Bangkok Patana School
Table of Contents
Statement of Policy
Insurance and Sports Participation Agreement Form
Pre-Season Coaches Meeting
Student Time Commitment
Cancellation of Games / Practices
School Funding of Events
Team / Coach Uniforms
Playing for Other Teams / Conflicting Activities
Lines of Communication
Supervision of Athletes
Sports Schedules & School Directions
Sports & Activities Directory
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The purpose of the Bangkok Patana School Sports Handbook is to provide athletes, parents, coaches and administration with a point of reference that is transparent and further improve communication across the school community.
This handbook contains most of the practices, policies and regulations that govern extra curricular sport at Bangkok Patana School. It is reviewed annually and approved by the Board of Trustees.
In order for a student to participate in any selective sport at Bangkok Patana School, both the student and the parents or guardians must sign the Sports Participation Agreement. Signing the form confirms an agreement that all the policies, procedures and regulations in this Sports Handbook are understood and will be followed.
Participation in sports can be an integral part of a student's educational experience, and Bangkok Patana School attempts to provide extracurricular sports opportunities for all students who wish to participate. Bangkok Patana School offers up to five levels of team sports: U11, U13, U15, U17 (Junior Varsity) and U19 (Varsity) teams (dates as of Aug 2010) plus comprehensive age group opportunities in the gymnastic, swimming and tennis programmes.
The Competitive Sports Programme at Bangkok Patana School is dedicated to providing a positive learning experience through sports as an integral component of a balanced education for all students. Our Competitive Sports Programme will be developmentally sound and will cater to the needs of our student athletes. Student Athletes should always strive for excellence and to realize their full potential through the medium of sport. By so doing, student athletes should demonstrate qualities that we deem to be important not only in sport but in our daily lives, such as commitment, dedication, team work, sportsmanship and lifelong participation in sport. The goal of the Athletic Programme is to build character within our student athletes and to compete with honour and integrity.
Sports Programme Objectives
Our competitive sports programme (selective) is divided into five levels. Primary Sports, U13, U15, U17 and U19. Each programme has a specific focus.
The focus at the Primary level is to maximize participation. â€œSport for Allâ€Â is followed in each sport that is offered. The focus is developing basic skills, preparation for competition and a love for sport. Playing time within matches will be equal amongst all student athletes. Developing athletes is equally as important as a winning season.
U13 - Developmental
The primary focus at this level is to maximize the learning of skills, knowledge and rules of the game. Maximum participation by athletes is emphasized not only for the overall growth and welfare of the athletes, but the continued development of the overall programme. Developmental levels should be the foundations for the higher, competitive levels. Developing athletes is equally as important as a winning season.
U15 and 17 - Training to Be Competitive
At this level, we strive to continue to develop the â€œbasic skillsâ€. The aim is to refine the basic skills and to develop their application within the sport. Maximum participation remains an objective but additional emphasis is placed on being competitive. We are working to apply skills to competitive situations and to develop more detailed tactics related to the individual sport.
U19 - Competitive
At this stage of the programme we place more emphasis on being competitive. During the season maximum participation is still a focus but for championship tournaments we aim to field our most competitive team. Players earn their game time throughout the season through their performance in matches and training. We strive to develop complex tactics of the sport and we emphasize commitment, discipline and dedication to a team.
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES MISSION STATEMENTS
Our mission is to educate young people in and through the use of the body in a coordinated and progressive way and promote an appreciation of the many benefits of lifelong participation in physical activity. It will promote, at an age-appropriate level, the acquisition of high standards of physical competence, relevant knowledge of the positive effects of exercise on the body and the development of responsibility, cooperation and leadership. It will link to the Sports, Outdoor Education, Extra Curricular Activity and Inter-House/Inter-Class programmes to encourage whole school participation in a range of healthy and challenging activities.
Selective Sports Programme
Our sports programme endeavours to provide for as many sports as can reasonably be supported and are offered by the organisations of which BPS is a member (BISAC, SEASAC and FOBISSEA). Participating student athletes will develop their skill, knowledge and performance from a structured coaching programme scheduled in excellent facilities. The Sports & Activities Department and Coaches will aim to ensure that the most up to date and age appropriate coaching methods are provided and will strive for the highest possible performances within the constraints of an academic school setting. A major role of the programme is that it will stress and develop the fundamental characteristics of commitment, loyalty, selflessness, determination, cooperation, leadership and an appreciation of the role and value of the individual and the group.
