ISST Statement of Sportsmanship
The purpose of the International Schools Sports Tournament is to provide a venue for athletes from the member schools to compete in an environment that is safe, challenging, professional and educational. Each athlete is given the opportunity to demonstrate her/his best athletic ability while maintaining a spirit of respect and cooperation with fellow athletes from various international backgrounds.
Each event involves students and adults in their different roles as athletes, coaches, sports officials and spectators. All those involved in the event are expected to uphold the same spirit of respect and cooperation. This spirit is demonstrated by fair play among athletes, positive encouragement from coaches, impartial judgments from officials and respectful enthusiasm from spectators. The behavior of the adults is crucial to the successful educational aspect of the tournament.
The adults act as models for our athletes. Therefore profanity, deliberately making noises that distract and interfere with the performance of a competing athlete, the condemnation of coaches or officials, or any behavior that is disrespectful or degrading to the ISST standard of sportsmanship, jeopardizes the purposes of the ISST organization and, most of all, jeopardizes the quality of the experience for the athletes.
As the event ensues, we ask that all of our parents, coaches, officials and athletes keep this vision of our purpose in mind.
It is recommended that this statement be read at the opening ceremony of all ISST events. It may be re-read when needed. It should be read in the presence of the athletes, coaches, officials and especially, spectators. Our hope is that in calling to mind the purpose and spirit of the ISST’s, this statement will create a dignified atmosphere and appropriate behavior - especially on the part of the adults to whom our children look for guidance and models of behavior.
ISST Rules and Guidelines
Teams should be adequately supervised during travel to host Championship sites. A ratio of one chaperone/coach to every 10 students is recommended. Whatever guideline is used, there should always be a minimum of two (2) adult chaperones/coaches for each group involved in ISST competition.
At least one (1) chaperone/coach should be with the students until they are turned over to host school parents or until the host school has accepted the responsibility by dismissing the chaperone/coach. When the latter is done all students must be fully aware of who is responsible for them and that the instructions of this person are to be followed.
The host school should make every effort to discourage parents staying in the coaches’ hotel with students.
The host school has the right to refuse housing to those visiting students who have failed to comply with the spirit and intent of the ISST Code of Conduct.
In the event that a host school refuses to house a student or students, no alternative housing arrangement should be made until the chaperone/coach has been directly communicated with and told why the decision was made. As a matter of courtesy the host school should discuss with the chaperone/coach what the best alternative arrangements for housing are available for the dismissed student(s) while the decision regarding the student’s involvement in championship play is
As a matter of professional courtesy the host school Head of School, upon deciding not to house an entire team, should make every effort to contact the dismissed team’s Head of School to discuss the reasons for failing to house and to discuss the alternative arrangements for the team.
Only the Tournament Director, the team’s coach or Head of School has the right to dismiss a student or team from Championship competition.
Dismissing full teams or refusing to house full teams is not consistent with the spirit of ISST. ISST has urged that individual rule breakers be identified and punished. Teams losing players resulting from their dismissal suffer the consequences of lost talent and support , but should not be denied play unless the dismissal number is so great that a team cannot be fielded for competition.
There may be instances where individual rule breakers are not easily identified and that team behavior as a whole is offensive and contrary to the letter and/or the spirit of ISST. In these cases, most schools may have no other choice than to refuse housing to entire teams and Tournament Directors to deny competition.
Host schools planning activities for arriving teams (i.e. sightseeing trips) should make certain that these plans have been fully discussed with and understood by the visiting school’s chaperone/coach and/or Head of School before the team
leaves for ISST competition.
Visiting students are advised not to bring alcohol to their host family as signs of appreciation.
ISST Rules of Consistency
There is a need for consistency for the host families to know what is expected of them and the visiting students especially in the way of curfews and a controlled environment. The following will apply at all Championships:
Day 1 (Arrival Day) - No visiting athlete leaves the host family or the host family’s environment (i.e. visiting students do not go out with the host students or on their own). The host family (including a parent) can take the visiting student out if really necessary (maybe to eat), but an evening in the host house with an early bedtime will be the norm.
School Days - The curfew is set for all athletes at 10.00 p.m. Visiting students are allowed to visit the city with the consent of the host.
Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 or Year 7, 8 and 9 are not allowed out of the host’s care unless chaperoned by the host parent and/or the coach. This applies for all days of the visit.
Final Day - The curfew is set for all athletes at 11.00 p.m. Visiting students are allowed to visit the city providing they have informed the host parent of their intentions. In some cases the host school will arrange a social event for this last evening with the expectation that all athletes will attend along with the coaches, unless the host family is willing in special circumstances to have the visiting student return to the house and remain there for the whole of the evening and night.
