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Tryout Dates:

  • Fall sports can begin tryouts on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. Some sports may not start on this date – see below for sport-specific information. 
    • Poms will hold its tryouts in May/June for the Fall season. See below for details.
  • All winter sports begin tryouts on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • All spring sports begin tryouts on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Note: Upcoming Fall Sports tryout dates are listed below:

2017 – Wed. August 9
2018 – Wed. August 8
2019 – Wed. August 14
2020 – Wed. August 13

Here is what you need to know:

Eligibility:

  • Grades – returning HS students must have at least a 2.0 and no more than 1 E on their most recent report card.
  • Age – you must be under the age of 19 as of the first day of the school year.
  • Paperwork and Permissions – you must have completed and have on file with the school all of the paperwork listed on the Forms page, each item must be completed BEFORE you will be allowed to participate in any team activities.
  • ECA Fees & Obligations – Students who make an athletic team must pay the MCPS ECA Fee and must clear all athletic obligations with Blake before being allowed to participate in a contest. Visit the Forms page for more information on the ECA Fee.

Required Forms:
Please visit the Forms page for required forms and information.

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All candidates for Blake Athletics must have the above forms complete on the first day of tryouts. For additional information, please contact the individual coaches or Jared Fribush, Athletic Director. Contact information for coaches can be found on the individual sport pages, linked at the top of the website.

Fall 2017 Sports

(Tryouts will start on August 9, 2017 unless otherwise noted)

 

Cheerleading: Contact Varsity Coaches Vicki White and Sheila Saunders or JV Coach Candace Jones. *Tryouts for Cheerleading will be held in August. This is a change from the past, when Cheerleading tryouts were held in May/June.

Cross Country: Contact Head Coach Andrew Brodeur or Assistant Coach Stephanie Staub for information. 

Field Hockey: Contact Varsity Coach Patrick Howley or JV Coach Melina Latona for more information. 

Football: Contact Varsity Coach DeShawn Anderson or JV Coach Bryon Marshall for additional information. 

Golf:  Contact Golf coach Sam Silverman for information. MCPS assigns schools practice times at golf courses. The tryout dates will be posted once assigned by MCPS in mid-July.

Poms: Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information. *Tryouts for the Fall 2017 Poms squad will be held in late May/early June. Check back for specific dates.

Soccer (Boys): The coaches for Fall 2017 have not yet been hired. Contact Jared Fribush, Athletic Director, for information.

Soccer (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Jenna Essenmacher or JV Coach Kristina Valerio for information. 

Tennis (Girls): Contact Coach Mike Krawczel for information. 

Volleyball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Dana Mitchell or JV Coach David Fitzgerald for information. 

Winter 2016-2017 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 unless otherwise noted)

 

Basketball (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Dondrell Whitmore or JV Coach Kenny Prather for information. All paperwork is due to Coach Whitmore by Friday, November 11th. The first day of tryouts will be on Tuesday, November 15th; JV will hold tryouts from 3-5pm in the Auxiliary Gym and Varsity will hold tryouts from 5-7pm in the Main Gym.

Basketball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Patti Gilmore or JV Coach Sydney Stinson for information. All paperwork is due to Coach Gilmore by Friday, November 11th. The first day of tryouts will be on Tuesday, November 15th; Varsity will hold tryouts from 3-5pm in the Main Gym and JV will hold tryouts from 5-7pm in the Auxiliary Gym.

Cheerleading: Contact Varsity Coaches Victoria White and Sheila Saunders for information. For Varsity Winter Cheer, there will be clinics held on Wednesday, 11/16 and Thursday, 11/17 from 4:30pm-6:30pm and tryouts on Friday, 11/18 from 4:30pm-6:30pm. All clinics and tryouts will be in the Blake Cafeteria. There is no JV Cheerleading in the Winter.

