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Athletics Handbook



The mission of the German International School Sports Department is to provide a dedicated program where the principles of determination, cooperation, respect and fairness are instilled in each student. In addition, the Sports Department provides an atmosphere to support all teachers and coaches in their efforts to build and maintain an active learning environment.



The German International School Sports Department is enthusiastically dedicated to maintaining a positive teaching and playing environment for its coaches, teachers and students.

The school’s philosophical views with regard to sports are as follows:

1. The primary objective is to facilitate meaningful sports participation for all students at specific grade levels.

2. The sports experience should be fun for all participants.

3. The school is committed to the staff-coach relationship. The school does hire part time coaches when other staff cannot coach due to the academic schedule.

4. Winning is not the most important aspect of team affiliation but rather a byproduct of continuous work on the part of each individual team.


Sport Offerings

All students may volunteer to engage in after-school sports teams and in school AGs. Students must sign up for available Sport AGs. Once a student signs up for an activity, they must continue to attend the activity as if it were a regular class. Students may also voluntarily participate on a German International School athletic team. Varsity teams are generally composed of students from grades 9-12 and Middle School teams are generally composed of students from grades 5-8. Selection of a team by a student is made after a student decides whether their academic schedule coincides with team practices and games. Students may be excused from classes to participate in a game but teachers must be informed prior to the event and give the student permission to attend.


Practice and Games Times

Practices are generally held for all Varsity Teams between 3:15 and 4:45 pm on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays. Games for Varsity Teams usually start at 3:30pm-4:00 pm, but due to other factors like transportation, school schedules and the number of games to be played, this time may be adjusted. Games are rarely held on weekends and during vacations, but this is possible, particularly with tournaments. Practices and games for Middle School teams are scheduled on Wednesdays.



Generally, there are no scheduled practices or games during times when the school is not in session. However, due to the schedule of the other schools we play, it may become necessary to participate in a game during vacation time.


Sports Team Seasons

All Athletic teams at the German School compete in their respective seasons. Practices correspond to these seasons.


Fall Season: August - October

Middle School Soccer

Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer

Varsity Girls Volleyball


Winter Season: November - February

Club Sports Variety in November

Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball

Swim Team practice and competition


Spring Season: March - May

Club Sports Variety in Late February & Early March

Middle School Coed Tennis

Middle School Coed Track

Varsity Coed Track

Varsity Coed Tennis

Club Sports Variety in May


Attendance and Eligibility

In order to be eligible to partake in a school event, the student must attend classes during the school day. A student who is not able to attend to regular academic responsibilities should not, under normal circumstances, be involved in extra-curricular activities, particularly if this absence is due to illness. Exceptions can be made for unavoidable situations for scheduled appointments or for other situations where it is clear the student has made a good faith effort to meet all of his or her academic responsibilities. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss absenteeism with their respective coach. The coach and the Athletic Director will decide if the absence from class was warranted and if the student will be allowed to play in a game.



The GISW is presently competing against other schools in various small school leagues and non-league situations. Due to the academic class schedule with regular classes going into the late afternoon hours, it is not always possible to make all scheduled games. In comparison, at American Schools that we play against, academic classes end earlier in the day.

League affiliation poses transportation problems due to the late bus schedule. Therefore, the GISW generally maintains an independent position with area schools and creates a schedule that both the opponent and the GISWl find workable. Schools are added to the schedule or dropped depending on the activity, school schedule, distance to be traveled or changes in the other school's program. Some of the schools that are regularly asked to play the German international School include:

Avalon School, Burke School, Bulli, Capitol City, Commonwealth, French School, Georgetown Day School, GW Community, Heights, Hebrew Academy, Holton Arms, Holy Child, Jewish Day School, Lab School, Madeira, Maret, McLean School, Norwood, Oak Crest, Potomac, Siena, St. Albans, Stone Ridge, Washington International, Yeshiva


Transportation to Away Games

Transportation to an away site is an organizational task between the Transportation Manager and the Athletic Director. This is a very flexible situation due to daily fluctuations in bus availability. The use of bus runs with drop offs at the away destination is the usual procedure. However, sometimes the opponent is not on or near a bus run and an extra bus or student driving is used. This is used only when school transportation is not readily available. Permission to drive to a game is necessary before a student may drive alone or with other team members. This practice is used for Varsity level teams not Middle School. If transportation is needed during a Middle School game, parents are asked to drive. If the event is on a Saturday or later in the evening, a student may drive to the location or carpool with other players and or parents. Our goal is to minimize the number of students driving to athletic commitments and to centralize travel on GISW buses driven by a bus driver. A parental driving form can be found at the end of this handbook.



Each student should have appropriate attire for all practices. This would include but is not limited to t-shirts, shorts, sweat suits, competitive swim wear, goggles, flip flops and athletic shoes and socks. The use of the regular school sports uniform is an alternative. The uniform can be purchased in the Sports Office. The uniform used during a game is official attire that meets the standards for schools competing in the Washington Area. The uniform can be bought by the player prior to the first game. The price of the uniform used by a player depends on the sport, the team level and player requests. If the student does not wish to purchase the uniform, they must return it in good condition at the end of the season.


