Tryouts

Tryout Dates:

  • Fall sports can begin tryouts on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Some sports may not start on this date – see below for sport-specific information. 
  • 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:

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: 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 2019 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 unless otherwise noted)
Parents of interested students must register online 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 or JV Coach Wendy DuShane for information. 

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 or JV Coach Aaron Eichelberger for more information. 

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

Volleyball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Yamiah Compton or JV Coach Casey Dave for more information. 

Winter 2019-2020 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Friday, November 15, 2019 unless otherwise noted)
Parents of interested students must register online before the start of tryouts.

Basketball (Boys): The first day of tryouts will be on Friday, 11/15. Candidates for JV will tryout from 3pm-5pm (meet in the Small Gym). Candidates for Varsity will tryout from 5pm-7pm in the Main Gym. Tryouts will continue on Saturday, 11/16 8am-10am and 1pm-3pm for all candidates. Throughout the following week (11/18-11/22), JV Basketball will practice from 3pm-5pm and Varsity Basketball will practice from 5pm-7pm. Contact Varsity Coach Desmin Wade or JV Coach Dominique Scott for more information. 

Basketball (Girls): The first day of tryouts will be on Friday, 11/15. Candidates for JV will tryout from 4:30pm-6pm in the Small Gym. Candidates for Varsity will tryout from 3pm-5pm in the Main Gym. Tryouts will continue on Saturday, 11/16 (JV 10am-12pm and Varsity 3pm-5pm). Throughout the following week (11/18-11/22), JV Basketball will practice from 4:30pm-6pm and Varsity Basketball will practice from 3pm-5pm. Contact Varsity Coach Kenneth Prather or JV Coach Kathy Boehlert for more information. 

Bocce (Corollary): Bocce will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on 12/3, in the Cafeteria. Contact Coach Phil Barnes for more information. 

Cheerleading: MCPS only offers Varsity Cheer (no JV Cheer) in the Winter season. Contact Coaches Victoria WhiteSheila Saunders and Bryanna Simpson for information. 

Indoor Track & Field: Practice will begin on Friday, 11/15. Practices will be held every school day from 3pm-5pm. Students should plan to bring apparel and shoes for either indoor or outdoor practices, as the location will depend on the weather each day. Contact Head Coach Darius Oxley or Assistant Coaches Aharon Conerly and Petros Welday for information.  

Poms: Contact Poms coach Brianna Lopez for information. Poms will hold separate tryouts for the Winter season. Tryouts will be held on Friday, 11/15 (3pm-5:30pm in the C146 Dance Studio). Candidates are expected to attend each of the tryout sessions.

Swim & Dive: Contact Coach Kaitlin Klumpp for information. Additional information about the MCPS Swim & Dive program can be found here. Swim practices are held on Tuesdays at Fairland Aquatic Center from 3pm-4pm and Thursdays at Olney Swim Center from 3pm-4pm. Dive practices are held on Wednesdays at MLK Swim Center from 3pm-4:30pm. The first swim practice/tryout will be on Tuesday, 11/19 and the first dive practice/tryout will be on Wednesday, 11/20.

Wrestling: Contact Jim Potts (Varsity) or Andrew Bader (JV) for information. More information about Wrestling can be found on the MCPS Athletics Wrestling page. All students intending to participate in wrestling must become Weight Certified prior to the first match. MCPS offers Weight Certification on 11/2 at Clarksburg High School (make up date is 11/23 at Clarksburg). More information about the Weight Certification can be found here. Wrestling practice will begin on Friday, 11/15 and will continue on Monday, 11/18.

Spring 2019 Sports

(Tryouts will start on Saturday, February 29, 2020 unless otherwise noted. Online registration will open approximately one month before tryouts.)

Baseball: Contact Varsity Head Coach Steve Murfin, Varsity Associate Head Coach Gary Lowe or JV Coach Steve York for information.

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

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

Lacrosse (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Allison Baisey for information. The JV Coach is TBA for Spring 2020.

Softball (Girls): Contact Varsity Coach Amanda Petersen, Assistant Varsity Coach Dave Schipani or JV Coach Don Stanley for information.

Tennis (Boys): Contact Coach Jordan Rowell for more information. 

Tennis (Girls): Contact Coach Rich Burke for more information. 

Track & Field (Coed): Contact Head Coach Darius Oxley or Assistant Coaches DeShawn AndersonAharon Conerly and Petros Welday for information.

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

Volleyball (Coed): Contact Coach David Fitzgerald for information.