Graduates of the American International School-Salzburg athletics program are well-rounded student athletes who are capable of balancing academics with their athletic commitments and are dedicated team members who have experienced and persevered through the trials and tribulations that coincide with working with others to achieve a common goal. An AIS-Salzburg athlete understands the importance and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the rewards of good sportsmanship.

Individual & Team Sports

photo varistyAt AIS-Salzburg, students have opportunities to play team sports and individual sports within the offerings of the Danube Valley Athletics Conference (DVAC) of which AISS is a member. DVAC consists of 12 schools from Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. DVAC holds a mid-season festival and a season-end tournament to claim DVAC champions.

In addition to DVAC competitions, students can select from a variety of different sports offer through our physical education program. In the past, student-athletes of sports disciplines outside of what we offer have been permitted to train with private instructors within Salzburg. We are happy to help arrange any such requests.

Team membership fees

Members of AISS teams that compete and travel regularly are required to pay a membership fee to cover the costs of travelling to DVAC events. This fee is announced to the players at the beginning of the season once the schedule is set and estimates on costs for transportation, overnight lodging, and tournament fees can be made. The fee also goes towards the expenses not associated with DVAC events such as travelling to friendship matches, uniforms, equipment, and hiring referees for home games.

Academic Minimum Requirements

The schedule is demanding and athletes that sign up for a team are expected be fully committed to both the team and their studies. Athletes who have two or more academic warning notices at midterm are not permitted to travel with the team.


AIS-Salzburg is incredibly fortunate to be able to utilize the Salzburg University and Regional Sports Center (RIF) for all of our physical education and athletics needs. The facility, owned and run by the Austrian government is a fully-equipped olympic training center about 15 minutes from the AIS-Salzburg campus.

Some of the facilities available for our students’ use include:

  • Olympic pool and separate diving pool
  • Full gymnasium with three full-size courts equipped for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics
  • Weight and conditioning training rooms
  • Four outdoor tennis courts
  • Outdoor and indoor tracks
  • 6 Soccer fields as well as general-purpose fields
  • Aerobics and dance facilities
  • Indoor track and field training facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts
  • Sand volleyball outdoor courts
  • Outdoor ball hockey court
  • Outdoor climbing rock
  • Gymnastics foam pit
  • Changing rooms, showers, etc.


Since 1990, AIS-Salzburg has hosted a boys and girls basketball Jamboree in March which features teams from schools in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland. The week leading up to Jamboree is “Spirit Week” where students get in the spirit of competition by dressing up to another theme every day that week.

The two day tournament is held at the end of Spirit Week and the entire schools comes out to support their Lions at the RIF Sports Centre.

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