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.

Winter House Basketball League

  • Dates Sundays January 8 - March 19 2023 (No Sessions on March 5)
  • Age Groups Boys and Girls 1st-6th Grade
  • Times Girls can start as early as 10:00 AM/Boys won't start until 1:30 PM at the earliest
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Season: Winter
  • Price: $300.00

Our house basketball league is specifically designed to accommodate your busy schedule. All practices and games on Sunday. Practice with your team for 45 minutes and then take what you learned and incorporate it into your game right after. No more having to take each kid to practice on different days, dedicate your Sunday to basketball and leave the rest of the week open for other activities (or one of our basketball clinics). Your kids will be learning from the best as all of our coaches are paid professionals (no volunteers).

This is a non-competitive basketball league for boys and girls 1st-6th grade (boys and girls are separated). The goal of this league is to improve our skills and have fun.

Boys don’t start until 1:30 PM at the earliest

Lakeview Basketball Class

  • Dates Sunday January 22 - March 19
  • Location Florence G. Heller JCC 524 W Melrose St, Chicago
  • Times 1st -3rd Grade 10:30 - 11:15 4th -6th Grade 11:15 - 12:00 PM
  • Ages 1st - 6th Grade
  • Season: Winter
  • Price: $170

Join us as we work on our skills in this fun active basketball class.

Lil Ballers Lakeview Basketball Class

  • Dates Sundays January 29 - March 26
  • Location Florence G. Heller JCC 524 W Melrose St, Chicago
  • Time 10:00 - 10:30 AM
  • Age 3-6 Years Old
  • Season: Winter
  • Price: $150

Join us for this intro to basketball. Work on your basic skills and knowledge of the game and get a chance to enjoy time on the court.

Lil Ballers Rodgers Park Basketball Class

  • Dates Sundays January 29 - March 26
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 W Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Ages 3 - 6 years Old
  • Time 9:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Season: Winter
  • Price: $150

Join us for this intro to basketball. Work on your basic skills and knowledge of the game and get a chance to enjoy time on the court.

Winter Travel Basketball

  • Date January 9 - March 19
  • Practice Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 W Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Practice Days Monday and Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00
  • Season: Winter
  • Price: $700

Join our competitive basketball team as you work on your skills and team strategy to win tournaments around the state of Illinois.

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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.