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The purpose of the European Sports Conference is to provide a venue for athletes from the member schools to compete in an environment that is safe, challenging, professional and educational.  Each athlete is given the opportunity to demonstrate her/his best athletic ability while maintaining a spirit of respect and co-operation with fellow athletes from various international backgrounds.

Each event involves students and adults in their different roles: these include the athletes, coaches, sports officials and spectators. All those involved in the event are expected to uphold the same spirit of respect and co-operation. This spirit is demonstrated by fair play among athletes, positive encouragement from coaches, impartial judgments from officials and respectful enthusiasm from spectators. The positive behavior of the adults is crucial to the successful educational aspect of the tournament.

The adults act as models for our athletes. Therefore profanity, deliberately making noises that distract and interfere with the performance of a competing athlete, the condemnation of coaches or officials, or any behavior that is disrespectful or degrading to the E.S.C. standard of sportsmanship, jeopardizes the purposes of the E.S.C. organization and, most of all, jeopardizes the quality of the experience for the athletes.

As the event ensues, we ask that all of our parents, coaches, officials and athletes keep this vision of our purpose in mind.


  1. To foster a sense of enjoyment and achievement throughout a tournament.
  2. While recognizing that all participants should play to the best of their abilities, students should be encouraged to accept defeat gracefully and to celebrate success in a sporting manner.
  3. To provide opportunities for positive emotional development in competitive and social situations.
  4. To improve physical fitness.
  5. To allow students to accept responsibility.
  6. To allow certain students to display leadership skills.
  7. To teach our students the principle of co-operation among individuals while striving for a common goal.
  8. To develop a positive working atmosphere between a coach and his/her team.
  9. To demonstrate adequate preparation for the sport in which the students are involved.
  10. To teach the necessary skills and impart a knowledge of the rules and tactics necessary to participate in each sport.
  11. To develop an interest in, and a desire to continue, sports activities in later years.
  12. To provide opportunities for and to encourage social interaction with students from other international schools.

In order to achieve these objectives, the European Sports League requires that, for team sports, every Tournament Director:

  1. Selects adequate facilities.
  2. Uses qualified, up-to-date officials.
  3. Organizes the tournament to provide maximum playing time for all teams regardless of their strengths.