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January Newsletter and Winter Sports Update

By EVAA, 01/14/21, 1:30PM CST


A Letter from the President

As all of you, we continue to watch COVID-19 trends at all levels: national, state and locally. And, while I share in the excitement of returning to sports, I also share many of your concerns and frustrations with some of the guidelines, including the mask mandate.

I've been involved in EVAA since 2013 when I coached my kid's soccer team. I can tell you today that over the past 7 years, no other topic has driven more dialogue than this current mask mandate. My inbox is flooded with community feedback; some think we shouldn't adhere to the mask mandate, while others think we should be doing more.

EVAA is obligated to mandate use of masks, as long as the state mandate exists. This is grounded by our strategic imperatives which begin with player and volunteer safety and is further guided by our COVID-19 Safety and Preparedness plans. As we have since last March, we will follow state and local youth sports mandates and guidance. As it shifts away from mask mandates, we too will adjust. One thing will not change – our board will continue to do what is right for our youth athletes, our volunteers and our families. In the meantime, we need to follow the rules. We do so, not just to conform, but to partner with our governing bodies, our community and all of you.

I am reminded that EVAA is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that exists solely to serve our Apple Valley youth, volunteers and parents. As we enter another year of uncertainty, I ask that we all remember that we are in this together and need each other to remain healthy and strong.

If you have questions, insights or simply feedback, we have a number of ways for you to share your thoughts and questions. Please reach out to any of our board members directly or send us an email at

Thank you for your ongoing feedback, your time and for putting your trust in this organization.

Winter Sports Resume

Today, January 14, our winter sports are authorized to start competitions. Through safe, careful consideration, our active programs have moved back into gyms, wrestling rooms and ski trails.

Wrestling – Director Travis Lee

The youth wrestling program is scaled back, but hard at work. We have only had a few practices, but the general feeling from wrestlers and coaches is one of the core values of the Eastview High School program… “I am thankful for the opportunity to wrestle!”

We are masked up, practicing in small pods, and focusing on team building and skill development.  At this time, we are working with existing wrestling families to keep them connected and manage the experience for them. But, rest assured that we are looking forward to next season when we can welcome new and some returning families back into our normal, full programming.

Volleyball – Director Stephanie Uittenbogaard

All of our current winter volleyball teams have returned to practices. In addition, 3 of the 4 teams will compete this coming weekend for the first time.

While our volleyball board is actively working to keep our players safe and active, we are also looking for volunteers to join our board. We need some interested parents to volunteer, particularly for our In-house Coordinator and overall Program Director role. Anyone with interest in joining the volleyball board can reach out to me at

EVAA Cross-Country

EVAA Cross Country skiing has started its season with online sessions. In-person skiing is scheduled to start in February. There are still a VERY limited number of spots available for both the Full-Program and the Rental Equipment Only program. Go to the EVAA Cross Country skiing webpage to see if there is still availability.

Spring Sports Move Into Planning

After a very delayed or completely paused spring season in 2020, our spring programs are hopeful to return to a more normal schedule this year. More information will be sent as programs open registrations and share plans. Be on the lookout for information on:

  • Baseball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Open Registrations

Current registrations can always be found on the EVAA Website. Additionally, the following registrations are open.

Help Wanted!

Many of our program boards, as well as our EVAA Board of Directors, are looking for volunteers! We’d love to match you with the program that suits you best. Specifically, the following roles are open:

  • EVAA BOD: Fundraising Director, Secretary, Vice President
  • Tennis: Numerous roles, including Program Director
  • Volleyball: In-House Coordinator and Program Director
  • Lacrosse: Numerous roles, including Program Director
  • Soccer: Numerous roles

Please reach out to and we will connect you with the right program or role.