Participation in athletics is far more than winning and losing games. At International School of Panama, we inspire our students to learn and develop through sport. Our enduring hope is that the lessons learned on the fields and in the gym will remain with our students for a lifetime.
We strongly believe that athletics is not separate from the educational process but rather an integral part of it. We provide athletes with the opportunity to experience success and loss through our competitive programs. Through these programs, we endeavor to facilitate opportunities for our students to develop their playing skills, teamwork, leadership, physical fitness, and self-discipline. These skills are essential for future success in school and in the workplace, and there are few places where such skills can be better learned than on the sports field.
Dolphin Athletics Welcome
At the start of the year, there is always a lot of information to take in, and we hope to provide you with all the information you need. Here are some pointers that will help you make sense of the information.
ISP operates a competitive sports program and an After School Activity (ASA) program. We encourage and want all students to embrace and be part of as many different experiences as possible throughout their time here at ISP. We are fortunate enough to be able to provide a wide range of opportunities to accomplish this.
We have teams from sub 10 all the way up to sub 18 (varsity). The two major sports played among local schools are basketball and soccer. These are organized into opposing seasons so that students can play one in semester 1 and the other in semester 2. We also compete at the varsity level in cross-country and volleyball, although there are no local competitions. ISP is a member of the Association of American Schools in Central America (AASCA), and our varsity athletes have the opportunity to travel internationally to participate in competitions hosted by other AASCA schools.
Locally, there are a number of private competitions that ISP competes in. These are Copa Talento and Liga 10 for soccer and Kiwanis for basketball. These are offered at different age levels during the year. Our swim program continues to evolve and is now using a club format throughout the year with the school season being in semester 2.
Our ISP Athletics Department wants to help you get organized this semester. Check out this list of after school activities and competitive sports at a glance.
ADECOP and AASCA
ISP belongs to the ADECOP league, which is a local league made up of private schools in Panama. This is a school sponsored, competitive sport activity with after school busing provided. There is no cost to ISP players.
ISP also competes in the various tournaments of the Association of American Schools of Central America (AASCA) including soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, and knowledge bowl. There are also leadership conferences and arts festivals with sister schools of the region.
The AASCA soccer tournament is arguably the flagship event in the AASCA sporting calendar. 23 teams and over 420 players form around Central America competing over three days. This year’s tournament took place in El Salvador. You can read more about this amazing tournament in issue 24 of our Dolphin Dispatch.
Competitive sports are back on campus. We have the following different categories available:
- Basketball sub 10 for boys and girls
- Soccer sub 12 for boys and girls
- Soccer sub 14 for boys and girls
Practice will start next Tuesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 18. Please be sure to visit our online registration form to register your child.
If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail or call us at 6948-4366.
We initiated this season with a newly formed Swimming Club, introducing more practice time and simultaneous training of all age groups. The Coaching team has grown, many changes were introduced, and many yet need to come. The club participated in a Federation meet in Chitre in September. We won 3rd place on Copa 10-10 organized by Instituto Sun Yat Sen in October and won and lost a few dual meets in November and December. We are very excited about the sunny period to come and the challenging meets that await us. Training will be technique intensive, and our focus will be on building the team culture and identity.
You can find all of the details on our upcoming swimming season in the athletics section of Issue 18 of the Dolphin Dispatch.