MS student on a HS team in place of a HS student
HS tryouts are not open to middle school students.
Some sports are very popular locally, and there are clubs and schools against whom we can compete
Others unfortunately have little in the way of organized teams here in London, making scheduling very difficult. We tend to rely on the other LSSA (London Schools Sports Association) schools for these sports
In certain cases, a sport has gained popularity for one gender but not another, so the athletics department is able to find lots of games for one team or set of teams, while struggling to find games for the equivalent in the other gender.
- All high school students are encouraged to participate in the athletics program
- Teams with no cuts will be informed in advance of each season
- Teams with anticipated cuts will be informed at the start of tryouts
- Students are expected to attend all tryout sessions.
- Players are selected on a variety of criteria, including attitude, skill, work ethic, and coachability
- We have no hard-and-fast policy around the number of athletes taken on a team
- Increased numbers on teams equals increased participation
- The School will not sacrifice overall experience and competition for increased numbers
- Players are selected by coaches with athletics department oversight
- Varsity and JV players are expected to support the program as a whole and will practice and compete for another team in the same sport if and when it’s appropriate or necessary
- Certain sports have age requirements, such as swimming, cross country, track and field, and rugby.
- We are only limited to ISST squad sizes at varsity level
- In general, ISST team selections generally will focus on assembling the most competitive team together.
Communication of team selection
- Teams selections will be emailed sent out by email from the athletics department and/or coaches
- Conversations may take place during tryouts between coaches and players to aid the process
- Private conversations may occur if a coach knows there is/are player/s who will not make a desired team
- Coaches will be available for timely feedback and discussion
- Primarily, captains will be chosen by team members
- If only one captain is to be chosen, s/he will be selected by a team vote
- If there are multiple captains, a coach can appoint a captain in addition to the one selected by students.
- Playing time is earned in practice and in game performance
- Playing time may vary at the coaches’ discretion
- Playing time can be limited for some players, particularly at the varsity level.
- Practice and games are viewed in the same way as academic classes. Students are expected to attend all practices and games
- Athletes are responsible for communicating directly with coaches to inform them of an upcoming absence
- Ongoing attendance issues will impact playing time and continued participation will be in question.
- Student athletes will be furnished with game and practice uniforms, where appropriate
- Athletes are responsible for returning all parts of their uniform at the conclusion of the season
- Students will be sent a reminder email if their uniform isn’t returned at the conclusion of the season. After a grace period, family accounts will be billed for missing items
- Students will be given only one baseball/softball hat/visor, which is to be kept for their time as athletes at ASL. Replacements cost £40.
Cost for unreturned uniforms:
All uniform tops: £60
All uniform bottoms: £40
Tracksuit tops: £80
Tracksuit bottoms: £50
Expectations of the athletics department:
- Deliver a positive athletics experience to our student athletes
- Schedule and communicate games/matches/meets
- Hire qualified, enthusiastic coaches who exhibit ASL core values
- Organize and/or communicate transport to/from competitions and practices
- Respect and value that student athletes have priorities and obligations that extend beyond athletic participation
Expectations of parents and families:
- Embody ASL core values in your support of your student athletes, using encouragement and a loving approach
- Help your student athletes with time management and organization
- Volunteer your time to the Booster Club concessions stand
- Feed/provide food for visiting athletes during host weekends and ISSTs (this may be in a different season or sport from one in which your son/daughter participates)
Expectations of student athletes:
- Exhibit ASL core values in all that they do; be inclusive of all members of their program; play and compete with sportsmanship and integrity
- Seek help and guidance on issues of time management and workload when necessary
- Make good, informed choices about what they eat and drink, as well as how they prepare for games and practices
- Return any and all pieces of uniform/kit after the final competition of a season
- Keep in mind that athletics are meant to be FUN