YCIS Shanghai students are encouraged to take part in a wide variety of sports programmes along with inter-house and inter-school competitions.

The inter-house sporting system is set up for students to compete against each other in sports including table tennis, volleyball, soccer, badminton, basketball and athletics. From Years 7 to 9, students enjoy a weekly competition in a selection of sports among the China International Schools Sports Association (CISSA) programmes. Students from Years 10 to 13 are able to compete against other international schools that are members of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the Shanghai International Schools Activities Conference (SISAC) in three core sports: volleyball, basketball and soccer.