Tryouts

Tryout Dates:

  • Fall sports can begin tryouts on Wednesday, August 13th, 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.
  • All winter sports begin tryouts on Friday, November 15th, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • All spring sports begin tryouts on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Note: Upcoming Fall Sports tryout dates are listed below:

Practice Start Dates
2020 – Wed. August 12
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.
  • 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 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 unless otherwise noted)
Parents of interested students must register online before the start of tryouts. Registration will open online about a month before the start of tryouts.

Cheerleading: Contact Coaches Victoria White,  Sheila Saunders and Bryanna Simpson for more information. 

Cross Country: Contact Head Coach Petros Welday or Assistant Coach Stephanie Staub for information. 

Field Hockey: Contact Varsity Coach Patrick Howley for information. The JV Coach for Fall 2020 is TBA.

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

Golf: Contact Golf coach Sam Silverman for information. 

Poms: Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information.

Soccer (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Nougais Metellus for information. The JV Coach for Fall 2020 is TBA.

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

Volleyball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Yamiah Compton for information. The JV Coach for Fall 2020 is TBA.

Winter 2019-2020 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Friday, November 15, 2019 unless otherwise noted)

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 Kathy Boehlert for more information. 

Bocce (Corollary): Contact Coach Phil Barnes for more information. 

Cheerleading: Contact Coaches Victoria WhiteSheila Saunders and Bryanna Simpson for information. 

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

Poms: Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information. 

Swim & Dive: Contact Coach Kaitlin Klumpp for information. 

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

Spring 2020 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Saturday, February 29, 2020 unless otherwise noted).
Parents must register students online prior to the start of tryouts.

Baseball: Contact Varsity Head Coach Steve Murfin, Varsity Associate Head Coach Gary Lowe or JV Coach Steve York for information. The first day of tryouts will be Saturday, 2/29 from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. Tryouts will continue on Monday, 3/2 through Thursday, 3/5 from 3pm-5pm. Students should bring shoes and clothing appropriate for indoor and outdoor practices, as location will depend on the weather.

Gymnastics (Girls): Contact Coach Victoria White for information. Gymnastics tryouts will begin on Thursday, March 5th, from 3pm-5:30pm and will be held in the Small Gym. Practices will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-5:30pm.

Lacrosse (Boys): Contact Varsity Coach Jim Potts or JV Coach Andrew Bader for information. Tryouts will be held on Saturday, 2/29 from 8am-10am and Monday, 3/2 through Tuesday, 3/3 from 2:45pm-5:15pm. Candidates should expect to attend each tryout session. Please bring clothes and shoes for both indoor and outdoor practices, as location will depend on the weather and field conditions.

Lacrosse (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Allison Baisey or JV Coach Taylor Cooke for information. Tryouts will be held on Saturday, 2/29 from 9am-11am and Monday, 3/2 through Tuesday, 3/3 from 3:45pm-5:45pm. Candidates should expect to attend each tryout session. Please bring clothes and shoes for both indoor and outdoor practices, as location will depend on the weather and field conditions.

Softball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Amanda Petersen, Assistant Varsity Coach Dave Schipani or JV Coach Don Stanley for information. Tryouts will be held on Saturday, 2/29 from 12pm-2pm and Monday, 3/2 through Tuesday, 3/3 from 3:15pm-5:15pm. Candidates should expect to attend each tryout session. Please bring clothes and shoes for both indoor and outdoor practices, as location will depend on the weather and field conditions. Plan on meeting at the softball field for tryouts. If the weather does not cooperate, we will hold tryouts in the gym.

Tennis (Boys): Contact Coach Jordan Rowell for more information. Tryouts will start on Monday, 3/2 from 2:45pm-4:45pm and continue daily from 2:45pm-4:45pm. Students should report to the tennis courts for tryouts.

Tennis (Girls): Contact Coach Rich Burke for more information. Tryouts will start on Monday, 3/2 from 2:45pm-4:45pm and continue daily from 2:45pm-4:45pm. Students should report to the tennis courts for tryouts.

Track & Field (Coed): Contact Head Coach Darius Oxley or Assistant Coaches DeShawn AndersonAharon Conerly and Petros Welday for information. Practice will begin on Monday, 3/2 from 3pm-5pm and continue daily from 3pm-5pm. Bring clothing and shoes appropriate for both indoor or outdoor practices, depending on the weather. Plan on reporting to the track for practices, although if the weather does not cooperate, we will be meeting outside the Media Center to practice indoors.

Volleyball (Boys): Contact Coach Dana Mitchell-Barstow for information. Tryouts will start on Monday, 3/2 from 3pm-5pm and continue daily from 3pm-5pm. Students should report to the gym for tryouts.

Volleyball (Coed): Contact Coach David Fitzgerald for information. Tryouts will be start on Monday, 3/2 from 5pm-7pm and continue daily from 5pm-7pm. Students should report to the gym for tryouts.