Athletics Program

Upcoming Events

Welcome to Viking and River Trail Athletics

Here is the information you will need for sports for the 2023 - 2024 school year.


Tryout/Begin Date

Online Form Due Date

Boys and Girls Soccer*

Thurs. Aug. 24, 2023

Thurs. Aug. 24, 2023

Girls Softball*

Thurs. Aug. 24, 2023

Thurs. Aug. 24, 2023

Cross Country (Coed)

Mon. Aug. 28, 2023

Fri. Aug. 25, 2023

7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball*

Mon. Oct. 16, 2023

Fri. Oct. 13, 2023

Cheerleading (Girls)*

Tues. Oct. 10, 2023

Fri. Oct. 6, 2023

Poms (Girls)*

Tues. Oct. 10, 2023

Fri. Oct. 6, 2023


Mon. Nov. 27, 2023

Tues. Nov. 21, 2023

7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls Volleyball*

Tues. Jan. 9, 2024

Wed. Dec. 20, 2023

Boys and Girls Track*

Mon. April 1, 2024

Fri. March 22, 2024

6th graders may not participate in Basketball or Volleyball.  They can participate in all other sports.
*There will be cuts for these sports. 

Tryout Locations


Early Winter

Late Winter


Boys Basketball

Girls Volleyball

River Trail

Girls Basketball

Boys Volleyball

All athletes must have a current physical on file with their school’s nurse to participate in any sport.  A current physical is one that is less than one year old at the beginning of the sport and does not exceed the one-year time span during that sport.  An athlete will not be allowed to tryout, participate in practices, or watch these activities until a current physical is on file.  If you have any questions regarding physicals, you should contact your school’s nurse’s office.

District Philosophy

The mission of the District 56 Athletic program is to develop values and character qualities such as: self-esteem, sportsmanship, loyalty, self-sacrifice, role acceptance, goal setting, and team unity.  These qualities will help athletes to be more successful in academic and social settings. Only by challenging ourselves and working hard, we can achieve our goals. The primary goal of the District 56 Athletic programs is to teach the necessary fundamentals to achieve success.

  • District 56 Interscholastic Athletic Beliefs are:

  • Students are our first priority.

  • Education is a shared responsibility.

  • The family is the foundation of learning.

  • High expectations produce higher results.

  • An environment, which fosters dignity and mutual respect, is fundamental to promote good citizenship.

  • Progress demands change.

  • Open/honest communication is essential to building successful partnerships.

  • Learning never ends 

  • Goals of the District 56 Middle School Interscholastic Programs are:

  • Develop important life values and character qualities.

  • Encourage participation.

  • Develop basic sport skills.

  • Increase student's level of self-esteem through participation.

  • Help players learn role acceptance through team membership.

  • Promote values of sportsmanship in competition.

  • Have fun!