After School Sports

Overview

As of the 2016-17 academic year, the Athletics Department is responsible for the administration and delivery of all after-school sport opportunities at UNIS. This page provides information regarding the planned activities for each age group, and allows parents to register their child for after-school sport sessions. Opportunities are available for the following age groups: JA - J1, J2 - J4, M1 - M2, and M3 - M4.

The full schedule of activities for Spring 2018 can be downloaded at this link.

Background

Following consultation with a steering committee made up of key P.E. staff and senior leadership in the Junior and Middle School, it was determined that the long-term athlete development (LTAD) model would be utilized as the philosophical basis of the after-school sports program. The LTAD approach is a seven-stage framework designed to guide participation in sports from infancy to adulthood; one that focuses primarily on the needs of participants and their individual stages of development. It provides a point of reference for coaches, administrators, and parents and aims to provide the core skills needed to promote a lifelong engagement in sport.

Quick Links

JA-J1 Registration Form

J2-J4 Registration Form

M1-M2 Registration Form

M3-M4 Registration Form

JA - J1 After School Program

Students have been grouped in alignment with the recommendations of the LTAD model. Therefore, students in JA and J1 participate in after school sport programs together, with the focus of the sessions being physical literacy (i.e. achieving competency in fundamental movement skills). JA-J1 students are considered as being in the FUNdamentals stage of LTAD - where the emphasis should be (as is inferred) on FUN!

To that end, this cohort has the opportunity to participate in two sessions per week:

Mondays (3/5, 3/12, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14)
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves J2-M4 students) OR
Multisports (3:00-4:00pm)

Wednesdays (3/7, 3/14, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9)
Soccer (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Dance (Style TBC) (3:00-4:00pm)

JA-J1 Registration Form

J2 - J4 After School Program

J2, J3 and J4 students are in the 'Learning to Train' stage of LTAD - in other words, they are now developed enough for coaches and instructors to focus more specifically on the development of the athleticism that will support their long-term success.

Due to the size of this group, we will be offering four after school opportunities per week:

Mondays (3/5, 3/12, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14)
Basketball (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M4 students)

Tuesdays (3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8)
Dance (Style TBC) (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Soccer (3:00-4:00pm) OR

Volleyball (3:00-4:00pm)

Wednesdays (3/7, 3/14, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9)
Tennis (3:00-4:00pm)

Thursdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3)
Multisports (3:00-4:00pm)

J2-J4 Registration Form

M1-M2 After School Program

M1 and M2 students have been grouped together in the 'Training to Train' stage, where the goals are to strengthen and refine basic skills, develop more advanced decision-making, and continue to build on the solid general physical foundation established in the previous phase.

In our winter program, we will be offering M1-M2 students four after school sport opportunities per week, including intramural sport on Fridays:

Mondays (3/5, 3/12, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14)
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M4 students) OR
Volleyball (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves M3-M4 students) OR
Tennis (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves M3-M4 students)

Tuesdays (3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8)
Basketball (3:00-4:00pm) AND/OR
Dance (Style TBC) (4:00-5:00pm)

Thursdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3)
Soccer (3:00-4:00pm)

Fridays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11)
Intramural Sport (3:00-4:00pm)

M1-M2 Registration Form

M3-M4 After School Program

LTAD guidelines suggest separation of boys and girls at around the M3 grade level. We have adhered to this recommendation in our planning for M3 and M4 students.

Intramural sport will be offered for female and male M3-M4 students (in separate groups) on Fridays.

M3-M4 students also have the option of participating in either Taekwondo or Tennis on Mondays.

Note: At M3, students can begin to participate in interscholastic sports at UNIS.

Mondays (3/5, 3/12, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14)
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M2 students) OR
Tennis (3:00-4:00pm) also involves M1-M2 students) OR
Volleyball (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves M1-M2 students)

Tuesdays (3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8)
Dance (Style TBC) (4:00-5:00pm) - with M1 and M2 students

Thursdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3)
Basketball (3:00-4:00pm)

Fridays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11)
Intramural Sport (For Girls) (3:00-4:00pm)
Intramural Sport (For Boys) (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Archery (3:00-4:00pm)

M3-M4 Registration Form

After School Sports Program Information

Archery

The 8 week archery program is set to introduce students to Archery through the following steps:

- Safety precautions;
- How to draw a bow;
- Maintaining a consistent draw;
- Fine tuning the draw through working on the anchor point, breathing, and proper release.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo sessions at UNIS are led by the martial arts organization Professional Taekwondo School.

The focus of after school Taekwondo is on physical fitness, character development and self defense. In our club, experienced instructors are able to work with JA-M4 students at all ability levels.

