Athletics Director's Monthly Message - February 12, 2021
Hello Bulls Community,
As I mentioned in the Athletics Parent Night on January 27th, I wanted to directly share this monthly message to our Athletics Community. If you missed our Athletics Parent Night, please click here to view a youtube recording of the presentation.
The past month of January into February has been filled with registrations, chasing student-athletes for Health Forms, Coaches Professional Development sessions, and most importantly, our teams practicing on campus for the past 2 weeks for Blended Learning Athletics (BLA)!! This is such a treat to see our 160 student-athletes being physically active with red faces while forming relationships with teammates and coaches! I am sure they are sleeping well at night after a practice session!
One student-athlete on the HS Boys Volleyball team made me smile, and feel great about the program we are offering. After the first session on February 1st, he said, "This was GREAT! Thanks so much for this!" As I was smiling, I can't help but give a shout out to our newest coach in the program, Siba Muniz. This student-athlete gave me a direct complement, but the credit really goes to Coach Siba for planning his session and bringing out the FUN in the game.
Another awesome comment I heard from one of our HS Girls Soccer players. Teammates and her were walking down the hallway and could hear their cleats making noises on the tiles. She said, "I have missed this sound so much!" It's those little things that can give us peace of mind and a slight change mentality for the day.
To expand the thanks to our Coaching Staff. I am impressed! They have done a phenomenal job preparing the sessions in regards to our Phases of BLA. All coaches have been open to getting creative with their session exercises and drills because in some sports - it is really really difficult to not share equipment or limit the sharing. The efforts from the Coaches makes the program function at a high level. Without the Coaches' dedication and planning - this program wouldn't work the way it is. I deeply thank them for their efforts and hope they feel appreciated!
On another note, with our return to Athletics, we need to remember about proper nutrition! Here is an article from the Bulletin from our Wellness Coordinator, Karen Teters, about Getting The Most Out of Your Body (click here). Great article Mrs. Teters!
The last topic I would like to discuss is attendance. Our student-athletes are students first, and athletes second. The Upper School Administration and I, with the support of Ms. Lesley Tait, have agreed that student-athletes must be physically present on EAB's campus for the complete day of learning. If a student chooses to Zoom in from home (for whatever reason) during the first period - this disqualifies them from attending Athletics in the afternoon. We love to see our students on campus for their learning and want to reward them with Athletics. Please make sure you (parents) are encouraging your child to attend the full day of school so we can see them back on campus in the afternoon practicing the sport they love!
- John Powell
Athletics Director's Monthly Message - January 10, 2021
Hello Bulls Community,
Welcome back to Athletics and the 2020-2021 school year! I am hopeful you and your family had a healthy and pleasant time off! As we have had many learning moments, successes, and opportunities for growth in the Distance Learning Athletics (DLA) program. We are proud to introduce the next step of EAB Athletics - Blended Learning Athletics! This offering will have our student-athletes back on EAB's campus starting Monday, February 1, 2021 with live practice sessions!
Before we begin explaining Blended Learning Athletics (BLA), it is extremely important that all student-athletes are physically ready to participate. Thus, we are requiring the completion of a Physical Form (or Medical Form) prior to any activity on EAB's campus by the parents/guardians. This is a non-negotiable and any student-athlete that wishes to participate must provide this documentation. Please use this link for our 2020-21 EAB Athletics - Health (Physical) Form (click here).
For BLA, we will offer our menu of sports that were offered during DLA. The one sport offering that we will not have is Futsal. Soccer will be available for those interested in Futsal since the similarities in sport are present and can be practiced outside in an open air environment. With the 2 outdoor Basketball/Volleyball courts being used as classroom's on EAB's campus, we need to give priority to our Basketball and Volleyball teams when it comes to the usage of our Gymnasium and Covered Court. Futsal can and will return in the future to EAB Athletics, but for the 2021 BLA offering, please register for Soccer.
We are hopeful that all sports and teams are well subscribed and registered for, but if a sport is not and the minimum roster is not met - we will have to evaluate the offering for the semester which could lead to the cancelation of the sport offering. If there is an over-subscription to the sport, we will give priority to the DLA participants from the 1st semester. There will be a Waiting List created based on a first come, first serve basis after servicing the committed Distance Learning Athletics student-athletes. All students must register for BLA, regardless if they participated in DLA. Please click here for the Athletics Registration Form for Blended Learning (click here).
A very important topic to understand for BLA is that Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) will not exist for the coming semester. Instead, with the alignment of our Blended Learning class schedule, we will have High School Athletic offerings and Middle School Athletic offerings. These specific offerings will coincide with the week when that the specific school (HS or MS) is physically on EAB's campus. There will be no Zoom meetings during BLA. Instead, when student-athletes are in Home Learning (off-week from campus), they are encouraged to keep their physical activity and skill development improving by practicing the At-Home Workouts provided from the Distance Learning Athletics program and/or adapted from BLA sessions.
