Kids’ Basketball Teams, Leagues, and Skill Building

If your child dreams of nothin’ but net — or they’ve outgrown dunking on the Little Tikes hoop — you’ve got lots of choices. From competitive traveling teams to all-kids-play local leagues, we’re rounding up local basketball programs in the western suburbs. Don’t forget to check with your own local school, YMCA, and park district, too! This article is sponsored by Breakaway Basketball.

Breakaway Basketball

Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook Hinsdale, Western Springs, Orland Park and Naperville
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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 300 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, Western Springs, Orland Park and Naperville (Supreme Courts). To learn more about Breakaway Basketball, visit

Kids Basketball: Classes, Leagues and Teams

Many local teams are getting creative with new ways to offer clinics, practices, and team experiences for kids. Our local businesses are doing an amazing job pivoting and adjusting to provide our children with opportunities! Check with them directly to see what they are currently offering.

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Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook Hinsdale, Western Springs, Orland Park and Naperville. Year-round group training, team training, and specialty clinics for 1st-12th graders. See more info above!

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

Bolingbrook Community Basketball
200 Lindsey Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Bolingbrook Magic Travel teams for 3rd grade – high school players, as well as supervised open gyms.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Joliet Youth Basketball Leagues (YMCA)
Various locations in Joliet, IL
Junior Youth Basketball League for ages 4 and up and a Youth Basketball League for 1st – 12th grade.

Joliet Park District Basketball Programs
Various locations in Joliet, IL
Offers a Kids First Basketball program, Little Hoopsters, Lil Hoopers, and All-Star Junior Basketball.

Lituanica Athletic Club (Lemont)
14911 127th Street
Lemont, IL 60439
630-235-0264 (Coach Stepas) for boys; (630) 999-5312 (Coach Aurimas) for girls
Programs for 1st – 11th grades.

Lemont Athletic Club Indians Travel Basketball
Various locations in Lemont, IL
Programs for boys and girls in 3rd – 8th grade.

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

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

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.

Orland Hills Co-Ed Basketball 
16553 Haven Avenue
Orland Hills, IL 60487, USA
Seasonal classes for kindergarten – 8th grade. Check the current program guide for options.

Orland Youth Association Boys Leagues (Orland Park)
Various locations in Orland Park, IL
Recreational league for grades 3–8.

Orland Youth Association Girls Leagues (Orland Park)
Various locations in Orland Park, IL
Recreational league for grades 3–8 and a traveling league for grades 4–8.

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

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.

Chicago LockDown
8300 S Wolf Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480
(773) 750-7900
Skill Development training and leagues are available year-round for Kindergarten through high school. Their Jump Start League is an intro to basketball for 1st and 2nd graders.

Have a program your kid loves? Show your team pride in the comments! Then, head to our giant guide to classes and teams in the west suburbs to check out all the options for athletics, art, academics, and more.

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

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