American Society Sports
When asked about what drove them to sign up to the American Society a significant percentage of our members site the popular sports programs run by AmSoc. From 5-75 we will find a sport that suits you and people who share your interest, A great kids program run by one of board members supported by fantastic volunteer coaches has long been one of our signature achievements. Coupled with our regular adult sports events which draw state wide participation including from some Brazilian amateur teams eager to take the American Society on we have a great range of offerings for our members.
Our Youth Sports Program (YSP) has been providing sports training and games for girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 13 for over 50 years. Currently we offer soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and flag football on Saturday mornings at one of the International schools in town or at the US Consulate. Our program is conducted over two seasons during the year, and under a two session format depending on the sport being offered, one from 9:00-10:30 and the second from 10:30-12:00. Our season starts just after the Carnival break, and it goes until the end of May; then we start again in late August and end in early December. The season schedule and school dates can always be viewed on the AmSoc website.
Even though the coaching of our various sports is conducted by AmSoc parents, we seek out older youth volunteers and qualified sports monitors to assist the parents, as well. An amplified coaching staff has allowed us to provide a more focused approach to each sport and differing age groups by providing developmental coaching in an effort to build a greater skill set for our children.
So what can you expect from your child entering our YSP? Kids having fun, enjoying games, and learning about competition and teamwork, all within the excellent confines and facilities afforded us by the American community. In all respects, you can count on the development of teamwork and sportsmanship for your child upon their participation in our YSP.
How to Register
Registration is open to any child between the ages of 5 and 13, whether they are AmSoc members or non-members. Registration Day will take place bi-annually at a venue divulged in our events calendar. For the upcoming 2020 1st semester of The Youth Sports Program (YSP), Registration Day will take place at the Graded School on February 08th.
Families usually register their children on our Registration Day, as it is a great opportunity to reunite with friends and to meet new families living in São Paulo. We provide coffee, orange juice, and cookies or donuts for a nominal fee.
A few of the coaches of the sports being offered will be present on Registration Day, to answer any questions about our Youth Sports Program. The American Society will also have a few Board Members present, to answer any questions you might have about the American Society as an organization.
However, a child can be registered at any time during the season! Simply register and pay through our Registration Form and have the convenience of using a credit card.
Registration Day for each season will be announced through this website and through emails to our membership. We also distribute promotional materials to the American schools.
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.