BLA will be broken down into three (3) Phases based on the school's discretion and direction moving forward with COVID cases in our community.
These Phases have been developed with the guidance of the following institutions and published articles.
the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
the NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association)
the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools)
The detailed breakdown of each Phase for each sport can be found in our Athletics Handbook for Blended Learning. Please click here if you would like to further your reading.
As we set out on this journey together, we are pleased to offer the educational experience for our student-athletes in 2021. Getting our teams back in the facilities they have been missing for nearly 10 months will be a sight to see! I am personally very excited to continue to lead the EAB Bulls Athletics' program and ensure we have the safety of all stakeholders at heart! We would like to remind every family that is a part of this movement to understand the need to take responsibility for their actions during our transition back to the lifestyle that may resemble what we once had in Athletics. This will only help our school and community move forward! Please don't forget that if any family member does test positive for COVID-19, you should report this via our EAB Notification of COVID-19 (click here) form that is reviewed by our Health Unit daily. Thank you for your cooperation in this journey! Go Bulls!
- John Powell
Please click here to see our Athletics Handbook and various registrations forms.
Athletics Director's Monthly Message - December 13, 2020
What. A. Semester. This week I am attending the 51st National Athletic Directors Conference hosted by the NIAAA and NFHS in a virtual setting. When I hear other Athletic Director's stories about the year, I smile and applaud his or her accomplishments for continuing educational athletics. When I reflect on the past 3 months at our program and what we accomplished, I have a feeling of purpose and growing hope for 2021!
Our 188 student-athletes and 25 coaches experienced many roadblocks and obstacles during this semester - but we were resilient for those that stuck with the DLA program! Yes, there were deterrents. But there were big accomplishments too! We had two Seniors take 1st place in 2 of the Challenges at the Battle of Brazil for Soccer (Elisa U.) and Basketball (Gabrielle H.)! Along with two boys in the High School take 1st in a Challenge for Cross Country (Pedro V.) and Volleyball (Westley J.)! We stayed active during the zoom workouts and had the pleasure of numerous guest speakers. We did something special. Just as I stated we would in August during our Upper School Assemblies and Back to Athletics Night with Parents. What we did was offer a chance for our students to form relationships to better their Social, Emotional and Mental Health, stay active with At-Home Workouts to better their Physical Health, and learn about a sport of his or her choice to better their Intellectual Health! We did something that has never been done at EAB!! Talk about Bold in Vision!
All of these efforts were honored in our Virtual DLA Awards Ceremony on December 3rd! If you missed it, you can find the video recording here (click link). Thank yous must go out to many areas of the school that helped honor our student-athletes! A big Bulls' thank you to the following:
- the Communications Department (Mr. Rafael Moura and Mr. Gabriel Araujo along with H&K) for the overall production of the video and Mash-Up Memory of our team zoom meetings!
- the Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) for their dedication to making the program better and his/her video!
- the Coaches for their send-off message and thoughts on the year!
- the US Digital Arts Teacher, Mr. Gary Blanton, for his design of the EAB background in my videos and editing skills!
- the rest of the EAB Community that supported our event and DLA program!
- THANK YOU!
- John Powell
Athletics Director's Monthly Message - November 13, 2020
As I write the monthly AD message, we are transitioning towards the end of Distance Learning Athletics season with only 2 weeks remaining. The support from the community to continue to make Athletics an important area of the school shows that we need to keep pushing to be better! We understand there are numerous parts in the world that have practices and games as if there isn't a pandemic going on. But the reality for us EAB Bulls is that we need to go about this process of reintegrating into sport through the most sanitary and safe measures so we can protect our community. We are planning a return to campus (as we always have been) for Athletics in Grade 6-12, but please trust us, have patience, and stay tuned for our Athletics program plan in 2021. In the meantime, we need to honor the learning moments, accomplishments and memories made from the past months! Please continue to read below what is coming up for the EAB Bulls Athletics program!
This evening at 7:00 p.m. we will close the submission window for the Battle of Brazil Virtual Challenges! The student-athletes and teams for EAB have performed so-so to this point in the Battle. We are hopeful to see many submissions pour in!! Please remember we will have a Closing Ceremony that recognizes the following for the Battle of Brazil 2020!
- Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m
- Soccer Awards Presentation
- Cross Country Awards Presentation
- Thursday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m.
- Basketball Awards Presentation
- Volleyball Awards Presentation
- Friday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m.
- Cheer Awards Presentation
- FINAL Closing Ceremony
- Battle of Brazil Overall School Champions
- Spirit Cup Champions!
Attending our Closing Ceremony for any of the listed dates will show our competitors that we stand strong and support our Bulls in any situation (or Battle)! There will be a Zoom link provided to the student-athletes that participated in this event starting the week of November 16th.
