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    Welcome to T&C's New Executive Director Evalyn Hodges!

    09/30/2015, 9:30am CDT
    By R Nester

    Town & Country Optimist Club is very pleased to announce that Evalyn Hodges will join us October 6th as our new Executive Director of Town & Country Sports.  
    Evalyn will have responsibility for the quality and safety of our campus, effective engagement and coordination with our volunteer-led sports associations, development of a welcoming, customer-focused culture, management of a high performance staff, and leadership in growing T&C Sports to serve more children and families. 
    Evalyn has more than 10 years experience working for a nonprofit organization, NW YMCA of Austin, focused on general fitness, group and personal training, and triathlon coaching.
    Evalyn played team sports from childhood through college and credits this experience with developing key character and personality strengths that continue to benefit her life. Evalyn is active in running, cycling, weight training, swimming and triathlon.

    Evalyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and a Law Degree from The George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C.

    Evalyn and Ben have been married since 1986 and have lived in Austin since 2000. They have two children, Keith and Elise, who are attending the University of Texas at Dallas.

    Evalyn coached softball at Town and Country for three years when her daughter was younger.  Evalyn is excited to be part of Town and Country because she believes that physical activity and team sports truly enhance our lives and are an essential part of the development of our youth.  

    She is eager to meet everyone and listen to your ideas.  Please say hello if you see Evalyn on campus this fall.  We are truly excited to welcome Evalyn to the Town & Country team.

    A Note from the T&C President – From Then to Now

    09/04/2015, 3:30pm CDT
    By R Nester

    You might say it all started at Jim’s Restaurant.  Or you could say it started out of the back of a station wagon.  We know for sure it started in 1974 along a lightly traveled road called Research Boulevard.  That’s when Jim Archer, Wesley Roach and a handful of dads and moms with young families settling on the edges of Travis and Williamson counties decided to organize sports for their kids to play.  And so they did, starting an Optimist Club named because the area was not far from town, but still mostly in the country.

    They sold Christmas trees to raise the initial funds.  They borrowed an open field next to Research Boulevard, staked out two make-shift baseball fields, and held their first registration out of the back of a station wagon.  230 kids signed up to play baseball, and T&C Sports was off and running.  Softball started a short time later. 

    In 1977, twelve of the newly minted Optimists took personal financial risks in signing a promissory note to acquire 14 acres at Broadmeade and FM620, near today’s Forest North Elementary School.  The dads and moms (called Opti-Mrs.) did the labor themselves constructing the fields, holding registrations, coaching the teams and running concessions (Frito Pie was the big seller).  It was a pure and formidable volunteer army.

    In the new space, the first soccer goal was scored in 1977, and the first football touchdown in 1981. 

    In 1984, the Optimists sold the original 14 acres for $700,700, and with the proceeds acquired the first 40 acres of our current 90+ acres and 30 fields.  Just this year, new homes filled in the last open spaces on our northern and eastern borders, making T&C fully bounded by residential neighbors. 

    Today’s T&C serves more than 8,000 kids every year, and more than 200,000 folks pass through our gates annually.  Volunteerism is alive and well, with almost 1,000 adults helping each year to coach the kids and organize our 7 sports leagues.  If you are reading this and you are one of these wonderful people, THANK YOU!

    We have expanded in other ways too, with camps, tournaments, sponsors, and key relationships such as with Lonestar Soccer Club, a premier select soccer program. T&C families have the widest choice available with both T&C’s soccer program and Lonestar playing at our campus.

    With all of the growth, we’ve added professional help to coordinate programs and to maintain safe and high quality facilities.  We are extremely fortunate to have two great people I want to especially highlight – Kim Cyree and Eddy Cortez. 

    Kim is our Office Manager and the one who talks and emails with thousands of parents and volunteers each season.  She is a stellar organizer and likes nothing better than helping kids and parents have a great experience.  She’s a mom of 3 daughters and has done a little T&C coaching herself. 

    Eddy is our Maintenance Director and Grounds-keeper.  He’s been with us for 15 years and knows every inch of T&C’s acreage.   Thanks to his expertise, he oversees some of the best playing fields in Austin. 

    If you see Kim or Eddy on campus please say hello.  They love to meet our T&C families and volunteers.

    My hope is that every player and parent has a wonderful time this fall season.  Please let us know your ideas as we keep working to become ‘Austin’s Best Place for Youth Sports.’


    Rob Nester


    Town & Country Optimist Club

    Announcing the Multi-Player Family Discount

    Multi-Player Family Discount

    08/31/2015, 12:45pm CDT
    By K Cyree

    Announcing the Multi-Player Family Discount

    Town & Country is proud to announce that starting the Fall Season of 2015 they will be offering a multiple player family discount.

