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.
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.
To view Rules for all divisions, including proper hoop height and ball size, please click Here.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
4th-8th graders are REQUIRED to attend ONE player tryout session (11/11 or 12/6) to help in the fair distribution of teams. Tryouts will take place at The Community House. Players not present at one of the player tryouts will be placed on teams after those who attended tryouts. 4th-8th graders are REQUIRED to attend ONE player tryout session (11/11 or 12/6) to help in the fair distribution of teams. Tryouts will take place at The Community House. Players not present at one of the player tryouts will be placed on teams after those who attended tryouts.
Tryouts will be evaluated by the Chicago Bulls Academy. Tryouts will consist of 10 minutes of scrimmaging and then 10 minutes of skill evaluation (dribbling and shooting drills). Be aware we take the first 20 kids to go through tryouts and then the next 20 after the first group is finished. 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.
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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Have any other questions? Contact Kelci Bednar at 630-323-7500 ext. 237 or by email email@example.com