After a two-year break, Lyle Evanisky is back in the lineup as Special Teams Coordinator for the U18 Team Saskatchewan football program.
“I took two years off, and this year I was asked to help out again, so I signed on for the next two years,” said Evanisky, head coach of the Martensville Royals high school football team. “This year the Canada Cup tournament is in Calgary from July 15-22. That’s the big event for Canadian high school football.”
The top players from 6-man, 9-man and 12-man high school leagues will be trying to earn a berth on Team Sask when training camp begins in Regina on July 8. Evanisky said a combine was held in Saskatoon earlier this spring, and tryouts were also scheduled for May 12 and 13.
Evanisky said despite the short time period for player evaluations, the selection process is based on more than just weekend tryouts because the coaching staff for Team Sask is made up of high school coaches from across the province as well as the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan.
“They’ve seen the players during the regular season, and they’re always identifying the ones who have potential,” said Evanisky.
He said there are several players from the Martensville Royals who have a good chance of making the team.
“Even if they don’t make the cut, most of them will still be eligible for the U17 Team Sask,” said Evanisky. “Just the experience of trying out for Team Sask helps the kids bring up their skill level. They bring that experience back to our own program in the fall.”