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 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
Oh, to have been a fly on the locker room wall at halftime. Playing a make-up game against the Atoms of Annandale High School as a result of the most unsnowiest snow day ever, the Rebels gave their most lacklusteriest performance of the season in the first half. Hence the paint-blistering wake-up call administered during the break. And, boy, was the message received loud and clear.After holding a mere 5-point lead at halftime, Fairfax opened the 3rd period with an 8-0 run which helped the Rebels outscore the Atoms by 15 points in the period, 22-7. WikiRicky modeled the coaches' desired behavior, frenetically covering great swaths of the court on both offense and defense. MBangue, Margad the Magnif and Abtew each found the range after scoreless first halves, while Slinky Williams played consistently well throughout the entire contest. In fact, Greg led the team in scoring with a career high of 17 points, to go along with a career high in rebounds with 9. Speaking of career highs, Big Thunder Mountain (John Thomasson) logged a career high 11 minutes of action and muscled his way to establish personal marks of 6 points and 5 rebounds (including 3 offensive). Way to go, big fella. And don't cut your hair, it's part of the persona. Elsewhere, Abtew had 4 steals and Manimal had another ho-hum stat line of 8 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. Altogether the team collected a season-high 48 rebounds, largely as a result of holding the Atoms to 21% shooting from the field. Now if they could just play that way all game long!So the record inches up to 14-4, with nothing left but district games, starting with Robinson on Friday. And by the time they return to the Laingster for he next home contest, the locker room walls should be sanded and repainted with a fresh coat of Rebel Blue!
The Rebels took a short bus ride south to take on the Rams of Robinson High School in a Patriot District contest.In the opening stanza, Abtew notched a pair of 3-pointers and Ricky P scored acrobatically to knot the score at 10 after trailing 6-1 in the early going. By the end of the period, the Rebels led 17-10. Not so fast, said the Rams, who knotted things up again at 20, whereupon Coach B took a timeout with a shade under 5 minutes remaining in the first half. What he said in the huddle shall remain unknown to the outside world. All I know is that when Robinson called a timeout less than 2 minutes later, they were trailing by 9! They righted the ship somewhat over the last 3 minutes and closed the gap to 6 at the break, 32-26 in favor of the Rebel Raiders.By now, most everyone knows that Fairfax usually owns the 3rd period, coming out with a renewed sense of purpose and a stiffened defense. Not so much tonight, as the determined Rams outscored the visitors 20-17 in the period. Still, the Rebels kept their cool and as the fouls mounted for Robinson in the 4th period, Fairfax took advantage, going 11-12 from the free throw line in the period while the Rams went 2-6 on their end. In the end, the Rebels came away with a 70-56 win that was a lot closer than the final scored would indicate. The Rebels stayed tied for the District lead with a 6-1 record and moved to 15-4 overall.As usual, there were a number of statistical highlights, foremost among them being 20 points for Josh Abtew, the first Rebel this season to reach the 20-point plateau. Going 4-4 from beyond the arc and 6-6 from the line sure helped. Career-wise Josh has now surpassed the 800-point threshold with 8th place on the all-time scoring list securely in his sights. Monsieur MStat filled it up again with 15 points (Daniel is averaging almost 14.5 points per game over the last 7 contests and now has over 600 career points), 11 rebounds and 4 assists. And Christian Lewis had his highest scoring game of the year, contributing 13 points on 4-5 from 2-point range, 1-1 from distance and 2-2 from the charity stripe.Next week will be a tough one for the Rebs, as they go on the road to face the high-flying Bruins of Lake Braddock before returning home to the Ice Palace to duel with the South County Stallions. All 3 teams are tied for the lead in the meat-grinder that is known as Patriot District league play, with 6-1 district records. It's right there for the taking, the regular-season district championship that is, and Coach B and staff are working hard to make sure the group keeps their eyes on the prize. Why don't you do the same? Braddock always has a big, boisterous crowd, come help try to counteract that. And if you see me wheeling around in circles, maybe give me a push in the right direction. Thanks for the support. Go Rebels!!
Really? Are you sure? Hunnh. It turns out that a game is 4 periods long, not 3. 32 minutes, not 24 minutes. For 3 periods, although it was a tight game, Fairfax was ahead of Lake Braddock at the end of each period, However, the Bruins turned the table over in the 4th period, outscoring the Rebels 32 (!) - 16 en route to a 92-81 win. The Bruins rained in 3-pointers from everywhere (15 of them) and although they committed 25 fouls over the course of the game, no Bruin fouled out, they go at least 10 deep.Following the lead of Christian Lewis, who scored 9 points in the period, Fairfax led 23-15 at the end of one. Josh Abtew stepped up in the 2nd period and knocked down 2 really long 3 pointers, while M the Magnificent hit all 4 of his free throws, leading to a 41-40 lead at the half. Christian led the way in the 3rd period again,, scoring 8 more points. Chase Ackerman battled Braddock's big man on the interior and scored 4 points in the 3rd himself and the Rebs led 65-59 heading into the critical 4th period. Then they just ran out of steam, stopped executing their offense and succumed to an avalanche of 3's (5 in the period) and free throws (11-19 in the period). After the loss, the Rebels' record fell to 15-5, 6-2 in the district, with only 2-3 days to get ready to face the other team ahead of them in the standings - the South County Stallions. Better get over this one quickly.Lewis registered a career-high 22 points, to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 steals. MBangue filled the scorebook with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and a steal. Abtew had 4 steals, Peters had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, and Blockerman had 9 points, 5 boards and 2 blocked shots.Back at it on Friday in the penultimate game of the regular season. Sure could use your support. thanks in advance.
