Greetings, Mustangs family!
With the Virginia High School League (VHSL) spring sports tryouts and season soon upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important 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.
Students – make sure you have three things… 1. Bring a VHSL Physical Form (if it’s not already on file in our athletics office), 2. Bring a water bottle, 3. Bring a positive attitude.
Parents – please make sure your child is registered for participation online at www.GoMonticello.org, click ‘REGISTRATION’. We have a computer available in the athletics office during regular school hours if you need assistance and/or internet connectivity.
Matthew Pearman, Sr.
Athletics Department Requirements
Students must have a current VHSL Physical Form on file in the athletics office, dated on or after 5/1/2023 and all four pages of the form must be complete. Hard copies of the VHSL Physical Form are available in the athletics office from 8:30am-4:30pm and can be submitted by email as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submitted in-person in the athletics office.
VHSL Physical Form link
Students must be registered online for participation. Registration is online at www.GoMonticello.org, click ‘REGISTRATION’. For technical support if necessary, please email email@example.com or call the rSchoolToday support line at 612-605-1623.
Online Registration Form link
ACPS Athletics Participation Fees are no longer mandated by Albemarle County Public Schools as of the 2022-2023 school year. If you are willing and/or able to make a direct contribution to the Monticello Athletics Department in lieu of the athletics participation fees, donations will be accepted online anytime for the upcoming school year.
Donations in lieu of Athletics Participation Fee payment link
Where Can I Get A Sports Physical?
Families are encouraged to contact their Pediatrician or Primary Care Physician to complete VHSL Physical Examination requirements. If something more timely is necessary, MedExpress offers convenient and affordable sports physicals without advance appointments required (CLICK HERE for information on MedExpress sports physicals).
Please take your own copy of the VHSL Physical Form to your physician. Some physicians complete the medical part(s) of the form, which does not complete the entire four (4) pages required for participation. Please note that sports physicals do not take the place of annual visits to the doctor for a comprehensive health and wellness examination. It is recommended that children receive such examinations at least once a year.
First Tryouts/Practice Information & Coach Contact Info
Spring Sports tryouts/practice begin on Monday, February 19 for all spring sports from 4:30-6:30pm. Coaches will provide dates/times for tryouts/practices after the first day. Generally, practices on regular school days begin at 4:30pm and end between 6:00pm & 6:30pm. Please contact the coaches directly to express interest in trying out or for more information about the upcoming season. Students in 8th grade may try out for Junior Varsity teams in many team sports. Roster availability for 8th grade students may vary from sport-to-sport per tryouts guidelines as outlined in the ACPS Athletic Department Handbook.
• Baseball – Pete O’Malley, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Softball – Heidi Freitager, email@example.com
• Boys Soccer – Ryan Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Girls Soccer – Sheldon Cohn, email@example.com
• Boys Lacrosse – Dave Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Girls Lacrosse – Langley Sloan, email@example.com
• Boys Tennis – Paul Shepherd, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Girls Tennis – Rodrigues Williams, email@example.com
• Track & Field (Boys & Girls) – Steve Ivory, firstname.lastname@example.org
All students that intend to try out for a sport/activity must be in good standing at Monticello High School. Students must have PASSED a minimum of five (5) classes from the Fall 2023 semester. ‘Incompletes’ are NOT passing grades. Students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of five (5) classes for the Spring 2024 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. These online schedules are updated in real time by the athletics department. There are options to download the schedules from www.GoMonticello.org to Google, Outlook, iCal and other electronic calendar platforms.
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. Activity Buses are not provided for days students are not in school.
Activity Bus Routes – Monticello High School
VHSL Activities/Club Sports
VHSL Activities/Club Sports offer students opportunities to represent our school in competitive, non-athletic, activities. If you are interested in joining any of our VHSL Activities/Club Sports programs, please contact the respective coach.
• Scholastic Bowl – Barry Keith, email@example.com
• Debate/Forensics – Jennifer Timms, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Theatre – Hanna Rahilly, email@example.com
• Literary Magazine – Frankie Ahrens, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Yearbook – Kyrsten Nagypaul, email@example.com
• eSports – TBA
• Mountain Biking – Rachel Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Champions Sports (Special Olympics) – Sarah Miller, email@example.com
Admission Ticket Update
After a pandemic-induced switch to digital ticketing starting in Spring 2021 utilizing TicketSpicket, we have implemented a full transition to digital ticketing via GoFan for the 2023-2024 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 GoFan 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. Season passes for the Spring 2024 season will be available by February 19 via GoFan. Cash will be accepted for admission at home events for the 2023-2024 school year, with cash prices set at $1 higher than the GoFan digital ticket price per event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 one (1) FREE home game admission.
Athletics Booster Club
Monticello High School Athletics Booster Club (MHS ABC) is an independent 501(c)(3) 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 email@example.com.
Voluntary ‘Out-of-Season’ Workouts Information
Many teams schedule voluntary out-of-season 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 out-of-season workouts are voluntary and optional for student participation. Students should bring own water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather and level of activity. After out-of-season workouts, all personal equipment should be taken home with each student.
QUESTION: What if ‘my team’ isn’t offering workouts?
ANSWER: No problem! This is a great opportunity to try another sport, make new friends in a low risk environment with no long-term commitment.