• Riverwood Middle School Sports


    Tryout Information 2020-2021


    Tryouts for Boys and Girls Basketball and Cheerleading will begin on Tuesday, January 19th.


    All athletes will be picked up and dropped off in the back parking lot. Please make sure that your student does not leave their vehicle until they have had their temperature checked and confirmed that all paperwork has been filled out correctly. We will have coaches meeting the athletes at their cars to follow these procedures.


    To help maintain social distance and to properly screen all student athletes we will have spaced out arrival times as follows:


    • Girls basketball will run from 3:30-5 with athletes able to start arriving at 3:15 to be screened.

    • Cheerleading will run from 4-5:30 with athletes able to start arriving at 3:45 to be screened.

    • Boys Basketball will be from 5-7 with athletes able to start arriving at 4:45 to be screened.

    **Cheerleading will be held outside Tuesday and Wednesday so plase have your athlete dress acoordingly.




    For pickup, please park in a spot along the football field and have your athletes walk out to your vehicle so our line does not get backed up while we are screening athletes.


    Information about fall/spring sports will be out in the next few days. Once basketball has begun, we will move our focus into planning for the remaining seasons.


    During tryouts, students must wear appropriate school attire at all times and must wear a mask, even during tryouts. Students must bring their own water bottle as water fountains are closed as a precaution against Covid-19. 

    Please refer to the athletic webpage and the individual sports pages for extra rules and guidelines that will be followed per sport. All other sports will have information forthcoming over the next few weeks. For any questions, please reach out to our athletic director Ryan Rudisill. 



    Ryan Rudisill, Athletic Director



    It is critical for any student having an interest in trying out for athletic teams in the 2020-2021 school year to submit the Sports Physical Form (completed by a physician-signed and dated-make sure they checked cleared) and the Concussion Statement/Form at the beginning of tryouts. This year has also added a few covid-19 Forms that also need to   These should be turned in to the coach on the first day of tryouts.  To confirm they are correct you may email a copy of the physical(all 3 pages) and front of concussion form to . I can confirm if they are correct. 


    Sports Tryout information


    Middle School Athletics:

    The North Carolina State Board of Education changed their policy regarding interscholastic athletics in 2016-2017. The new policy allows for 6th graders to participate in all athletics with the exception of Middle School Football. The policy does allow the local LEA to determine whether or not 6th graders may participate in Middle School Athletics. The Johnston County Public Schools Board of Education discussed the policy change and decided that JCPS will follow the North Carolina State Board of Education's recommendation. Rising JCPS 6th graders interested in participating in middle school athletics will be permitted to tryout for the team and will be expected to meet all standards and conditions that 7th/8th grade students have met in the past.

    Athletic Eligibility: 

    Fifth (5th) graders promoted to the 6th grade are eligible to participate in sports the first nine (9) weeks which is the same as an 8th grader promoted to the 9th grade (First Report Card).



     In order to be eligible for athletics students in 6th (after first 9 week quarter), 7th and 8th must meet local promotion standards and have a 70% average from the previous semester.


    Legal Birth & Age Limits: 

    The principal must have evidence of the legal birth date of the student. A student shall not participate on a 6th, 7th or 8th grade middle school team if he/she becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31st of the current school year.


    Legal Residency: You must live in the Riverwood Middle School district or have approved student reassignment paperwork filed with the Johnston County Public Schools.

    Concussion Forms: You must have a concussion form filled out and turned in before you step on the field or court. 


    Medical Examination: The student must receive a medical examination signed by a licensed medical doctor each year (365 days). The signed physical form must be turned in to the coaches/school before the student can tryout or participate.


    Attendance:  Rising 7th and 8th graders cannot be absent from school more than 8 days from previous semester.