Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference
|Middle East, Asia Minor, Egypt|
The Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference (also known as EMAC) was a regional sports and activities league founded in 1980 that hosted tournaments in a wide range of athletic and academic activities. The conference consisted of 17 mostly American schools, with a few British schools, from 11 nations - Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Syria, and the UAE. Occasionally, schools who were not EMAC members were allowed to participate in certain tournaments. EMAC ceased to exist as a conference in 2011.
The following athletic activities were offered:
- Cross country
- Track & field
Typically, each sport would have four separate tournaments, with a distinction made between boys and girls teams, as well as between Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, resulting in Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, Junior Varsity Boys, and Junior Varsity Girls teams and tournaments. However, both gender tournaments were usually, but not always, hosted together at each level (e.g. Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Boys Basketball would usually be hosted simultaneously by one school). Varsity teams were for students aged 16 and older, while Junior Varsity teams for participants under the age of 16. The exceptions to this were the Track & Field and Swimming events. Both sports would have roughly 6 tournaments each (Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, Junior Varsity Boys, Junior Varsity Girls, Under 13 Boys, and Under 13 Girls) happening at the same time.
EMAC also offered an activity called the Middle School Festival, a noncompetitive tournament in which participants played a variety of sports and gained exposure to athletics and team play.
EMAC also offered three non-athletic activities:
- Academic Games
- Debate & Forensics
- Fine Arts Festival
The teams for all 3 events were gender-neutral, as unlike the athletic events, there was no distinction between a boys and girls team. However, both the Academic Games and the Fine Arts Festival still had both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. The Debate & Forensics did not, as membership to the D&F teams was open to students of all ages and genders; this made the Debate & Forensics tournament the only tournament without separate Varsity and Junior Varsity tournaments, and separate boys and girls tournaments.
The schedule of tournaments for the following year were decided around April. Teams from individual schools would typically prepare months in advance before an EMAC tournament, which was usually scheduled over a weekend, so as not to disturb school sessions (however, as most EMAC events would last on average from 3 to 5 days, some days would fall on a normal school day).
Participating schools took turns hosting the various events, meaning that they were responsible for facilitating the events on their own campuses. They were also responsible for housing the traveling athletes with their own students. Occasionally, some students would stay in hotels if there were not enough student hosts available for housing. Due to the large amount of participating member schools, most schools would host only one tournament each year. In some cases, a school might have hosted two events or even none, depending on the schedule from year to year.
The activities were held in the mornings and afternoons of the tournament, while evenings were usually kept free for the team members to socialize and experience the host city. The teams were often taken to malls and shopping centers, as well as to visit local or historical landmarks. On many occasions, they were also invited to a school-chaperoned mixer or BBQ organized by the host school.
Code of Conduct
All EMAC participants were required to sign an official form stating that they agreed to adhere to the Code of Conduct, which prohibited the participant from possession/use of alcohol and illegal narcotics, as well as enforcing a strict curfew. Any participant found to have violated these rules may be punished with a 12-month ban from all EMAC activities, and would also likely face punishment from their school administration.
The EMAC member schools (full-time and affiliate) included, but were not limited to, the following schools:
- American Community School of Abu Dhabi - Left EMAC to form MESAC in 2010
- American School of Dubai - Left EMAC to form MESAC in 2010
- American School of Doha - Left EMAC to form MESAC in 2010
- Cairo American College - Left EMAC to form MESAC in 2010
- Dubai American Academy - Left EMAC to form MESAC in 2010
- American School of Kuwait - Left EMAC to join ISAC in 2011, now a part of NESAC
- American International School of Kuwait - Left EMAC to join ISAC in 2011, now a part of NESAC
- American British Academy - Left EMAC in 2011 when conference folded, now a part of MESAC
- American Community School in Amman - Left EMAC in 2011 when conference folded, now a part of NESAC
- American Community School at Beirut - Left EMAC to join ISAC in 2011
- Schutz American School, Alexandria - Left EMAC in 2011 when conference folded
- British International School in Cairo - Left EMAC in 2011 when conference folded
- Damascus Community School
- American Community School of Athens
- Campion School, Athens, Greece - Left EMAC in 2007