Tryouts

PLAN FOR IN-PERSON SPORTS (2nd Semester 2020-2021) Information:

MPSSAA has released a plan for a return to in-person sports, including competition seasons for Fall, Winter and Spring sports in the second semester, led by the coaching staff at Blake. Each sports “season” will have a three week preseason followed by five weeks of competition. A return to in-person sports will be determine by state and local health metrics. More information can be found on the MPSSAA website.

MPSSAA Proposed Timeline for second semester in-person sports and competition:
Fall, Winter, Spring Sport competition and championship seasons administered in modified formats.

SEASON 1 – Sport Season Winter (COMPETITION SEASON CANCELLED)
1. December 7, 2020 – January 3, 2021 – Sport Season Practice and Reconditioning.
2. January 4, 2021 – February 13, 2021 – Sport Competition Season.

SEASON 2 – Sport Season Fall REGISTRATION CLOSED ON 2/22. – INFORMATION HERE
1. February 27, 2021 – March 18, 2021 – Sport Season Practice and Reconditioning.
2. March 19, 2021 – April 17, 2021 – Sport Competition Season.

SEASON 3 – Sport Season Spring
1. April 17, 2021 – May 6, 2021 – Sport Season Practice and Reconditioning.
2. May 7, 2021 – June 19, 2021 – Sport Competition Season.

 

INFORMATION BELOW IS OUR “NORMAL” INFORMATION FOR ATHLETIC TRYOUTS (IN PRE-COVID):

Tryout Dates:

  • Fall sports can begin tryouts on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. Some sports may not start on this date – see below for sport-specific information, which will be posted as we get closer to the start of the season. *IN-PERSON CANCELLED FOR FALL 2020*
  • All winter sports begin tryouts on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. *IN-PERSON CANCELLED FOR WINTER 2020-2021*
  • All spring sports begin tryouts on Monday, March 1st, 2021 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Note: Upcoming Fall Sports tryout dates are listed below:

Practice Start Dates
2021 – Wed. August 11
2022 – Wed. August 10
2023 – Wed. August 9
2024 – Wed. August 14
2025 – Wed. August 13
2026 – Wed. August 12

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.
    *Note: The MCPS Board of Education voted to waive the academic eligibility standard for the 2020-2021 school year due to the circumstances as a result of COVID-19 (More information here).
  • Age – you must be under the age of 19 as of the first day of the school year.
  • Required Forms: Students must be registered, by a parent, using the MyMCPS Parent Portal. ONLINE REGISTRATION will be available approximately one month prior to the start of each season through the myMCPS Parent PortalParents who need login information may contact Jared Fribush, Athletic Director. You will still need an updated PHYSICAL FORM. (Forms are still available for download, but we are strongly encouraging everyone to register online.)

All candidates for Blake Athletics must register online (or complete all required forms) in advance 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 2020-2021 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Saturday, February 27, 2021 unless otherwise noted)
Parents of interested students must register online before the start of tryouts. Registration will open online approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Bocce (Corollary): The Bocce Coach is TBA for 2020-2021. *Blake will not offer Bocce in the Spring 2021 Fall Sports season*

Cheerleading: Contact Varsity Coach Victoria White or JV Coaches DeAndra Brown and Christyna Falden for information. Practice information will be posted in the Blake Cheer – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students. Cheer will meet in person on Wednesdays from 4:40pm-6pm (starting on March 3rd) and virtually twice a week. Practice location on campus will be communicated to students.