Basketball

After school basketball is coached by Guy Evans. Guy represented his national team (Wales) as a player in basketball, coached within a professional basketball club for several years and was featured in the internationally-distributed book Athlete-Centered Coaching.

"For the fall term of sessions," Evans says, "students can expect a focus on individual offensive fundamentals such as shooting, ball-handling, passing and cutting. Our classes will be engaging, intense and challenging - although certainly each activity will be modified to suit each player.

See you on the court!"

Dance

UNIS is proud to partner with the nationally renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater company.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states, as well as 71 countries on six continents.

At UNIS, our students benefit from a unique partnership which will feature accomplished Alvin Ailey instructors teaching three classes per week - each in the style of West African dance.

For the spring term, dance sessions will be taught in the style of musical theater (see below for more information):

Musical Theater Dance
This eight week course will provide students with a basic foundation of theatrical dance technique stemming from the classic structures of ballet and jazz dance. It borrows stylized movement from great Broadway choreographers such as, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, and Susan Stroman to teach students how to tell stories through dance. Dance vocabulary and basic acting technique will be introduced, all culminating in a final dance presentation.

Intramural Sport

Intramural Sport is also available as an after school activity at UNIS. M1-M2 and M3-M4 students are invited to enjoy participating in a variety of recreational invasion games, at no cost. The focus here, as ever, is on fun!

Soccer

The Manhattan Kickers FC (MKFC) partners with UNIS to deliver our after school soccer program. MKFC aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the sport that will both teach the game to beginner players, and challenge more experienced players.

MKFC is a non-profit youth soccer school in New York City serving players ages 4 to 12. According to the club, "we believe foremost in the development of individual skill and game intelligence. Our coaches strive to instill a passion and respect for the game in our players, along with the right attitude to succeed."

Tennis

Another external organization with an outstanding reputation is Advantage Tennis. At UNIS, expert instructors from the club lead after school sessions twice per week.

With a thorough grounding in tennis fundamentals, Advantage coaches tutor players in a manner that is "safer, smarter, and more fun."

Multisports

Junior school students will now be able to participate in Multisports, a new program focused on 'non-invasion' activities (i.e. net/wall, target, striking/fielding games). These sessions will be led by the JS P.E. teaching staff as a continuation of the JS P.E. curriculum.

Fundamental Movement and Modified Games

Experienced Junior School P.E. staff at UNIS lead two important sessions per week which are essential for developing physical literacy - Fundamental Movement (JA-J1) on Mondays, and Modified Games (J2-J4) on Wednesdays.

These sessions are designed to be a continuation from the themes and principles covered in Junior School P.E. lessons. Students build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. By watching, listening, and experimenting with movement and ideas, they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.

Girls on the Run (Fall and Spring)

The Fall Season will feature a brand new version of the Girls on the Run curriculum! The program fee of $300 per participant includes: 20 lessons from a well-researched curriculum taught by Girls on the Run-certified coaches, lesson handouts and materials, healthy snacks, t-shirt and water bottle, entry to Girls on the Run 5K and end-of-season certificates and celebration. Financial assistance and payment plan options are available for all families when they register online.

Girls on the Run NYC is a positive youth development program that uses running and physical activity to inspire girls to be joyful, confident, and healthy. The 10 week, twice weekly lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event.

Girls on the Run at UNIS meets at school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and is open to girls J3-M1. The season will start on Monday, September 18th and it will end the beginning of December. Girls do need to attend both sessions each week. The program fee of $275 includes: 20 lessons from a well-researched curriculum taught by Girls on the Run-certified coaches, lesson handouts and materials, healthy snacks, t-shirt and water bottle, entry to Girls on the Run 5K and end-of-season certificates and celebration.

For more information about the Fall 2017 Season of Girls on the Run, please contact Guy Evans (Parent Liaison for Girls on the Run at UNIS) at gevans@unis.org.

Looking for information on general after-school activities/after care?

Please visit http://www.unis.org/beyond-the-classroom/camps-care-after-school for information regarding after-school activities which are not organized by the Athletics Department (i.e. languages, music lessons, etc.)

Further Information

The registration period for all activities will close on Friday, February 23rd 2018. Only one registration form is to be completed per child (the option to register for multiple programs on a single form is available). Student accounts will be billed after Monday, May 14th 2018.

Any questions or feedback regarding after school sport should be directed to Guy Evans, Assistant Director of Athletics and P.E. (gevans@unis.org).

We appreciate your interest in our programs, and look forward to another exciting year of sports at UNIS.

Regards
Athletics Department

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