Participation levels in our sports program is extraordinary. Every year, approximately 70% of ASCIS students are involved on one or more teams. It is not unusual for an athlete to participate in as many as five sports in one year! This is unique to our school and is special. In addition, there is a complementary core of students who participate as scorekeepers, timers and managers or by performing other functions that help the athletic program.
It is safe to say that athletics at ASCIS holds a special place in campus life.
Our teams and individuals have developed a reputation as aggressive, hard-nosed, tough performers who go all-out, all the time. At the same time, our students are known for being true sportspeople who are always enjoyable to watch.
ASCIS competes in Windsor-Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association (WECSSAA) leagues. We are a “Single A” school (schools are placed in separate leagues according to enrolment), and generally compete against other “A” schools in the team sports (basketball, volleyball and soccer). In the individual and dual sports, all of the WECSSAA schools compete in the same category, regardless of size.
The top teams and/or individuals in WECSSAA competitions proceed to the Southwestern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (SWOSSAA) level, which amounts to a “district championship” and includes schools from Lambton and Kent counties. Success at this advanced level permits high-achieving teams and/or individuals to compete in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) provincial championships, which include schools from approximately 20 districts throughout Ontario.
For most sports, practices are held daily, Monday through Friday, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Swimming and golf usually have different schedules as off-campus facilities are used. All participants are expected to attend every practice session.
Games are, for the most part, held after school. Normally, we play a home-and-away schedule with each participating team, so some travel is involved. Individual sports are generally contested via a “tournament” type of competition.
All of the sports listed above are “Senior level” sports, but we do offer Junior teams when there are enough Juniors available. Basically, everyone who wishes to play any sport and is willing to make the commitment can be accommodated. This is one of the big benefits of attending a “small school.”