Truth be told, the Rebels let another one slip away tonight. Leading by as many as 9 points part way through the 3rd period but by just a mere 2 points at the end of the 3rd, the home team suffered a painful 71-69 loss to the Stallions of South County HS. The losses this week pretty much lock Fairfax into 3rd place in the district, which still means a home game for their first-round district tournament game, but provides a bit harder road to the championship, which is every team's goal. And by no means is the team overlooking their final regular-season opponent, cross-town rivals, the Cavaliers from WT Woodson HS. Currently, the team's record is 15-6, 6-3 in the district, the best district record in some time.This game started at a very brisk pace and the Rebels led 23-17 at the end of the first period. 7 different players scored for Fairfax, led by Chase Tripleman, who hit 2 treys, and Daniel Mbangue and Christian Lewis who hit 2 buckets apiece. The pace slowed in the 2nd period, or maybe the defensive intensity picked up, and the teams battled to a 12-12 tie, leaving the home team up by 6 at the break, 35-29. Greg Williams had 5 points in the period, Mbangue had 4 and Ricky hit his 2nd triple of the game.By the mid-way point of the 3rd period, Fairfax had built the lead back up to 9 points, at 46-37, and Coach Barbee called a full time out with 4:26 remaining in the period. Well, the Rebels were outscored 11-4 in that time frame and when SoCo hit a buzzer-beating desperation 3-pointer, I started to get a bit of a queazy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Would they be able to hold on?The final period started with Fairfax holding a tenuous 50-48 lead. Amidst a veritable fury of 2's and 3's, the Stallions regained the lead at 62-60. Christian Lewis tied it at 62 with both ends of a 1-and-1, but SC scored the next 5 to assume a 67-62 lead, then called time out with 2:14 remaining. Plenty of time left. Except the Rebels couldn't make any headway. After the teams traded baskets to bring the score to 69-64, MBangue hit a pair of free throws to make it 66-69. A couple more free throws by the visitors pushed their total to 71 and only a desperation heave brought the Rebels back to within 2 as the buzzer sounded to end the contest. Final score 71-69, and some pretty sad faces in the locker room. But the astute coaching staff, after telling the team how well they played for most of the game, immediately turned their attention to the season-ender and then the district tournament. Hopefully, this was just a bump in the road; we'll see.Stop me if you've heard this before: Manimal led the team in scoring with 19 points, in rebounding with 9 and in assists with 6. Abthree added 3 more of his specialties to his career ledger and with his game total of 11 points thereby slid into 8th place all-time on the career scoring list; his total currently stands at 829 points, 34 points away from taking over 7th place. Slinky had a career-high-tying 4 steals to go along with his 7 points. RikiP, after coming into the game having shot 1-27 from 3-point range (3.7%) was lights-out on all 3 of his attempts tonight, the 3 makes being a career high. Notably, his 2 steals tonight tie him with MDaniel for 6th place all-time, each needing 4 more to break into the top 5 all-time. Dunkerman took his game outside tonight as well and also sank a career-high 3 shots from Abthree land for all 9 of his points.Next order of business is Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers and it would be great to have a big crowd there to root the Rebs back into the win column. Game time 7:30. Your support is always appreciated.
