OLDAthletics

In order to participate in any extracurricular athletic activity at Manteno Middle School all athletes are REQUIRED to meet the following guidelines PRIOR TO THE FIRST CONTEST date for that sport:

  • Current athletic physical from a doctor on file with the middle school office.  It is recommended that families keep a backup copy of the athletic physical prior to filing it with the office, and send a copy of the physical along with the athlete on the first day of tryouts.  All athletic physicals are valid for one calendar year from the date of the examination.

  • A signed Permission, waiver, release and hold harmless agreement.

  • A $75 activity fee is required for every sport that the athlete participates in.  Checks can be made payable to Manteno Middle School and should be brought by the athlete to the first day of tryouts.  All activity fees are refundable for any athlete that is cut from a team or chooses to quit prior to the first contest in that sport.  

  • All previous fees and fines owed to Manteno School District must be paid in full prior to the first day of tryouts for the sport. 


Below is a list of athletic activities available for students at Manteno Middle School to participate in.  All tryout dates listed are approximate and are subject to change.  The listed tryout date for each sport is the expected start date, but the number of days of tryouts varies from sport to sport, and is determined at the coach’s discretion.  In most cases, regular practices will begin the day after tryouts have concluded. 

  • SoftballTryouts begin 7/26/2021.  All 6th, 7th , and 8th grade girls that meet the above listed requirements are welcome to tryout.  An A and a B team will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout.  Season ends around 9/25/2021

  • BaseballTryouts begin 8/2/2021.  All 6th, 7th , and 8th grade boys that meet the above listed requirements are welcome to tryout.  An A and a B team will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout. Season ends around 10/1/2021.

  • Cross Country - Tryouts begin 8/2/2021. All 6th, 7th , and 8th grade boys and girls  that meet the above listed requirements are welcome to tryout. Season ends around 10/16/2021.

  • Girls BasketballTryouts begin 8/30/2021.  All 7th and 8th grade girls that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  Separate 7th grade and 8th grade teams are selected from the pool of athletes that tryout. Season ends around 12/16/2021..

  • CheerleadingTryouts begin in late September, 2021.   All students  in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  One combined team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout.  Season ends around 2/17/2021.

  • 6th Grade Boys BasketballTryouts begin 10/18/2021.  All 6th grade boys that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  One team will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout, but the team will compete in both A and B level contests with the selection of players for each contest determined by the coach on a game-by-game basis.  Season ends around 12/18/2021.

  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys BasketballTryouts begin 10/18/2021.  All 7th and 8th grade boys that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  Separate 7th grade and 8th grade teams are selected from the pool of athletes that tryout.  Season ends around 2/17/2022.

  • Wrestling - Tryouts begin 11/29/2021.   All 5th , 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  One combined team will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout, and athletes will be selected by weight class for competition at meets and tournaments.  Season ends around 3/12/2022.

  • 6th Grade Girls Volleyball - Tryouts begin 11/29/2021.  All 6th grade girls that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  One team will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout, but the team will compete in both A and B level contests with the selection of players for each contest determined by the coach on a game-by-game and/or weekly  basis.  Season ends around 2/24/2022.

  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball - Tryouts begin 11/29/2021.  All 7th and 8th grade girls that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.   7th grade and 8th grade teams are selected from the pool of athletes that tryout.  Season ends around 3/19/2022.

  • Track and Field Tryouts begin 2/28/2022.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout.  Athletes will be assigned by coaches to events for meets based on athletic strengths and age regulations. Event assignments may vary from meet-to-meet at the coaches’ discretion.  Season ends approximately 5/21/2022.


Any student that anticipates participating in any of these athletic activities for the 2021-22  school year are encouraged to plan ahead to make sure all requirements are met by the first tryout date, and avoid scheduling conflicts that might result in the athlete missing any days of tryouts, practices or games.

Below is a list of IESA academic activities available for students at Manteno Middle School to participate in.  All tryout dates listed are approximate and are subject to change.  The listed tryout date for each sport is the expected start date, but the number of days of tryouts varies from sport to sport, and is determined at the coach’s discretion.  In most cases, regular practices will begin the day after tryouts have concluded. 



  • Speech - Season starts 8/30/2021. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls are welcome to participate. Season ends around 11/13/2021.

  • Chess - Season starts in September.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls are welcome to participate. Season ends around 2/26/2021.

Scholastic Bowl - Season starts 1/18/2022 All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls are welcome to participate. Season ends around 5/6/2021.