Sports Overview

Overview of Sports at GIS

The Athletics Department at GIS is here to serve your children by providing quality sports programs to as many students as possible. We believe that this adds to the student’s well-roundedness and helps them build good character both on and off the field.

In an effort to help parents guide their children to make informed, wise decisions about their time and involvement in sports, we have compiled a summary of sports at GIS. The GIS Athletic Vision found in the school handbook gives a full description of GIS sports. GIS offers three means of sports involvement: recreation league for elementary students, conference competitive play, and intramurals.

Meet our Athletic Department


Sports Leadership: A two-tiered PE class that teaches HS students how to teach PE, coach & referee sports. These students will serve as coaches an-d referees for Rec League, U12 and U14. They will also serve as score keepers at all levels.

Helpful Hints from our Department

Games vs. Thai Teams

The Sports culture in Thailand is very different from western countries. Flexibility is vital to success here. Thai teams will often approach about playing with only a few days' notice so be prepared for changes in dates/times/locations of games. We will try to keep you as up to date as possible through email and social media (you can ask to join our Facebook page "Grace Athletics" or request to follow our Instagram account "@ThaigerNation"). Games vs. Thai schools are often later in the afternoons as Thai schools are not dismissed until 4pm.

Professional Athletes

Over the years, we have had the privilege of hosting sports clinics taught by professional athletes. These clinics usually occur on short notice and although we try to avoid scheduling conflicts, it sometimes can't be avoided.

Sports Schedule

You can find the most up to date game schedule on our website or on our Facebook page.

Burning Season

In February, farmers begin burning their fields in preparation for planting season. This greatly affects the air quality in Chiang Mai and affects outside activities. The air quality is consistently monitored by the school and the Athletic Department to ensure the safety of our students. If any changes occur (i.e. game cancellations, change in location of practice, etc.) we will let you know as soon as possible.

Athletic Conferences

GIS is a part of two conferences:

  • CMAC (Chiang Mai Athletic Conference): Comprised of seven international schools around Chiang Mai.

  • ACSC (Asian Christian Schools Conference): Comprised of Christian schools from seven countries throughout Asia (only varsity teams participate in this conference).

Each conference has rules and regulations we must follow. Conference play and tournament dates are dependent upon the availability of facilities to host the events. Tournament dates can be found on the calendar on our website and are as "set in stone" as they possibly can be.

*CMAC and ACSC are leagues designed for competitive sports and playing time is not guaranteed. Each player must earn his/her playing time based on the coach’s discretion. Students interested in playing on these teams must come to all try-out days.


At GIS, our varsity teams have the privilege of traveling throughout their season. The two main times our teams travel are for the ACSC and ISB (International School of Bangkok) Tournaments. Teams will often create fundraisers to help pay their way to the tournament, but it is the student's responsibility to cover the finances of the trip.

To see varsity travel schedule and approximate costs, please click here.

Tryouts & Practice

Tryout and practice dates, times and location can be found on each of the sports page of our website (click on "Home" at the top right corner to select the sport you are interested in).


Students cannot participate in two CMAC TEAM sports during the same season (i.e. Basketball and Soccer). Students are, however, allowed to participate in an individual sport and a team sport during the same season (i.e. Swimming and Volleyball) IF they are able to balance his/her family life, time and grades. We believe that committing to a particular sport will allow the student to focus and excel in what they choose to do. Note that once a student commits to a sport (even Rec League), they are expected to follow through. If a student quits a sport, he/she forfeits the right to try out for another sport, without the approval of the Athletic Director.

Maximum team sizes (# of players that can dress out and play):

*However, the coach can limit the size of the team if he/she so desires with AD approval.


Each school may enter only one team in tournaments.

*Exception: If there are 5 or 7 teams an additional team may be added to make two even pools allowing an even number of games in the pool play. The school hosting the tournament has first choice to add a team. If the hosting school does not have an additional team, all schools that wish to add a second team may apply and the winner is selected by a drawing.**If entering two teams the “A” team must consist of the best players; schools are not allowed to make two teams in which the skill level is evenly distributed. Teams sometimes change from the season games to the tournament based on the coaches recommendation as whom he/she thinks are the best fit for the team.

Team Sports:

All team sports are coached by parents and/or staff. Please contact the AD if you are interested in coaching or assisting in coaching a team.

JV and Varsity: Teams are determined by tryouts and have cuts for CMAC seasons.

Practices/games are typically Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Team sports: Basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

U14: Teams are determined by tryouts and have cuts for CMAC seasons.

