• Hoop Dreams
    Get Ready for Spring
    IHD Spring AAU Open Gym
    Thursday 2/25, 8:00PM to 9:30PM
    Westminster Christian School
    2700 Highland Ave, Elgin
  • 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.

 

Hoop Dreams News

IHD Spring AAU Open Gym

Thursday 2/25, 8:00PM to 9:30PM
Westminster Christian School
2700 Highland Ave, Elgin
Everyone is invited to our annual pre-tryout event for parents and players to meet the coaching staff, reconnect with returning players, and meet some potential new ones. We’ll have plenty of information about our 2016 season plans and schedule and look forward seeing everyone on the 25th.
Get in a great workout in a fun atmosphere! (FREE) !

 

Saluting the 1,000 Points Club Inductees

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and 4-year varsity starters Emma Benoit (Hampshire), Shelby Holt (Burlington Central), Jamie Netzley (Wheaton Academy), Morgan Rosencrants (SC North), Kayla Ross (Burlington Central), and Maddie Versluys (Westminster Christian) on reaching the 1,000 points scored career milestone.  An amazing accomplishment for an amazing group of young ladies!

 

Hey, Hey, Huntley…Back to Back MLK Champions!

The Red Raiders are the 2016 Champions of the 3rd Annual DeKalb MLK Tournament that featured a field of 16 teams with the top 8 seeds having a combined season record of 107-26.
The defending champs entered the event as the 4th seed and they defeated top seeded and previously unbeaten 20-0 Rockford Lutheran (ranked #2 in IL 3A) in the semifinals before defeating second seeded Rock Island (ranked #6 in IL 4A) for the title. The games featured balanced scoring and excellent defensive performances by the Raiders in against two excellent teams with key contributions from several players. In the title game, Maddy Moffett and Paige Renkosik did an amazing job chasing and denying one of the best players in the country while Morgan Clausen had a monster 4th Qtr on both ends of the floor and Kayla Barreto made two clutch free throws to clinch the Championship in the closing seconds. Huntley is a well-coached team that plays with intensity from start to finish. Congrats Abbey, Kayla, Morgan, Maddy, Mallory, Missy, Paige and the rest of the Huntley squad on Back 2 Back MLK titles for the Red Raiders!

 

2016 Midwest Invitational

Our 7th/8th team is a balanced mix of 7th and 8th graders so we were given the option to play in either the 7A/8B Division where we would likely win several games or in the 8A Gold where we would be one of the youngest teams and likely not be as “successful”.
Easy decision! The girls moved passed the previous weekend’s performance where we lacked some focus and attention to detail all day (despite winning a couple of games) after our extended Holiday break to have a great experience in the most competitive event of the Winter Travel Season that featured 32 top 8th grade teams from 5 States. We finished the weekend 2-2; a few missed free throws from 3-1, and learned some important lessons along the way about teamwork, execution, finishing, competing, intensity, and confidence. A 20pt comeback in the second half for the win in the last game on Sunday sent everyone home happy…and just a little exhausted.

 

2016 AAU Season

All of the players from our 2015 Elite 17u team have either signed/committed to play at the next level or are in the final stages on making final decisions and we’re looking forward to helping the next group of girls reach their Hoop Dreams in 2016.
Preliminary tournament schedules were sent out to returning 15u to 17u HS players. This year’s schedule includes multiple NCAA certified events in April, July, and September so our players will once again be well positioned to maximize their exposure opportunities.
We will announce try-out details soon for younger girls that are interested in joining the most competitive girls AAU program in the area.
We anticipate having talented teams from 5th grade to 11th grade again this season.


 

 


 

 

Upcoming Events

 

IHD Spring AAU Open Gym

Thursday 2/25, 8:00PM to 9:30PM
Westminster Christian School
2700 Highland Ave, Elgin

 

2016 Spring Tryouts
coming soon

 


 

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IHD Alumni
Continuing the Dream

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

Shelby Holt
Quincy University

Kayla Ross
Olivet Nazarene

Emma Benoit
Northern Michigan

Kiana Jeremiah
MSOE

Jamie Netzley
Taylor University

Hannah Vitkus
North Central College

Paige Renkosik
Limestone College
(soccer)

Jackie Collins
University of Notre Dame (academics/marching band)