Preseason Tryouts will be held for grades 3-8.  Players should attend all tryout sessions for their grade.  Tryouts are led by the BHS varsity program’s coaching staff, the BYB  board and coaches and paid 3rd party basketball experts.  Parents are not allowed to observe tryouts.  Tryouts include opportunities for players to perform drills, skills and show how they participate in game-like scenarios.  


Blaine Youth Basketball Boys Traveling Tryouts 2020-2021

Important Dates
Tryouts for this season will take place on Sunday, September 20th at Blaine High School.  Registration closes Wednesday, September 16th. 


Tryout Schedule and Important Information

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

9:30-11:00 am

12:30-2:00 pm

3:30-5:30 pm

3:00-5:00 pm

12:00-2:00 pm

9:00-11:00 am


  • Please have player check in 30 minutes before their tryout

  • No parents are allowed in the high school to observe tryouts

  • Players must wear masks until they are in their designated gym

  • Make sure your son brings a water bottle (drinking fountains will not be available)

  • Locker rooms will not be available

  • Players will enter through door 3, signs will be posted to direct you

  • Start times are staggered to avoid congestion

  • We will provide basketball and either sanitize them between tryouts or use basketballs that have not been used by anyone else that day


Unable to Attend Tryouts
If your player cannot attend tryouts for a medical or other reasons (ie: religious or family event), please contact Chris Kopp (, Blaine Youth Basketball Travel Coordinator, prior to tryouts. Without a 2020 tryout evaluation, we will review the prior year tryout evaluation and talk with the former coach. New players without a 2020 tryout evaluation will need approval from the Blaine Youth Basketball Board to be placed on a team.


Appropriate Attire
Each player will be given a tryout jersey during check in. We will collect jerseys after tryouts. Players should be dressed ready to play basketball.


Uniforms for the upcoming season will be the same as last season. We will not have any samples to try on this year. Ordering new uniforms will take place after teams are formed.


Tryout Process
The evaluation process will be conducted by the Blaine High School Varsity Staff along with Outside Evaluators. Blaine Youth Basketball has a great relationship with the high school basketball program and we value that partnership and have worked together to conduct a tryout experience that is fair to all players to showcase their abilities. Blaine Youth Basketball coaches will be running drills, stations, and organizing competitions. Members from the Blaine Youth Basketball Board will be on site providing assistance and performing administrative duties.


The Blaine Youth Basketball Board understands the challenges related to Covid-19, but we have planned an excellent tryout process. Approximately 40% of the evaluation will be based on individual skill including shooting, finishing with both hands, dribbling, passing, footwork, and other basketball skills. Approximately 60% of the evaluation will be based on competition including 3 on 3 and 5 on 5. Within the competition, evaluators will be looking for how players translate their individual skills to live scenarios and other important skills like teamwork, communication, rebounding, defensive ability, running the floor, athleticism and overall basketball IQ.


No evaluator will have a child or relative in the grade they are evaluating.


Each player will receive a score of 1-5 on the specific skills we are assessing. All scores will be taken into account and averaged to determine an overall score for each player. These scores are then used to help assemble teams.


Blaine Youth Basketball reserves the rights to limit or expand the number of teams based on the number of players that tryout, the talent demonstrated, competitive opportunities and coach availability.


Post Tryouts
Teams will be selected and posted on the Blaine Youth Basketball Website after 6:00 PM on Friday September 25th. If your son is not placed on a team, he will automatically be placed into our in-house program. The tryout fee of $25 is non-refundable, but any season fees paid above and beyond the in-house season fee would be refunded.


If you have any questions after the tryout process, please contact Chris Kopp (, Blaine Youth Basketball Traveling Coordinator.