The Patana Tiger Sharks (PTS) aims to provide the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive swimming by providing a planned training curriculum that addresses the cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development of the young athlete. It will encourage the pursuit of excellence and enjoyment of swimming and sport and provide student athletes with the opportunity to train and compete at appropriate levels. It will provide swimmers with the framework in which team spirit and a sense of community can grow in a first class facility with qualified and experienced coaches, instructors and support staff
The Tigers Tennis Academy aims to serve all student-athletes from all nations with all ability levels in a nurturing, challenging, competitive, fun, and professional environment, while creating the first tennis academy among international schools in Asia.
The Tumbling Tigers Gymnastic programme aims to contribute to the community by providing young athletes with a safe, fun, challenging and supportive environment in which to learn the sport of gymnastics.
The BPS Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) programme will be offered as an optional programme available to all pupils from Y1-Y13. It aims to provide opportunities for experiential, developmental and recreational opportunities and will provide opportunities for young people to participate in a wide range of artistic, sporting, community and academic activities.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Bangkok Patana School is committed to maintaining a comprehensive sports programme. The Sports & Activity (S&A) Department, has a responsibility to the student to provide the opportunity to grow through the pursuit of sports. It will offer as many sports as the school can reasonably support and if there is sufficient competition within the Bangkok International Schools Sports Conference (BISAC) and South East Asia Students Sports Conference (SEASAC), of which Bangkok Patana School is a member. The S& A Department will endeavour to provide proper facilities, equipment, and coaching to see that each student athlete has an opportunity to reach his or her sporting potential.
Bangkok Patana School recognises that team and individual competition contribute significantly to the development of character and school spirit. Sportsmanship and fair play are important parts of this experience.
We expect our athletes, coaches, students, staff and parents to represent Bangkok Patana School in a manner that is respectful of others both on and off the field of competition. It is our desire and goal that we develop and practice the highest standards of courtesy, discipline, good sportsmanship, and the ability to act as good hosts and guests.
The S&A Department strives to provide students a safe and enjoyable environment in which to participate. Consequently, all coaches and administrative personnel have a responsibility to reduce and/or eliminate all potential safety hazards. It is vital to understand that participation in sports involves inherent risks. Coaches and administrative personnel are obliged to act in a prudent manner in order to prevent foreseeable accidents and injuries. They should respond to unexpected circumstances according to guidelines set forth in this handbook.
INSURANCE & THE PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT FORM
The school recommends that all students have comprehensive accident and medical insurance that will cover normal risks associated with any sport that the student participates in. This insurance should be considered the primary insurance in the event of any injury. For overnight trips in Thailand and overseas an insurance premium will be included in the overall trip cost. Details of the extent of this insurance coverage are available on request.
No student should participate in the sports programme without first handing in a completed Sports Registration Form. A new form must be completed each year. This will be given to the student by their coach.
PRE-SEASON COACHES MEETING
The Asst Principal S&A and the coaches will conduct a pre-season meeting at the beginning of each sports season. Coaches will be notified at least one week in advance.
At this will be discussed details of try-outs, uniform issue / purchase, transport, seasonal training and competition calendar plus and any issues coaches wish to raise.
Activities such as Model United Nations (MUN), Varsity Sports and the International Award require considerable commitment by students. Most are able to organize their schedules effectively, managing to allocate sufficient time to academic and extra-curricular commitments throughout the year. However, there are students, who on occasion over commit and who subsequently need guidance on how to balance their academic, extra-curricular and social activities. Any student who performs poorly in the November trial examinations must meet with their Head of Year and the Assistant Principal S&A to discuss their situation. Further participation will be determined on an individual, case by case basis.
The annual sports calendar will be presented to the Head of School early in term 3. It will be publicised in the school calendar, the sports notice boards and the sports web site.
STUDENT TIME COMMITMENT
Seasons are, on average 9 weeks long. The following are the minimum training requirements:
U11 this age group will train as an extension of the ECA sports development programme
U13 &U15 Tuesday & Thursday
U17 Monday & Wednesday with the option of training on Friday
Varsity Monday, Wednesday & Friday
The above days are scheduled as Sports priority days - alternate days are scheduled for Performing Arts priority. Additional training days may be scheduled for Varsity teams however, students who have a commitment to Performing Arts will not be required to attend.
It is appreciated that students will miss academic lessons in order to participate in sporting events during the season. Currently there is no stated maximum amount of time a student may miss and every effort will be made by the S&A Department to keep this to the minimum. It is the students responsibility to ensure that they fulfil their academic responsibilities and excuse themselves from any lessons as required.
