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.

Lil Ballers Basketball Class

  • Dates Sundays October 23 - December 4 2022
  • Age 3 - 6 year old Boys and Girls
  • Time 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC (3003 Touhy Ave, Chicago)
  • Season: Fall
  • Price: $150.00

Join us for this 30-minute session as we learn the basic skills and terminology to basketball.

Fall and Winter (Combo) House League

  • Dates September 11 - December 4 2022 (Fall Season)/ January 8 – March 26 2023 (Winter Season)
  • Age Groups Boys and Girls 1st - 6th Grade
  • Times Girls can start as early as 9:30 AM/Boys won't start until 1:30 PM at the earliest
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Price: $500.00

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

**This is a discounted price to sign up for both Fall and Winter Season**

Fall House Basketball League

  • Dates Sundays September 11- December 4 2022 (No Sessions on Jewish Holidays)
  • Age Groups Boys and Girls 1st-6th Grade
  • Times Girls can start as early as 9:30 AM/Boys won't start until 1:30 PM at the earliest
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Season: Fall
  • 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

1st – 3rd Grade Boys and Girls Basketball Skills Class

  • Dates Mondays October 24 - November 28 2022
  • Ages 1st- 3rd Grade Boys and Girls (Seperated)
  • Times 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Location Bernard Horwich 3003 Touhy Ave. Chicago
  • Season: Fall
  • Price: $150.00

Join our weekday skills class to practice your skills and knowledge of the game. Coaches will work on different skills each week and play games that help improve the skills that are being taught.

4-6th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball Skills Class

  • Dates Wednesdays October 26 - November 30 2022
  • Time 5:30 PM -6:15 PM
  • Ages 4th -6th Grade Boys and girls (Seperated)
  • Location Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 Touhy Ave. Chicago
  • Season: Fall
  • Price: $150.00

Join our weekday skills class to practice your skills and knowledge of the game. Coaches will work on different skills each week and play games that help improve the skills that are being taught.

Fall 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 Bernard Horwich JCC 3003 Touhy Ave, Chicago
  • Tournament Day All Tournaments on Sunday (Times/Location TBD as we try to schedule around everyone's needs)
  • Age Group 4th Grade through 8th Grade Boys & Girls Teams
  • Season: Fall
  • Price: $750.00

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.

Solomon Schechter After School Basketball

  • Dates Fridays August 26 - November 4 2022
  • Grades 5th-8th Grade Boys and Girls
  • Time 1:30 -3:30 PM
  • Location Solomon Schechter Gym
  • Season: Fall
  • Price: $160

Join Chai Athletics professional coaches every Friday to work on basketball skills and games. Half the time practice skills and drills while the other half of the class play games. This program is for Solomon Schechter Students only.

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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.