Jodie Harrison Basketball League Information

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 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.
The purpose of The Community House youth basketball program is to provide young players with an opportunity to participate in athletics in a fun and educational environment. We believe balanced athletic competition in a team environment promotes sportsmanship, cooperation, leadership skills, and the benefits of exercise and hard work.

Jodie Harrison takes place January- March for 2nd-8th grade boys and girls. All teams play 7 games and is a one practice and 1 game per weekend commitment. All team formation is done by the Recreation Supervisor.



The tradition of Jodie Harrison basketball is one that families look forward to as winter approaches. With the help of Breakaway Basketball, our recreation league is open to 2nd – 8th graders, focusing on instruction and helping kids learn and enjoy the game of basketball. All players will receive a t-shirt or jersey, all 2nd/3rd graders receive a medal, and 4th-8th grade top 2 teams receive trophies. Breakaway Basketball coaches will lead team practices with the help of volunteer coaches.

Team Selection:
The Recreation Supervisor will select all teams first based on years of experience, then based on school they attend. We will accept placement requests, but they are not guaranteed. A limited number of spots are available in each grade level. Teams will typically have 10 players each. Please see our website for team selection details.

Volunteer Coaches: Needed at every grade level. A coaches meeting will be held Wednesday, December 8th at 6:30pm at The Community House. There is a 3 coach max per team.

Location: All games and practices will be played at The Community House or area schools.
Refund Policy:
Last Day for refunds is 12/29/21. All refunds will be charged a 50% processing fee after 12/21/21.
Practice Days/Times:
Practice begins the week of January 3rd and are 1 hour each, 1 day a week. Practices are lead by Breakaway Basketball coaches with the help of Volunteer Parent Coaches.
We do NOT guarantee a specific practice day/time. This schedule is subject to change but is general idea of practice day/times. These times differ than what is in the brochure.
2nd grade boys: Mondays 4-5pm, Thursdays 4-5pm
2nd grade girls: Tuesdays OR Fridays, 4-5pm
3rd grade boys: Mondays 5-6pm OR Thursdays 6-7pm
3rd grade girls: Tuesdays or Fridays, 5-6pm
4th grade boys: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays, 6:30-7:30pm
4th grade girls: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm
5th/6th grade boys: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 7:30-8:30pm
5th/6th grade girls: Mondays or Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm
7th/8th grade boys: Mondays or Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm
7th/8th grade girls: Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm
Tentative Game Days (subject to change):
No games on President’s Day Weekend
Outside refs will be hired for each game, Breakaway Basketball is not reffing on game days.
Saturdays (1/15-3/12) – 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade boys
Sundays (1/16-3/13) – 4th grade girls, 5th/6th grade, 7th/8th grade
4th-8th graders are REQUIRED to attend the player evaluations to help in the fair distribution of teams. Evaluations will be ran by Breakaway Basketball. Check the league website for more information about the player evaluations.

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!

Click here for sponsorship details.



                           Have any other questions? Contact Kelci Bednar, Recreation Director, at 630-323-7500 Ext. 237