Sure didn't see that coming. With a new gym floor, a new configuration for the scorer's table and for the students' seating section, the Fairfax Rebels opened their mostly highly anticipated season in quite a few years in their own season-opening tip-off tournament. And promptly laid an egg. With no disrespect meant to their opponents, the Osbourn Eagles from Manassas, the Rebels did not play intelligently, did not shoot well from either the field or from the line and thus did not win the game. Not that they didn't have a number of chances to pull it out.Chase Ackerman won the opening tip, pushing the rock to Ricky Peters who swooped in for an impressive slam and a quick 2-0 lead. They soon grew the lead to 6-2 but the Eagles ruled the roost for the rest of the period, as they built a 15-8 lead by the expiration of the 1st period. Outwardly calm as usual, Coach Barbee told the guys to
Now that was more like it. Showing few, if any, ill effects from Friday's lackluster opening contest, the Fairfax Rebels took to the court on Saturday evening in the consolation round of the Fairfax City Shootout against the visiting Indians of Garfield High School, out of Prince William County. The Rebels were in command from the opening tip and the entire second half was played with a running clock, such was the size of the Rebels' lead.The opening tip-off play worked again. However, as Ricky Peters elevated for the breakaway jam, his attempt was snuffed out by an equally agile Indian. Not to worry though. The Rebs jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led 18-9 at the end of the first period. Peters had 8 points in the period, on 4-5 shooting and combined that with suffocating defense. Big John Thomasson was called into action fairly early on and responded with an old-school 3-point play and some rock-solid defense in the paint. Fairfax proceeded to really blow things open in the 2nd stanza, outscoring the Indians by 22 points in the period, 27-5. The halftime lead of 45-14 thus led to the 2nd-half running clock situation.The second half score was actually almost dead-even (21-20 for the Rebels), but the damage had been done. The situation allowed Coach B to take a good look at players who have all been working really hard in practice and were now seeing their first game action. And all acquitted themselves very well. Sophomore Kaden Horner alertly swiped an errant Garfield backcourt pass and converted a nifty layup. Senior power forward Chalk Lobban got out on the break and emphatically sent the rock to the promised land with a 2-handed jam, then smiled his great smile to show some emotion after all. Senior Aaron Walker swished a 3-pointer, then gave a little fist pump as he scurried down the court to play some more D. And Big John notched career-highs of 5 points and 3 offensive rebounds.For the second night in a row, Ricky Petey led the team in scoring, with 14 points, which helped him to be named to the All-Tournament team. Daniel Mbangue played much more like his old Mself tonight, tallying 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals; that's More Mlike Mit. Greg Willliams had an excellent game as well, recording career-highs of 8 points and 4 steals. Josh Abtew also had 4 steals and Ryan Pelczynski needed a fanny cushion after the game on account of the 2 charging violations he drew against the Indians which sent him crashing to the floor fanny-first.The Rebs continue their early-season homestand on Tuesday when the always-tough Westfield Bulldogs pay a visit to the new-look Laing Fieldhouse. Vocal support is always appreciated, so come on out and see what all the talk is about.
