Hornets News · Spring Sports Tryouts

Tryout dates have been set. Carefully read the dates and times for your specific sport.



Starts: February 22, 2021

Monday-Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm

Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm (pitchers)

John Hay Gym



Starts: February 22, 2021

Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm

John Hay Gym


Girls Track

Starts: February 22, 2021

Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm

John Hay 2nd Floor


Boys Track

Starts: February 23, 2021

Tuesday-Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm

John Hay 2nd Floor


Boys Tennis

Starts: March 8th (weather pending)

Monday-Friday 3:45pm-5:45pm

Rockefeller Tennis Courts E105 & MLK


If you are planning to try out for a sport you need to make sure you are fully eligible. For Spring sports you will need an updated physical, updated Final Forms, and be academically eligible:

  • An updated OHSAA physical. This needs to be completed by a medical professional and scanned (or, CLEAR pictures of each page) and emailed to AD Thornburg at michael.thornburg@clevelandmetroschools.org with the subject line “[Your name]’s Physical”. You will receive a confirmation email in under 48 hours if it was received and processed. You also need to turn in the physical to your coach in person. https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports-Medicine/PPE_2020-21.pdf
  • A fully complete and signed Final Forms account. If you have an account from last year, you just have to update your forms and you’re good to go. If you are new, sign up and fill out the appropriate forms. Follow the instructions here: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sportshub2-uploads-prod/files/sites/2278/2019/07/24123855/FF_ParentPlaybook_CMS-1.pdf
  • To be fully academically eligible. As of this update you must have received at least a 0.1 GPA in quarter 2. This 0.1 GPA requirement is a COVID exception that will be in effect until the first quarter of the fall. Starting fall 2021 the 2.0 GPA policy will take back over.

A document specific to eligibility requirements can be found here.

Tryouts / Practices / Games will follow all of the OHSAA COVID-19 protocols for each sport. Some requirements for students at practice:

  • All students go through a health screening at arrival each day. 
  • Upon passing the health check, students will immediately sanitize their hands.
  • Students are required to wear masks at all times when not actively playing/participating. Masks will be provided if students do not have one.
  • When not actively participating in the sport, students will be physically distant (6ft+ apart).
  • Students must bring their own water / water bottle.
  • Students should arrive already dressed for practice/games when possible.



Sport-specific guidelines will be communicated with each team individually. If you still have any other questions, please contact myself (email or text) or the respective coach for the sport you want to play. You can contact coaches here. More updates will come soon.

Go Hornets!

Michael Thornburg, MA

Educator: Cleveland School of the Arts

Athletic Director: John Hay High School

Work Cell: (216) 282-6356