The American Society of Sao Paulo regularly organizes a variety of competitive athletic activities throughout the year. We start the year with an American “Flag” Football tournament, called the “Abacaxi Bowl”, held usually on the Saturday before the Super Bowl. Regularly, eight to ten teams enter to play three games of six on six in a morning round robin. Then after a short lunch break in the afternoon the top eight teams play in a single elimination runoff until a champion is crowned.
Usually in April, we have our annual five on five full-court basketball tournament. Typically six teams enter to play three games in a round robin format and then the top four teams play in a single elimination runoff until a champion is crowned.
In April or May, depending on the level of interest, which varies from year to year, we organize a Tennis Doubles tournament. We separate into two groups to equilibrate the level of play among the players. Within the two groups everyone plays at least one doubles game with another partner. The players with the best records win prizes.
Also in May, during the week after our annual Gala Charity Dinner Dance (which is on the Friday before Mother´s Day), we have our annual Challenge Golf Cup. This team match play event is a long-standing tradition between the American Society and the St. Andrews Society. This annual sporting and social event, which usually summons around 50+ golfers to a one-day match play tournament, is organized and hosted by one of the two teams on an alternating basis every other year. The winning team is presented the Munro Cup, in honor of Norman Munro who created this annual sporting event between these two Societies many years ago.
After the June-July school break, beginning in late August, we have Slow Pitch Softball pick-up games at one of the three American Schools in town. These games follow immediately after our Youth Sports Program which uses the same school´s athletic fields. Then in November we have our annual one-day softball tournament when usually six teams enter to play three games in a round robin format, and followed immediately with a single elimination runoff until a champion is crowned.