Team Program FAQ

EVOfamily FAQ

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.

SPRING SEASON DURATION & GENERAL SKILLS & PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Spring Season Starts w/o March 5th & Concludes w/o May 24th
Summer Season: Starts w/o May 28th
Typical Weekly Schedules:
Mondays | Skills & Drills | Included for all team players
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays | Team Practices
Fridays | No team practices except in special circumstances; There are a few occasions where a tournament may have games on Friday nights, but this is rare
Weekends: 5-6 weekends per tournament schedule
Tournaments | Spring Teams will participate in 5 or 6 tournaments (see tourney FAQ below)

TOURNAMENTS | KEY INFORMATION

Spring Teams participate in 5-6 weekend tournaments. Teams start and end tournaments on different weekends & all teams will receive their allotted # of tournaments (make-up weekends include 5/18 & 6/2). Tournament Game schedules are made available the Thursday before each weekend (we do not control these schedules, but do have great relationships & some influence on ensuring games are close together in both time and proximity); however, WE DO NOT SCHEDULE TOURNAMENT GAMES. This is handled by a independent tournament organizers. 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.

HOLIDAY CLINICS & CAMPS | IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Easter Saturday | Some Teams In Tournament
Easter Sunday | All Teams OFF
April Vacation | AM / PM Clinics | No PM Skills & Drills
Mothers Day Weekend | Some teams play
Memorial Day Monday | AM Clinic | No PM Skills & Drills
Summer Program: Team Tryouts w/o May 21
Summer Program Begins w/o May 28

College Commitments

Testimonials

Guidance for Respecting Fellow Athletes

Our family has been part of the Evolution Basketball program for 5 years. We have been very pleased with the program and our son's growth as a player. Also his growth in respecting his fellow athletes which Evolution Basketball provides guidance for.

Dan S, Melrose MA

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2018-03-05T05:31:57+00:00

Dan S, Melrose MA

Our family has been part of the Evolution Basketball program for 5 years. We have been very pleased with the program and our son's growth as a player. Also his growth in respecting his fellow athletes which Evolution Basketball provides guidance for.

Family on 3

Both my boys play with Evolution and our overall experience has been excellent. Their motto "Family on 3" comes through in everything they do from coaching to creating a positive and inclusive environment. The impact and improvement that we have seen has paid off in so many ways not just on the court. Randy and Dave's constant positive attitude and words of encouragement is what keeps my boys coming back. We are looking forward to another season with Evo.

Robin K, Winchester MA

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2018-03-05T05:28:18+00:00

Robin K, Winchester MA

Both my boys play with Evolution and our overall experience has been excellent. Their motto "Family on 3" comes through in everything they do from coaching to creating a positive and inclusive environment. The impact and improvement that we have seen has paid off in so many ways not just on the court. Randy and Dave's constant positive attitude and words of encouragement is what keeps my boys coming back. We are looking forward to another season with Evo.

Evo Helped Us Find Our Place

I am the proud father of 2 boys aged 13, and 14. They have been participating at EVO for the last 2 years. We relocated to the New England Area from California 2 years ago. This was a difficult move as my boys were both starting 6th and 7th grade. EVO helped us find a place in the community. Dave’s team throughout our transition process was incredibly efficient, and they found the right entry point for both of our kids. The EVO Team created a warm and welcoming family environment for our boys from the start. We participated in all activities from NBA Jr League, Elite Plus, and summer camps. This year both our boys made the varsity middle school team and we are very appreciative of the efforts from all of the EVO coaches. I think most importantly the kids like the positive attitude that the EVO staff instills to every game and practice. Daily they look forward to the skills sessions, practices and weekend games. We appreciate all that the EVO Team does to foster the growth and development of our community.

Amit S, Lexington MA

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2018-03-05T05:30:41+00:00

Amit S, Lexington MA

I am the proud father of 2 boys aged 13, and 14. They have been participating at EVO for the last 2 years. We relocated to the New England Area from California 2 years ago. This was a difficult move as my boys were both starting 6th and 7th grade. EVO helped us find a place in the community. Dave’s team throughout our transition process was incredibly efficient, and they found the right entry point for both of our kids. The EVO Team created a warm and welcoming family environment for our boys from the start. We participated in all activities from NBA Jr League, Elite Plus, and summer camps. This year both our boys made the varsity middle school team and we are very appreciative of the efforts from all of the EVO coaches. I think most importantly the kids like the positive attitude that the EVO staff instills to every game and practice. Daily they look forward to the skills sessions, practices and weekend games. We appreciate all that the EVO Team does to foster the growth and development of our community.

