MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL
WINTER 2019-2020 SPORTS TRYOUTS INFORMATION
Winter sports tryouts for Monticello High School begin on Monday, November 11. A completed Virginia High School League (VHSL) Physical Form must be on file in the Monticello athletics office prior to participation. VHSL Physical forms are available under the “Parent Info” tab online at www.MonticelloMustangs.org and in the athletics office. For more information on Monticello Athletics, please visit the athletics website at www.MonticelloMustangs.org or call the athletics office at 434-244-3130.
WHAT SPORTS ARE OFFERED IN THE WINTER?
Basketball (Boys & Girls) Freshman (Grades 8-9), JV (Grades 8-10), Varsity (Grades 9-12)
Cheerleading JV (Grades 8-10), Varsity (Grades 9-12)
Swim & Dive (Boys & Girls) Varsity (Grades 9-12)
Track & Field (Boys & Girls) Varsity (Grades 9-12)
Wrestling JV (Grades 8-10), Varsity (Grades 9-12)
WHEN IS THE OFFICIAL FIRST DAY OF WINTER SPORTS TRYOUTS?
Monday, November 11 – Anyone interested in trying out for any winter sport is expected to be at the designated tryout site ready to practice on the announced date(s) as well as throughout the entire evaluation period as determined by the coaches. Each student-athlete should come prepared with sport- and weather-appropriate clothing and equipment. If there is an unavoidable conflict that prevents attendance, the coach should be contacted prior to the student-athlete missing tryouts/practice.
ARE THE WINTER SPORTS SEASON SCHEDULES AVAILABLE?
Season schedules are available online as they are completed and confirmed. Go to www.MonticelloMustangs.org and click on “Winter Sports Schedules – 2019-2020” or go to the direct link – https://monticellomustangs.org/2019/10/18/winterschedules1920/
WHY ARE PRACTICES/GAMES ON NON-SCHOOL DAYS AND OVER BREAKS?
The first day of winter sports practice is established by the VHSL and is the same for all VHSL schools across the state. Please know that anyone interested in trying out for a winter sport should plan for and adjust their weekend and holiday calendar accordingly for practices/games. If there is an unavoidable conflict that prevents attendance, the coach should be contacted prior to the student-athlete missing tryouts/practice/games.
WHAT KIND OF PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED?
In compliance with VHSL rules, each student-athlete must have a completed VHSL Physical form on file in the athletics office BEFORE participating. The physical form must be dated on or after May 1, 2019. Physical forms can be downloaded under the ‘Parent Info’ tab at www.MonticelloMustangs.org and are available in the Monticello athletics office. Note: MedExpress Urgent Care at 260 Pantops Center (434-244-3027) offers $30 walk-in physicals from 8:00am-8:00pm daily, seven days a week.
Also, each parent/student must register online as a student-athlete AFTER July 1, 2019. Completing the online registration form annually minimizes parents/students from having to fill out multiple layers of paperwork to participate on a VHSL team. Registration information will come in a future communication from the athletic dept.
HOW DO TRYOUTS WORK?
The evaluation process begins on the first day and will continue until the final team selections are made. Depending on the sport, the number of student-athletes trying out, or other considerations, tryout periods could vary in length. All student-athletes that attend the first day of tryouts will receive a minimum of two (2) days to be evaluated prior to any ‘cuts’. During this evaluation period, a variety of tests, drills, tools, and game-like situations may be used to measure each student-athlete’s performance ability in the most objective and measureable manner possible. Coaches may also take a student-athlete’s academic progress, sportsmanship, listening skills, enthusiasm, effort, and leadership into consideration when making team selections. Students not selected for a team shall be notified in a face-to-face conversation with the coach(es).
CAN AN 8TH GRADE STUDENT TRYOUT FOR A MONTICELLO TEAM?
Yes, 8th grade students residing in Monticello High School’s attendance zone that attend Burley or Walton Middle School may tryout for high school athletics teams. Per ACPS procedures, an 8th grader can only make a Monticello High School team if a 9th or 10th grader is not cut from the same team. Depending on the number of students trying out, this may change from sport to sport and year to year whether teams are able to take 8th graders. Please check with the coach of each particular sport. Any 8th grader on a team must be prepared to provide their own transportation from their middle school to Monticello for away games where an early dismissal is required.
WHEN AND WHERE DO PRACTICES TAKE PLACE?
During the sports season, practices are held Monday through Friday (sometimes on Saturdays) and typically run from 4:00-6:30pm. The practice times and dates could vary based upon each coaches discretion. For sport specific questions and information, please contact the coach(es) directly.
An activity bus is offered, leaving Monticello HS at 6:45pm daily.
CURIOUS ABOUT OFF-SEASON CONDITIONING?
Many Monticello athletic teams offer off-season conditioning and/or practice opportunities. This may include weight training, cardio training, and/or sport-specific skill training. Participation in off-season conditioning is not required. However, student-athletes who attend off-season conditioning opportunities are typically in better physical condition and have improved sport skills which can prove beneficial during the tryouts and sport season. When, where, and if off-season conditioning takes place varies by sport. Please contact the coach(es) of each particular team for specific information.
WINTER 2019-2020 TRYOUTS INFORMATION & COACHES
Head Coach – Gary Spry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Varsity: 11/11, 11/12 – 4:00-6:30pm at MHS
JV & Freshman: 11/13, 11/14 – 4:00-6:30pm at MHS
Head Coach – Juwuhn Smith, email@example.com
Varsity & JV: 11/11, 11/12 – 4:00-6:30pm at MHS
Head Coach – Rick Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Varsity & JV: 11/11, 11/12 – 4:00-6:30pm at MHS
Swimming – Boys & Girls
Head Coach – Jen Csapo, email@example.com
11/11, 11/12 – 6:15-7:30pm at Crow Indoor Pool
Locker room opens at 6:00pm.
Indoor Track – Boys & Girls
Head Coach – Steve Ivory, firstname.lastname@example.org
11/11, 11/12 – 4:00-6:30pm at MHS track
Winter Sideline Cheer
Head Coach – Veronica Price-Thomas, email@example.com
Practice: 11/19-11/22; Tryouts 11/25 – 4:00-6:30pm at MHS
For more information on Monticello Athletics, please visit the athletics website at www.MonticelloMustangs.org or call the athletics office at 434-244-3130.