The crowd of Rowdy Rebel Rooters was calling for him all game long and they went wild when he entered the game mid-way through the 4th period. Imagine their response when he bulled his way to the hoop for a bucket and subsequently swished the and-one attempt to finish the 3-point play which put the icing on the cake! Of course, we're talking about sophomore Mason Ackerman and his role in Fairfax's 63-36 win over West Springfield in the first round of the Patriot District tournament on Friday night at L. Patrick Laing Fieldhouse. The Rebels' record now stands at 17-6.Wearing their home white uniforms, the Rebels matched up against the orange-clad Spartans for the 3rd time this season. And for the third time, the Spartans made the Rebels work for every single point. But also for the third time this season, the Rebels figured it out in the locker room at halftime, came out for the 2nd half breathing fire and ended up beating the Spartans by a comfortable margin,63- 38. The reward? A third-time-this-season match-up with the 2018-19 6A Virginia State runners up, the Bruins of Lake Braddock HS in the semi-final round of the district tournament. Scheming for that game began for Coach B and his able assistants before they left the locker room tonight. But enough about the upcoming game, back to tonight's contest.The Spartans hung tough for the entire first half. They tied the game at 7 each, knocking down all 3 free throw attempts after being fouled in the act on a try-fecta. They tied it again at 10 on an actual trifecta make, before Slinky Williams put his team ahead 12-10 to end the period. In what would become a very foul-plagued affair, Fairfax hit on 5 of their six attempts from the free throw line in the first period.The fouling continued in the 2nd period, where the home team hit 6 of their 8 attempts on the way to a 26-22 halftime lead. A total of 21 fouls were committed in the first half, after which Fairfax led 26-22. No points at all were scored in the last minute and a half. But that changed right away after the break. Ricky P turned things up several notches right from the get-go with a couple of high-flying missions to the rim and MBangue hit once from inside and got hacked on 3 other occasions, hitting 5 of the resulting 6 free throws. Meanwhile, Fairfax held the Spartans to only 5 points in the period and trailed by 19 at the end of the third. And even though the Rebels committed 17 fouls in the second half, the Rebels held the Spartans to only 2 baskets in the entire 2nd half, while the Spartans made only 13 of their 23 2nd half free throws. On the other hand, Fairfax made 12 of their 15 2nd half attempts and 23 out of 29 for the game.MDaniel led the team in scoring with 12 points, to go along with his team-leading 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Before the game, it was announced that Daniel was named as Patriot District co-player of the year as well as to the All-defensive team. Ricky followed with 10 points on 3-4 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the line; Ricky was named to the 2nd team All-District. Ricky's 3 steals tonight moved him into 5th place all-time in that category, right behind MDaniel. Josh Abtew set a new school record by playing in his 99th game for the Rebels, a record that had stood for 20 years. Btw, Chase Ackerman stands in 2nd place in that category, with 92 games played thus far, having lost 7 games to mononucleosis at the end of his freshman year. If not for that, he would be right there with Josh. In addition, Josh was named to the first team All Patriot District for his fine play all year long. Lastly, Fearless Christian Lewis earned Honorable Mention All-District.The individual honors are great, but I can assure you that the team is 100% focused on taking care of business in the semi-finals on Tuesday night. Braddock always gets a large crowd; let's try hard to match or exceed their numbers, both on the court and in the stands. See you there. Good Luck Rebels!
Despite the old saying, the third time was not the charm, nor was the third quarter, for the Rebels in their attempt to beat the Lake Braddock Bruins. The third matchup of the season occurred in the semi-final round of the Patriot District tournament, with the Bruins hosting due to their higher seeding as a result of the regular season final standings. After an excellent first half, at the end of which Fairfax trailed by only 2 points, 42-40, the Rebels came out very flat for the third period, were outscored 22-11 and never really threatened thereafter.Both teams came out firing and the lead changed hands several times during the first period. Two free throws by MBangue put the Rebels up 11-9 and a bucket by Christian Lewis stretched it to 13-9. With the score at 15-14 Rebels, MBangue hit twice more from the line to make it 17-14, but Braddock came right back and took the lead briefly at 18-17 on their 4th 3-pointer (of 5 for the period). Ricky P hit his 2nd bucket of the night to take the lead back at 19-18 only to have the home team snatch the lead back right away at 20-19. The frenetic period ended with the Bruins up 25-22. Game on!Fairfax quickly scored the first 4 points of the second period, including a floater in the lane by Josh Abtew, to go up 26-25. A Bruin 3-pointer, one of 10 on the evening, put them up 28-26, but a tough shot from down low by Chase Ackerman knotted the score again at 28 apiece. Fairfax scored the next 5 points, capped off by an old fashioned 3-point play by Slinky Williams, for their biggest lead of the night at 33-28. But no lead is safe against the Bruin Bombardiers and in short order had assumed the lead once again at 39-38. At that point Coach B took a pause to refresh with 1:02 left before halftime. Ricky got the message and scored inside once again for a 40-39 lead, only to be outdone by another Bruin long-distancer, giving Braddock the lead at the half, 42-40.Well, Braddock returned to the court hot and Fairfax returned to the court not. The Bruins quickly took charge and with everybody hitting from everywhere ended the competitive portion of the game in short order. Only a basket at the buzzer by WikiPetey and the ensuing, rare, post-buzzer free throw kept Fairfax within 13 points, at 51-64, by the time the massacre ended. The 4th period was a succession of free throws ( a total of 13-18 for both teams combined), but no three-throws. The 84-68 defeat ended the Rebels' hope of winning a District title this season. But by virtue of having won their quarterfinal round game, they get to play again, in the first round of next week's Occoquan Region tournament (opponent unknown at this point in time).Offensively, RickyP and MDaniel MB tied for team-high honors with 13 points. Ricky made good on 6 of his 7 shots and his season field goal percentage to date ( 63.2%) is the 2nd best in program history (admittedly, with game(s) left to play. Ricky also had a season-high 8 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive end, and his career steal total of 152 puts him 1 away from cracking the top 5 in that category. MBangue pick 4 pockets tonight and his career total of 156 puts him in 3rd place all-time. Lastly, Josh Abtew became the first player in school history to hit the century mark in games played and with only 3 more points will move into 7th place all-time in points scored.The Rebels know their backs are against the wall now, with the next defeat possibly putting an end to the season. No one is ready for that, so keep the faith and keep rootin' for the Rebs.
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.