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The NECIS Sports Council exists in order to provide opportunities for international schools located in North Western Europe to meet in specified tournament activities on a competitive basis. Each school should work toward a common aim to achieve an efficient and well-balanced program that promotes healthy competition, sportsmanship, and full participation.

Gender Neutrality

Member schools are committed to providing facilities and opportunities for students to participate in NECIS events. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in events in accordance with the student’s gender identity consistently used in their school. AD’s will provide timely information on an individual student basis to the event host director to support their inclusion.


  1. JV, U14, U12 and U12 levels
    To organize competitive tournaments in various team and individual sports (as stipulated in the By-Laws) in which participation by all members of the team is important within the limitations imposed by the various sports’ governing bodies.

    NOTE: There are specific rules regarding the minimum amount of participation time at the JV, U14 and U12 levels in Football, Volleyball, Mini-Volleyball, Basketball and Mini-Basketball. See S4 in the By-Laws (Guidelines for Football, Volleyball, Mini-Volleyball, Basketball, and Mini-Basketball) for these rules THAT MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO.

    Varsity levels
    To organize competitive tournaments in various team and individual sports (as stipulated in the By-Laws); while believing that participation by all members of the team is desirable, we recognize that this is not always possible in every game. However, every student MUST be allowed to play during the tournament and preferably all members of the team should be allowed to play in every game.

  2. To promote sportsmanship among fellow team members, members of the opposing team, officials, coaches and spectators.


The purpose of the Northwest European Council of International Schools 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 co-operation with fellow athletes from various international backgrounds.

Each event involves students and adults in their different roles: these include the athletes, coaches, sports officials and spectators. All those involved in the event are expected to uphold the same spirit of respect and co-operation. This spirit is demonstrated by fair play among athletes, positive encouragement from coaches, impartial judgments from officials and respectful enthusiasm from spectators. The positive behaviour of the adults is crucial to the successful educational aspect of the tournament.

The adults act as role 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 behaviour that is disrespectful or degrading to the NECIS standard of sportsmanship, jeopardizes the purposes of the NECIS 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.


  1. To foster a sense of enjoyment and achievement throughout a tournament.

  2. While recognizing that all participants should play to the best of their abilities, students should be encouraged to accept defeat gracefully and to celebrate success in a sporting manner.

  3. To provide opportunities for positive emotional development in competitive and social situations.

  4. To improve physical fitness.

  5. To allow students to accept responsibility.

  6. To allow certain students to display leadership skills.

  7. To teach our students the principle of co-operation among individuals while striving for a common goal.

  8. To develop a positive working atmosphere between a coach and his/her team.

  9. To demonstrate adequate preparation for the sport in which the students are involved.

  10. To teach the necessary skills and impart a knowledge of the rules and tactics necessary to participate in each sport.

  11. To develop an interest in, and a desire to continue, sports activities in later years.

  12. To provide opportunities for and to encourage social interaction with students from other international schools.

In order to achieve these objectives, the NECIS Sports Council requires that, for team sports, every Tournament Director:

  1. Selects adequate facilities.

  2. Uses qualified, up-to-date officials.

  3. Organizes the tournament to provide maximum playing time for all teams regardless of their strengths.

For tournaments involving individual sports, each Tournament Director is required to adequately prepare the officials.


In order to achieve the NECIS Aims and Objectives, the NECIS Sports Council expects that every A.D.:

  1. Meets with his/her team coaches to discuss the NECIS Philosophy.

  2. Distributes the NECIS By-Laws to his/her coaches and specifically discusses any sections relevant to the sport they are coaching.

  3. Distributes an information sheet to the students explaining the NECIS Philosophy and giving detailed information of the sport, as well as outlining the responsibilities of the students and parents.

  4. Supervises the work of his/her coaches through discussion and observation, thereby ensuring that the students are being adequately coached as stated in the NECIS Aims and Objectives.

  5. Meets with students who fail to uphold the rules contained in the NECIS By-Laws or the spirit of the NECIS Philosophy, Aims, and Objectives (especially those rules regarding behaviour, sportsmanship, and individual responsibility).

  6. Organizes coaches, adequate facilities and practice times in order to prepare the students for participation in NECIS Tournaments.

  7. Makes sure that every coach/chaperone on a trip has a list of the student’s names and emergency telephone numbers.  This list should also include important medical information (name of the medical insurance company and card number) and the telephone numbers of the Director and Senior School Director.  This information should be on file at each school office (home and visiting teams) before the departure of the team.

  8. Attends every NECIS A.D.s’ meeting.

  9. Contacts the A.D. of the host school following head-to-head games. This is to ensure that proper conduct among the athletes, coaches, spectators and parents occurred during housing situations.

  10. Whenever possible, arranges opportunities for and encourages all coaches to undergo a basic first aid course and a basic resuscitation course to include the use of a defibrillator. Encourages all coaches to keep these qualifications up-to-date.


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