CANCELLATION OF GAMES / PRACTICES
Cancellation of games and or practices due to inclement weather is rare and will normally be made after 11:00. Announcements concerning the status of sports events will be noted and continually updated on the website after 13:00.
Rescheduled dates, if known, will be updated on the BPS Sports Web Page (www.patana.ac.th/sport ).
Due to issues of safety, reliability and to encourage team spirit BPS encourages all members of sports teams to use school transport to all away games. If parents wish to take students home directly from the venue after the game they should inform the coach.
In general two minibuses will be required to transport a team to a venue, if this is the case a Bus Monitor will be allocated to supervise the bus without the team coach presence.
Where possible on the return journey one bus will return to school, one to the nearest BTS on Sukhumvit.
SCHOOL FUNDING FOR EVENTS
All students will be charged the basic termly ECA administration fee of Baht 500 for participation in the sports programme.
BPS will then pay for all affiliation fees, local transport and tournament participation fees for teams participating in BISAC and SEASAC events. In addition the school will subsidise 33% of students flights to overseas SEASAC events and cover all coaches costs.
As FOBISSEA events are not always confirmed well in advance these events will be assessed on a case by case basis.
TEAM / COACH UNIFORMS
Coaches receive one shirt for each practice night they run (ie U13 & U15 coaches receive 2 shirts, U17 & Varsity 3) per season. Coaches should collect these from the school shop at the start of the season.
Team uniforms will be issued to the coach by the S&A office. A separate uniform is stocked for every team with the majority of Varsity teams having two due to their extended tournament schedules. The coach is responsible for issuing uniforms to the team and recording number / name details. (Swim teams will be required to purchase their swimwear and caps as they constitute personal items)
Coaches should collect all uniforms and equipment at the conclusion of the final game.
Uniforms must be returned in satisfactory condition no later than one week after the final sports contest for the season. Parents of athletes will be responsible for uniforms not returned after the one-week period. Any charges for uniforms lost or not returned will be added to the students account plus an administration fee as it causes an undue burden and complication when uniforms are lost or not returned. In most cases, uniforms cannot be replaced and the sets will be short until new sets of uniforms are ordered. Most sets of uniforms are replaced on a two or three year cycle.
Teams may opt to purchase a personalised uniform plus additional items as they and the coach see fit eg T-shirts, caps etc. These will be charged directly to parents. (The design of all personal uniforms must be approved by the S&A office before being ordered only school colours and logos will be permitted.)
Travelling teams will be required to purchase a travel shirt and sports bag from the School shop.
In order to practice or participate in a game or meet, students must attend school from lunchtime onwards. Hospital appointments, immigration visits and religious holidays are examples of exceptions that are granted by the S&A office on an individual basis. The student or parent should request an exception as early as possible, preferably at least one day in advance.
All student athletes must attend try-outs in order to be considered for a seasonal team. If a student is absent, or is injured at the time of try-outs, his/her parents and the student must contact the Sports and Activities office and the coach in order to arrange an alternate time.
Dates of seasonal try-outs and end of season tournaments are included in the annual Sports Calendar. Coaches will normally have one week in which to hold trials. A list of the selected students must be sent to the Sports and Activities office so that transport can be arranged. If there is insufficient time to make crucial decisions coaches can keep extra students in their squad. Final selection decisions need to be made two weeks before a BISAC Tournament and four weeks before a SEASAC Tournament. A discussion must take place between the coach and students at the start of the season explaining this selection situation. This should involve parents if possible.
Special requests or situations should be communicated to the coaches during try-outs and before the announcement of team selections.
1. All students must try out for their â€œin seasonâ€ sport. For example, only U13 age students can try out for U13 teams. Only U15 age students can tryout for U15 teams and only U17 age students can try out for U17 teams. If a student who is not of proper age tries out for a team they will be asked to move to their â€œin seasonâ€ sport.
2. If a team is short of players, only then will a student who is younger be considered to fill a place on that team.
3. Students from the U15 age group may attend Varsity trials and be selected on merit as long as all the safety aspects have been considered;
4. If selected for two teams the relevant coaches will be informed by the Sports and Activities office during the first week after try-outs;
Final squad lists will be posted on the Sports Notice Boards as soon as possible after the last try-out session.
Students, who register for school after the try-out dates eg students enrolling in January during Season 2, will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If the coach wishes to add a student to the team after carrying out the necessary trials, they may be accepted up to 4 weeks before the end of the season (the deadline for the submission of team lists for the end-of-season tournaments).
