ISH is apart of the The International Schools Sports Tournament (ISST) organisation which services a number of international schools across Europe. It is considered by many as a pioneer organisation in International School sports competition. The ISST is fundamentally a Varsity athletic organisation which governs competitive athletic championships for its 23 member schools. The ISST currently sanctions twelve sports for 22 Varsity championships annually across two divisions.

ISH has been involved in this organisation for many years and our students who represent the school at one of these championships have an excellent experience. The ISH Silverbacks compete in the following ISST Sports Championships: Football, Hockey, Basketball Rugby and Tennis over the three seasons.


Guidelines for coaches


  • COACHES should first of all consider themselves teachers. Their chief objective is to build healthy men and women; the development, skills and the winning of the game are secondary. Unless coaches make a worthwhile contribution to the total educational process, coaches are not fulfilling their obligations.
  • COACHES should remember that first impressions are lasting and that a good example speaks louder than words. Hence, coaches should ask themselves “what do I look like; how do I carry myself; am I in good physical condition?” By both action and work they should encourage their athletes to give attention to their personal appearance as well.
  • COACHES should always be regular and prompt in meeting assignments at practice sessions, at games, at meetings. They should expect and demand this same response from athletes.
  • COACHES should be diligent in attention to the routine details of the position. This means getting in all reports when due, keeping all necessary records and following up promptly on all requests made.
  • COACHES should accept, as part of the responsibility, counseling with the athletes under their discretion. The coach is in a position unique among all members of the faculty in the relationship with athletes. Many athletes complete the high school program because of their interest in athletic participation and the influence of the coach. In this way, the coach can play a major role in the problems now confronting the high schools on drop-outs and related issues.
  • COACHES should set an example for respect for law and order. The coach should become the kind of person who accepts the decision of the officials without any display, either by word or act, as to disagreement with those decisions. The coach should, in fact, develop the attitude that whatever the official calls is right, regardless of whether they might agree with the decision; in short, in fact, it is right because that is what the official called. It would be considered good procedure for a coach to get the attention of an official and ask for information, or an interpretation, but it would be bad practice for the coach ever to go on the field or court and argue with the official.
  • COACHES should teach their athletes to show this same attitude toward the officials and make it completely and unequivocally clear to them that questioning or disputing decisions of an official will never be tolerated. When any such action is displayed by a player, coaches should take action immediately to let that particular athlete, and all other members of the squad, know that this kind of deportment will not be acceptable.
  • COACHES will respect the rights and feelings of opposing coaches and will never use any tactics that take unfair advantage of them. Coaches will be friendly and courteous at all times and never argue with the opponent before the athletes or the spectators.
  • COACHES should teach athletes that their attitude toward the opposing athletes must be one of respect and friendship. Any display of temper against an opponent should result in the immediate removal from the game of the athletes guilty of such action.
  • COACHES should instill in athletes the attitude that they must be good citizens both on and off the field, during the game and afterwards in school and out.
  • COACHES should use language always that demonstrates that the coach is a teacher. Vulgarity and profanity have no place on the athletic field, in the gym or in the dressing room. Coaches should, likewise, never tolerate such language by athletes at any time.
  • COACHES should refrain from the use of tobacco in any form while their team is on the field or in the gym. It is further accepted that no coaches will allow any athlete to use tobacco while taking part in any athletic activity, whether at a practice, or at a game.
  • COACHES should teach the athletes that participation in high school athletes is a privilege extended to those who meet and continue to meet the standards of eligibility established by the ISST, and their own school. They should make it completely clear that no athlete has a RIGHT to participate, nor that the school owes anything for such participation.
  • COACHES who accept all of these responsibilities, and in turn require the same acceptance and adherence from their athletes, will never teach or allow any athlete under their discretion to use any tactics that attempt to circumvent the spirit or the letter of the rules.
  • In doing all these things, coaches are making a real contribution to the total education of their athletes and helping to instill in them proper attitudes towards fair competition and a healthy lifestyle.
  • COACHES should consider themselves primarily as teachers and role models. The chief objective is to encourage a generation of young men and women that health, exercise and enjoyment of sport is an integral part of daily life.

COACHES should encourage their squad members, by example, to accept responsibility for their own behavior, conduct and performance in training and in competition both in relation to their own players and to the opposition and that their attitudes transcend sporting competitions and should be seen as an integral part of everyday life.
The relationship between coaches relies heavily on mutual trust and respect.


  • COACHES should refrain from public criticism of fellow coaches. Differences of opinion should be dealt with on a personal basis, and more serious disputes should be dealt with by Athletic Directors.
  • COACHES must treat officials and opponents with due respect both in victory and defeat and encourage their squad members to act in a similar manner. Disputing decisions of officials and foul language should not be tolerated by either coaches or players.

Coaches must refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs while their team is present. This is to include time spent traveling, for example on a train or at an airport AND anytime coaches need to chaperone students overnight.

Suggestion from Andy Harrison for review by the Executive.


