Welcome to EVOLUTION Basketball!. You have come to the right place if you are ready to push yourself to the next level as a player, teammate and student of the game! EVO offers annual team and skills programs, events, recruiting opportuinties and more. Along with help from our hundreds of parents, we’ve put together the following FAQ including the most asked questions by families. For additional questions, please email us at FAMILY@EVOHOOPS.COM!
What happens at tryouts; what is the tryout process and next step after tryouts?
Each season we hold tryouts / evaluations to provide every player the opportunity to join our program and to ensure we place our athletes in the best position to improve and to develop as a player. That is what we are about, development, improvement, and competition, all while in a fun environment. During each tryout, our professional coaches will evaluate each athlete during a skills and scrimmage session (with more focus on new players we do not know as well). Time may be permitted to hold a brief parent meeting to answer general questions not contained herein.
Does everyone make a team?
We have development opportunities for every player. Players who are ready for tournament play at the AAU level are invited to participate in our team program. Team programs include EVOelite Gauntlet (Showcase) and Jr. Gauntlet teams, as well as Club/Local 3-Stripe Teams. We also offer development programs (Skills, Clinics, Camps, Private & Small Group lessons) for players both in our team program and for players who are not placed in our team program.
When will we find out next steps and if we made a team?
We typically hold several tryout sessions each season. Within 24 hours of the 1st tryout, we will begin reaching out to our first round of players / families that we feel are the right fit for our team program. Your spot is secure for 24-hours, and then we will begin reaching out to the next round of players on our waiting list. Players should make a decision within 24-hours, and confirm by registering online via a direct link sent via email, and by submitting either their initial deposit ($300, non-refundable) or season tuition in full (qualifies for a $25 credit to future programming).
How many teams do you have and how are they made?
We offer up to 3 teams seasonally for each grade for boys and girls. Players are selected to teams as a result of tryout evaluation, positional needs, potential and program commitment level. Rosters are created to position players in the best opportunity to contribute, develop and enhance ability / confidence. For any players who don’t make a team, we have many player development programs available year-round to improve skills, build confidence and have fun while getting better for future seasons.
What is the team format & schedule?
Team formats are typically 10-11 players per team. Each team is coached by a head coach and most teams also have an assistant coach. Teams will practice and participate in skills weekly. We also offer a pre-season camp for our players to get ready for each season. Teams play in tournaments on weekends. Tournament times are released on the Thursday before each tournament weekend. A tournament list will be sent to you by your coach and may be subject to change. Practices are typically held Tuesday, Wednesdays and / or Thursdays. Skills nights are typically Mondays.
What are the practice & tournament times & locations, & when do we start and finish?
Practices & Skills will be held in Stoneham, Reading, Andover, Woburn or surrounding towns. Times are typically between 5:30p and 9:30p for most teams. Younger teams / grades skills / practices are generally early in the evening. Tournaments will begin within 2-3 weeks of the first practice. Tournament locations are generally within 45 minutes of Woburn, including Danvers, Westford, Hanover, Boston, Mansfield, Foxboro or as north as Nashua/Hampton NH. Top teams may travel out of state on one or a few occasions. The major travel occurs for our top 7th-High School top teams in Spring and Summer seasons.
What apparel is required/recommended?
Every player must have a full EVOLUTION Uniform, reversible jersey & shorts. Upon completion of tryouts and roster building, players will be notified of our Apparel Sizing & Ordering process, likely at our Family Day & Orientation prior to the first week of skills / practice. Apparel Packages are MANDATORY for some teams, and recommended for all players, includes pre-game shooter shirt, practice jersey and EVO backpack or duffle bag.
How much does it cost? What is the difference between Seasonal Membership vs. Annual Membership
Season fees range from ~$500-$1000 per player per season for team fees. You may pay seasonally. However, by popular demand (from our families), and with so many of our players participating year-round within our program, we now offer a simple Annual Membership option for families to register, budget and save.This option can help save hundreds of dollars over the year while getting all the benefits of EVOLUTION Basketball for one monthly charge of $199 a month (12-month commitment required).
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
Seasonal Team Fees included ~ Skills Academy & Player Development Programs included ~ Guaranteed Spot on a Team
Standard Manageable Monthly Fee spread out over year (no big payments each season) ~ 50% off Individual Lessons
Easy Seasonal Registration ~ SUMMER Unlimited Player Development Pass
Ask us for details about our Annual Membership options today! Must Register online with credit card, 12-month commitment required.