After teams are selected, parents are requested not to remove their sons or daughters from the team without first speaking with the coach and the Assistant Principal Sports and Activities. If there are any circumstances in which a student cannot attend a tournament they must inform their coach and the Sports and Activities office as soon as possible.
The Varsity programmes will operate on a minimum of three afternoons per week. The U17, U15 and U13 teams will operate twice a week. Coaches of U17 teams may opt to run an additional session on Fridays if they wish but this will be decided at the start of a season and continue for the whole season. Athletes will be expected to attend all sessions unless they see their coach to personally excuse themselves.
TRAINING / PRACTICE SCHEDULE & TRANSPORT
We provide door-to-door transport after practices but, due to the fact that we do not know when games will end, there is no door-to-door transport on match nights. However there is a shuttle that runs to the Bearing BTS station that students can book directly with the transport office.
U13 & U15
Tuesday & Thursday
U17 / Junior Varsity
Monday, Wednesday plus Friday afternoon optional
U19 / Varsity
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
All training finishes at 4.30pm.
ATTENDANCE AT TRAINING & GAMES
Note: It is appreciated that student athletes participating in the individual sports of tennis, swimming and gymnastics may have a commitment to an elite training programme outside the School. In this case parents should contact the Sports & Activities office before or during the try-out period to inform the Assistant Principal to discuss the specific situation. In an ideal situation it would be beneficial to both parties if a compromise can be agreed on that takes into account training schedules and tournament / event preparation at an elite level. This would include training and preparation as an internationally / nationally ranked athlete, and for representative competitions above club level. The same flexibility would not normally be extended to club training outside of school. In our school programmes (swimming, gymnastics and tennis) a student will normally need to train twice a week with the school in order to get in the squad. As major tournaments approach this expectation may increase as the students prepare themselves to reach their peak level of performance for the specific competition. In general; SEASAC & FOBISSEA teams will be confirmed 4 weeks prior to the competition and BISAC teams will be confirmed 2 weeks prior to the competition. Coaches and team managers are responsible to communicate with students and parents so that all parties are clear. Exceptions to this rule for elite or ranked athletes training at national, international and other representative levels must first be discussed with the Assistant Principal in charge of sports and activities.
- athletes must comply with the regular selection policy
- if a student misses a training session they maybe excluded from the next match.
- All absenses must be reported to the coach or Assistant Principal before the missed competition or training session.
- athletes and their parents must maintain regular and close contact between themselves, the coach and ensure that they train with the team twice a week as a minimum unless previously agreed with the Assistant Principal, sports and activities
- athletes should make every effort to attend all special team sessions / functions
- athletes fulfill all competition and tournament commitments and expectations
- athletes pay the ECA Administration fee
Competitions against other schools and clubs will be arranged for mid-week and during the weekends - any request for absence must be made in person to the coach at least 48 hours in advance.
Selection criteria for all sports will be transparent and be based on appropriate try outs, trials, events participation and be communicated by coaches to parents in advance.
PLAYING FOR OTHER TEAMS / PARTICIPATING IN CONFLICTING ACTIVITIES
Bangkok Patana School expects athletes to play for the school team if there are conflicts resulting from playing for an external team or participating in conflicting activities outside the school. Parents should contact the Sports and Activities department and the coach directly as soon as they are aware of any conflict occurring - requests for absence will be reviewed on a case by case basis. It is appreciated that the parent has the final say in the matter but it is an expectation that they will give priority for BPS when agreeing to their child participating in the sports programme.
If a player proves unreliable during the season, the coach and the assistant Principal, Sports & Activities will consider their position on a case by case basis.
Coaches should follow these playing time guidelines approximately:
U13, U15 & U17 - Coaches are expected to play all eligible players in each game during the regular season. Exceptions: 1. Missing team practice(s) 2. Attitude and effort at practice(s) 3. Violation of team rules. 4. End of season Tournament games.
INTER- HOUSE SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL SPORT ECAs
These happen throughout the year to encourage all pupils to able to participate in sport. If a child does make a team or squad they can sign up for recreational sport as part as the ECA programme. All students have the opportunity to take part in house activities.
LINES OF COMMUNICATION
Coaches are encouraged to establish a line of communication with the parents during the season. E-mail is very effective for information sharing but telephone is much better if there are personal issues to be resolved. When problems arise, the parent and/or student-athlete should talk to the coach first. Most areas of concern can be solved at this level.
