About Illinois Hoop Dreams

  • IHD Spring-Summer 2019



    • • IHD is a girls’ basketball club for 5th grade to HS student-athletes dedicated to the training and development of
    • players from various school districts and private schools.
    • • IHD is a member club of the Amateur Athletic Union of the USA (AAU).
    • • HD has developed a standard of excellence and is recognized as one of the premier AAU youth basketball programs in the Chicago area.
    • • Our teams are very competitive and our emphasis on elite level skill development has produced players that are consistently among the best in their school programs.

    Program Goals:

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


    Hoop Dreams focuses on improving skills in the following areas:

    • • 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
    Commitment to Excellence:

    • • Players are made in the summer and no one does it better than IHD!
    • Player Development is our #1 Priority
    • • 70% of the players that have completed our 8th grade program has gone on to play at least 3yrs of HS varsity basketball, with many girls playing 4yrs.
    • • We’ve developed more All-Area/All-Conference level players than most of our nearest competitors combined.
    • • A majority of players on the annual Fox Valley Daily Herald All-Area team have played for IHD.
    • • HS teams with multiple IHD players in the rotation have advanced to the IHSA Elite 8 or State Finals for 5 consecutive seasons.
    • • Hoop Dreams HS teams play in the premier National NCAA Certified Exposure events.
    • • Our players are recruited by college coaches across the country and several are playing collegiately.


    • • IHD 2019 try-outs will be held in late February.  
    • • Teams will begin a combination of practicing and training shortly thereafter.
    • • Our tournament season:
          • Middle School – April to June
      • High School – April to July (no games in June)
        • All age groups will practice twice per week in Elgin area gyms.
        • HS girls can skip practices to participate in June summer league games.
        • Each team will participate in 6-8 tournaments and/or shoot-outs.
        • 8th grade and HS teams compete in multiple college exposure events.


    • Our goal for the 2019 season is to have competitive teams from 5th – 11th grades.
    • • Coaching and facility resources will determine the number of teams at each level.
    • • Players are considered at their current grade level until the start of the following school year.
    • • We will allow players to play “up” if they have the skills required to play with an older team.
    • • Per AAU and tournament rules, NO player is ever allowed to play “down” on a younger team.


    • • Players will be placed on a team that allows them the best opportunity to learn, contribute, and develop their skills in the most competitive environment.
    • • Playing time is earned, not given, and may not be equal.
    • • Rosters are limited to a 12-player maximum.

    TBA at time of try-outs.
    Fee includes gym time, coaching, and all tournaments. (Does not include the uniform)
    • Out of town travel costs are extra and are the responsibility of each family.

    • • Our Adidas uniform package includes an Adidas reversible jersey, Adidas shorts, and an Adidas long-sleeve dry-fit shooting shirt.
    • • Additional items (sweats, bags, hoodies, t-shirts, etc.) are available separately.



I've had the honor to be around this club. I was super excited and impressed by their vision and direction. Their club is different than the "typical AAU club" because they aren't about scheduling a lot of games. They are successful because of their focus on building players that are solid in their skills and ready to compete at the next level and that are solid citizens as well. They have a great Balance of games and development! "

Ganon Baker
Ganon Baker Basketball
Nike Girls Skills Academy