Well, the boys had it really rollin' tonight. The Rebels took on the visiting Bulldogs of Westfield HS, who were playing their first game of the season because of football commitments. And the Rebels took advantage of the situation, posting a 66-42 victory to move to 2-1 on the young season.Although the Bulldogs deployed an impressive shot-blocker on the interior, the Rebels showed no fear and went inside often for a number of buckets. Chase Ackerman hit a couple in the first period and that helped open things up on the exterior, where sharpshooter Josh Abtew, rounding into form, splashed a pair of 3-pointers. From the 1st period lead of 10-8, the Rebels stretched it to 30-20 at the break. Big John Thomasson entered the game in the 2nd period and bodied-up for 2 tough buckets in the paint. The Chuckerman backed it up from his 1st-period inside play and displayed his versatility by knocking down a pair from outside the arc. And Daniel Mbangue got into the flow with a pair of hoops himself, drawing all kinds of contact but no kinds of whistles. Man, were both sides going toe-to-toe in the paint, but the refs were lettin' 'em play. Even Coach B was heard to exclaim in his loudest court voice
The Rebels are in the early stages of their longest road trip ever, both in terms of number of games and in distance, and tonight they looked like they were really looking forward to the trip. Playing a rare Thursday night game, the team bused over to McLean High School to take on the Highlanders on their home court. For many, many years the two schools were in the same district and they have faced each other over 50 times throughout the years. But it's unlikely that any of those games was quite like this one.Fairfax raced out to a 17-0 lead before the Highlanders finally lit the lamp for their only 3 points of the first period with a scant 27 seconds remaining in the period. Greg Williams was fouled in the act of sinking a 3-pointer and hit the free throw as well, to register a statistical anomaly, a 4-point play. Ryan Eezy-Peezy cashed in for 3 points as well, while senior Josh Abtew, heating up from the nether regions of the court as the season progresses, hit the trifecta twice in the period.The middle 2 periods were actually played to a 31-31 tie, but the Rebels' dominance in the first and fourth periods (outscoring McL 17-6 in the final segment) resulted in a 65-40 win for the visitors. And with that the team bumped their early-season record to 4-1. Abtew was the leading scorer for the evening with 11, knocking down a total of 3 3's to go along with a pair from the line. EP totalled 10 on the night, Mbangue followed with mnine, while Williams, point guard Christian Lewis and Margad the Magnificent each chipped in with 8. AND sophomore guard Xavier McCrary registered the first big-boy points of his career, hitting on both of his shots from the field and once from the line for his 5 points. Elsewhere statistically, Manimal continued to check all the boxes with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Lewis also had 4 steals to go with his 4 rebounds and 3 helpers. The Chucker, who has won the center jump to start every game thus far, also dished 3 times and Ricky P had 3 swipes.No rest for the Rebs as they turn right around and head into some of the worst traffic in the area to take on the Lee Lancers near Springfield Mall on the last Friday before Christmas. Hmmm, who dreamt up this schedule? Well I know you all long ago took into account the rare calendar situation that put Christmas so close on the heels of Thanksgiving this year and have your shopping completed already. (I know mine is finished - cuz I didnt do any this year ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¸ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¹Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°) So come on out and root for the Rebs.
The Rebels Express has left the station! Friday at Lee High School in Springfield, the Rebels schooled the Lancers, scoring an incredible 37 points in the first period on their way to an 88-56 victory, upping their season ledger to 5-1. To put that point total in perspective, the Rebels had 2 full games in the 2017-18 season where they didn't manage to score 37 points, and one has to go back to the 1993-94 season to find a game when the Men in Black scored more than 88 points in a game.As indicated, the Rebels lit the torch right from the opening tip, which ended up in the hands of Ricky Skywalker, who jammed it home, got clobbered along the way, and sank the ensuing free throw, putting the Rebs up 3-0 before the clock operator even had a chance to limber up. Fairfax led 37-13 at the end of the first period, but Lee gamely narrowed the gap to 17 at the half, 48-31. However, the 3rd period was all Fairfax, 29-5, resulting in a 41(!) point lead at the end of the 3rd as well as a running clock for the 4th period.Every player in the book today, save one, tallied points for the visitors. Mbangue was the man again for the Rebels, doing his mthing with a team-leading 17 points, to go along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Super sub Greg Williams was right behind, tallying a career-high 15 points, adding 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Deadeye Abtew once again drained 3 three-pointers on his way to a season-high 15 points; he added 6 boards, 2 dimes and a career-high-tying 6 steals. Given the keys to the vehicle once again by Coach Barbee, point guard Christian Lewis responded with a solid floor game, delivering 9 points on several bumpy forays into the lane, 3 steals and a career-high 6 assists. Ryan No-Vowels shot 4-5 from the floor and established a new personal career mark with his 6 pilfers to go along with his 9 points. AND, lastly, sophomore Mason Chuckermann scored his first varsity points on 2 of 4 from the line, having gotten bludgeoned twice while gamely trying to get to the hole.The momentum of the last several games will hopefully carry through to next week, as the Rebels board the bus on Wednesday morning for the long ride to St. Petersburg, FL to compete in the Keswick Suncoast Classic, with their first opponent being Cambridge Christian High School out of Tampa, FL. If you can't be there in person, you can always read about it here. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and thanking you for your support of Rebels Boys Basketball!
