Below is information about Freshmen Boys Basketball tryouts:
Fairfax Boys Freshmen Basketball
Below is the initial tryout and practice schedule for Boys Freshmen Basketball.
2:15 - 4:45
2:30 - 4:30
5:30 - 8:15
3:30 - 6:30
3:30 - 6:30
10:00 - 2:30
4:00 – 5:30
6:00 - 7:30
6:00 - 7:30
4:30 - 5:30
3:30 - 4:30
Player selection decisions will be made on Wednesday, November 7. If necessary, there will be a second round of player selection decisions later on during the first week.
If you plan to tryout for Freshmen Basketball and are participating in a Fall sport that is still in-season when basketball tryouts begin (November 5), 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 Friday, November 2.
We have two scrimmages scheduled in November.
Freedom SR (Away)
As a general rule, we will have game or practice activities every day, Monday through Saturday until our season ends in February, including Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Attendance at ALL team practices, meetings, and games is expected. If you must miss due to extenuating circumstances, you need to contact me PRIOR to the beginning of a practice, meeting, or game. Unexcused absences will result in sitting out game time. An excused missed practice, meeting, or game will result in loss of opportunity to start in the next game.
Prerequisites to trying out
You CANNOT participate in tryouts unless:
You have on file a completed Physical Examination form for the current school year.
You turn-in an Emergency Care Card specifically completed for winter sports/activities.
The prerequisites should be completed and turned in by Friday, November 2. If the prerequisites are not completed before Monday, November 5, you will not be permitted 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 earn 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 Freshmen team. At tryouts, we will undoubtedly have the best 10% or so of the players at FairfaxHigh School. Unfortunately, fewer than that will 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 continue to 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 have any questions
If you want to talk about your individual situation before or after the selection process, please feel free to contact me.