SCHEDULE CHANGES / Weather & Town Programs
It is important to note, during March & early April, our schedules will likely fluctuate due to weather-related conflicts affecting school gym availability (especially during the start to Spring HS & MS sports seasons). School & Town programs have precedence to use the gyms if fields are not ready/in good condition/available for use. So, until the snow melts, fields are dry & weather cooperative, we make every effort to adjust schedules for the good of our players & program. We expect our schedule to standardize in early/mid April (assuming no late snow storms or heavy rain weeks). We will communicate on a week-to-week basis on any changes & disseminate information as soon as we are made aware. If the weather is on our side, we should be good to go!
RELEASING TEAM ROSTERS, PRACTICE SCHEDULE & TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES
Your Team Info (Roster, Coach) & Team Schedules (Skills, Practices, Tournaments) will be released prior to the start of the season after agreed by the team coach. We work with Coaches to plan practices & choose the tournaments for their specific team. Information will roll out over the next 2 weeks. We will hold a virtual information / training session once this information is released to answer FAQ’s & help parents & families navigate our schedules & learn more about or programs.
SEASON DURATION & GENERAL SKILLS & PRACTICE SCHEDULE
TOURNAMENTS | KEY INFORMATION
Tournament Teams participate in 5-6 weekend tournaments in Fall/Spring. Teams start and end tournaments on different weekends & all teams will receive their allotted # of tournaments (make-up weekends if needed). Tournament Game schedules are made available the Thursday before each weekend (we do not control these schedules, but do some influence on ensuring games are close together in both time and proximity); however, WE DO NOT SCHEDULE TOURNAMENT GAMES. This is handled by an independent tournament organizer. We do our best to influence game times & locations to be as convenient as possible for our teams, coaches & families. However, most tournaments have 300-400 teams, so we need to pick our battles the best we can and we do that better than any club organization in the region. We also ask that you WAIT TO RECEIVE WEEKEND TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES DIRECTLY FROM US (even though the schedules may be available separately online). We know schedules are confusing, can and do change, and having 500 people checking tournaments schedules takes time for all. We compile a master schedule for you and do it once saving hundreds of hours of time every week for our families and organization. So please be patient, and if you must peek, please use that as an opportunity to cross check our schedule.
ROSTERS | Make-Up & Process
Rosters are made mostly by grade, with a major effort to put every player in a place to be challenged, but no overwhelmed. Where they can maximize minutes, but earn what they get. We provide the opportunity, players decide how much they stay on the floor with their performance. This is not Rec, Town or Travel basketball… If a player deserves the opportunity to play on a higher level team, or has earned the opportunity to play “up” in a game, for a day, or for a tournament, there are many reasons why, but we suggest you take the opportunity. We run tryouts seasonally so everyone has the chance to show their development, improvement, and why they deserve to be at the next level. If you feel you need more input on placement, please consider the questions and what we go thru to create 35-40 sets of rosters per season… if you still are unsure about placement, we would love to have a realistic and honest discussion about it.
WE GET REQUESTS FROM PARENTS REGARDING TEAM PLACEMENT, TEAM CHANGES, “PLAYING UP”... BELOW ARE THE INTERNAL QUESTIONS WE DISCUSS & FACTORS THAT GO INTO DECIDING THE BEST POSITION FOR EVERY PLAYER TO COMPETE, LEARN & DEVELOP
What is the current talent level of the player, realistically? And long-term ceiling/potential?
How many days of the week are they working on their game and for how many hours?
What physical shape and endurance to they have to play at a certain level?
What body type do they have and growth expectation and how does that affect their overall potential?
What is current roster make-up positionally of the team? How does moving that player affect the roster?
When moving from Team to Team, who’s spot is being affected and how is everyone else’s minutes affected?
When moving a player up or over, how do those on existing team or others in that class feel?
What is the Coach’s thoughts on team change?
Why wouldn’t we move a top player from a younger team who is more skilled into that spot instead?
Is the current coach part of this conversation and why not?
What is the actual best development spot and opportunity for the player?
How will the player feel about not playing many minutes vs. being a starter and playing for another team?
Is the family considering anything other than their own kid?
If the team is not the right fit, and we have to move player back to her current team in the following season?