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Winter Sports/Tryouts Practice Information - 11/24/20

(Shared by Email with Parents & Students on 11/24/20)

Good afternoon, Monticello family!

With the Virginia High School League (VHSL) winter sports season upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you information and steps necessary for participation.  First, it is our mission to share the values of respect and fair play with every student, every day through participation in VHSL athletics and activities.  Second, I’ll clarify that all VHSL athletics and activities are extra-curricular, therefore voluntary and optional for any student to participate.  Finally, I encourage you to carefully review the information below and reach out directly to the coaches for sport-specific questions or to join my ‘Monticello Athletics Town Hall Zoom’ next Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30pm. The link is at the bottom of this communication.

COVID-19 Safety Information
In an effort to support a healthy and safe environment for our student-athletes, coaches and others, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) has developed a website specifically for the sharing of Health and Safety measures for athletics/extra-curricular activities.  Please CLICK HERE for this website.  Also, the VHSL has developed sport-specific Guidelines for Return to Participation.  Please CLICK HERE to view the VHSL’s guidelines.


  1. All students that intend to try out for a winter sport/activity must be in good standing at Monticello High School in-person or virtually.
  2. Students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of three (3) BLOCK classes (or the equivalent of 5 credits).
  3. Students must have PASSED five (5) classes from last school year. (‘Incompletes’ are NOT passing grades)


  1. Students must have a current VHSL Physical Form on file in the athletics office, dated on or after 5/1/2020 and all four pages of the form must be complete. CLICK HERE for the VHSL Physical Form.
  2. Students must have an ACPS COVID-19 Liability Waiver form on file in the athletics office. CLICK HERE for the COVID-19 Liability Waiver form.
    • Note: Hard copies of the VHSL Physical Form and COVID-19 Liability Waiver form are available in the school office from 8:00am-4:30pm and can be submitted by email as a PDF to, Fax to 434-244-3118, or in-person in the school office.
  3. Students must be registered online for participation.  Registration is online at, click “REGISTRATION”.

Coach Contact Info & First Tryouts/Practice Date

  • Basketball (Boys) – Gary Spry,
    • Varsity Tryouts – Dec. 7 & 8, 6:00-8:00pm at Monticello H.S.
    • JV/Freshman Tryouts – Dec. 9 & 10, 6:00-8:00pm at Monticello H.S.
      • Enter building via Entrance 38 – side of main gym
  • Basketball (Girls) – Juwuhn Smith,
    • Varsity & JV – Dec. 7 & 8, 6:00-8:00pm at Monticello H.S.
      • Enter building via Entrance 38 – side of main gym
  • Sideline Cheer – Veronica Price-Thomas,
    • Varsity & JV – Dec. 7-11, 5:10-6:45pm via Zoom.
      • Email Coach Price-Thomas for Zoom link.
  • Wrestling – Rick Palmer,
    • Varsity & JV – Dec 14, 6:00-8:00pm in Wrestling Room at Monticello H.S.
      • Enter building via real athletics hall entrance by Weight Room
  • Indoor Track & Field – Steve Ivory,
    • Boys & Girls – Dec. 14, 6:00-8:00pm on Stadium Track/Turf Field
  • Swim & Dive – Jennifer Csapo,
    • Boys & Girls – Dec. 14, 8:15-9:30pm at Brooks Family YMCA

Activity Bus

Activity Buses are intended to assist parents by providing transportation from and to pre-determined points (links below), and are not a school-to-home means of transportation. Students should confirm with the driver that they are on the correct bus.  During ACPS’ Stage 3 of the Reopening of Schools, activity bus times are set for a 6:00pm arrival at Monticello High School, and will depart from the bus loop at Monticello High School promptly at 8:00pm on all regular school days.
Monticello Activity Bus 1 – Pantops/Keswick

Monticello Activity Bus 2 – Scottsville/Esmont
Monticello Activity Bus 3 – Red Hill/Covesville

Game/Contest Schedules

All competition schedules for the upcoming school year are posted online at, click ‘CALENDAR’.  As always, schedules are subject to change.  This online schedule is updated in real time with updates from the athletics department.

VHSL Activities

All VHSL Activities are proceeding virtually at this time.  If you are interested in joining any of our VHSL Activities programs, please contact the respective coach.

Athletics Town Hall

I will be hosting a ‘Monticello Athletics Town Hall Zoom’ next Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30pm.  All parents are welcome to join for a brief overview of our athletics department plans, followed by an open Q&A session.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 910 6821 5991

Passcode: r0S!C%


Go Mustangs!

Matthew Pearman, Sr.
Director of VHSL Athletics & Activities
Monticello High School


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