May 24, 2020
School is out, summer is here and thanks to the Governor's "Phase 2" reopening announcements last week pertaining to youth sports and camps, we will finally be getting back outside for soccer!
Youth sports in Texas may resume practices May 31st, and may hold games from June 15th, provided that certain protocols are followed for participants, staff and spectators. We've been working out the details of exactly how to implement those protocols for Evolution teams and camps and coordinating with the city officials who manage our facilities. We will communicate all the details to you before we resume training.
Evo Summer Schedule Starts June 1
We typically take a week or two off at the end of May before we switchover to summer mode, and we will do that this year as well. Most teams will take next week (May 25-31) off. However, please check with your coach and/or TeamSnap, since it always varies by team.
The week of June 1 we return to training and focus on Select soccer tryouts for next year. That means the Academy teams 2012 & younger will move to training once a week on Saturday mornings, while the older Select & Pre-Select teams will train 3x/week. We are finalizing the practice schedule and the training groups this week, so you should see updates in TeamSnap in just a few days.
Select signing day is July 1st. Our summer schedule runs through the last week of July, and after that we will switch back to a regular season schedule for all the teams (2x/week on weeknights) as we organize Academy teams for Fall 2020.
Evo Summer Soccer Camps are ON!
Registration is still open for our Academy (U5-U10) Skills Camp June 1-5 and our Select & Pre-Select (U10-U16) Camp June 8-12. Click here for full details and to register. Camp will look a little different than usual this summer, as we will implement the necessary protocols for this phase of reopening. For example, we always group campers by age and ability, but this year those groups will train separately throughout the week rather than coming together multiple times each day. But we promise what won't change is that your Evo coaches will deliver a great camp for everyone!
April 29, 2020
We hope that you and yours are safe and well!
We are making the most of a difficult situation while stay-at-home orders remain in effect. The good news is that Evo online training has progressed very well, with our coaches now delivering two interactive sessions via Zoom per week for most groups. We hosted over 75 online sessions last week alone! The staff have collaborated on curriculum design, created & shared training materials and homework, tailored their weekly plans to each group and responded to feedback from parents and players. Keeping our players engaged, fit and in training is important to us. We've seen very good participation levels across the club, and we are working with individual families to resolve scheduling issues and technical challenges. We're also glad to see how easily our kids have adapted to online training, and we are grateful to parents who have provided devices, moved furniture and more to make this work. Thank you very much!!
We continue to look forward to moving soccer back outside, and are working on our plans to do that safely and in a way that's aligned the guidance from state & local governments and soccer organizations. That will probably happen in phases over time, much like the "reopening" plans for the state. We will know more around May 18th which is when Texas may move into Phase 2 of the plan with details on rules & constraints for outdoor sports. We expect a lot of rescheduled league games, tournaments and friendlies in June rather than May at this point, depending of course on many factors out of our control.
Thanks again for your patience and support. GO EVO!
March 27, 2020
At Evo, we are concerned about the health & safety of our players, families and staff. We've continued to carefully monitor the constantly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and we will keep you updated as things change.
As you probably already know, area leagues and soccer associations have suspended operations for the next several weeks or more. Schools have closed and largely moved to an email and video conferencing model. Evolution has moved to an online instruction model from March 23rd onward. We want to return to the normal outdoor training with the teams as soon as we can, but that will have to wait until it's safe to do so.
The content will certainly vary by coach and age level, but the goal is to deliver at least 1 assignment and 1 interactive session online per week for each team across the club. We will look to increase that and improve it over time as we figure out what works best for each age level. Generally speaking:
Players will need access to a computer, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection to join the meeting. Your device will need to have a camera & mic for best results, but you'll still be able to see & hear the session if you don't have these. If you have never used Zoom before, visit https://zoom.us/support/download to install the client - it works with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. It doesn't take long, but we know the kids might not have permission to add Apps to their devices themselves at your house. Zoom also supports dialing in by phone, so in a pinch your player can participate in "audio only" mode.
Thank you all for your support during this difficult and stressful time. The situation is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and has turned all our lives a bit upside down. We hope that getting back to Evo soccer in this new way will be good for all of our kids as well as help us to keep their soccer brains and bodies in shape for our eventual return to the pitch!
Please reach out to your coach, D.O.C. or the program director if you have any questions or concerns.