Some recognition of cultural differences is possible allowing adjustments of actual curfew times.
Any transgression of the ISST regulations re housing, by any participant, will result in those involved being immediately removed from housing with the host families. The student will either be placed in the care of the coach for the duration of the championships or will be sent home.
ISST strongly urges member schools to adopt policies that prohibit student-athletes from smoking and using other tobacco products at any time during the competitive season. ISST supports member schools in their enforcement of these policies.
Guidelines for Parents
These guidelines are intended for the use of parents hosting Championships and other sporting event competitions sponsored by the International Schools Sports Tournament (ISST).
1) During the period of the Championship or competition you stand in place of their parents for the student(s) you host. Please exercise with respect to them all supervision and care that you would normally exercise with your own
2) Attached for your information are the regulations for student behavior. The student(s) you are hosting has/have already agreed to observe these regulations.
3) Please report immediately any violation of these regulations by the student(s) you host to the responsible official designated by ISST (i.e. the Tournament Director, Housing Coordinator, Athletic Director).
4) Neither host families nor students may negotiate changes to the ISST Regulations for Students with respect to curfew, housing arrangements, the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs or any other rules or provisions set forth by the host school.
5) Please make contact with the student(s) you are hosting at the time designated by the host school.
6) Please arrange for suitable transport if necessary. Normally this is expected to be a private car to and from the sporting events.
7) Please provide the student(s) with a suitable meal at whatever time may be necessary because of the scheduling of the competition.
8) Please provide a box lunch for the student(s) during the competition and for the return journey to the home city (unless declined by the student).
ISST Regulations for Students
These regulations shall be followed by all students participating in Championships and other athletic events organized by the International Schools Sports Tournament (ISST). Any student who participates in an ISST event agrees, by signing below, to obey the regulations.
1) Students shall obey all instructions given them by their host parents and their coaches as if these instructions were given to them by their own parents. This applies to all activities irrespective of location undertaken during the period of the Championship or competition.
2) Smoking, any other use of tobacco, the drinking of alcohol and the use of drugs are not permitted.
3) Housing arrangements made by the responsible official of the host school may not be changed.
4) Students must be in the home of the host parent by the curfew hour set by the school. Students in Grade 6, 7 and 8 or Year 7, 8 and 9 are not allowed out of the host’s care unless chaperoned by the host parent and/or the coach. (This
applies for all the days of the visit).
5) Neither host families nor students may negotiate changes to the ISST Regulations for Students with respect to curfew, housing arrangements, the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs or any other rules or provisions set forth by the host school.
6) These regulations apply to all students: both those from the host school and those visiting throughout the competition’s duration and, for visiting students, apply also during the journey to and from the site of the event.
7) Violation of these regulations will be reported to the responsible ISST official and to the student’s Head of School.
The offending student will be removed from the Championship and from the host family home, and will either be placed under the direct supervision of his/her coach or sent home.
Name of Student________________________________________________
Signature of Student_____________________________________________
Signature of Parent/Guardian________________________________________________
The following disciplinary code of conduct will apply to all ISST Championships.
The sports have been individually evaluated (see below) with regard to an official’s response to misconduct.
In the event of an incident the following should occur:
1) The official reports the incident to the Tournament Director.
2) The Tournament Director registers the reported athlete.
3) The Tournament Director confirms this officially with the athlete’s coach.
4) The Tournament Director may take further disciplinary action if necessary (i.e. suspension, disqualification, ineligibility for all-tournament award, etc.).
This additional responsibility may be shared with a neutral colleague (i.e. Head Official, ISST Official, etc.). Conclusion
The rules as established in each sport should be consistently adhered to by all member schools.
Athletic Directors should ensure coaches are familiar with the ISST Guidelines for Coaches.
Ultimately each disciplinary situation should be dealt with individually, and discretion must be given to the Tournament Director to investigate the disciplinary procedure.
By establishing an official set of guidelines, the objective is to help the Tournament Director and to ensure consistency amongst participating schools.
Finally, by having an official disciplinary policy, the ISST recognizes the importance of self-discipline in the education of an athlete. Coaches and athletes will participate in the knowledge that any behavior beyond the spirit of fair competition will be officially reprimanded.
Any player sent off or ejected in a tournament game is ineligible to play in the following game (i.e. the player is ‘banned’ for 1 game following the sending off).
Two (2) Yellow cards in separate games do not result in suspension from the next game (i.e the cards do not become Red).