After a seemingly interminable bus ride from Fairfax on the day after Christmas, the Boys in Blue finally arrived in St. Pete Beach, Florida at approximately 2 a.m. the next day. Coach Barbee rallied the troops for a quick mid-morning carryout breakfast and then it was off to the local Keswick Christian Academy to participate in their annual Suncoast Classic tournament. The Rebels' first opponent was the Lancers of Cambridge Christian Academy, out of Tampa, FL.Without any reliable intel, the coaching staff wasn't sure what to expect. The Lancers jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, but Slicky Ricky knotted things at 6 with his second bucket of the quarter. Another Rebel bucket put them up 8-6, but the Lancers tied it right up again at 8. From thereon, the period was owned by the home team (only in a tournament could a team from Virginia playing in Florida against a team from Florida be considered the home team!). Abtew splashed one from the nearby Gulf of Mexico and Chase Dunkerman put an exclamation point at the end of the sentence with a forceful buzzer-beating flush off a set play called by the Mastermind.At the start of the second quatrain, Fairfax nudged the lead up to 11, before the Lancers came roaring back to within 3. But the men in the home whites re-found their footing and led by Stretch Williams, with 6 points in the period, a couple more buckets by the (T)Rickster, and a couple of tough insiders by Christian Lewis, who showed the Christian school what it was like to be Christian, found themselves up by 10, 31-21 at the break.The 3rd period was a back and forth affair as well, with the lead ballooning to 17 after CC had cut it to 5 right out of the chute. By the end, though, the lead had only been stretched by 2, with the Rebs up 45-33. The fourth period got a little chippy, with the fact that the tourney is being run with only 2 officials per contest perhaps contributing to the players' slight inclination to rough it up a bit. At one point, a double technical was assessed. After that, the Rebels minded their own beeswax and came away with a 60-43 victory in Round 1, upping the season's ledger to 6-1. Tomorrow's 4 p.m. opponent is Osceola Fundamental High School, out of Seminole, FL, about 5-7 miles away, depending on which route you take. Guess which team is the home team??Ricky P led all scorers in the game, with 17 points, hitting 7-10 from inside the arc and 1-2 from Abtew distance. Slinky (this one might not be obvious, but just watch Greg unfold some time) contributed 10 points and Dunkerman and MiniVowel chipped in with 8 apiece.After the game, the squad practiced a different kind of dunking at the resort pool, followed by a cozy dinner for 20 at a restaurant within walking/pushing/wheeling distance of our home-away-from-home. Hopefully everybody catches up on some much-needed sleep before the next contest.
Another road game for the Rebels, and this time they actually were the visiting team, wearing their black uniforms, newly taken out of mothballs. The opponent was the Wildcats of Centreville HS, who in the most recent Washington Post top 20 rankings from a few weeks ago, were
After school was closed early on Tuesday and then altogether on Wednesday, thus wiping out any chance to play a scheduled home game this week, the Rebels' boys basketball team made their next stop on the Road to Eternity, opening Patriot District play against the Spartans of West Springfield HS on Friday night. The boys were anxious to play after being cooped up for a week, and it showed right from the start, with the visitors jumping out to an 11-3 lead. Just as quickly, however, the home-standing Spartans stemmed the tide, going on a 12-0 run on their way to end the period with a 15-13 lead. And it could have been worse had the officials not decided that the Spartans' desperation heave from their backcourt, which found nothing but moisture on the way up and net on the way down, had been released just after the horn sounded to end the period and thus was negated. Abtew hit all 3 of his free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt and Clackerman hit a 3 of his own and later scored acrobatically on a slightly errant lob pass.Fairfax picked up the pace and the defensive intensity in the 2nd period and outscored the homers by 8 in the period and thus took a 32-26 lead into the locker room. Ryan P scored 7 points in the period, Abtew padded his 3-point scoring record with another in the period and Greg Williams scored on a mad coast-to-coast dash converting his own rebound into 2 points at the other end.Fairfax kept their collective feet to the pedal in the 3rd period, pushing their lead to 13 points by the end of the period. Slinky scored on another bi-coastal sprint, Abtew hit from the handicap ramp leading into the gym and Ricky P's 1st bucket of the period constituted his 500th and 501st career points. At no time in the long history of Fairfax HS boys basketball, dating to the first season (1935-36), has there been 3 500 career-point scorers on the same team, let alone the 4 the team has this year - Abtew, Ackerman, Mbangue, and Peters. Congratulations fellas, and keep adding to those totals, there is a lot of hoops left to play yet this season.For tonight's game. Williams, Abtew and Peters each had 12 points, closely followed by Ackerman with 11 and Pelczynski with 9. And while he only tallied a single point tonight, the MStatman contributed in every other way, with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. After the game, he refilled the water bottles, washed and ironed all the uniforms and rescued 2 damsels in distress; all in a day's work for the MStatman. The road gets still longer for the Rebels, for tomorrow they travel to Virginia Beach to engage with the Dolphins of Cape Henry Collegiate High School in a sort of a test-the-state-waters type came at a tournament hosted by Green Run High School. MBangue is the backup Mbus Mdriver.Keep it here to learn more about that trip. Thanks for reading. Go Rebels!
