High School Athletics
TAISM’s High School Sports program includes soccer, basketball, swimming, volleyball, and track and field which run for ten weeks during respective seasons, culminating with a SAISA tournament. Being part of SAISA, (the South Asia Inter-School Association) our students have the opportunity to interact with students from ten other schools. TAISM also works closely with other schools in Oman through the MSSL, Muscat Secondary Sports League, to offer quality games and tournaments.
These teams are open to all students enrolled in grades 9-12. Each season will begin with a tryout period, usually during the first full week of the season. All TAISM students are encouraged to participate as there is no limit to the number of students a team may field for our local MSSL competition. However, at some point during the season, restrictions on the number of students competing may occur when a team is part of a SAISA event which limits the numbers of a team’s participants as established by the conference.
Athletes are to display the utmost in maturity, self discipline, and positive role modeling at all times and in all situations. It is important that students acknowledge and accept the importance of being a dedicated member of a team.
Varsity teams practice four times per week and JV teams practice three times per week. Games will be scheduled during these times whenever possible. Information regarding practices and games will be communicated from the coaches throughout the season. Practices may be held from 3:40-5:15 p.m. or in morning sessions from 6:50-8:00 a.m. It is vital that each student inform their coach by email or in person of any absences from practice prior to the start of the session, or as soon as the absence is known. In order to continue to be eligible for participation in games and tournaments, students must attend a minimum of 80% of all practices, games, and team meetings (including excused and unexcused). Athletes should have suitable sports attire with appropriate shoes and a water bottle.
Before taking part in any TAISM Sports team, parents and student athletes must be aware of each division’s Student Parent Handbook as well have read the Athlete Handbook. Both parties must also have fully completed, signed and handed in the Permission Slip and Player’s Contract Form to the Athletic Office or their coach.
Before taking part in any TAISM team, parents and participants must be fully aware of each division’s Student Parent Handbook. Both parties must also have fully completed, signed and handed in the Permission Slip and Player’s Contract form to the Athletic Office or their coach.
Team uniforms will be provided and must be worn at all events. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain and return the uniform at the end of the season. If uniforms are not returned or lost, a replacement cost will be charged.
TAISM will provide local transport to away games and as well as transportation returning back to TAISM after the event. Parents can pick up their children at the designated time communicated to them for each event. Parents can also collect their children from the host school after speaking with the coach.
Meeting our responsibility to house participants from other schools in SAISA requires a full TAISM team effort. Any student involved in a SAISA event or was previously hosted at a SAISA event must be either willing to host two or more visiting athletes, or find another TAISM family who will host on their behalf.
SAISA and International Travel
TAISM offers a wide variety of possible travel activities each year for our students, so it is imperative that parents and students consider their involvement and the financial implication early in the season and inform their coaches of their availability to travel.
The financial responsibilities for a SAISA trip include: the athlete’s airline ticket, visa fee, tournament fee, and tournament t-shirt. Costs vary per sport, per year, based on location of the tournament. Total tournament costs average around 200 Omani Rials per trip. Trip expenses and details will be communicated at the beginning of the sport’s season to athletes and their families in a letter from the Athletic Office.
All students will be housed with host families while at their tournament.
Please contact the Athletic Department if you require any further clarification or information.