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.

2021 League Details – updated 10/1/21

The Community House is very excited to offer another season of Jodie Harrison Basketball to the young athletes in our community. We thank you for your patience as we are still in the planning stages of our Jodie Harrison Basketball League.

The structure of the 2022 season depends entirely on how much school space we are able to use from District 181 and while we wait to receive an answer, some details are not yet finalized. We are able to offer some  league details at the this time (which are subject to change) and once we are able to finalize the 2022 season, all registered participants will be notified via email and website info will be updated.

Click here to register for the 2022 season 


Important Dates (tentative):

December 8th – Coaches’ Meeting at 6:30pm at The Community House

December 12th – 4th-8th grade player evaluations click here for more information

December 17th – Team Rosters, Practice Schedules, and Game Schedules released

December 21st –  Last day for full refund

December 22nd-29th – 50% refunds only

December 29th – Last day for refunds

January 3rd – First week of practices

January 15/16 – First weekend of games

February 5/6 – League picture day

February 19/20 – President’s Day Weekend(No scheduled games)

March – season wraps up before D181 Spring Break

The Community follows local and state guidelines in their entirety. We will update our league website with the most up to date sports guidelines.

All Sports Policy as of 8/10/21
Masks are required during games and practices while playing
– For sports played indoors, individuals aged two years and older who can medically tolerate a mask, regardless of
vaccination status, must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
-All spectators, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask in attendance at indoor youth sports events

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.

Practice Days/Times:
Practice begins the week of January 3rd and are 1 hour each, 1 day a week. Practices are led by Breakaway Basketball coaches with the help of Volunteer Parent Coaches. We do not guarantee any practice days or times.

Practices days and times depend entirely on the gym space received from District 181. Once we are able to finalize the 2022 season, all registered participants will be notified via email.

Tentative Game Days (subject to change):
Game times are dependent on gym space availability
No games on President’s Day Weekend (2/19 and 2/20)
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. All players who need to attend evaluations will be emailed with more details once the evaluation schedule is finalized. Evaluations will take place on Sunday, December 12th.

Refund Policy:
Last Day for refunds is 12/29/21. All refunds will be charged a 50% processing fee after 12/21/21.
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

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 Supervisor at