Feeling confident after opening District play with a solid win, the Rebel Roadies gathered early Saturday morning for a 4-hour bus ride (shoot, that's nuthin') down to Virginia Beach for a 4 p.m. game. Coach B had entered his squad in the annual Virginia Preps Classic, wanting his charges to face some stiff competition from another part of the state as a possible precursor to an extended post-season run. Over the course of 2 separate weekends, 32 teams would play one game each. The Rebels' opponent would be Cape Henry Collegiate School, out of Virginia Beach, and the game was played at Green Run High School. Beware any high school with the word
The Rebel Roadies returned home for a game at Laing Arena for the first time in more than a month. And although a new scorer's table makes it nearly impossible for the scorekeeper and the clock operator to see large sections of the court around the lanes and the 3-point lines, it didnt seem to bother the team all that much. For the boys were off to the races from the opening tip, culminating in a 72-42 win over the Rams of J.W. Robinson Secondary School, bringing the season's ledger to 10 up and 3 down, 2-0 in the early going of District play.While the first quarter wasn't bad, Coach B remarked after the game that quarters 2-4 were the best 3 consecutive quarters his charges have played all season. From a 5-point lead at the end of 1 period, the Rebels expanded it to 18 at the half. Senior sharpshooter Josh Abtew, beginning to heat up as the weather outside does the opposite, sank four 3-pointers in the first half and a career-high tying 5 for the game. But it was his 3rd such make of the evening that proved memorable, as it moved Josh into 10th place on the program's all-time scoring list. Already the school's leading 3-point shooter of all time, at game's end Josh's career scoring total stood at 754 points.Virtually everyone was in on the act today. Ryan P crafted a nifty layup right at the first period buzzer. Christian Lewis chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. Aaron Walker and Thor Thunderman scored on set plays run specifically on their behalf and executed to perfection. Jumpin' Jack Ack contributed 7 points and 4 assists and now sits in 3rd place all time in games played for the Rebs with 83. And then we come to the Lunchpail winner of the game, Mr. MDo-MIt-MAll, Daniel Mbangue. Following exhortations from the coaching braintrust to play more aggressively, Daniel did just that, finishing with a near-season-high 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Why, I need more than 1 pencil just to record Daniel's doings.Pragmatic as usual, Coach B advised the squad that they'd be going at it pretty hard the next 2 days, preparing to tangle next with the high-flying Bruins of Lake Braddock, state runners-up last year and coached by a man with more than 500 career coaching victories. So come on out on Friday night to support the Rebels; heck, maybe you can serve as my spotter.