    Starting immediately, if you have two or more children in the same household that are playing sports on a T&C team in a fall sport, the second player, and any additional players thereafter, will receive a $10 discount on their registration. Offer valid on full seasons only across all sports offered in a single season. Offer not valid for the same child in multiple sports.

    For this to work, all children must be registered at the same time. This can be done by clicking on register before checking out after you register your first child. If the registration for the additional sports is not available at the time of your first registration, you can still receive the discount, but it will be given as a credit after checkout.

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    2015 Fall T&C Soccer Registration is Open!

    07/22/2015, 12:30pm CDT
    By kcyree

    T&C Soccer Options for Fall 2015!

    Welcome to T&C Soccer!

    2015 Fall Soccer Registration Details:

    Registration Details:  2015 Fall Soccer Regular Registration runs July 1st, 2015 – August 14th, 2015.  Late registration runs August 15th, 2015 - September 1st, 2015 with an additional $25.00 late fee. 

    Registration Fees:

    U4 Coed: $90.00

    U5 Coed - U6 Rec DIV: $110.00

    U7-U8 Rec DIV: $150.00

    U9-U10 Rec DIV: $165

    U9-U10 Rec+: $165.00

    U11-U19 Rec DIII: $220.00

    U11-U19 DII/SII: $210.00

    U11-U19 DI: $420.00

    For U4 recreational divisions DIV: T-shirts are included in the registration fee. Individuals are responsible for purchasing soccer shorts and socks.

    For U5-U10 recreational divisions DIV: Jerseys are included with the registration in the Fall.  Individuals are responsible for purchasing soccer shorts and socks.

    For U11-U19 recreational divisions DIII: Jerseys are included with the registration in the Fall. Individuals are responsible for purchasing soccer shorts and socks.

    For Rec+ U9-U10, U11-U19 DII, SII and DI Uniforms are NOT included with registration and must be purchased separately. Your coach will coordinate the team uniform purchase through a T&C approved vendor. Uniform pricing is determined by style chosen. Individuals are responsible for purchasing soccer shorts and socks through their coach - contact your coach for details.

    Any uniform questions, please contact the designated Uniform Liaison below. 

    DIV U4-U10 contact JL Gray

    DIII U11-U19 Boys contact Rob Stock

    DIII U11-U19 Girls contact Erin Patterson

    Rec+, DII, DI U11-U19 contact Carl Swanson.  

    Important Dates to Remember:

    Registration begins : July 1st, 2015

    Return to Team deadline: August 10th, 2015

    Late Registration begins: August 15th, 2015

    Registration ends: September 1st, 2015

    Games (regular season) begin: September 12th, 2015

    Games (regular season) end: November 15th, 2015

    Rain out/Reschedules: November 21st-22nd, 2015

    There are several options for players interested in pursuing competitive play at T&C.  For more information about each Division, please click here!

    REFEREES WANTED! Refereeing throughout CAYSA

    06/30/2015, 12:00pm CDT
    By kcyree

    How to become a referee?

    If you've played before, been a parent/coach/assistant, or just have a love for the game then we encourage you to become a certified referee.  Classes/clinics are offered to educate you on the Laws of the Game and provide an entry level introduction into officiating youth soccer games.

    Please visit the South Texas Soccer Referees website to learn more and visit the clinics page to see what's currently available

    For entry level, Grade 9 is a good starting point for youth referees and allows for the refereeing (center) of U14 and below age matches.  However, assignors will place new referees in suitable positions based on their experience level.

    Entry level, Grade 8 is a fully qualified referee capable of doing all youth age groups.  Assignors place referees based on their progressive experience level and capability.

    Once you become certified you are eligible to work as a referee, however, this will require notifying a clubs referee assignor so that they know you are available.

    Referees can find local assignors by visiting the Capital Area Soccer Referee Association website at

    Cost expectations:

    There is a clinic fee ($30) and USSF registration fee ($50) required to become a referee and also required on an annual basis to recertify for that coming year.

    There is an initial cost for your uniform and gear.  A new referee should expect to pay around $60 for a "starter kit", which includes approved shirt, shorts, socks, whistle, flags, report book with red/yellow cards.  Basic short sleeve gold would be the starting shirt.  A more experienced referee should expect to add additional colors (gold, green, blue, red, and black are available) and possibly long sleeve for colder weather officiating.

    Pay levels for referees vary widely by club, competition level, and length of game.  However, a new referee could expect to earn $10-20 as AR (linesman) and $15-30 as a Center (Referee) per game with 3-6 games on an average soccer season weekend.

    2015 Fall Soccer
    Registration is Closed!

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    Soccer Board Meeting
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