Arlington Travel Basketball (ATB) is a member of the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL). Girls and boys residing in Arlington are eligble to play on a ATB team; non-Arlington residents are ineligible.

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Tryouts FAQs

Registration for Tryouts will be available on 9/23/23.

Registration will occur on the new ATB website powered by Sports Engine. There is no player limit for tryouts. We encourage players to register by 9/29/23 so ATB can prepare for the tryouts starting on October 2nd.

Tryouts will take place the week of Oct 2nd - Oct 6

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.

Tryout Schedule and Locations 

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.

 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. 


4th Grade

4th graders are eligible to tryout for 5th grade teams. ATB will not field 4th grade teams for boys or girls. The Arlington county recreational basketball program has 4th grade teams.


5th Grade 


Oct. 3, 4 & 5 from 6:00-7:30pm at Williamsburg 


Oct. 2, 3 & 5 from 6:00-7:30 pm at Kenmore


6th Grade


Oct. 2, 4 & 5 from 6:00-7:30pm at Discovery


Oct. 3, 4 & 5 from 7:30-9:00pm at Kenmore


7th Grade


Oct. 2, 4 & 5 from 7:30-9:00pm at Discovery


Oct. 3, 4 & 5 from 6:00-7:30pm at Swanson


8th Grade


Oct. 3, 4 & 5 from 7:30-9:00pm at Williamsburg


Oct. 3, 4 & 5 from 7:30-9:00pm at Swanson


Directions to tryout locations


Tryout Details

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?

2. Athleticism

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. 9).

ATB Fees
If selected to an ATB team, the cost for the Winter season is $275.  Payment will be required before the player can participate in a game.  Financial aid is available to those who qualify.  For financial aid information,  .

Playing Up Policy
No player will be selected for a team in an older age group, unless the ATB Board determines the player’s ability and needs will not be met within their own age group. Players must receive approval from the ATB Board prior to attending tryouts for an older age group team. Prior approval is not needed for 4th graders trying out for a 5th grade team; 3rd graders and younger are not permitted to tryout. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to leave feedback for the ATB.