Practices/games are 2-3 days per week

Team Sports: Basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

U12: Teams are determined by tryouts and have cuts for CMAC seasons.

Practices/games are two days per week.

Team sports: Basketball and soccer.

Individual Sports:

All individual sports are coached by parents and/or staff. Please contact the Athletic Department if you are interested in coaching or assisting in coaching a team.


  • Age brackets: U14, 14-15, 16-19. Each school can enter a maximum of seven students per gender, per age group. This means that those seven runners will run with bibs and compete as a team. Other students on the team will still run the race but won’t receive a race bib and won’t be included in the official results.

  • Students in 3rd grade and up may join the team. Students in 1st and 2nd grade will be considered on a case by case basis and may require a parent to join in every practice.

  • Training is 2-3 days a week plus meets.

  • Begins in November.


  • Age brackets: 12-13 14-15, 16-19. Each school can enter a maximum of five students per gender, per age group, for individual events or four students per gender, per age group, for relay events.

  • Training is 4-5 days a week plus meets.

  • Begins in mid August (when school starts) through October.

  • Any swimmer younger than 12 must get permission from the Coach before trying out.

Participation Policy

A Grace student may only play in one age level team of a given sport, if the rosters are full (i.e. a student that made the U14 soccer team cannot tryout for the JV soccer team if there are more than 15 players trying out for the JV team).

A Grace student may play in multiple age level teams of a given sport, if the rosters are not full (i.e. a student that made the U14 soccer team can tryout for the JV soccer team if there are less than 15 people trying out for the JV team). However, they are not guaranteed to make the team.

Eligibility Policy

(Grades 9th -12th as seen in the GIS Handbook)

"If at any marking period for eligibility to participate in extra-curricular activities, a student receives below a 70% (i.e. below a C- ) in any course, he or she will be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.”

Sickness/Injury: If your child is sick and doesn't come to school, he/she is not allowed to attend practice. If your child does come to school then he/she needs to be at practice unless the nurse says otherwise. If your child is injured he/she needs to see our athletic trainer, Mr. Hirschelman, to be evaluated and he will decide if the student can attend practice or not. If the student has not been evaluated by our trainer then he/she needs to be at practice.

Rides and Carpooling to Games:

Away Games: GIS does not offer transportation. Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from games.

Away games at PTIS: Students will be let out of class at 2:20 pm (after 7th period) and will meet their coach by the outdoor basketball court. The students will be escorted to the zone 4 parking lot to be picked up by you, the parents who are driving to the game. For those who are driving to the game, please be at zone 4 by 2:20 ready to go. Zone 4 is on around past where the Song Taews pick up our students, under a very large tree. Students will meet the coach at the soccer field of the host school.

For games at APIS, CMIS, LIST, NIS, CDSC: Students will leave with their ride directly after school gets out and will meet the coach at the soccer field of the host school.

REC League (Recreation League)

Rec League was created to develop athletic skills in our elementary students. Our vision is for each sport to be played before their CMAC season began in order for our students to have the opportunity to try it first before deciding if they want to pursue playing competitively.

The goal is FUNdamentals and learning how to play sports with a Christ-like attitude! The goal is to let all the kids play and have as much playing time as possible. Sports Leadership students are the coaches and referees for Rec League; please show respect to them as they learn how to coach and referee.

Some more information

  • Each season lasts approx. 4 - 6 weeks.

  • Practices/games: Saturday 10-11:30am *some sports may also be played on Wed. afternoons, depending on schedule availability.

  • Tournament: end of season

  • Players do not have to ‘try out’ for a spot on the team (i.e. a ‘no cut’ policy)

  • 3rd-6th grades

  • Co-ed

  • 400 baht per student (please pay Brian Elliot in the Athletics Department


(For middle/high school students and GIS Community adults)

At GIS we offer one intramural sport: Ultimate Frisbee.

  • Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm (except on school holidays we play 3:00 -5:00pm)

  • Saturdays 3:00 - 5:00pm

  • Location: Near the old SoJo's Café in World Club Land

  • FREE

  • Join our Facebook group for more information!

Special Notes

If your family is arriving after tryouts have ended and you have a student who is interested in trying out for a sport, please contact Bob Hirschelman ( in advance and he will arrange a seperate tryout for your child. Please note that this does NOT guarantee a spot on the team - just a tryout. Bob is also available to work with parents in coordinating a schedule to provide students athletes with the training/balance needed to excel in the sport he/she is passionate about while keeping academics as priority.

If you have any questions, please email us at:


GIS Athletic Department