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The Leysin American School strives to offer a balanced program of study, sports, arts, recreation and cultural travel. The nonacademic life is equally important and helps to mold our students into model citizens of the world.
The Value of Team Sports
At LAS we believe that exercise and fitness contribute to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The habit of regular physical exercise during adolescence can continue for years to come and is important in maintaining health and well-being. Our students choose among recreational activities for fun or participate on a competitive sports team.
Team sports allow students to experience the value of teamwork, engage in leadership roles and enjoy the benefits of healthy competition, all while having fun and making new friends. Students who play on a sports team often learn to manage their free time and excel academically. At LAS, we recognize the value of sport and leisure.
Our sports coaches instill the importance of sportsmanship and fair play from the first practice to the last game and beyond. Our student-athletes are expected to uphold the virtues of good sportsmanship, such as winning graciously, accepting failure with dignity and always showing respect for opponents and officials.
Our Competitive Leagues
Several teams represent LAS in Leysin and throughout Switzerland. We compete in two leagues, the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS website), and the Association des Directeurs des Instituts de Suisse Romande (ADISR website). SGIS events consist of weekend tournaments hosted by various international schools throughout Switzerland, while the ADISR schedules weekly matches within a league of private schools located in French-speaking Switzerland. LAS also competes in several non-league and invitational tournaments.
Seasons of Play
Most sports competitions take place during the fall semester. Tryouts are held during the first week of classes, and teams practice two to three times a week after school. Sports teams typically have one ADISR match each week and attend a few multi-school tournaments throughout the year. ADISR play-offs and finals are held in late November. LAS annually hosts the SGIS Volleyball Championships in early November for both boys and girls. Track participants train and compete in the spring term. Some teams, such as swimming and tennis, attend tournaments throughout the year.
The educational aim of the Athletic Department program is to teach and encourage students:
- To acquire the ability to function within a team
- To have the strength to continue even when facing failure
- To be a gracious winner
- To practice "fair play" and to display good sportsmanship
- To develop interpersonal relationship skills, including conflict management
- To develop social skills and create new friendships and bonds
- To learn how to plan one's free time creatively and efficiently
To learn how to balance recreation and work
To accomplish these goals, the Athletic Department organizes:
- Team sports practices
- After-school activities
- Meets, competitions and tournaments
- Alternative study times when events conflict with school and study time
- Awards ceremonies or assemblies