Inclement Weather

Weather conditions often result in adjustments to practices and games scheduled. In these situations, consideration of player and spectator safety, transportation safety, field conditions and long term facility care are taken into consideration. Decisions on game postponement, cancellations and termination after a game has started can be made by the Athletic Director, coaches and/or officials depending on the situation.



Practices and games may be cancelled or terminated due to heavy downpours.



If the school opens late or closes early, games and practices are cancelled. If school is not in session, games and or practices will not be held.



Practices can be halted, cancelled or postponed due to high temperatures and humidity.



No outside practice or game will take place when there is thunder and or lightening present. A game can be suspended or cancelled by the officials on the field and or the coaches participating in the event. The game may not resume unless the official in charge and the two coaches agree it is safe to continue.


Athletic Department Contacts

Athletic Director: 301.767.3831

Sports Department Hotline: 301.767.3856

The GISW Sports Hotline contains current and pertinent information regarding game schedules, game times, arrival and departure schedule. The hotline is generally updated weekly unless something occurs when the need for immediate information is necessary. If there is a question about a game that is not addressed on the hotline, please feel free to call the Main Office at 301.767.3800 or the Sports Office at 301.767.3831.


1.  Every student needs to have a proper bathing suit, towel, and flip flops. It is recommended all students wear goggles.  Bathing caps may be used at any time.
2.  Students may not chew gum or wear jewelry while swimming.  Contact lense should be removed and properly secured in a water-tight container.
3.  Students must shower before entering the pool.
4.  Students need to take a soap-and-water shower after leaving the pool water to minimize the effect chlorine can have on the skin and hair. (Sensitive skin can develop a rash when the skin dries and contacts clothing.) All soap containers should be plastic not glass.
5.  Students not participating in a swimming lesson should remain seated on the side of the pool wearing flip flops, not street shoes. Students may do homework but may not use electronic devices . 
6.  There will be no eating or drinking in the pool area.
7.  Students should not enter the water umtil the teacher is present or the Lifeguard gives her/his consent.
8.  If there are any questions or concerns, please direct them to

1.  For their safety and well-being, all students in the 5th- 10th grade must wear a school sports uniform to every class. Students in the 11th and 12th grade may wear a school uniform or other proper clothing. Students may borrow a uniform from the Sports Department if their uniform is being washed.
2.  The uniform consists of blue shorts and a white GISW shirt.  It does not include Athletic Team uniforms, Appreciation Day shirts or Sports Day shirts. The uniform may be purchased in the Sports Office for $30.  Optional sweat pants are available for $25 and jackets for $40.
3.  In addition to the uniform, the student must have proper shoes, socks, and cold weather gear. Shoes need to have laces that can be properly secured.
4.  Students must wear a proper bathing suit. Swim wear must be fitted for all swim activities, including but not limited to diving and timings.
5.  Students must have a towel, goggles and flip flops.
6.  Students may not wear jewelry to sports or swimming class.  This includes earrings, necklaces, watches and rings.  If the student must wear a piece of jewelry, taping over the item will be possible.
7.  If a student is not dressed for class points to the social part of the grade will be deducted.  If the student missed 25% of the classes during the semester, a grade may not be possible.

1.  Students must attend class to receive a grade. This includes participating while in the class and arriving on time to the class.  “Skipping” class will not be tolerated.
2.  Students must provide the teacher with a note from a parent to be excused from class. If a student is going to be out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note is required.  When a doctor’s note is used, please have the doctor state, in writing, any restrictions, time period and nature of the injury.  Please keep this in mind in order to minimize additional expense for multiple visits to the doctor to get such documentation.
3.  Written assignments will be part of sports class. Assignments may include but are not limited to take-home tests, quizzes, projects, and/or logs.  These assignments are a part of the sports grade and will help the student better understand the activity.  If a student does not turn in the assignment the next class or on the suggested date,  the grade “6” will result on this assignment.  If a student wishes to still turn in an assignment late, it will be presented to the class in oral form but 5 points will be deducted for the lateness.
4.  Use of equipment outside of class will be possible, but a student must sign-out the items and return them by the next school day.
5.  Use of the beach volleyball area will be restricted to Fall and Spring seasons so as to reduce injury that may be caused from fallen debris on the sand from inclement weather during the winter months.
6.  Activity selection for class depends on the grade level, number of teachers, equipment available and the facility availability. Swimming will be part of the schedule and rotated throughout the year for grades 7-12 and once a week for 5th and 6th grade. All classes must have swimming as part of the sports grade.
7.  Use of the sports area is not allowed unless a teacher is supervising. This includes breaks, before school and after school.  The facility is shared with the Lower School minimizing the possibilities for general usage during free hours and substitution periods.

1.  Team sports are possible during Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.  Please see the respective coaches for more information about practices and games. 
2.  For individual schedules, please review the Web page and look under ATHLETICS > Teams & Game Schedules.


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