Cross Country: Contact Head Coach Petros Welday or Assistant Coach Stephanie Staub for information. Cross Country will practice Mondays through Fridays (in person at Blake) from 3:45pm-5:15pm. More information will also be posted in the Blake Cross Country – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Field Hockey: Contact Varsity Coach Patrick Howley or JV Coach Carolyn Fox for information. The first day of practice will be held on Saturday, 2/27 from 10am-11:30am. Registered students should arrive at 9:45am to check in. Starting March 1st, practices will be held Mondays through Fridays from 3pm-4:30pm. Practices will be held on the field hockey field (inside the Blake track). More information will also be posted in the Blake Field Hockey – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Football: Contact Varsity Coach DeShawn Anderson or JV Coach Bryon Marshall for additional information. The first day of practice will be held on Saturday, 2/27 from 10am-11:30am. Registered students should arrive at 9:45am to check in. Starting March 1st, practices will be held Mondays through Fridays from 4:15pm-5:45pm. Practice locations on campus will be communicated to students. More information will also be posted in the Blake Football – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Golf: Contact Golf coach Sam Silverman for information. The MCPS Golf schedule has been released! Blake’s first tryout/practice will be held at Laytonsville Golf Course on Monday, March 1st from 4:30pm-5:15pm (Driving Range/Putting Area). Blake will have a tryout/practice round on Thursday, March 4th at Hampshire Greens at 3:30pm. Complete schedule of practices and matches for the season can be found here: Golf Practices & Match Schedule. More information will also be posted in the Blake Golf – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Poms: Poms Coach is TBA. *Blake will not offer Poms in the Spring 2021 Fall Sports season*

Soccer (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Nougais Metellus or JV Coach Brian Machado for for information. The first day of practice will be held on Saturday, 2/27 from 11am-12:30pm. Registered students should arrive at 10:45am to check in. Starting March 1st, practices will be held Mondays through Fridays from 3:30pm-5pm. Practice locations on campus will be communicated to students. More information will also be posted in the Blake Boys Soccer – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Soccer (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Jenna Essenmacher or JV Coach Kristina Penland for information. The first day of practice will be held on Saturday, 2/27 from 10am-11:30am. Registered students should arrive at 9:45am to check in. Starting March 1st, practices will be held Mondays through Fridays from 4pm-5:30pm. Practice locations on campus will be communicated to students. More information will also be posted in the Blake Girls Soccer – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Volleyball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Yamiah Compton or JV Coach Eric Franklin for information. The first day of practice will be held outdoors on Saturday, 2/27 from 11am-12:30pm (dress appropriately for the weather). Registered students should arrive at 10:45am to check in. Starting March 1st, practices will be held in the Main Gym, Mondays through Fridays after school. Practice times will be communicated to students and parents as practice pods are assigned. More information will also be posted in the Blake Girls Volleyball – Spring 2021 Canvas page for students.

Winter 2020-2021 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Saturday, November 14, 2020 unless otherwise noted)
Registration will open approximately one month prior to the start of tryouts.
*CANCELLED FOR WINTER 2020-2021*

Basketball (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Desmin Wade or JV Coach Dominique Scott for more information. 

Basketball (Girls):  Contact Varsity Coach Kenneth Prather or JV Coach Carlton Hammond for more information.

Cheerleading: Contact Coaches Victoria WhiteDeAndra Brown and Christyna Falden for information.

Indoor Track & Field: Contact Head Coach Darius Oxley or Assistant Coach Petros Welday for information. 

Poms: The Poms Coach is TBA for 2021-2022. 

Swim & Dive: The Swim & Dive Coach is TBA for 2021-2022. 

Wrestling: Contact Coach Jim Potts (Varsity) or Coach Andrew Bader (JV) for information. More information about Wrestling can be found on the MCPS Athletics Wrestling page

Spring 2021 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Saturday, April 17, 2021 unless otherwise noted).
Registration will open approximately one month before the start of tryouts.

Baseball: Contact Varsity Coaches Steve Murfin and Gary Lowe or JV Coach Steve York for information.

Gymnastics (Girls): Contact Coach Victoria White for information. 

Lacrosse (Boys): Contact Coach Jim Potts (Varsity) or Coach Andrew Bader (JV) for information.

Lacrosse (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Lindsey Chamberlain (Varsity) or Allison Baisey (JV) for information.

Outdoor Track & Field: Contact Head Coach Darius Oxley or Assistant Coaches DeShawn Anderson and Petros Welday for information.  

Softball: Contact Varsity Coaches Amanda Petersen and Dave Schipani or JV Coach is TBA for Spring 2021. 

Tennis (Boys): The Boys Tennis Coach is TBA for Spring 2021.

Tennis (Boys): Contact Coach Rich Burke for information. 

Volleyball (Boys): Contact Coach Dana Mitchell-Barstow for information. 

Volleyball (Coed): The Coed Volleyball Coach is TBA for Spring 2021.