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. Our downhill ski team competes in events in the winter. 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
- Boys basketball
- Girls basketball
- Boys volleyball
- Girls volleyball
- Boys football
- Girls football
- Boys Rugby
- Swimming (also competes in winter)
- Tennis (also competes in spring)
- Cross Country running
- Ski and snowboard freestyle
- Alpine ski racing
- Beach volleyball
Our activities program engages students in entertaining, collaborative and physically challenging endeavors. Our robust recreational program helps students to master physical challenges across a range of team-based and individual sports. At the same time, we offer a broad choice of other extra-curricular activities, including theater, music, clubs and service organizations. These activities provide students with opportunities for leadership, skill development and community service. All students are required to take a minimum of two activities each semester. Students on sports teams fulfill their activity requirements by attending 2 weekly practices, and can take other activities if desired. All afterschool activities take place Monday through Thursday, typically between the times of 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. Most are between 75 and 90 minutes in duration. The following is a general list of activities offered, which may change due to interest, enrollment and staffing.
- American Flag Football
- Climbing Wall/Outdoor Climbing
- Kickboxing/Martial Arts
- Outdoor Running
- Rowing (crew)
- Soccer (indoor and outdoor recreational)
- Floor Hockey
- Horseback Riding
- Swimming (recreational)
Students may choose from several extra-curricular activities in addition to recreational activities.
- Community Service
- Event Planners
- Environmental Club
- Habitat for Humanity
- Jazz Band
- Model United Nations (MUN)
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Student Council (StuCo)
- Theater Production
- Village Tutoring
- Maker Space (Computer Coding)
magic mountain athletic center (MMAC)
This multi-purpose state of the art sports facility provides a wide range of sports options for LAS students. Among the many sports catered for are basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis as well as a cardio and fitness center. Central to the main gym are the indoor climbing wall, running track and a rooftop court for football. Coffee, smoothies, snacks and sandwiches can be purchased upstairs at Cafe 7°.