OUR YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAMS

Many basketball programs change coaches or directors frequently, leaving kids feeling like they’re starting from scratch. Chai Athletics was founded to offer a consistent presence, while focusing on overcoming challenges, improving athletic talent and above all, creating a community within a community.

Spring Travel Basketball

  • Practice Days Practice two days a week Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday
  • Practice Times 5:30 - 7:00 or 7:00-8:30
  • Practice Location Quad Indoor Sports or Bernard Horwich JCC
  • Tournament Day All Tournaments on Sunday (Times/Location TBD as we try to schedule around everyone's needs)
  • Age Group 5th Grade through High School Boys & Girls
  • Price: $650

Represent the community as we travel the state to compete in one-day basketball tournaments. Each Tournament consists of 2 – 3 games and is located in places as far as Aurora, Naperville, Northbrook, Schaumberg, and more. All teams are coached by our professional coaches.

Boys or Girls Baseball At Bernard Horwich JCC

  • Date Sundays April 3- May 29 2022
  • Time 1:15 - 2:15
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 W Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Price $160
  • Season: Spring
  • Price: $160

Spend about half the class practicing different skills such as pop-flys, batting, and throwing. The second half of the class play a game where everyone gets a chance to work on the strategic part of playing competitive baseball. This class is designed to develop baseball players and is non-competitive

**Boys and Girls will be separated**

Rochelle Zell Jr. Tigers Feeder Basketball Team

  • Date March 27 - June 6
  • Time TBD
  • Practice Location Rochelle Zell Jewish High School
  • Tournaments Sundays (times and locations TBD)
  • Age Group 6th - 8th Grade Boys and Girls
  • Price: $650

Want to play for the Rochelle Zell Tigers? Get a head start on the skills, terminology, culture, and more with our Jr. Tigers Feeder Team

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Introductory Level

Learn fundamental movement skills and build overall motor skills. Participation once or twice per week in basketball but daily participation in other sport activity is essential for further excellence.

Group skill competitions recommended throughout the level. Introduction to team principles/concepts ONLY, avoid actual 5×5 competition until fundamentals are further developed.

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Foundational Level

Learn all fundamental and basic basketball-specific skills, establish building blocks for overall basketball skills. 70% of time is spent on individual fundamental training and only 30% of the time is spent on actual game competition.

Teach position concepts, but DO NOT assign player positions at any point in the level. Divide actual competition between special games (1×1, 2×2, 3×3, skill games) and 5×5 play, trying not to focus on actual 5×5 competition until later in the level.

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Advanced Level

Build the aerobic base, build strength towards the end of the level and further develop overall basketball skills. Build the “engine” and consolidate basketball skills.

Early in the level, 60% of the time is spent on individual training and 40% is spent on competition including 5×5 play, special games (1×1, 2×2, 3×3, skill games) as well as team-oriented practices. Later in the level, depending on mastery of skills, the switch can be made to a 50:50 training to competition ratio and positions can be assigned.

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Performance Level

Maximize fitness and competition preparation as well as individual and position-specific skills. Optimize the “engine” of skills and performance.

Training to competition ratio in this phase shifts to 25:75, understanding that the competition percentage includes team-oriented practices and other competition-specific preparations.