RIS has 60 sports teams coached by RIS staff, many of which participate in both domestic and international athletic competitions. Locally, RIS belongs to the Bangkok International School Athletic Conference (BISAC), which provides our students with a high level of competition against other schools in Thailand throughout the school year. RIS also competes in the South East Asian Schools Activities Conference (SEASAC), an association of international schools in and around Southeast Asia. During each sport’s annual SEASAC tournament, RIS teams go up against the best schools in the region. Each sport competes in a BISAC tournament at the end of its season, with Varsity teams continuing play in twelve SEASAC sports. Each year, RIS enjoys hosting BISAC and SEASAC Championships here on our Minburi campus, in addition to several friendly tournaments in our multipurpose athletic facilities.

Our athletic calendar is divided into three seasons, each typically 8–10 weeks long, with the exception of our golf and swimming programs that run year-round. Athletics is a key aspect of RIS in all three school sections. In the more common sports, we have sizeable U11, U13, U15, Junior Varsity, and Varsity U19 teams. For proof of our athletic prowess, we invite you to visit Phoenix Hall to see our impressive display of championship banners.

Raha Mortel, 
Athletics Coordinator 
Office: +66 (0)2 791 8900
Email: raham@rism.ac.th

RIS Sports Teams

Varsity Sports

Junior Varsity Sports (JV Sports)

Under 15 Sports (U15 Sports)

Under 13 Sports (U13 Sports)

Under 11 Sports (U11 Sports)



Seasons & Schedule

2018–2019 Sports Seasons

Season One                                             August 20–November 4

Season Two                                             November 5–January 28

Season Three                                          January 29–March 24

Athletics Calendar

Seasonal Calendar


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The aquatics program, with its two exceptional pools, is an integral—and impressive—part of the Physical Education curriculum at RIS. Phoenix Pool, our Olympic-sized, FINA-standard 50m pool, is mostly used by the middle and high school PE departments and our Phoenix swim squad. This pool has recently undergone extensive renovations and now boasts a PVC lining, new starter blocks for both long- and short-course swimming, rubber pool-deck flooring, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, and a Colorado Time System. Godbout Pool, our shallower 25m saltwater pool, is the perfect learning environment for our younger swimmers and is used year-round for elementary PE classes and the RIS Junior Phoenix swimming program.

RIS caters to all swimmers from beginners through to the Varsity squad. In elementary school, the aquatics program teaches students competitive swimming strokes, pool and water safety, survival swimming, and water-rescue skills. The middle school and high school PE curriculum includes a similar range of swimming and water-related activities, as well as water polo, kayaking, and survival swimming. RIS employs experienced instructors who not only teach the foundations of the competitive strokes but also make sure all our swimmers know how to be safe in and around the water.

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We also have a thriving after-school aquatics program, including the year-round Phoenix and Junior Phoenix Swim programs. There are several different squads to choose from, ranging from a developmental squad that focuses on competitive stroke skills and drills through to a Varsity Swim squad with swimmers who compete at the national level. Our teams compete in local swim meets throughout the year, culminating in several major international school competitions, including BISAC and Junior and Senior SEASAC.

The aquatics team also provides an Extended Day Program (EDP) course that offers a safe and fun swimming environment for our younger learners, including learn-to-swim and developmental swimming sessions. Water polo has also become a mainstay on the RIS Aquatics sporting calendar. Even though it’s a short season, students are able to develop their water polo skills through practice sessions and friendly matches. Despite not being an official BISAC sport yet, the RIS water polo program continues to grow each year.

Our aquatics program is supported by our full-time Aquatics Coordinator, along with highly trained lifeguards and a mechanical room supervisor.