Basketball Leagues, Camps, and Skills Training in the Southwest Suburbs

There are so many great opportunities to play basketball and develop your child’s skills all over the southwest suburbs. Almost all of the local park districts offer basketball leagues that are open to both residents and non-residents, and there are plenty of other options, too. Now is the time to think about signing up! Younger groups are usually co-ed, and then as children hit first grade, leagues are divided. If your child is already in a league and wants help mastering skills, check out our list of skills camps and skill development centers. Whatever your needs are on the court, you are bound to find a great local option for your child! This article is sponsored by Breakaway Basketball.

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Basketball Leagues, Camps, and Skills Training in the Southwest Suburbs

Basketball Leagues

Bolingbrook Community Basketball
Ages: 3rd grade – high school.

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Bridgeview Park District Boys and Girls Basketball 
Ages: 4th – 8th grade.
Cost: $110 before October 22, 2018, $130 after October 22, 2018.

George Shimko Basketball School (Bridgeview)
Offers Leagues for children 4th – 8th grade in southwest suburbs.

IHUSTLE Basketball Academy (Calumet City)
Ages: 3 – 14 years old (Pre-K – 8th grade).
Email for upcoming camps.

Chicago Heights and Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Basketball
Fundamentals Division, ages: 4 – Kindergarten.
Pee-Wee Division, ages: 1st – 2nd grade.

Chicago Heights Small Fry Basketball
Ages: 8 – 12 years old.

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District
Check web site for updated information.

Frankfort Park District Youth Basketball Leagues
Ages: 1st – 8th Grade.

Homer Basketball (Homer Glen)
Recreational League, ages: 3rd grade – 8th grade.
Rookie League, ages: 1st – 2nd grade.
Also offers a full-time Heat Program that is year-round and travels, and a part-time Fire Program.

Joliet Youth Basketball Leagues
Junior Youth Basketball League, ages: 4 and up.
Youth Basketball League, ages: 1st – 12th grade.

Joliet Park District Basketball Programs
Offers a Kids First Basketball program, Little Hoopsters, Lil Hoopers, All-Star Junior Basketball, and 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.

Lituanica Athletic Club (Lemont)
Ages: 3rd grade – 8th grade.

Lemont Athletic Club Indians Travel Basketball
Ages: 3rd – 8th grade.

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Velocity Basketball Sports and Training Complex (Mokena)
Fall basketball league for all ages and grades.

Ivy League Kids Little Dribblers (Mokena)
Ages: Kindergarten – 3rd grade.

New Lenox Park District Children’s Basketball League
Ages: 1st – 8th grade.

Oak Lawn Park District Program
Intramural Basketball, ages: 4th – 8th grade.
Co-Ed Basketball Leagues, ages: 5 – 8 years old.

Orland Hills Co-Ed Basketball 
Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade.

Orland Youth Association Boys Leagues (Orland Park)
Ages: 3rd grade- 12th grade.

Orland Youth Association Girls Leagues (Orland Park)
Ages: 3rd – 8th grade.

Palos Heights Basketball Program
Ages: 1st – 8th grade.

Palos Park Basketball Program
Ages: 1st – 8th grade.

Plainfield Park District Basketball
Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade.

Romeoville Basketball
Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade.

Village of Romeoville Community Basketball
Community Basketball, ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade.
Intramural High School League, ages: 9th – 12th grade.

Tinley Park-Park District
Ages: Pre-kindergarten- 8th grade.

Skills Training and Camps

George Shimko Basketball School (Bridgeview)
Offers summer camps for ages 5 – 15 and skills classes at different location in southwest suburbs.

Roma Sports Club (Frankfort)
Basketball skills training with a modified agenda for kindergarten – 1st grade.

Next Level Basketball (Matteson and Tinley Park)
Offers skills training, basketball camps, athletic training services, and AAU basketball for all ages.

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Velocity Basketball Sports and Training Complex (Mokena)
Ages: 8 – 17 years old.
Year-round skill and developmental training with emphasis on fundamentals in basketball.

Oak Lawn Park District Program
George Shimko Basketball School
Ages: 5 – 16 years old.

Chicago Bulls/Sox Youth Academy (Orland Park)
Ages: 5 – 14 years old.
Basketball skills camps at the Sportsplex in Orland Park.

Also check out basketball teams and skill-building in the west suburbs, or see all of the classes for kids featured on Kidlist!

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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