Jodie Harrison Basketball League Information

2nd-8th grade boys and girls
all information is subject to change

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.

Registration opens for Keyholders September 26th and to the public October 3rd.

Register today!

Our preseason clinics are filling fast, check out our fall program guide for more information.


League Basic Information

Jodie Harrison Basketball is a one practice and one game per week commitment. Team practice times are chosen based on coach and gym availability. Each team is guaranteed 7 games (including playoffs). Practices and games are held at The Community House and other D181 schools. League starts after the new year and ends before spring break (following D181). There is a 10 player per team max. 


Games begin mid-January and end before D181 spring break. No games President’s Day Weekend. Outside refs will be hired for games. Game schedule will be released on or by December 16th.

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.

Saturdays – 1/14-3/11                                      Sundays – 1/15-3/12

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 begin after the new year. Teams get two practices before games begin. Practice schedule will be released on or by December 16th.

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

Breakaway Basketball will help lead the first half of practices with parent volunteer coaches running the second half of practice.

Volunteer Coaches Needed

Coaches are needed at every grade level. Coaches are in charge of team management/communication, planning practices, team supervision, etc. We have a strict 3 coach max per team and we will not accept any 4th coach requests. 

Coaches meeting will be held Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00pm at The Community House.

Refund Policy 

12/21 will be the last day for full refunds and a 50% processing fee will be in effect. No refunds after 12/28. This refund date gives time to look over rosters and schedules.

League Important Dates

9/26 – Keyholder registration opens
10/3 – Registration opens to the public
12/6 – Coaches meeting at 6pm at The Community House
1st or 2nd weekend of December – Player evaluations for 4th grade and up (Time and Date TBD)
12/16 – Rosters and schedules released online
12/22 – 50% processing fee for refunds
12/28 – Last day for refunds
1/2 – First week of practices
1/14 and 1/15 – First weekend of games
2/4 and 2/5 – League Picture Day
2/18 and 2/19 – No games President’s Day Weekend
3/4 and 3/5 – Last weekend of games/playoffs begin
3/11 and 3/12 – Playoffs and Championship games

Team Formation

How We Place Teams:

While we encourage a competitive spirit in all players and coaches, all league decisions are made with the best interest of the majority of children involved. 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 guarantee that each child will have some other children from their school but do not guarantee that your child’s team roster will be all from their school. There is a high chance you will have children from another school on the team. Each roster is 10 kids per team.

The Recreation Supervisor will be responsible for selecting all teams and all final team placement decisions. Volunteer Parent Coaches do not help in team formation. 

2nd-3rd Grade Teams 

We always place 2nd and 3rd graders on a team based only on their school but not all kids from the same school will be on the same team. In an attempt to create even rosters and ensure all kids have classmates from their schools, there is a high chance schools will be split between two or more teams.

4th-8th Grade Teams

  • what school they attend
  • # of years in the league
  • Participated in travel basketball
  • Combined grade levels (5th/6th and 7th/8th) – to have equal numbers of each grade on all team
  • 10 kids per team

For 4th grade and older we also take into consideration their 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 guarantee team placements
  • We do not guarantee coach requests
  • We do not guarantee all the children from one school will be on the same roster

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. Parent Volunteer Coaches do not create rosters or help in the team formation process. 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. 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.

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.