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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 2018 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Wednesday, August 8. 2018 unless otherwise noted)
Parents of interested students must register online before the start of tryouts! The registration portal will likely open in early July 2018.

Cheerleading: Contact Varsity Coaches Vicki White and Sheila Saunders or JV Coach Bryanna Simpson for more information. Tryouts for both Varsity and JV Cheer will likely be held beginning on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

Cross Country: Contact Head Coach Andrew Brodeur or Assistant Coach Stephanie Staub for information. Cross Country practices are likely to begin on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

Field Hockey: Contact Varsity Coach Patrick Howley or JV Coach Melina Latona for more information. Tryouts for Field Hockey will likely begin on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

Football: Contact Varsity Coach DeShawn Anderson or JV Coach Bryon Marshall for additional information. Football practices will begin on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

Golf: Contact Golf coach Sam Silverman for information. MCPS assigns schools practice times at golf courses. The tryout dates for Fall 2018 will be posted once assigned by MCPS in mid-July.

Poms: Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information. Tryouts for the 2018-2019 Pom squad will be held in late May/early June 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to that time. 

Soccer (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Nougais Metellus or JV Coach Andres Moreno for more information. Tryouts for Boys Soccer will likely begin on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

Soccer (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Jenna Essenmacher or JV Coach Kristina Valerio for information. Tryouts for Girls Soccer will likely begin on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

Tennis (Girls): Girls Tennis will become a Spring sport in 2018-2019, and will no longer be offered in the Fall.

Volleyball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Madeline Chervenak or JV Coach Pete Guerrero for more information. Tryouts for Girls Volleyball will likely begin on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Check back for more specific information as it gets closer to August. 

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. Tryouts will begin on Thursday, March 1st. Weather permitting, tryouts will be held on the Baseball field. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Gymnastics (Girls): Contact Coach Victoria White for information. Tryouts will begin on Tuesday, March 6th. Tryouts will be held in the Small Gym from 3-6pm. 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. Tryouts will begin on Thursday, March 1st. Weather permitting, tryouts will be held on the practice field behind the school. 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. Tryouts will begin on Thursday, March 1st. The tryout schedule is as follows: Thursday, 3/1 and Friday, 3/2 from 3:45pm-5:45pm and Saturday, 3/3 from 9am-11am. Weather permitting, Girls Lacrosse tryouts will be held on the practice field behind the stadium. 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 or JV Coach Ali Krizmanich for more information.  Softball is holding optional conditioning workouts on Wednesdays from 2:45pm-3:45pm until the start of tryouts (March 1). Weather permitting, tryouts will be held on the Softball fields starting on March 1st. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Tennis (Boys): Contact Coach Jordan Rowell for more information. Tryouts will begin on Thursday, March 1st. Weather permitting, tryouts will be held on the tennis courts. 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. Outdoor Track & Field practices will be held from 3-5pm every weekday, starting on Thursday, March 1st. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Volleyball (Boys): Contact Coach Dana Mitchell for information. Tryouts will begin on March 1st. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Volleyball (Coed): Contact Coach David Fitzgerald for information. Tryouts will begin on March 1st. Online registration for Spring sports will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.