Tryouts will take place the week of Sept 30 - Oct 4th
Tryout schedules are subject to change. Please check back 24 hours prior to the tryout to make sure no changes have been posted for you applicable age group. Days and times of tryouts will not change.
Registration for tryouts is now open on the ATB web site.
Tryout Schedule and Locations (udpated 9/20: all locations except Kenmore shifted forward 30 minutes)
There are 3 tryouts for most ages. Players must attend at least 2 tryouts to be considered for a team; ATB strongly encourages all participants to attend all tryout sessions. 5th grade boys may have a 4th night of tryouts due to the large number of tryout participants. In such a case, players must attend 3 tryouts.
Parents are encouraged to not stay and watch tryouts. We have found that not only is space at a premium at our tryout locations, but that parents watching tryouts can sometimes put undue pressure on the players. We have also found that some parents coach their kids up or criticize their performance during breaks. This can become a distraction to the players and the coaches. All direction should come solely from ATB coaches during tryouts. So we ask that you please check-in your player at the registration desk and then return about 10 minutes prior to the tryout end time.
3rd & 4th Grade
3rd and 4th graders are eligible to tryout for 5th grade teams. ATB will not field 3rd and 4th grade teams for boys or girls. The Arlington county recreational basketball program has 3rd and 4th grade teams.
Oct 1-Oct 3 from 6:00-7:30pm at Williamsburg
Sep 30-Oct 3 from 6:30-8pm at Kenmore, all three courts
Due to the large number of kids trying out at this age group, the coaches for the 5th grade boys teams may need to have a 4th night of tryouts. Please make your son available for all 4 nights.
Oct 2-Oct 4 from 6:00-7:30pm at Discovery (NOTE: different dates from others grades is correct)
Oct 1-Oct 3 from 8-9:30pm at Kenmore, all three courts
Oct 1-Oct 3 from 7:30-9pm at Discovery
Oct 1-Oct 3 from 6-7:30pm at Swanson and Aux
Oct 1-Oct 3 from 7:30-9pm at Williamsburg main and Aux
Oct 1-Oct 3 from 7:30-9pm at Swanson and Aux
Directions to tryout locations
What to Bring to Tryouts
Each player should wear basketball appropriate clothes and shoes. ATB prefers the clothing and gear not include any affiliation to ATB or any travel organization (Nova94, Fairfax Stars, Matrix, Hurricanes, etc.). ATB will provide tryout labels to be placed on player’s shorts. Each player should bring a basketball and a water bottle to tryouts as well. Please be sure to clearly mark both with your last name. Last but certainly not least, bring a great attitude and lots of energy.
At each tryout session, upon entering the gym, players must check in with a tryout volunteer at the registration table. This will allow us to properly notify the coaches of the attending tryout participants. Each player will be assigned a tryout number and given a sticker to place on their shorts. The player will receive a sticker with their number each tryout night. This number will remain the same for all of the tryout sessions.
Areas of Evaluation at Tryouts
During tryouts, players are being evaluated under several criteria. Below are three of the more important areas of evaluation.
1. Basic Basketball skills
a. Can the player make a layup on both sides of the court?
b. Can the player dribble with both hands while keeping their eyes up the court?
c. Can the player pivot with the ball?
a. Foot quickness – Can the player stay in front of the person they are guarding?
b. Aggressiveness – Can the player handle the ball in a crowd?
c. Strength – Can the player rip the ball away from the defense?
d. Tactical Speed – Can the player make decisions on the move?
3. Character/Work Ethic
a. Does the player like to compete?
b. Is the player willing to learn?
c. Will the player dedicate themselves to becoming a better basketball player?
All results will be posted on the ATB website and all players will be notified by email that the tryout results have been posted on ATB’s website. We expect the results to be posted no later than Sunday morning (Oct. 7).
If selected to an ATB team, the cost for the Winter season will be $350 per player. Payment will be required before the player can participate in a practice or a game. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For financial aid information,