Good morning class, welcome to our crash seminar SAT prep class. We'll start with a couple of those math questions where you have to figure out the pattern. First question: How are 2, 1, and 52 related? Answer: the number of Rebel free throw attempts in their last 3 games, respectively. Next question: How are 2, 1, and 26 related? Answer: the number of Rebel successful free throw attempts in their last 3 games, respectively. Class dismissed, now go practice your free throws.Facing the race-it-up-the-court Lake Braddock Bruins in their second consecutive home game, the Fairfax Rebels had a good game plan in place, predicated on their usual chest-to-chest defense. But the Bruins sent wave after wave of players into the game and despite committing an incredible 17 fouls in each half (why, the Rebels were already in the double bonus in the first period!!), only 2 players fouled out. That astronomical number of fouls led to 52(!) free throws on the part of the home team. (Quick research showed that it has been at least 15 years since Fairfax took that many free throws in one game; time did not permit further research, but I'm convinced it is way longer than that.) But somebody forgot to take the lid off the basket and they only managed success on half of the attempts. And there went any chance to win the game.The Rebels went toe-to-toe with last year's state runners up but trailed for most of the contest. They were down 16-12 after 1 period and 35-31 at the half after battling the Bruins to a stalemate in the 2nd period. It's painful to say, heck it was painful to watch, but the home team shot 8-25 from the line in the first half. If they had shot their normal team percentage, 60%, they would have been ahead by 3 points.In the second half, foul trouble mounted for the home team, as they committed 20 fouls in the half, sending Braddock to the line 26 times, where they made 17. The Rebels trailed by as many as 10 points in the 3rd period but managed to close the gap to a single point before wilting from the effort. The final outcome was an 80-73 defeat, dropping the team's record to 10-4 overall, 2-1 in the district.Despite fouling out of the contest, MDan the MMan led the way with 13 points and 15 rebounds (including 7 offensive) to go along with 4 steals. Slinky, with legs and arms all akimbo as he attacked the basket, totaled 12 points, 8 boards, 2 dimes and a block. Defender extraordinaire Ricky Pete contributed 10 points and 5 assists to go with his 5 pilfers. And Christian Lewis hit double figures on 5-6 shooting, being 1 of only 2 Rebels who didn't go to the line tonight.Well, it doesn't get any easier any time soon, as the boys next travel to Lorton to play the South County Stallions, 2018 state champs. But Coach B and staff, for whom basketball is never far from top of mind, told the guys to learn from tonight's experience and then toss it in the trash, while the brain trust are plotting ways to utilize the team strengths and are pointing towards having the team play their best basketball in February.One more item of note occurred tonight: at Coach B's behest in the post-game locker room Daniel shyly announced that he had committed to attend and play basketball at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA, as fine a Division III school academically and athletically as there is in our state. Congratulations Daniel; I'll make sure they pronounce your Mname Mcorrectly!
In 7 previous meetings, the Rebels had beaten the South County Stallions only once (14 years ago, in a holiday tournament), and never as members of the same conference. Well, make that 2 out of 8 now and throw away the big conference goose-egg, for the Rebels played a tough, exciting, back-and-forth contest on the Stallions' home court and came away with a 59-56 victory. With 1 more game to go in the first round-robin of Patriot District play, the Rebels sit in 2nd place with a 3-1 district record, 11-4 overall.As their name implies, the Stallions are strong, quick and athletic. They jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. In fact, Coach B called a full time out just a minute and a half into the contest to settle his charges down and to tell them to play their game. After the Stallions' opening salvo, the Rebs went on a 7-0 run themselves and you started to get to get a feeling that this one might be one for the annals. The first period ended 15-13 in favor of SoCo. For Fairfax, Slinky had a couple of buckets inside, Abtew made an old-school 3-point play, NBangue muscled inside on several occasions and got to the line 5 times, and Margad the Magnificent had a 3-pointer to give his team a brief 13-12 lead.With M the M leading the way in the 2nd period with a bucket and a perfect 4-4 from the stripe, Fairfax outscored the Stallions 12-10 in the period to knot things up at 25 each at the half. Unlike the previous game, the Rebels performance from the line (8-13 in the first half) was helping to keep them in the game.Perhaps indicative of the confidence in his players and in the game plan, Coach B only kept his charges in the halftime locker room for about 4 minutes, whereas the Stallions didn't return to the floor until the warning horn was sounding. Nevertheless, although the Rebels took a 30-26 lead, SoCo found their rhythm and zoomed out to a 40-32 lead before Fairfax shaved it to 35-42 at the end of the period. Nothing but confidence in the Rebels' huddle though, as well as a look of determination on the players' faces. Mbangue and Peters exchanged