Nothing Compares to Evolution

My daughter has been part of other AAU programs in the area but nothing compares to Evolution basketball. My daughter has learned such great things from the fantastic coaches at Evo. What we love best is that we are not just getting basketball skills but a family. The coaches truly care for each player and their family. The Evolution program has taught her great on and off the court life lessons. My only regret is that we did not know about Evolution basketball sooner. #Familyon3

Sue R, Nahant MA

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2018-03-05T05:29:11+00:00

Sue R, Nahant MA

My daughter has been part of other AAU programs in the area but nothing compares to Evolution basketball. My daughter has learned such great things from the fantastic coaches at Evo. What we love best is that we are not just getting basketball skills but a family. The coaches truly care for each player and their family. The Evolution program has taught her great on and off the court life lessons. My only regret is that we did not know about Evolution basketball sooner. #Familyon3

Coaches Love What They Do

Both of my kids are so proud to be part of the EVO family! EVO’s skills sessions, team practices and tournaments are very well run. The coaching staff is phenomenal and you can tell they truly love what they do. I especially love seeing the enthusiasm and dedication from the EVO coaches as it’s been such a positive influence on my kids. Thank you to EVO for all that you do!

Jen R, Melrose MA

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2018-03-05T05:33:13+00:00

Jen R, Melrose MA

Both of my kids are so proud to be part of the EVO family! EVO’s skills sessions, team practices and tournaments are very well run. The coaching staff is phenomenal and you can tell they truly love what they do. I especially love seeing the enthusiasm and dedication from the EVO coaches as it’s been such a positive influence on my kids. Thank you to EVO for all that you do!

Helps Players Realize Maximum Potential

I found an organization that helps players realize their maximum potential. I’ve witnessed a vast improvement with my daughter since joining the Evolution family. My main concern was conflicting schedule between soccer and basketball but that is no longer an issue… EVO has been flexible and open to working with us around our multiple commitments. I would and have recommended EVO Basketball on several occasions. It is a great organization. My daughter has become a better player and has made several friends. The coaching staff is excellent and very friendly. Coach Bennett and Coach Dave have helped my daughter tremendously.






Anthony T, Wilmington MA

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2018-03-05T05:26:23+00:00

Anthony T, Wilmington MA

I found an organization that helps players realize their maximum potential. I’ve witnessed a vast improvement with my daughter since joining the Evolution family. My main concern was conflicting schedule between soccer and basketball but that is no longer an issue… EVO has been flexible and open to working with us around our multiple commitments. I would and have recommended EVO Basketball on several occasions. It is a great organization. My daughter has become a better player and has made several friends. The coaching staff is excellent and very friendly. Coach Bennett and Coach Dave have helped my daughter tremendously.

She’s Been Taught The Fundamentals

From an unbiased Senior parent at my daughter's new high school... "a lot of our girls are 3 years older than her and physically stronger, 6 seniors, 2 juniors, but she's the most skilled baksetball player we have. You can tell she's been taught the fundamentals and knows how to compete... impressive for a sophomore in a completely new environment." She only wants to play and train and keep getting better with you guys.

Terry M, Needham MA

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2018-03-05T05:25:24+00:00

Terry M, Needham MA

From an unbiased Senior parent at my daughter's new high school... "a lot of our girls are 3 years older than her and physically stronger, 6 seniors, 2 juniors, but she's the most skilled baksetball player we have. You can tell she's been taught the fundamentals and knows how to compete... impressive for a sophomore in a completely new environment." She only wants to play and train and keep getting better with you guys.

I Strongly Recommend Evolution

I strongly recommend Evolution for your son and daughter’s AAU program. I’ve had 3 kids in the program for many years now. The environment is super supportive. Skill development is second to none. The competition level is as high as your child needs it to be. And, they are organized! Randy, Dave and all of the other coaches, parents and players make this a wonderful situation for my family. If you want first class treatment and a great escape from town sports, come to EVO!

Pete N, Tyngsboro MA

5.0
2018-03-05T05:27:27+00:00

Pete N, Tyngsboro MA

I strongly recommend Evolution for your son and daughter’s AAU program. I’ve had 3 kids in the program for many years now. The environment is super supportive. Skill development is second to none. The competition level is as high as your child needs it to be. And, they are organized! Randy, Dave and all of the other coaches, parents and players make this a wonderful situation for my family. If you want first class treatment and a great escape from town sports, come to EVO!
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