If a resolution does not occur when talking with the coach and the parents or student feels that additional communication is necessary they should contact the Assistant Principal Sport & Activities. If he/she is still unable to solve the problem, then a meeting with the relevant Principal may be scheduled.
SUPERVISION OF ATHLETES
A qualified adult must supervise all sports areas in use. The areas include the Sportshall, gym, FHC, BHC, weight room, sports fields, tennis courts and swimming pools. Athletes may not work out or participate in any unsupervised activity.
Coaches have a duty to supervise the members of their team. This involves always being physically present at practice.
In an emergency, if the coach needs to leave the gym or field, he or she should instruct the players to stop action until his or her return.
All athletes must be properly supervised during practice, and while traveling to and from a sports event and games.
For all-day or overnight tournaments, coaches should plan an itinerary that will ensure the proper supervision of the students at all times. Coaches must remain with the players until all transportation needs are met after all practices and games.
Strike Alert lightning detectors are issued to the Head Swim Coach (2), Head Tennis Coach, Secondary and Primary PE Curriculum Coordinators (2 each) and the Primary Office.
Decision to clear: The decision to clear should be made by the following individuals:
Category of Use
Team coach, Tournament Director
League Commissionaire delegated to attending committee member
Community Adult / Commercial
Individual completing booking delegated to team Coaches / Captains
Decision to clear the facility should be considered from the time the signal indicates that lightning activity is within 6 miles;
When the triple beep alarm has sounded and clouds are in the immediate vicinity the facility MUST be cleared - NOTE: it need not be raining for the decision to clear to be made.
Shelter: When the decision to clear is made participants must evacuate to the following facilities:
Changing rooms/ poolside shelter
Front / back / side fields / tennis 9-12
Walk-ways / hard court
Changing rooms / cars / pavillion
Tennis office, seating area
Re-start of Activity:
Activities may be re-started when the detector indicates that the lightning activity is moving away from the facility and is outside the 6 mile zone.
Seasonal awards will be distributed at the Sports Awards Dinner at the end of season 3. All students that participated on an U13 to U19 team are welcome to attend the dinner. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Overall Sports Person of the Year Criteria
The overall Sports Person of the Year is awarded to an outstanding male and female athlete who has achieved the most number of points in a given year. Points awarded are as follows;
International Championship Winner 10
International Championship top 8 finisher 10
National Championship Winner 10
National Championship top 8 finisher 5
National Team Member 30
SEASAC Championship team 30
BISAC Championship team 15
FOBISSEA Championship team 8
Full Colour 30
Patana Award 15
U19 Athlete 20
U17 Athlete 10
U15 Athlete 10
U13 Athlete 5
MVP Award Winner 10
Team Captain 12
Tigers Award 5
Most Improved 5
Coaches Choice 5
Age Group Sports Person of the Year Criteria
The coaches select the outstanding male and female athletes from Primary, Junior (U13 & U15) and Senior (U17 & U19). Nominees must participate on at least two teams. All coaches vote to determine the winners, considering several factors. Winners of this award will receive a plaque and will have their name recorded on a larger plaque which is found on the in the Sports Hall lobby. Additionally, their picture will posted on the Athletics Wall with previous winners.
Outstanding performance in school sports.
Demonstrates outstanding leadership skills.
Has respect of classmates and teachers.
Participation in a number of sports at Patana.
Participation in a number of extra-curricular activities.
Maintains good academic standing.
Most Valuable Player, Team Contribution and Coaches Choice Awards
These awards are determined by the coaches and athletes of each team and are awarded at the yearly Sports Awards Banquet. The selected student will receive an award in the form of a plaque. The honour is awarded to the team member who showed leadership and made significant contributions to the team throughout the season.
Most Valuable Player Criteria
Most influential Player
Demonstrates a sense of fair play
Outstanding leadership skills
Outstanding performance in the sport
A team vote is suggested to declare the MVP, but the final say is with the coach.
Coaches Choice Award Criteria
Shows significant effort
Outstanding commitment to training
Contributions to the organization and communication within the team
Most Improved Award Criteria
Shows outstanding effort.
Outstanding improvement over the course of the season.
A team vote is suggested to declare the MIP, but the final say is with the coach.
Up-to-date schedules are available by clicking on the "Forthcoming Fixtures" link on the BPS on-line Sports Pages. The link will take you directly to HighSchoolSports.Net which provides many options including the option to download individual team schedules to PDAs.
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