Lastly, I would like to end this monthly message with the reminder to Save The Date on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. for our Virtual Distance Learning Athletics Awards Ceremony! We will honor our student-athletes, teams, coaches, and community members that have achieved new levels of learning in this situation of educational sports! Please don't miss this chance to see how far we've come as an EAB Athletics Community! We will communicate the invitation school wide in the coming weeks!
- John Powell
Athletics Director's Monthly Message - October 9, 2020
Hello EAB Bulls Community,
As we transition to vacation for a week and soon to our Blended Learning stage at EAB, Athletics remains with our Distance Learning Athletics offering. Technically, we are half way through our DLA season with this break! But in other news, we will not return to campus with our teams until further notice. I know this saddening for many, but we are not at this stage yet for Athletics or Activities. We will continue to be resilient during this time and implement our new initiatives and activities!
In the past month we have empowered our student-athletes! I am proud to communicate that our Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) has been formed! We have a strong group of 12 Varsity members and 6 JV members! Congratulations to Elisa Uccello and Mafe Furlan, who are our President and Vice President, respectively for the Varsity team. Carol Khorramchahi (President) and Diogo Foresti (Vice President) have been selected by their peers to lead the JV SALT! This group of 18 student leaders will be responsible for helping our EAB Athletics program move forward through collaborating on ideas that empower our student-athletes and teams!
Another exciting development that will begin after break is the Battle of Brazil 2020 Virtual Challenges for Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Futsal/Soccer, and Volleyball! The Athletics Directors of EARJ, Graded, and ISC have come together to find a way to provide Challenges from a virtual standpoint! Please stay tuned in the month of October as we are aiming to crown our Spirit Cup Champions and Battle of Brazil 2020 Virtual Challenge Champions in November before our Thanksgiving Break! Click here for details!
Lastly, our Virtual EAB Athletics Awards Ceremony has been scheduled to honor the dedicated student-athletes that have committed themselves to getting better in their sport, and more importantly, bettering his or her overall well-being during DLA! The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom! There will be awards presented to each team virtually, but each winner will receive a physical award from our Athletics program in the future!
Please don't forget to follow us on Instagram at @EAB_Athletics_ for updates and information about our program!
- John Powell
Athletics Director's Monthly Message - September 12, 2020
Hello EAB Bulls Community,
Please see this article that was posted in our School Wide News recently on the Importance of Athletics (click here). Linked to this article is a youtube video on the background of our Distance Learning Athletics (DLA) program coming up from our EAB Athletics Parent Night!
We are looking forward to getting started with our DLA program this coming week! Below are our Themes of the Week that our dedicated coaching staff will be covering when we meet on Zoom! Please refer to the Schedules page if you need to for times and days of the Zoom meeting!
The week of September 14-17: Building Community/Introductions
September 21-24: Mental Toughness/At Home Workouts
September 28 - October 1: Injury Prevention/Diversity & Inclusion Part 1
October 5-8: Coaches Choice/NFHS Captain Course Introduction
October 12-16: Off from school!
October 19-22: Diversity & Inclusion Part 2
- John Powell
Athletics Director's Welcome Message - August 11, 2020
Hello EAB Bulls Community,
We would like to welcome everyone to what will be a memorable, innovative, and educational year in Athletics for our community! We are confident that we will form relationships, make memories, and develop our athletic abilities not only physically, but mentally too! My name is John Powell and I will be the full-time Athletics Director for our grade 6-12 sports program in this coming year!
For the past 10 years, I have been at the American School Foundation (ASF) in Mexico City, Mexico. I was involved in multiple sports at ASF as a coach from basketball to soccer to volleyball. I was the Athletics Coordinator for the last 3 years from grades K-12 that provided an educational sports program for over 1,200 student-athletes.
EAB holds many educational methods in Athletics that I have experience with. These methods and teachings are the central focus of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (NIAAA). I have completed numerous courses in the NIAAA and obtained my certifications as a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) and Registered International Athletic Administrator (RIAA). I am very proud to lead this Athletics program and will enjoy seeing our student-athletes grow in his or her character and abilities - day-in and day-out - virtually and eventually in person!
We will carry on the traditions already established in the Bulls Community, but in a different form this year. As everyone is aware of our Distance Learning setting, we have to adapt to this new opportunity. I stress the word opportunity because this is a time that all stakeholders in Athletics can take advantage of our EAB Mission of “Learners inspiring learners to be inquisitive in life, principled in character, and bold in vision.” Being bold in vision will be our main focus as we are exploring areas with our student-athletes and teams that may have never been thought of!
As we will need to adapt to this opportunity, we will also need patience. There are so many unknowns in regards to our return to campus, especially with our Athletics program. We can assure you that the health and safety interests of our students, coaches, parents, and staff are at the forefront in any plan we develop at EAB. We ask that you have patience in our process during these times! When we have a set plan, we will be sure to communicate to our community! For now, please take the time to become adjusted to the start of our school year and Distance Learning. I will be in contact with our Distance Learning Athletics’ (DLA) offerings in the coming weeks! Go Bulls!
- John Powell