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.
• 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.
• 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
2015 8th GRADE FALL/WINTER PROGRAM
Hoop Dreams announces our 8th grade Fall/Winter program. Coaches Collins and Bannerman will lead this year’s talented group that will play in a combination of league games at Nequa Valley and Montini High Schools from early November to mid-February and also participate in 2 or 3 tournaments against the best available competition.
Our 8th grade team is also invited to participate in our very popular HS Fall Ball program in September and October and practice with our HS players during those months. Fall Ball is designed to get the older girls back in shape for their HS programs and gives our 8th graders a chance to work out with and against varsity level players for 2 months, which exposes them to the speed, skill, and intensity required to be successful at the varsity level of girls basketball.
During the HS Fall Ball portion of the season we supplement the basketball and physical training with guest speakers that speak with the girls about the challenges of being STUDENT-athletes, the recruiting process, being strong role models, and other topics that are appropriate and important for students their age. Our past speakers have included Corry Carter-Irvin (Whitney Young HS Head Coach), Larry Parker (father of WNBA great Candace Parker), Brooke Weisbrod (ESPN Women's Basketball Analyst and Chicago Sky broadcaster), Sonny Parker (father of NBA All-Star Jabari Parker), and Marcus Robinson (personal trainer and former Chicago Bear)
We consider 8th grade to be critical for player development and use the time to prepare our players for HS basketball. Our goal is to have each player advance the equivalent of 2 seasons during their 8th grade year and we have been very successful achieving this goal in the past. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 8 of 10 players from our 8th Fall 2011 team went on to play HS varsity as freshmen.
- 6 girls from our 8th Fall 2012 team played varsity as freshmen.
- 7 girls from our 8th Fall 2013 played varsity as freshmen.
While we can't guarantee that every girl will be a 4 year varsity player in HS, we can guarantee that she will have an advanced skill set relative to most of the other players her age in her school program and that she will be equipped with the tools required to be a successful student-athlete on and off the court.
IHD 8th grade workouts are not social events. They are very organized and intense sessions that focus on fundamentals and advanced player development. Our program is designed for players that are serious about the game and about improvement. We demand full attention, commitment, and effort at all times in the gym and we encourage all of our players to push one another to excel.
If you think the program sounds like a good fit for your daughter, we invite her to try-out for our team.
Advanced 7th graders are welcome to try-out for our Fall 8th grade team.
HS Teams visit the Show Me State
We traveled to St. Louis this weekend to compete in the USJN Gateway Challenge with our HS level teams where several of our girls showed very well in front of the college coaches from D2, D3, and NAIA schools. Our Elite team was undefeated in 17U National Division pool play at 3-0 and finished the weekend 3-1 after a setback against a very talented Oklahoma Blue Star club. We almost never complain about officiating, but being called for 10 team fouls in the first 4 minutes of a game is a tough hurdle to overcome. The 15u Black team played up in the 17u Regional Division and finished the weekend a very respectable 2-2 with a balanced team effort and key contributions by all, while our youngest teams (Frosh & 8th) continue to compete against the best and improve each time out as they become adjusted to “A” level HS tournaments. The experience will serve them well heading into the ultra-competitive national July events following our June break. THANK YOU to all of the players, parents, and coaches for making this a great weekend. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Congrats to USJN All-Star selections: