Hardwood Smoke

Hardwood Smoke

Travel Teams

Champion Center | Appleton, WI | 4/15/23 - 4/16/23

9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U Teams


2nd Annual Hardwood Smoke

National Qualifier for the 2023 Evo Summer Nationals


Our 2nd Annual Hardwood Smoke is our 2nd National Qualifier off our 2023 Spring & Summer National Qualifying series consisting of 7 National Qualifiers being hosted at arguably three of the top five 8 court facilities in the mid-west: The Rec Plex (Pleasant Prairie, WI), UW Health Sports Factory (Rockford, IL) & Community First Champion Center (Appleton, WI).  All National Qualifiers will consist of 8 team divisions, that will play 3 pool games on Saturdays and single elimination brackets on Sundays. The Hardwood Smoke will be hosted on 4/15/23 & 4/16/23 at the Champion Center in Appleton, WI.  Registration closes once we field 8 teams for a given division. We expect teams from all over the country & Canada (HI, TX, PA, MN, IA, MO, TN, KY, IN, OH, MI, IL & WI) to compete for their bid to the 2023 Evo Summer Nationals.

We’ve enhanced several elements of our National Championship platform: all National Qualifying participants automatically earn a bid to our Nationals.  This year, the Evo Summer Nationals will be hoted at the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, WI.  This is a 6 -9 game set to decice the National Championship.  This is for 9u to 17u boys teams and girls teams, which features two skill levels per age division; the Platinum Division (strong teams) & the Gold Division (developing teams).

Open to the public, even teams that have not participated in our National Qualifiers

are welcome to sign up & compete for the National Championship!

7/27/2023: 2-3 Pool Games

7/28/2023: 2-3 Pool Games

7/29/2023: 1-2 Single Elimination Games

7/30/2023: Final Four & National Championship Games

Champions will get Rings and Divisional MVP’s receive MVP Belts!

We’ve emerged as the premier mid-west tournament provider since we focus on creating the experience that players, coaches, fans and officials deserve:

  • We have rules in place that protect the integrity of the game
  • The ball moves to half court after T.O.’s & stop clock last 5 minutes of the game
  • Universal Tip Off’s and games will be played with customized Evolution Basketballs
  • We pay well above market so we can offer a higher level of officiating
  • Officiating crews will wear customized Evolution shirts & receive on-site evaluations
  • Professional interviews & highlight videos by the Line For Line Podcast
  • We use our social media platforms to promote Game MVP’s, Divisional MVP’s & Champions
  • Provide Divisional MVP trophies & custom Championship medals for players & coaches
  • Our Evo Tourney’s mobile app provides our schedule and up to date progress for all our tournaments
  • We accept multiple payment options when fans enter our events: Cash, CashApp & Venmo
  • We’re organized, offer on-time games, let scorekeepers in free and offer streaming at our events
  • We will now have security on staff to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance
  • All coaches must have docs on hand for players (Birth Certificate & Report Card) in case of protest

Click below for more information and to register for the 2023 Hardwood Smoke!


Coach Jamie Kirkwood & Evolution Tournaments
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