How AIST works?

AIST originally started as a select team organization in which we recruit athletes from around the world to represent the USA in international tournaments and exhibition games.  Over the years, we have developed key relationships with clubs, National teams, hotels, transportation and other tour necessities to provide these experiences not only for individuals but also for groups at a competitive price with excellent quality and value.  

AIST Select Teams 

AIST receives invitations to participate in tournaments from around the world. Some of the tournaments will have national teams competing as well as local club teams.

Our AIST staff and college, high school and club coaching contacts help AIST to identify top athletes from all levels.  Our goal is to build competitive travel rosters for these international events.  We have over 12 different sports and have traveled to more than 20 different countries.

Our select teams where USA in support of our country during competition.  Our opportunities give young athletes that would not have the opportunity to play for the US National a similar experience in competing in competitive events around the world.

Benefits of Traveling with AIST Select Teams

Our program is designed to give athletes the opportunity to improve as a player and as a person. Here are a few reasons to travel with AIST select teams:

  • Cultural Experience of a Lifetime
  • Personal Growth
  • Educational sightseeing excursions and experiences
  • Emersion into an unfamiliar atmosphere
  • Develop new techniques and opportunities to improve your skills
  • A better understanding of the world around you
  • Meeting new friends, teammates and opponents from around the world
  • For High School Athletes - a chance to gain experience playing with like talent as preparation for the college level
  • For College Athletes - a chance to gain exposure for opportunities to play professionally abroad - AIST does not guarantee and pro contracts or opportunities by traveling with us

AIST Group Travel

Since 2002 AIST has continued to grow and develop relationships abroad which has given us an opportunity to provide top quality team trips or group tours from U12 levels to Post Graduate tours.  We have done tours for Division I NCAA University through High School level.  With the growth of our group travel we had the need to create a separate web site.  You can find out more about our group travel at:




  1. Lillie Briones
    July 13, 2015

    our daughter received an invite to attend 2015 tour for tennis. it is our understanding this is the first year tennis is included in this opportunity. we are not sure how our daughter was selected but are interested in learning more about this opportunity. we have asked several high school tennis coaches, university head coaches, and usta officials including usta president and no one has ever heard of AIST. how can we get more information? can you have someone reach out to me by e-mail only. provide me with a name and number i can call to confirm this is good program for our talented tennis daughter.

    thank you

  2. Chad Wilkinson
    July 15, 2015

    Hello Lillie,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. It doesn’t surprise me that they haven’t heard of us. I have a list of references a mile long but none of them include people from the tennis world. This is our first year to add Tennis to our program. We have been doing sport tours for college athletes in several different sports since 2001 and started our High School program in 2009. Also, we recruit our players individually for these opportunities. We don’t advertise or send these invitations to everyone. We hand select the players so that we can fill our roster with the best possible candidates for our team. Our select teams are invitation only.

    We have been taking teams to the United World Games for 4 years now. Our Basketball team finished in 1st place, Soccer in 2nd and volleyball in 4th this year. It’s an incredible Olympic Style event that allows athletes from all over the world to compete for their country. We have been taking Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer teams to from U19 and U17 level for the this event every year. The UWG committee has asked us to bring a tennis team for 2016 so we have added this to our program.

    Chad Wilkinson
    AIST – President

  3. Brooke
    September 12, 2015

    I was just wondering how you get an invitation for these tournaments. Is it based off of references or stats. I recently received an invitation that my coach sent me and neither of us knew how or why I received one. If you could please just give me some more information on how you get recruited for it. I play college softball too..

    Thank you!

  4. Chad Wilkinson
    September 16, 2015

    We recruit from online profiles of college recruiting data bases for our High School tours and from stat leaders posted on college players. We also have tryouts for some athletes and we get recommendations from coaching professionals as well.

  5. Tyger Phillips
    June 08, 2017

    Hi, I’m a softball player who got an invite for this summer but wasn’t able to play because of expenses. Would that have been the only time I got invited to play or do you send an invite the next time around?

    Thank you, Tyger

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