First “cuts” will be made at the close of practice on Wednesday. Second “cuts” will be Thursday or Friday (if necessary). Additional cuts may be necessary after the first week if football playoffs extend beyond tryouts.
First scrimmage is Saturday, Nov 19 at 10:30 AM @ Madison HS (there will not be a bus)
Second scrimmage is Saturday, Nov 26 at 12:00 PM vs. Marshall HS at Fairfax HS
Meet The Coaches Night will be Monday, Nov 14 at 7pm in the Field House
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. 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.
Prerequisites to trying out
You cannot tryout unless you bring (or have on file) a Physical Examination Form
*Register by Sunday, November 6th. If I do not have them (filled out completely), you will be unable to participate!!!!!.*
*If you are playing a Fall Sport that has not completed by the start of tryouts, you will be given the opportunity to try out late once your season is done. However, in order to get that opportunity, YOU MUST LET COACH KNOW BY THE MON, 11/7 THAT YOU ARE TRYING OUT AND COMPLETED THE TRYOUT PAPERWORK ABOVE*
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.
Not everyone can make it
Competition for selection onto a high school basketball team is fierce, as only 10-15 players will make the JV 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 7th), 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 above) by November 7th and let Coach Vroman know that you are trying out in order to have a late tryout date.
As part of the tryout process, potential players will be asked to take part in fitness testing. Fitness Testing dates are on Tuesday, November 8th (at 4PM in the Weight Room) and Wednesday, November 9th (at 3:10PM 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 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd . We will meet in the Field House at 3:15 on Wednesday for the push ups, sit ups and the 12 minute run and Thursday in the weightroom at 3:15 for weightlifting tests. These scores will only be used if you choose not to do your fitness testing on 11/8 and 11/9.
The Fitness Goals are:
12 Min Run: 7 Laps Bench Max: 110% of body weight
Push Ups: 60 in two minutes Bench Reps (105 lbs): 12 reps
Sit Ups: 70 in two minutes Squat (100% of your 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 (105 lbs)
Back Squat Reps (100%)
12 Minute Run
10 - 11
6 ½ Laps
7 - 9
4 - 6
5 ½ Laps
Less than 4
Less than 4
Less than 5 ½ 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.