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, 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. This league is a one practice and one game per week commitment and the season spans from January through March.

League Philosophy

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.

League Registration

Thank you so much for your interest in Jodie Harrison Basketball! Check back with us later, registration opens in October.

League Info Manual and Rulebook 

To view Rules for all divisions, including proper hoop height and ball size, CLICK HERE

Take a look over our League Manual, this includes FAQ’s and more in depth information about our basketball league. CLICK HERE

Team Formation

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.

League Logistics

Jodie Harrison Basketball is a one practice and one game per week commitment. Team practice times are chosen based on coach availability. Practices and games are held at The Community House and other D181 schools. League starts on January 7th and the last weekend of games are March  16th/17th. There is a 10 player per team max. 

Jodie Harrison Basketball League Info Flyer

Volunteer Coaches NEEDED!!

Coaches are needed at every grade level. A coaches meeting will be held Wednesday, December 12th- 6:30pm, at The Community House. Coaching is a one practice and game per week commitment. Practice times are based on coaches availability. If you are interested in coaching you can fill out the coaches form here and either email it to or drop it off at the front desk. We have a strict 3 coach max per team and we will not accept any 4th coach requests. 

League Logistics

Jodie Harrison Basketball is a one practice and one game per week commitment. Team practice times are chosen based on coach availability. Each team is guaranteed 7 games. Practices and games are held at The Community House and other D181 schools. League starts on January 6th and the last weekend of games are March  14th/15th. There is a 10 player per team max. 

  • Each team will play 7 games and practice one time per week
  • Practice day/time will depend on coach availability and are TBA
  • To receive member pricing, your membership must be valid on the start date of the league, January 4, 2021.
  • All refunds will be charged a 50% processing fee after December 21, 2020.
  • Refunds will NOT be given after December 28, 2020
    • This date allows parents to know the practice/game schedule and determine if their child can participate in the league
    • Consideration is given to form teams with children from the same school however, THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED due to the 900 + participants in the league. Placement requests may be submitted during the registration process but, not guaranteed.


Games will be at The Community House and other District 181 schools. Games can be played at any point during the season and game times listed below are TENTATIVE and subject to change.

2nd boys- Saturdays, 9:00am-1pm                  4th girls– Sundays, 11:00am-3:00pm

2nd girls- Saturdays,12:00-2:00pm                  5th/6th boys– Sundays, 11:00am-6:00pm

3rd boys– Saturdays, 9:00am-4:00pm             5th/6th girls– Sundays, 11:00am-2:00pm

3rd girls- Saturdays,1:00-4:00pm                     7th/8th boys– Sundays, 11:00am-2:00pm

4th boys– Saturdays, 9:00am-4:00pm             7th/8th girls– Sundays, 1:00-4:00pm



Practices will be at The Community House and other District 181 schools.Practices are based on volunteer coach availability. We do not know the practice schedule during the team formation process and cannot guarantee a certain day/time for practices.


4TH-8TH GRADE PLAYER EVALUATIONS by Breakaway Basketball

The Community House is very excited to be partnering with Breakaway Basketball for our player evaluations. With the new partnership, the format for evaluations are being changed. Visit to register for your spot and to view times for evaluations.  

  • All players must register for their spot for evaluations to register click here 

4th-8th graders are  REQUIRED to attend the player evaluation session on December 6th to help in the fair distribution of teams. Evaluations will take place at The Community House and will be ran by Breakaway Basketball. Players not present at evaluations will be placed on teams after those who attended evaluations. Players not present at one of the player evaluations will be placed on teams after those who attended.

Evaluations will be 1 hour and consist of scrimmaging and skill evaluation (dribbling and shooting drills). We base it on a scale from 1-3. 1 being very good and in the top 15% of the kids in the league, 2 being somewhere in the middle and average with the sport, and 3 being in the bottom 15% of the league.

Hiring scorekeepers!

We are looking for interested High School students to run the scoreboards for games during Jodie Harrison Basketball games! Anyone interested can either contact Kelci Bednar or stop by The Community House to fill out an application


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 at 630-323-7500 ext. 237 or by email