COACHES must deal with personal information about their squad members with confidentiality and discretion. Confidentiality does not preclude the disclosure of information to persons who can be judged to have a “right to know” relating to the athlete.

The activity being undertaken should be suitable for the age, aptitude and ability of the participant.
In doing these things, coaches are making a real contribution to the total education of their athletes and helping to instill in them proper attitudes towards fair competition and a healthy lifestyle.

Additional housing regulations for parents

Follow all curfew, supervision and safety regulations (See INFORMATION LINK – Curfew, Supervision & Safety)



  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 children.
  2. Please see below 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. However, it is understood that some cities operate with excellent public transport systems. Guests must be accompanied by a member of the host family.
  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).
  9. Please remind your guests to be extremely careful when using your internet access for downloading files (music, movies, etc.) or programs.


Additional housing regulations for students

  1. Follow all curfew, supervision and safety regulations (See INFORMATION LINK – Curfew, Supervision & Safety)
  2. 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.
  3. Smoking, any other use of tobacco, the drinking of alcohol and the use of drugs are not permitted.
  4. Housing arrangements made by the responsible official of the host school may not be changed.
  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. It also applies during the journey to and from the site of the event.
  7. Photographic and video images may be recorded for coaching/research or ISST publication purposes, for example live video streaming, and only with the explicit permission and knowledge of the Championship/Meet Director. Please refer to section 3.12 for more detailed information.
  8. 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.
  9. Please be extremely careful when using your host family's internet access for downloading files (music, movies, etc.) or programs.

Curfew, Supervision & Safety

The following rules and guidelines are intended to clarify what the expectations are for both host families and guest athletes with regards to curfew and supervision.

  1. NO guest athlete is allowed to leave the host family’s local environment without adult supervision.
    Definition: It is acceptable for guest athletes to visit local (walking distance) cafes or take a walk in the local area without adult supervision. It is NOT acceptable for guest athletes to leave the host family’s local environment without adult supervision. In this case, guest athletes MUST return to the host family no later than 22.00.
    Student athletes who are in grades 6, 7 & 8 OR in Middle School MUST be supervised by an adult at ALL times.
  2. If host family adults take guests out in the evening, then it is important that they return at a reasonable hour (22.00-23.00). Furthermore, guests should be mindful that they are in competition and therefore getting enough sleep throughout the visit is important.
  3. City centers and high profile tourist attractions: Clearly ISST competitions provide wonderful opportunities for visiting athletes to not only compete but also to visit some of the best cultural sites in the world. However, even if this is a host family’s local environment we urge host families to use discretion if/when visiting such sites. Click HERE to see the current travel advice from the US state department.
  4. It is only acceptable for guest athletes to travel with their housing partner(s) along with host students/parents or family members from the tournament venue to the host family before or after the day’s competition. From the housing pick up guests must be accompanied by a member of the host family or designated person cleared by the Tournament Director.

Photography and filming

Any image taken and then published, printed or viewed either publically or privately should be in keeping with the ethos of the sport. During events, any person may be photographed or filmed as part of the occasion, either as an individual or as a member of a group. An individual may also appear in a photograph or video inadvertently, in the background.

Any photograph taken should be of an appropriate nature. Images may be used on websites and in other publications – this can be included as part of the club membership or relevant team or squad conditions.

ISST reserve the right to live stream events and member schools should inform their communities as they see fit. Use of films/videos/photographs should be used in an appropriate way and care must be taken to store/dispose of all materials in a safe and secure manner.

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.

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.

NOTE: 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.

Safeguarding within the ISST

ISST holds safeguarding at the heart of it organization as such membership of ISST is subject to each school providing the ISST Executive with current school child protection policy, safeguarding guidelines and policies, trip guidelines and procedures in place for if/when an incident occurs. The safeguarding policies and procedures of each school will be kept in a file with the ISST secretary and must be updated when membership schools make any updates.

ISST member schools must provide the ISST organization with details of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or Director of the host school where there is currently no DSL (DHS). This list will be made available to all membership Athletic Directors for distribution to Tournament Directors.

In the case of a student at the centre of the allegation disclosing an incident to the Tournament Director/Coach during the course of a tournament, or in the case of significant other disclosing an incident to the Tournament Director/Coach during the course of a tournament on behalf of a student e.g. a coach, parent or fellow student, the Tournament Director/Coach must:

  • 1)Immediately notify the DSL or DHS of the host school.
  • 2)Complete the Safeguarding Incident Report Form (SIRF). The Tournament Director/Coach has a duty to complete all sections of the SIRF form and send a copy to the DSL or DHS of the host school and this will be sent to the Chairman of the ISST when appropriate.

The course of a tournament can be defined as being from when students first enter the premises of the host school before the tournament begins until the students leave the premises of the school or tournament location following the awards ceremony.

The DSL or DHS of the host school must contact the DSL or DHS of the school/s that the student/s at the centre of the allegation attends.

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