Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building in the West Suburbs

Basketball is a wonderful team sport to play as a developing young athlete, and thankfully, there are many year round programs to play locally! From skill building classes to leagues and teams, kids as young as kindergarten can get involved with the opportunity to progress all the way through high school. Check out our comprehensive list that includes recreational leagues as well as competitive travel teams for your basketball player today! This article is sponsored by Breakaway Basketball.

Breakaway Basketball is the leader in basketball skill development for players in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. They are the largest skill development program in Illinois, servicing over 8,000 players a year and partnering with over 200 travel 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, and Naperville (Supreme Courts). To learn more about Breakaway Basketball, visit www.breakawaybasketball.com.

Kids Basketball: Classes, Leagues and Teams

In addition to the organizations listed below, be sure to take a look at your local park district and YMCA as they often offer basketball leagues, classes and camps.

Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Westmont, Plainfield, and Naperville. Year-round group training, team training, and specialty clinics for 1st-12th graders.

Breakaway Basketball is the leader in basketball skill development for players in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. They are the largest skill development program in Illinois, servicing over 8,000 players a year and partnering with over 200 travel 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, and Naperville (Supreme Courts). To learn more about Breakaway Basketball, visit www.breakawaybasketball.com.

Chicago Lockdown
Practice/Game Possibilities: Score Sports Center or Lyons Township High School
(773) 750-7900
Skill Development training and leagues are available year-round for Kindergarten through high school. Their 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 for 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.

North Riverside Basketball
2401 S. DesPlaines Ave.
North Riverside, IL
(708) 442-5515
Recreational league for girls and boys in 3rd though 8th grades.

Bulls/Sox Academy
Glen Ellyn: (630) 317-0150
La Grange: (708) 588-2275
Lisle: (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, this league focuses on participation, sportsmanship and learning the fundamentals of the game.

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, Downers 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.

Our southwest suburban basketball leagues article has even more program options. We update our classes for kids page all the time — check it out for sports, arts, and other programs!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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