JUMP START Basketball League for Kids

JUMP START your player’s basketball career with a focus on fundamentals made fun! Introduce basketball fundamentals to 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls in a safe, fun, positive environment.


The program was designed and created by Joe Niego and his family. Joe played basketball in high school, received a full scholarship to play in college, and played in the NBA after finishing school. His true passion is player development and has a heart for the kids, their love of the sport, and their confidence. Joe’s wife, Julie, was a three-sport athlete in high school, received a full athletic scholarship for college, and also taught elementary education. Click here to read more about Joe and his family.

JUMP START consists of 1 hour and 15 minutes sessions led by a master instructor, Antonio Maestranzi, that include 30 minutes of skill development (dribbling, passing, and shooting), 15 minutes of games and contests, focusing on learned skills, and 30 minutes of controlled scrimmages. In addition to practice sessions, teams will play Friday afternoon/evening games to try out the new skills they learned and experience a real “game-like” scenario in a safe environment.

Coach Antonio Maestranzi played Division I basketball at Northern Illinois University, then went on to play professional basketball 6 years in Italy. He also played on the Italian National Team with a number of high profile NBA players like Danillo Galinari, Andrea Bargnani & Marco Bellinelli during the European Championships (Lithuania) competition for Italia. Click here to read more about Coach Antonio.

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Session Information

Session 1 is October 31 – December 16, 2016 (off Thanksgiving week)
Teams will have a 6-week practice, 4-week game season. During the season, players will work on skill development. All practices will be conducted by a Master Trainer. Games will be played on Fridays.

Session 2 is 8 weeks, January 9 – March 3, 2017
Teams will have a 8-week practice, 6-week game season. During the season, players will continue to work on skill development (dribbling, passing, shooting) and will also be introduced to basic game-time rules and strategies. All practices will be conducted by a Master Trainer. Games will be played on Fridays.


Registration Information

You can form your own team or join as an individual! There are three divisions: Boys 1st Grade, Boys 2nd Grade, and Girls 1st/2nd Grade.

Session 1 (6 weeks) is $125, Sessions 2 (8 weeks) is $165, and Sessions 1 and 2 combined is $275.

Registration Deadlines
The Session 1 (Nov/Dec League) team deadline is September 15, 2016 and individual deadline is September 30. The Session 2 (Jan/Feb League) team deadline is November 30 and individual deadline is December 15.


Click Here to Register


JUMP START Basketball League
Score Sports Center
8300 Wolf Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480




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About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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