For the final contest of the 1st round of the gauntlet, otherwise known as Patriot District play, the Fairfax Rebels took their shortest ride of the season, traveling crosstown to take on the mighty Cavaliers of WT Woodson High School. Now, Woodson just happens to be the alma mater of Coach Barbee, who always receives a warm welcome whenever he brings his squad into the Cavaliers' den. But Coach B is all business come game time, and tonight was no different, as he schemed and plotted and prodded his charges to a hard-fought 52-44 win in front of the usual boisterous crowd of Cavalier students and fans.It sure didn't start out that way though. The Rebels fell behind right from the start, and with the Cavaliers raining in 3-pointers from everywhere in town, the Rebels trailed 21-11 at the end of the first period. Woodson made 5 triples in the first period, but guess what? They didn't make another one for the rest of the game!Under Coach B's tutelage, the Rebel players calmed down and began to play their own game and at their own pace once the second period began. Behind Slinky Williams (2 buckets) and Margad the Magnificent (a twofer and an Abthree), the Rebels outscored the homers 12-7 in the second period to shave their deficit to 5 points at the break, 23-28.Fairfax inched a tiny bit closer in the 3rd period, outscoring the Cavs by 10-8. Which brings us to the 4th period, otherwise known as the MBangue-Abtew show. Both players said "Come on boys, follow me" and off they went. With Mbangue rebounding furiously on both ends and repeatedly taking the ball to the rack on offense and Abtew hitting from everywhere on the court - short distance, long-distance and free distance, Fairfax took ahold of the contest and didn't let go. Josh had 8 points in the period, MDaniel had 6. The visitors outscored the hosts 19-8 in the pivotal 4th period, turning a 3-point deficit at the outset of the period into an 8-point victory.Once again, MDanimal led the team in scoring (16), rebounding (11), helping (6), blocking (3), and stealing (2, Christian Lewis had a pair as well). Josh Abthree contributed 10 points, with his first bucket moving him into 9th place on the Rebels' all-time scoring list (he sits at 778 points currently) and only missed 1 shot all night. Williams contributed 8 points (on 4 of 6 shooting) and 5 boards, Pelczynski was perfect in 4 attempts from the line (the Rebels as a team hit 12 of 16 from the stripe tonight; let's hope their free-throw shooting woes are behind them), and law partners Ackerman and Lewis each contributed 4 rebounds (BTW, although he didn't score tonight, Christian recently surpassed the 300-point mark for his varsity career). One other key to the win was the fact that the Cavaliers went to the line a mere 2 times for the whole game, with the Rebels never putting the Cavs into the bonus during the entire contest.As indicated, all Patriot District teams have reached the halfway point in their District schedules, with the standings exhibiting a sort of feast-or-famine scenario: Fairfax, South County and Lake Braddock are all 4-1, with each having beaten one and lost to one of the other 4-1 teams, while Robinson, West Springfield and Woodson are all 1-4, with each having beaten one and lost to one of the other 1-4 teams. Could be a wild stretch run, so be on hand starting Tuesday evening for the contest against the Spartans of West Springfield as the Rebels seek their first District title since 2002. Thank you for the support. Go Rebels!
Team Information Head Coach: Mike Barbee Assistant Coach: Brian Doyle, Shawheen Dashti, Jeff Sejour Managers: Hawwii Abtew, Shaam Al-Natour and Jennifer Hercules Athletic Trainer: Amanda Johnston and Nikki Rhodes
School Administration Principal: Erin Lenart Athletic Director: Nancy Melnick Athletic Secretary: Lorie Spelman School Color: Blue,Gray,White Nick Name: Rebel Pride
Below is the information about Varsity Boys Basketball tryouts:
Fairfax Boys Varsity Basketball Tryouts
Below is the schedule for the first week and a half of basketball
3:15 – 5:30
7:15 – 9:15
7:00 – 9:00
3:45 – 5:45
8:00 – 9:30
12:00 – 2:00
6:00 – 8:00
3:30 – 5:30
First “cuts” will be made at the close of practice on Wednesday. Second “cuts” will be Thursday (if necessary). Additional cuts may be necessary after the first week if football is successful in making the pl ayoffs.
“Meet the Coaches Night” for parents of kids who make the team is Monday, Nov 18 at 7:00PM in the Field House
First scrimmage is Saturday, Nov 23 at 9:30 AM @ Madison HS (there will not be a bus)
Second scrimmage is Friday, Nov 29 at 3:30 PM @ Fairfax HS vs. Freedom South Riding HS
As a general rule, we will have game or practice activities every day, Monday through Saturday until our season ends, including the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. The Varsity team will be traveling 12/26-12/31 for a tournament. Attendance at ALL team practices, meetings and games is MANDATORY. If you must miss due to extenuating circumstances you need to contact Coach PRIOR to the start of practice. For the most part, outside of illness or family emergency, all absences will be considered unexcused. Unexcused absences will result in sitting out game time. Excused missed practices will result in loss of opportunity to start in next game
Prerequisites to trying out
You cannot tryout unless you bring (or have on file) a Physical Examination Form
You must also bring an Emergency Care Card that has been specifically completed for winter sports/activities.
