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 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.

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 (12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27)
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M4 students) OR
Gymnastics (3:00-4:00pm)

Wednesdays (12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8)
Soccer (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Dance (3:00-4:00pm)

The registration period has now closed. If you inquired about registering before the deadline, and did not use the registration form, the Athletics Department will be in touch shortly.

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 (12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27)
Basketball (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M4 students)

Tuesdays (12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7)
Dance (3:00-4:00pm) OR
Soccer (3:00-4:00pm)

Wednesdays (12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8)
Volleyball (3:00-4:00pm)

Thursdays (12/8, 12/15, 1/15, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9)
Gymnastics (3:00-4:00pm)

The registration period has now closed. If you inquired about registering before the deadline, and did not use the registration forms, the Athletics Department will be in touch shortly.

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

Mondays (12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27)
Volleyball (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves M3-M4 students) OR
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M4 students)

Tuesdays (12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7)
Basketball (3:00-4:00pm) AND/OR
Dance (4:00-5:00pm)

Thursdays (12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9)
Soccer (3:00-4:00pm)

Fridays (12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10)
Intramural Sport (3:00-4:00pm)

The registration period has now closed. If you inquired about registering before the deadline, and did not use the registration forms, the Athletics Department will be in touch shortly.

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 Volleyball on Mondays.

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

Mondays (12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27)
Volleyball (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves M1-M2 students) OR
Taekwondo (3:00-4:00pm) (also involves JA-M2 students)

Fridays (12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10)
Intramural Sport (For Girls) (3:00-4:00pm)
Intramural Sport (For Boys) (3:00-4:00pm)

The registration period has now closed. If you inquired about registering before the deadline, and did not use the registration forms, the Athletics Department will be in touch shortly.

After School Sports Program Information

Girls on the Run

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. Coaches lead 20 lessons during a 10-week season with a team of 8 to 20 girls in 3rd-5th grade. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event.

There is no Girls on the Run program run in the winter. The next season will run in the Spring starting in early March 2017. Registration for the Spring season will open in January.

Girls on the Run at UNIS meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. 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 Spring 2017 Season of Girls on the Run please contact Helen Stephan (Parent Liaison for Girls on the Run at UNIS) at hlpstephan@gmail.com

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 Macky Bergman of Steady Buckets. Steady Buckets' core focus is on the long-term and holistic development of the individual. This is accomplished through active participation in a safe but physically and mentally demanding program. According to the club, "success is measured not in wins or losses, but rather in each player’s ability to continue to elevate themselves to the next level, as players, as leaders, and as members of their communities."

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.

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."

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.

Intramural Sport

Intramural Sport is available as an after school activity at UNIS for the first time in 2016-17. 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!

Further Information

The registration period for all activities will close on Wednesday, November 30th 2016. 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 Friday, February 10th 2017.

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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