Without question, very few individuals have the baseball experience of our President, Phil Evatt, who has been actively involved in baseball for 44 years.
In 1991, one year removed from the University of South Carolina and with no children (not even a wife), Phil Managed a 12U Team at Northwood Little League; thus began an 18 year stint that he volunteered not only to NWLL, but also the District, State & National Little League levels. He served on several Board positions at NWLL beginning in 1998 and served as the Asst. District Administrator, District Athletic Director, & District Treasurer for District 7 in South Carolina. He was also responsible for hosting and running the District LL Tournaments and State LL Tournaments held in the upstate. Phil helped Forest Thomas and a slew of Easley residents organize the Big League World Series from the very beginning. When District 7 split off from District 1, Phil organized and Managed a team for the Big League World Series. He & Steve Johnson were responsible for choosing the players and Coach Jeff Young to Manage the District 7 Big League Teams for 5 years until his time with Little League concluded.
During that time, he was also able to manage being the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Christ Church Episcopal. Taking over a team with only 2 returning starters from a 2-20 season, he lead the Cavaliers to a record of 11-8 in its first season and the State Playoffs, starting an 8th Grader & 4 Freshmen on that Varsity team. He quit coaching High School in order to coach his son, Alan and one of the very first 9U Travel Teams in the state of South Carolina. Of the 18 players he coached and instructed directly as part of that travel team, 12 went on to play College Baseball and 1 is still playing professionally (Josh Reagan Q&A).
In 2007, Phil was managing a Travel Baseball team when he was quite upset with the way things were being run. He spoke to several Coaches and Recreation Departments who agreed that changes needed to be made; they encouraged Phil to begin running weekly Baseball Tournaments. The premise: make every decision about baseball and the kids.
To date, GameOn has successfully hosted over 55,000 Travel Baseball Games - still incorporating many of the changes instituted 10 years ago. God willing, we will continue to host the best Game in town for many more years to come.