Athletics FAQs

What athletic teams are offered at ACS?

1st Season

VOLLEYBALL Under 14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

SWIMMING Under 14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

ACADEMIC GAMES Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

SOCCER 6Th Grade

2nd Season

SOCCER Under 14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

BASKETBALL Under 14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

TENNIS Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

CROSS COUNTRY Under 14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

SENIOR FINE ARTS Grades 9-12 Boys and Girls

3rd Season

GIRLS SOFTBALL Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls

BOYS BASEBALL Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys

BADMINTON Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

TRACK AND FIELD Under 14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

FORENSICS Grades 9-12 Boys and Girls

BASKETBALL 6th Grade

When do the seasons start and finish?

Season 1 = Late August until Mid- November

Season 2 = Mid November until Mid- February

Season 3 = Late February until Late April

When are try-outs for the teams?

Season -1

JV and Varsity try-outs generally start during the first week of school

Under-14 try-outs generally start the second week of school

Season -2

All try-outs take place one week after season-1 ends.

Season -3

All try-outs take place one week after season-2 ends.

When are team practices?

Team practices vary depending on the season and sport.

Practices can be early morning 6:15-7:45am, Early Afternoon 3:30-5pm or Late Afternoon 5-6:30pm

What is the age/grade eligibility for Junior Varsity?

Students in grades 8 -10 who are Under 16 as of the 1st September of the Academic Year. An 8th Grade student must be considered as a ‘starting player’ to be selected.

What is the age/grade eligibility for Varsity?

Students in grades 9-12

A 10th Grade student must be considered a ‘starting player’ to play on a Varsity.

A 9th Grade student must be an exceptional player and his/her participation must have prior approval of the Athletic Director.

Who do we play against and where do we travel?

ACS is a member of two International School sports conferences.

ECC = Emirates Coastal Conference

MESAC – Middle East South Asia Conference

U-14, JV and Varsity teams play all their regular season games either in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. EAC comprises of nine schools in the region.

JV and Varsity teams compete in MESAC (Middle East South Asia Conference) end of season tournaments and a travel team is selected four week in advance of the tournament.

MESAC consists of six schools;

American Community School of Abu Dhabi

American School of Dubai

Dubai American Academy

American Embassy School in Delhi, India

American British Academy in Muscat, Oman

American School of Doha, Qatar.

Do we host visiting teams for tournaments?

ACS is obliged to host between two to three MESAC tournaments annually and families of ACS team members are expected to host visiting athletes generally for four nights.

When are tryouts?

Tryouts for Season 1 U-14 will start the week of August 31st.

Tryouts for Season 2 U-14 will start one week after Season 1 ends.

Tryouts for Season 3 U-14 will start one week after Season 2 ends.


Tryouts for Season 1 JV and Varsity will start the week of August 31st.

Tryouts for Season 2 JV and Varsity will start one week after Season 1 ends.

Tryouts for Season 3 JV and Varsity will start one week after Season 2 ends.

Tryouts for Season 1 U-14 will start the week of August 31st.

Tryouts for Season 2 U-14 will start one week after Season 1 ends.

Tryouts for Season 3 U-14 will start one week after Season 2 ends.


Tryouts for Season 1 JV and Varsity will start the week of August 31st.

Tryouts for Season 2 JV and Varsity will start one week after Season 1 ends.

Tryouts for Season 3 JV and Varsity will start one week after Season 2 ends.

How can we contact the Athletic Office?

Kenny Macaulay, Athletics and Activities Director ext. 811

Email: kennymacaulay@acs.sch.ae

Suzanne Khoury, Athletics Administrative Assistant ext. 810

Email: suzannekhoury@acs.sch.ae