ELEMENTARY SPORTS AT AST
For any successful Athletic Program, it is a prerequisite to have participation at a young age. Along with excellent P.E. coursework, AST offers an after school Sports Club for our Elementary students. This club looks to introduce potential young athletes to the fundamentals of sport and our Athletic Program values of sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect. We want our young students to be as excited about sport as they are about learning!
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORT AT AST
Participation is the emphasis for our MS Athletic Program. Students trying a sport for the first time are encouraged to participate. Coaches are expected to teach fundamentals and push each individual to his or her athletic potential. Students will be expected to participate in all practices and strengthening/conditioning exercises. Students will learn how being physically fit can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. They will learn how to remain respectful toward peers and adults during times of defeat as times of celebration. MS student athletes will also get the opportunity to learn how to be a proactive member of a team.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORT AT AST
Participation is encouraged at the high school level as well with a stronger emphasis on competition and winning. Student-athletes at the HS level will learn the same values as MS student-athletes. The strengthening/conditioning may be more intense at this level. There will be an increase in pressure from coaches to win.
AST COACHING / LEADERSHIP
At AST, participation is the emphasis for elementary & middle school student-athletes. Coaches are to allow for all players participating in a sport (athletes attending all practices) to have playing time during games. At the high school level, competition and winning are emphasized. During competitive events, coaches will use the players necessary for the coach’s strategies to be applied most effectively.
The AST Board and Administration has made it possible for the recruitment of Taiwanese professional coaching for our varsity teams. These coaches make a significant difference in our ability to compete with other schools and for our student-athletes to reach their maximum potential. Interviews for coaching are scheduled by the athletic director. They include an interpreter and student-athletes involved in the sport.
AST faculty with knowledge, experience, and motivation for coaching are allowed to coach competitive sport at AST. Coaches will be evaluated for their ability to teach fundamentals of their chosen sport as well as teaching higher skill levels of the sport. The athletic director will assess coaching ability and make final decisions regarding a faculty member coaching a team.
High school athletes are encouraged to coach our middle school teams. The athletic director will review requests from high school athletes wanting to coach and assess their sport knowledge, maturity, and motivation to coach. Student coaches will be required to complete a coaching training that includes psychology of sport, coaching strategies, and teaching sportsmanship.