Athletics

In order to participate in any extracurricular athletic activity at Manteno Middle School all athletes are REQUIRED to meet the following guidelines for each sport in which they participate:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 to the coach or school office once the student has made the team. The $75 must be paid before the first contest of the given 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 anticipated, but not assumed, start date. The number of days of tryouts varies from sport to sport, and is determined by the administration. In most cases, regular practices will begin the day after tryouts have concluded.

  • Softball – Tryouts may begin 7/29/2019. 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 9/28/2019.
  • Baseball – Tryouts may begin 8/5/2019. 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 10/5/2019.
  • Cross Country - Tryouts may begin 8/5/2019. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout. Athletes will compete based on gender and age. Season ends around 10/19/2019.
  • Girls Basketball – Tryouts may begin 9/2/2019. 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 12/19/2019.
  • Cheerleading– Tryouts begin in the Fall 2019. All students that will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the 2019-20 school year 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. Practices begin in Fall 2019. Season ends around 2/20/2020.
  • 6th Grade Boys Basketball – Tryouts may begin 10/11/2019. 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 12/20/2019.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball – Tryouts may begin 10/21/2019. 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 2/20/2020.
  • Wrestling - Tryouts may begin 12/2/2019. All 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 3/14/2020.
  • 6th Grade Girls Volleyball - Tryouts may begin 12/2/2019. 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 game- by-game basis. Season ends around 3/2/2020.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball - Tryouts may begin 12/2/2019. 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 3/21/2020.
  • Track and Field – Tryouts may begin 3/2/2020. 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 coach's’ discretion. Season ends approximately 5/23/2020.
  • Soccer - Tryouts begin in the Spring 2020.  All 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls that meet the above requirements are welcome to tryout. One combined team will be selected from the pool of athletes that tryout. This will be a new sport for Manteno for the 2019-20 school year.

Any student that anticipates participating in any of these athletic activities for the 2019-2020 school year are encouraged to plan ahead to make sure all requirements are met by the first anticipated tryout date, and avoid scheduling conflicts that might result in the athlete missing any days of tryouts.