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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
Another Successful Spring AAU Season
We have officially arrived at the June break between our spring and summer sessions and it is an appropriate time to recognize the efforts and achievements of our players to date.
At the 8th grade (13u) level we welcomed Coach Caitlyn Johnson from St. Edwards HS into the IHD family and she has not disappointed. Coach Johnson worked tirelessly with her group of talented players and molded them into a cohesive and competitive unit. The team is a mixture of several players that have been with us since 5th grade and some new faces from places as far away as Rock Falls and downtown Chicago. The girls began the season by going 2-1 at the Lady Fire Classic and then finished 2nd in their pool at the USJN Windy City Classic, before taking first place at the Respect Mom Shootout and going 2-2 at the MWRR Memorial Day event against some of the best available 8th grade competition. They concluded their spring season as the 8th grade Champions of the Baylor Basketball University of Illinois Invitational where they had a great weekend on the court going 5-0 and off the court bonding and exploring the U of I campus.
The IHD Freshmen (14u) completed an impressive spring season by going 4-1 and taking 2nd Place at the Baylor Basketball University of Illinois Invitational at Champaign-Urbana.
Additional highlights of their spring included playing up and winning a Sophomore pool at the USJN Windy City Classic, advancing to the Final Four at the AAU State Championship, winning the Respect Mom Shootout, going undefeated and winning the MWRR Memorial Day Madness event, and winning 11 consecutive games while finishing the month of May with an excellent 14-3 record. The Fab Frosh are among the most talented group of 2017 prospects in the area and we are looking forward to an awesome July live period with them.
The scheduling challenges our oldest players face on an almost weekly basis during the spring HS semester are daunting to say the least. Other varsity sports, ACT classes, AP exams, National Honor Society, and prom are just a few of the activities that demand their time.
Despite missing key players at every event during the spring session, the 16u group had some notable accomplishments. A combined group got the season off to a great start by going 4-0 at the MWRR Spring Kickoff at Joy of the Game. Our 16u Black team then went 3-0 at the Lady Fire Spring Showcase, while the White team pulled out a clutch come from behind win against the very talented IL Wolverines in the same event.
Both teams combined to go 6-0 and win the 10th and 11th grade levels at the Respect Mom Shootout, and our 16u Black team had a great weekend taking 2nd Place in the 17u Championship Division of the MWRR Memorial Day Madness tournament with an impressive win over the 17u Lady Raptors, a second win of the season over a very determined Lady Lightning Gold team, and a hard fought victory over IL Elite 17u National in what was considered by most in attendance to be the best game of the entire tournament before finally coming up a bit short on tired legs in the championship game against the tough WI Lakers 17u White.
We continue to receive calls and inquiries regularly from college coaches about several players in our 16u group. They will be competing during the July live period at the Run for the Roses in Lexington KY, Nike Invitational in Chicago, and at the USJN Nike 17u Nationals in Washington DC.