Tryout Handout Sheet signed by BOTH THE PLAYER AND A PARENT
*Turn in by Friday, November 8th. If I do not have them (filled out completely), you will be unable to participate!!!!!.*
The following criteria will be used during player evaluation and team selection processes:
Skills/talent – How well can you play?
Athleticism/fitness/size – Basketball is a sport that favors endurance, height, strength, speed, and quickness.
Basketball savvy – Quality players understand what to do and when to do it.
Team work – There are lots of players who can do well when they have the ball or in pick-up games, but struggle during 5-on-5, team oriented situations.
Scholarship – There are academic requirements for participating. Other things being equal, a student with a good academic record will have earned an advantage during the selection process.
Attitude/Conduct – As athletes, our players are representing the school and the basketball program. Discipline issues on and off the court can affect your ability to make the team. We are also looking for athletes who can take constructive criticism positively.
Work ethic – We select players with a passion for excellence and a will to work for success.
Team balance – We cannot field a team with all guards or all centers. We need a good mix of players by position. You might be the third best player trying out and not make the team, because the two best players play your position.
Tips for trying out
Play hard and play smart every second during tryouts. Take nothing for granted. As much as possible, try to demonstrate the things at which you excel.
Not everyone can make it
Competition for selection onto a high school basketball team is fierce, as only 10-15 players will make the Varsity team. At tryouts, we will undoubtedly have the best 10% or so of the players at Fairfax. Unfortunately, only the top 5% can make the team. No player likes to be told he’s not good enough to make the team; no coach likes to tell a player that either. But it has to be done for some when there are a limited number of roster spots.
If you should fail to make the team, don’t be too despondent. Getting cut doesn’t mean a player isn’t a quality individual, or even a quality basketball player. Players sometimes aren’t at their best at exactly the wrong time. Coaches can make mistakes, too.
Whatever the circumstances for not making the team, there are plenty of good opportunities for those players not chosen: other Fairfax winter sports, recreation youth basketball leagues, etc. If you don’t make the team, you can work hard on improving all aspects (remember the selection criteria) of your game; perhaps even to the point where you can out-compete others for a roster spot next year.
If you plan to try out for Varsity Basketball and are participating in a Fall sport that is still in-season when basketball tryouts begin (November 11th), you will start your tryout on the day after your last fall sport contest (e.g., fall season ends Friday, basketball tryout starts Saturday). However, you must complete all “Prerequisites to trying out” (see below) on or before November 11th in order to try out so coaches know who is planning on coming out.
As part of the tryout process, potential players will be asked to take part in fitness testing. Fitness Testing dates are on Tuesday, November 12th (at 6:00 PM in the weight room) and Wednesday, November 13th (at 3:20 in the Field House) in addition to the regular tryout time that day. If you wish to do so, your fitness testing can also be done in advance on Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th. We will meet in the Field House at 3:20 on Tuesday for push ups, sit ups and the 12 minute run and we will meet in the Weight Room on Wednesday at 3:20 for the weightlifting tests. These scores will only be used if you choose not to do your fitness testing on 11/12 and 11/13.
The Fitness Goals are:
12 Min Run: 7 ½ Laps Bench Max: 125% of body weight
Push Ups: 72 in two minutes Bench Reps (135 lbs): 12 reps
Sit Ups: 82 in two minutes Squat (110% of body weight): 12 reps
Here is the rating scale that will be used in grading your testing results:
Sit Ups/2 min
Push Ups/2 min
Bench Reps (135 lbs)
Back Squat Reps (110%)
12 Minute Run
7 ½ Laps
100 – 114%
10 - 11
85 – 99%
7 - 9
6 ½ Laps
72 – 84%
4 - 6
Less than 4
Less than 4
Less than 6 Laps
Remember, these are fitness Goals, not Requirements. Reaching all of the goals is not a prerequisite to make the team nor is it a guarantee of being selected to the team. The fitness testing scores will be one of many factors that will be looked at when selecting the team.