Indoor Track & Field: The first day of practice will be held on Tuesday, 11/15 from 3-5pm on the track. Contact Head Coach Brandon Tynes or Assistant Coaches Sophia McMaster-Anderson and Andrew Brodeur for information.

Poms: There will not be additional tryouts for Poms for the Winter season. Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information.

Swim & Dive: Contact Head Coach Ryan Burnsky or Assistant Coach Julie Thackston for more information. There will be a parent meeting on Wednesday, 10/27 at 7pm in the Amphitheater. Swim practices will be held on Tuesdays (at Fairland Aquatic Center) and Thursdays (at Olney Swim Center) from 3-4pm. Dive practices will be held on Wednesdays (at MLK Swim Center) from 3-4:30pm.

Wrestling: Contact Varsity Head Coach Rasheim Smith or JV Coaches Steven Penland and Cody Stageberg for information. All students interested in wrestling must complete the Weight Certification at 9am on November 7th at Blake HS (make up date November 26th). Practices will begin on Tuesday, 11/15 at 3pm in the Wrestling Room (G184).

Spring 2017 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 unless otherwise noted)

 

Baseball (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Steve Murfin or JV Coach Gary Lowe for information. The first tryout will be on Wednesday, 3/1 at 3:30pm. All candidates (JV and V) should report directly to the baseball field (weather permitting). Baseball is holding optional conditioning workouts during the winter. Contact the coaches for more information.

Gymnastics (Girls): The first day of tryouts for Gymnastics will be Wednesday, 3/8 from 3-5:30pm in the Small Gym. All paperwork should be turned in the Coach White during school by Monday, 3/6. Practices will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-5:30pm. Contact Coach Victoria White for information.

Lacrosse (Boys): All candidates for Boys Lacrosse should meet on the practice field directly behind the school on Wednesday, 3/1 for tryouts (2:40pm-4:40pm). After the first day, Varsity candidates will meet at 2:40pm and JV candidates will meet from 3-5pm. Contact Varsity Coach Patrick Howley or JV Coach Sam Steinman for information.

Lacrosse (Girls): Girls Lacrosse will meet on Tuesday, 2/28 at 4pm in the Blake Amphitheater for form collection. Tryouts will be held from 3:40pm-5:40pm March 1st through March 3rd. All candidates should meet on the lower practice field (behind the stadium). Contact Varsity Coach Allison Baisey or JV Coach Jenna Essenmacher for information.

Softball (Girls): Softball will meet on Monday, 2/27 from 3pm-3:30pm in the Gym Lobby for form collection. The first day of tryouts will be on Wednesday, 3/1 at 3:30pm. We will meet on the Softball field (weather permitting). Contact Varsity Coach Nicole Wallace, Assistant Varsity Coach Dave Schipani or JV Coach Cathleen Carey for information. Softball is holding optional conditioning workouts during the winter. Contact the coaches for more information.

Tennis (Boys): The first day of Boys Tennis tryouts will be on Thursday, 3/2 from 2:45-4:30pm on the Blake tennis courts (weather permitting). Students should come equipped with a racket and dressed to play tennis. Contact Coach Karl Johnson for more information.

Track & Field (Coed): The first day of Outdoor Track & Field will be on Wednesday, 3/1 at 3pm. We will meet on the track (weather permitting). Contact Head Coach Brandon Tynes or Assistant Coaches Andrew Brodeur, Sophia McMaster-Anderson and DeShawn Anderson for information.

Volleyball (Boys): Boys and Coed Volleyball will hold a joint tryout on Wednesday, 3/1 from 3:30pm-6pm in the Main Gym. After the first day, Boys Volleyball will practice from 3-5pm. Contact Coach Dana Mitchell for information.

Volleyball (Coed): Boys and Coed Volleyball will hold a joint tryout on Wednesday, 3/1 from 3:30pm-6pm in the Main Gym. After the first day, Coed Volleyball will practice from 4-6pm. Contact Coach David Fitzgerald for information.

 

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