Jodie Harrison Basketball League Information
Registration is open for Jodie Harrison Basketball! Be part of the tradition of Jodie Harrison Basketball. We’re celebrating 33 years of league play.
This recreational league focuses on helping kids learn and enjoy the game of basketball along with teamwork and dedication.
Be a SUPERHERO-Sponsor a Team!
We are excited to offer opportunities for corporate sponsorship of teams, divisions and special events for the Jodie Harrison Basketball League. Fees charged for programs and services at The Community House cover roughly 50% of the operating budget. The remainder comes from generous individuals, corporations and foundation grants. This support helps cover things like equipment, uniforms, scholarships for those who couldn’t afford programs or services, education programs for low-income families and more!
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What is the Jodie Harrison Basketball League?
The Jodie Harrison Basketball League is named in memory of Jodie Harrison, a longtime coach and Athletic Director at Hinsdale Central High School whose life was tragically cut short by in an accident involving an intoxicated driver. The league, operated by The Community House, attracts nearly 1,000 2nd-8th grade boys and girls each year and focuses on Coach Harrison’s teachings of mastering the fundamentals basketball and enjoying the game.
The league philosophy focuses on participation, sportsmanship, learning the fundamentals of the game and creating an atmosphere for all players to succeed. This is not a traveling or ultra-competitive league. Players, coaches, parents, officials and staff are expected to continually reinforce the attributes of sportsmanship, hard work, and positive thinking during the season.
DISCLAIMER: Placing almost 900 kids on teams with their best friend, or the coach they had last year, or their parent’s best friends sure isn’t easy! We do our best and hope every player enjoys the season!
How We Place Teams: We always place 2nd and 3rd graders on a team based only on their school. However, all kids from each individual school aren’t always on the same team and we have found it difficult to keep up with the best friend circles for each school in the district so we apologize if you child is not on the exact team requested. We really are sorry but hope that you and your child can make the best of it and enjoy the company of a different group or meet new people from your area. For 4th grade and older we also take into consideration their performance at the evaluations, their height and the number of years they have played basketball. We also must balance the number of kids from each grade for the divisions that have 2 grades playing together (equal number of 5th graders on each team means we cannot create a team of ALL 5th graders from one school because each team needs an equal number of 6th graders AND 5th graders). We hope kids can make new friends and all players and their families enjoy a fun season!
How We Don’t Place Teams: We do not look at who the kids played with last year and re-create teams. We do not honor lists given to us by coaches. Unfortunately we are not always able to accommodate requests for specific coaches or exactly what kids are placed together. We do not know who is best friends. We do not know what families are mortal enemies. We do not intentionally stack teams. We do not create teams of more than 10 players. We really do want every player to have a fun season.
What If I Don’t Like My Team: We are genuinely sorry to hear that. We strive for each individual player to enjoy the season. Contact us and we can walk through your options. Switching teams is not typically possible. Once teams are placed, we rarely make changes. If you are unable to make a practice time, let us know and we will attempt to move you to a team that practices on a different day but remember, we are unable to create teams of more than 10 players.
If your team does not have a coach listed- WE NEED YOU! Teams without coaches have been created with large numbers of kids from the same school (that is also under represented by coaches at that level) so familiar parents can join together and support the team by coaching. Contact Jenna if you can help at email@example.com.
To view Rules for all divisions, including proper hoop height and ball size, please click Here.
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