With the recent closing of the 2020-21 school year for Albemarle County Public Schools, rest assured the Virginia High School League (VHSL) fall sports season will soon be upon us. With summer voluntary workouts beginning next week and fall sports tryouts set to begin in late July/early August, 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. Finally, I encourage you to carefully review the information below and reach out directly to our coaches for sport-specific questions or contact us here in the athletics office if we can be of any assistance.
Matthew Pearman, Sr.
Director of VHSL Athletics & Activities
Summer Voluntary Workouts Information
Many teams have scheduled voluntary summer workouts. These dates can be located at www.GoMonticello.org, click ‘CALENDAR’, or by contacting our coaches directly for sport-specific information (CLICK HERE for coach contact information). All summer workouts are voluntary and optional for student participation, and all outdoor workouts are scheduled at times when an Athletic Trainer is on campus. Students should bring own water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather and level of activity. After practice, all personal equipment should be taken home with each student. What if ‘my team’ isn’t offering workouts? No problem! This is a great opportunity to try another sport, make new friends in a low risk environment with no long-term commitment.
Athletics Department Requirements
Students must have a current VHSL Physical Form on file in the athletics office, dated on or after 5/1/2021 and all four pages of the form must be complete. Hard copies of the VHSL Physical Form are available in the school office from 8:30am-4:00pm and can be submitted by email as a PDF to email@example.com, Fax to 434-244-3118, or in-person in the school office.
VHSL Physical Form link
Students must be registered online for participation. Registration is online at www.GoMonticello.org, click ‘REGISTRATION’. If your student’s sport/activity isn’t showing as an option yet, you may choose to try again at a later date or register under a different sport/activity. One registration per student, per school year – a registration for any sport/activity is good for ALL sports/activities. For technical support if necessary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the rSchoolToday support line at 612-605-1623.
Online Registration Form link
ACPS Athletics Participation Fees may be paid online anytime for the upcoming school year. For sports with a tryouts and team selection process, we recommend waiting until the final rosters are set before paying any athletics fees.
Fall 2021 Athletics Participation Fee payment link
Fall Sports First Tryouts/Practice Information & Coach Contact Info
Fall Sports tryouts/practice begins in late July/early August. Dates and times of the first official tryout/practice date for each sport is below. Coaches will provide dates/times for tryouts/practices after the first day. Please contact the coaches directly to express interest in trying out. Students in 8th grade may try out for Junior Varsity teams in all sports. Roster availability for 8th grade students may vary from sport-to-sport per tryouts guidelines as outlined in the ACPS Athletic Department Handbook.
Academic Eligibility for Fall 2021 Semester
All students that intend to try out for a sport/activity must be in good standing at Monticello High School in-person or virtually. Students must have PASSED a minimum of three (3) block classes (or the equivalent of 5 credits) from the Spring 2020 semester. ‘Incompletes’ are NOT passing grades. Students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of three (3) BLOCK classes (or the equivalent of 5 credits) for the Fall 2021 semester. Please contact your School Counselor for scheduling questions or information, or contact the athletics office regarding VHSL Eligibility requirements.
Schedules for the upcoming season are posted online as they are available at www.GoMonticello.org, click ‘CALENDAR’. As always, schedules are subject to change. This online schedule is updated in real time with updates from the athletics department.
Activity Buses are intended to assist parents by providing transportation to pre-determined locations, and are not a school-to-home means of transportation. Students should confirm with the driver(s) that they are on the correct bus. Activity buses depart from the bus loop at Monticello High School promptly at 6:45pm on all regular school days and will start on August 23, the first day of school for students. Activity Buses are not provided for summer voluntary workouts or for practices before the first day of school.
Activity Bus Routes – Monticello High School
VHSL Activities/Club Sports
VHSL Activities/Club Sports will begin after school opens for students. If you are interested in joining any of our VHSL Activities/Club Sports programs, please contact the respective coach.
Ticket Update for 2021-2022
After a pandemic-induced switch to digital ticketing for the condensed Spring 2021 seasons, we are excited to announce a full transition to digital ticketing via TicketSpicket for the 2021-2022 school year. Digital/Mobile Ticketing is the safest, fastest and most efficient way for you to receive your tickets to Monticello athletics events. Please download the TicketSpicket app on your mobile device and/or CLICK HERE for Monticello’s digital ticketing site. All digital ticket purchases are guaranteed and will be refunded if a game is canceled or remain valid in the event of a rescheduled game.
FREE Ticket Opportunities
Looking to save some $$$ while supporting our Mustangs? Complete an online course at www.nfhslearn.com, download and email the certificate to email@example.com, and tell me which upcoming home game for which you’d like a FREE ticket, and we’ll send your ticket directly to your TicketSpicket account! There are over 50 courses to choose from, each of which will enhance your experience as a parent, student-athlete, or coach. Implicit Bias, Title IX, NCAA Eligibility, Concussion in Sports, Positive Parenting, and Sportsmanship are just a few of the courses available. Or, perhaps you’re curious why officials make certain decisions – there are a number of sport-specific officiating courses available as well. No matter which course (or 10 or 30) you choose, each course is worth a FREE home game admission.
Athletics Booster Club
Monticello High School Athletics Booster Club (MHS ABC) is an independent non-profit organization that promotes and financially supports every Monticello High School sports team and student-athlete, assists teams with fundraising, builds school pride and advocates constructive, dedicated parental and community involvement. The Monticello High School Athletic Booster Club typically meets once monthly, and is always seeking new members and volunteers to fill much needed roles that are vital to the enhancement of our athletics programs and the mission of the club. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date – ‘Coffee with the AD’ on August 11
I will be hosting a ‘Monticello Athletics Town Hall Zoom – Coffee with the AD’ on Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00pm. All parents are welcome to join for a brief overview of current events and information from our athletics department, followed by an open Q&A session.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 975 2589 1853