Sabres Announce 2019 Tryouts

South Wake Sabres 2019/2020 Basketball Season

The South Wake Sabres Basketball tryouts for new and returning players will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The address is 10005 Lake Wheeler Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. Invite your homeschool friends with basketball experience! Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered environment for homeschooled young men and women to develop in character and skill while playing basketball at a highly competitive level. We will have (7) teams this year: Middle School Girls, Middle School Boys, Junior Varsity Girls, Junior Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys, and Middle School Boys Developmental team (details later in this letter).

Players should attend the tryouts by the following age brackets:

Age eligibility by team is determined as of August 1, 2019. A player cannot reach the age first listed after the team name. (Player selection will be based on age and skill level.)
Middle School Girls – U-15 (Age bracket is under 15) (i.e., player must not be 15 on August 1)
Middle School Boys – U-14 (Age bracket is under 14) (i.e., player must not be 14 on August 1)
Junior Varsity – U-17 (Age bracket is under 17)
Varsity – U-19 (Age bracket is under 19)

The tryout times are as follows:
9:00-10:00 am Middle School Girls
Head Coach, MSG – Logan Talbo,

10:00-11:00 am Junior Varsity Girls/Varsity Girls
Head Coach, JVG- Rob Hoover,
Head Coach, VG- Reggie Chapple,

9:45-10:15 am MANDATORY meeting for parents of all GIRL players
Meet the coaches and hear a presentation about the Sabres program

11:00-12:15 Middle School Boys
Head Coach, MSB – Oliver Wilson,
Head Coach, MSB-D-Steve Ramirez,

NOON-12:30 pm MANDATORY meeting for parents of all BOY players
Meet the coaches and hear a presentation about the Sabres program

12:15-1:30 pm Junior Varsity Boys/Varsity Boys:
Head Coach, JVB – Steve Rank,
Head Coach, VB – Jeff Edwards,

If your son or daughter plans to tryout, you MUST register online. NOTE: this is a separate registration from the summer open gym. Please arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the tryout time in order to check-in at the registration table.

Required items to be completed before tryouts:

Player online registration is required by going to to complete the online player registration process prior to arriving at tryouts.

During online registration, you are required to acknowledge your consent to the Sabres Handbook (including Player/Parent Contract, Sabres Waiver/Release Liability Agreement, Sabres Volunteering Agreement), and NCHEAC Non-Compete Agreement. Acknowledgement to all of these agreements is required.
The Sabres Handbook is available online at
$50 deposit, check made out to South Wake Sabres, turned in at the registration table the day of tryouts (applied to season fee if player is selected, refunded if not selected)
Birth certificate for new players only, verified at tryout registration table and returned.
Mandatory Parent Meeting- must be attended by at least one parent (see scheduled time above on this tryout announcement sheet) There will be a sign in sheet. If you have a boy and girl trying out, you only have to attend one of the parent meetings.

Payment schedule for the 2019-2020 basketball season (selected players only): $400 total/player ($50 paid at tryouts)
1st payment of $200 is due by OCTOBER 1, 2019
2nd payment of $100 is due by NOVEMBER 1, 2019
3rd payment of $50 is due by DECEMBER 1, 2019

After the end of the regular season, players are expected to participate in the very exciting East Coast Homeschool Nationals Tournament at Liberty University, March 17-21, 2020.

Participation in this postseason tournament may require an additional fee paid for each participating player to the South Wake Sabres organization.

The additional fee, if necessary, is determined by Player/Family fundraising success during this season.

The Middle School Boys Developmental (MSB-D) team will play a shortened schedule of 10-12 games, will be non-conference for NCHEAC, and will NOT participate in any postseason tournaments, including the NCHEAC tournaments and East Coast Homeschool Nationals tournament. As such, the season fee for this team will only be $250.

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th of September. GO SABRES!!

In Christ,

Mike Cason, Athletic Director, South Wake Sabres