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.

CJDS Rams Basketball

  • Date November - February
  • Location CJDS Gym
  • Age Group 5th Grade - 8th Grade
  • Price: $375

Register to represent your school on the court as we face off against local school teams.

Arie Crown Lions Basketball Team

  • Date October 18 - February 11
  • Location Arie Crown Gym
  • Age Group 7th and 8th Grade Boys
  • Season: Winter Season
  • Price: $450

Register to represent your school on the court as we face off against local school teams.

Winter House Basketball League

  • Date Sundays January 2, 2022 - March 27, 2022
  • Location Roycemore School 1200 Davis St, Evanston, IL
  • Age Group 1st through 6th grade Boys & Girls Divisions
  • Season: Winter Season
  • Price: $250

Participate in our house league ran by professional coaches (no volunteer coaches). Everything is on Sundays! We are all busy getting multiple kids to different activities, and kids often do not remember what they learned at practice on Tuesday to play on Sunday. At Chai Athletics we run a 45-minute practice followed by a full game. This allows kids to use what they learned right away and develop their skills better; it also requires parents to only dedicate one day to basketball instead of multiple days getting kids to practice and games.

Spring Travel Basketball

  • Practice two days a week (Days/Time/Location TBD)
  • All Tournaments on Sunday
  • 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.