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Tryouts

Tryout Dates:

  • Fall sports can begin tryouts on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 for the 2017-2018 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 Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • All spring sports begin tryouts on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Note: Upcoming Fall Sports tryout dates are listed below:

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. Incoming 9th grade students and students new to MCPS are automatically academically eligible.
  • Age – you must be under the age of 19 as of the first day of the school year.
  • Required Forms: ONLINE REGISTRATION will be available for the first time this Winter (and again in the Spring). Winter registration is now open – information is here. We are asking everyone to register for sports online this year. You will still need an updated PHYSICAL FORM. (Forms are still available for download, but we are strongly urging everyone to register online.)

All candidates for Blake Athletics must register online (or complete all required forms) in order to participate 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 for more information. The JV Coach for Fall 2017 has not yet been hired. *Tryouts for Cheerleading will be held in August. This is a change from the past, when Cheerleading tryouts were held in May/June. Conditioning workouts are held throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming tryouts and season. Information and schedule is here.

Cross Country: The first day of practice will be on Wednesday, August 9th at 8am on the Blake Track. We will be holding conditioning workouts during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays – more information can be found here. 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. A tentative schedule for August tryouts and preseason can be seen here: Blake Field Hockey August 2017. The first day of tryouts will be on Wednesday, August 9th from 4pm-7pm on the Field Hockey field (inside of the track). 

Football: Contact Varsity Coach DeShawn Anderson or JV Coach Bryon Marshall for additional information. Information about summer workouts and passing league opportunities can be seen here.

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. Pom Tryouts for the 2017-2018 squad were held in May/June.

Soccer (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Nougais Metellus or JV Coach Andres Moreno for more information. The JV Coach has not yet been hired for the Fall 2017 season. Conditioning workout for interested players are being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:45pm. Information and schedule is here. Tryouts will be held from Wednesday, August 9th through Saturday, August 12th from 9am-12pm on the practice field behind the stadium. Practices will then be held from 3pm-5pm starting on Monday, August 14th through the end of the season.

Soccer (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Jenna Essenmacher or JV Coach Kristina Valerio for information. Conditioning workouts for aspiring players are being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until June 1st. Information and schedule is here. Tryouts will be held from Wednesday, August 9th through Friday, August 11th from 8:30am-11am on the practice field (behind the stadium). Practices will be held at 8:30am August 14th-18th and August 21st-22nd. Practices will then be from 4-6pm. 

Tennis (Girls): The first day of tryouts will be on Monday, August 14th from 3-5pm. Contact Coach Mike Krawczel for information. 

Volleyball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Madeline Chervenak or JV Coach David Fitzgerald for information. 

Winter 2017-2018 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 unless otherwise noted)
All interested students must register online before the start of tryouts!

 

Basketball (Boys): The first day of tryouts will be on Wednesday, November 15th. Varsity will hold tryouts from 5-7pm in the Main Gym the first week while JV will hold tryouts from 3-5pm in the Small Gym the first week. All interested students must register online before the start of tryouts! Contact Varsity Coach Dondrell Whitmore or JV Coach Kenny Prather for information. 

Basketball (Girls): The first day of tryouts will be on Wednesday, November 15th. Varsity will hold tryouts from 3-5pm in the Main Gym the first week while JV will hold tryouts from 5-7pm in the Small Gym the first week. All interested students must register online before the start of tryouts! Contact Varsity Coach Chris Towle or JV Coach Sydney Stinson for information. Conditioning workouts are being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym after school until the start of tryouts. 

Cheerleading: Blake will be holding tryouts for Winter Cheer November 15th through 17th from 4-6pm in the Cafeteria. All interested students must register online before the start of tryouts! Contact Varsity Coaches Victoria White and Sheila Saunders for information. 

Indoor Track & Field: The first day of practice will be held on Wednesday, November 15th from 3-5pm at the track. All interested students must register online before the start of practice! Contact Head Coach Brandon Tynes or Assistant Coaches Sophia McMaster-Anderson and Andrew Brodeur for information. 

Poms: Pom Tryouts are held in May/June. There will not be additional tryouts for Poms prior to the Winter season. Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information.

Swim & Dive: All interested divers should report to MLK Swim Center on Wednesday, November 15th from 3pm-4:30pm. Swim practices will be held on Tuesdays at Fairland Aquatic Center from 3-4pm and Thursdays at Olney Swim Center from 3-4pm. Contact Coach Ryan Burnsky for more information. All interested students must register online before the start of practices!

Wrestling: Wrestling practice will start on Wednesday, November 15th from 3-5pm in the G184 Wrestling Room. MCPS requires all wrestlers to be weight certified. The MCPS Wrestling Weight Certification will be held at Blake on Saturday, November 4th – information here. All interested students must register online before the start of practices! Contact Varsity Head Coach Rasheim Smith or JV Coach Steven Penland for information. 

Spring 2018 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Thursday, March 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted)
Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Baseball: Contact Varsity Coach Steve Murfin or JV Coach Gary Lowe for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Gymnastics (Girls): Contact Coach Victoria White for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Lacrosse (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Jim Potts or JV Coach Andrew Bader for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Lacrosse (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Allison Baisey or JV Coach Jenna Essenmacher for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Softball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Nicole Wallace, Assistant Varsity Coach Dave Schipani. The JV Softball Coach has yet to be hired for Spring 2018. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Tennis (Boys): Contact Coach Jordan Rowell for more information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Track & Field (Coed): Contact Head Coach Brandon Tynes or Assistant Coaches Andrew Brodeur, Sophia McMaster-Anderson and DeShawn Anderson for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Volleyball (Boys): Contact Coach Dana Mitchell for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Volleyball (Coed): Contact Coach David Fitzgerald for information. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.