• Hoop Dreams
    "Besides pride, loyalty,
    I try to never lose sight
    of what a special time it
    is to be a women's
    basketball player.
    Sue Wicks
  • Hoop Dreams
    "Talent is God-given.
    Be humble.
    Fame is man-given.
    Be grateful.
    Conceit is self-given.
    Be careful."

    - Coach John Wooden
  • Hoop Dreams
    "Besides pride, loyalty,
    I try to never lose sight
    of what a special time it
    is to be a women's
    basketball player.
    Sue Wicks
  • Hoop Dreams
    You have to expect things
    of yourself before you
    can do them."
    Michael Jordan
  • Hoop Dreams
    “A winner is someone who
    recognizes his God- given
    talents, works his tail off to
    develop them into skills, and uses these skills
    to accomplish his goals.”
    Larry Bird
  • Hoop Dreams
    "You don't always need
    the five best players
    to win, you need the five
    that play best together."
    -Greg Anthony 
  • Hoop Dreams “You can practice shooting
    eight hours a day, but if
    your technique is wrong,
    then all you become is very
    good at shooting the wrong
    way. Get the fundamentals down
    and the level of everything you
    do will rise.”

    -Michael Jordan  

Welcome To the Illinois Hoop Dreams Website

IHD provides an affordable, safe, and positive learning environment for young women. We are dedicated to helping our players build strong character, become positive role models, and to maximizing their full potential on and off of the basketball court. We are focused on fundamental skill development and improving all aspects of the player’s game in order to help them become well rounded student-athletes that are prepared to achieve success at the HS JV, HS Varsity, Collegiate level, and in life.

IHD Goals:
• Provide age-specific training.
• Teach technical and tactical skills.
• Promote good sportsmanship and team spirit.
• Increase the player’s knowledge of basketball.
• Prepare each player to be successful at the next level of school basketball.
• Evaluate each player’s skills and develop and implement a plan for individual improvement.

IHD Focus:
• Ball handling and passing.
• Triple threat and court spacing.
• Post moves and rebounding.
• Defensive keys and transition play.
• Offensive & defensive keys.
• Floor vision, court communication, and moving without the ball.
• Team offensive schemes and team defensive schemes.
• Special game situations and strategies.


Fall Ball 2015

Thanks to everyone involved for making this year's Fall Ball 2015 program a success. 8 weeks of hard work and purposeful practices focused on the fundamentals has come to a close and we’re looking forward to watching our very talented HS players during the upcoming season. IHD players have led and been key contributors on championship caliber teams advancing to the IHSA Super Sectionals or State Finals for the past three consecutive seasons and we hope to see that trend continue.
During the “live weekend” in September, our girls played in three exposure events in three days and it was certainly an exhausting experience for our players and parents alike, but there is no success without sacrifice. Good times on and off the court with the squads competing against the best competition in the Midwest in front of dozens of college coaches at the Fire Fall Classic, USJN Elite Octoberfest, and X-Citement X-Posure events. A hugely successful weekend (6-1) for our 17u Elite team and a great test and learning experience for our younger girls with aspirations of becoming impact players in the future.
Finally, we'd like to acknowledge and thank all of the college coaches that made trips to our gym (some driving up to 7hrs each way) for Fall Ball workouts, those that hosted IHD players on official visits, and those that made watching our teams compete during the September weekend games a priority. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!
Looking forward to continuing to develop our younger players during the next few months during the winter 7/8th grade season.





Upcoming Events

8th grade Fall/Winter
League games



Visit our IHD
News Archives to

catch up on whats

been happening

IHD Alumni
Continuing the Dream
Class of 2014

Caroline Heimerdinger
North Central College  

Liz McNally
Benedictine University

Julia Moll
Beloit College

Victoria Patterson
Barry University (Miami)

Maggie Powers
Loyola University
(Academic scholarship)

Clarissa Ramos
Elgin Community College

Katie Swanson
Baldwin Wallace University

Kelly Wallner
North Central College