Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building

This great list of options for kids basketball is sponsored by Breakaway Basketball.

Breakaway Basketball is the leader in basketball skill development for players in first through twelfth grade. They are the largest skill development company in Illinois, servicing over 6,000 players a year and partnering with over 150 teams to provide in-season skill development training. They offer year-round group training, team training, and specialty clinics. Breakaway is currently offered in Oak Brook Hinsdale, Westmont, Plainfield, Naperville, and Frankfort. To learn more about Breakaway Basketball, visit

Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building

Youth basketball leagues are offered year round and basketball is a great team sport to play as a developing young athlete. There are opportunities to play in programs that start skill building as young as kindergarten and progress on through high school. From recreational leagues to the more competitive travel teams, we’ve got a comprehensive list for your basketball player! In addition to the following organizations, be sure to check out your local park district and YMCA as they often offer basketball leagues, classes and camps.

Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook Hinsdale, Westmont, Plainfield, Naperville, and Frankfort
Year-round group training, team training, and specialty clinics for 1st-12th graders. Read more about Breakaway above and go to their website:

Chicago Lockdown
Practice/Game Possibilities:
Score Sports Center or
Lyons Township No/So High School
(773) 750-7900
Kindergarten through High School
Skill Development training and leagues are available year-round
Jump Start League is a basketball introduction for 1st and 2nd grade players

Spartz Sports
Western Springs, IL
(708) 297-0653
A wide variety of basketball training including individual and group lessons, camps, clinics and travel leagues beginning at age 3 years old though professional level.

Junior Bulldog Basketball
Riverside Brookfield High School
160 Ridgewood Rd.
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-7500
For boys in 4th through 8th grade.

Bulls/Sox Academy
Glen Ellyn: (630) 317-0150
LaGrange location: (708) 588-2275
Lisle location: (630) 324-8221
Basketball programs, camps and leagues for boys and girls ages 5 through high school.

Knights Basketball
1450 Forest Gate Rd
Oak Brook IL 60523
(630) 930-7168
Competitive “travel” program for girls and boys in 3rd through 8th grades.

Elmhurst Airborne
York Community High School
355 St. Charles Rd.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 337-0279
Traveling basketball club for District 205 boys and girls in 4th through 8th grade.

Jodie Harrison Basketball League
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 323-7500
For 2nd through 8th graders, The league focuses on participation, sportsmanship, learning the fundamentals of the game and creating an atmosphere for all players to succeed.

Hinsdale Inferno
Hinsdale Central High School
5500 South Grant St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(312) 208-8197
The feeder basketball program for Hinsdale Central High School, for boys and girls in 3rd grade through 8th grade.

Darien Youth Club
1702 Plainfield Rd.
Darien IL 60561
(630) 205-0202
For boys and girls in kindergarten through high school, no try-outs, all kids play.

Level Up Basketball Academy
Downers Grove, IL
(630) 660-4243
Teams, lessons and clinics for 4th through 7th grade kids.

Downers Grove Wolfpack Basketball
Downers Grove, IL
Community travel basketball program for boys and girls in 4th through 8th grade.

Downers Grove Nomads
4500 Belmont Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 408-4371
Competitive travel basketball for 4th-8th Grades.

Glen Ellyn Raiders
Practices at: Glenbard South HS, Glen Crest Middle School, The Glen Ellyn Civic Center
(708) 601-3509
Serving children within the Glenbard South High School boundaries in 5th through 8th grades.

Glen Ellyn Titans
800 St. Charles Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL
Feeder system for the Glenbard West High School basketball program for boys and girls in 4th through 8th grades.

Basketball Paradise
31W300 Schoger Dr
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 303-3855
For boys and girls in 3rd grade through high school.

Illinois Basketball Academy
460 Industrial Drive
Naperville, IL 60567
(630) 637-4667
Competitive basketball instruction for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Wheatland Athletics
2323 Liberty Street
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 978-2855
Recreational, competitive and travel programs for boys and girls in grades K-12.

TAW Basketball
The Athlete Within Basketball School
Zion Lutheran Church
7930 Ogden Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534
Lessons, drills and skills for 1st-12th grades.

About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages five and six and their two year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

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