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Travel Basketball Overview

Welcome to Lincolnshire Travel Basketball


The mission of the Lincolnshire Travel Basketball Program is to promote and develop basketball skills, athleticism, teamwork, sportsmanship, and enjoyment of the game of basketball for all of its players.  Overall program goals will be achieved through the implementation of regular, well-organized practices that focus on age appropriate fundamentals in addition to a competitive schedule of games and possible tournament participation for each grade level.   


Our vision as a basketball program is to provide the best basketball experience available to Lincolnshire kids wanting to play basketball at a higher level, and to be the preferred option for long term development of the players in our community through a tailored individual approach to each participant.  We recognize that there are a number of options in the area for travel basketball in the area - our goal as a program is to be the optimal choice that combines a cultivation of the love the game and preparation for future success at the junior high level and beyond. 

League and Teams

Our teams generally participate in the North Suburban Basketball League (NSBL).  However we will consider other league or tournament options if the NSBL cannot field a sufficient number of teams.  We plan on fielding boys teams, grades 3-6, and girls teams, grades 4-6, for the 2016-2017 season, subject to level of interest.  The number of teams offered at each grade level will be based on the number and ability level of players trying out.  We highly recommend that travel players participate in the LSA house league basketball program, as it affords an opportunity for all of our players to play more basketball, and continue to build confidence and practice newly acquired skills in a less competitive environment with friends.

Team Selection

All players are welcome to tryout out for Lincolnshire Travel Basketball, regardless of past basketball history.  Travel tryouts will be comprised of two sessions per age group between 60 and 90 minutes, and will be held in the last week of September.  Attendance on both days is highly recommended, but not mandatory.  There is no cost to tryout.  Players trying out should wear non-marking rubber soled athletic shoes and shorts and bring a basketball and water bottle.

Our tryouts will consist of drills and small-sided scrimmages.  

Evaluators will:

- Rank the players on a variety of criteria important to our basketball program – including, but not limited to athleticism, competitiveness, coachability, sportsmanship, and execution of basketball fundamentals (ball handling, shooting, rebounding)

- Select the team rosters based on player rankings 

- Give the team rosters to the Travel Director, for approval

Each player parent will be notified via email with tryout results.  Team rosters will be posted on the LSA website once participant offers are accepted and teams are finalized.  Each team will have between 8 and 10 players per roster and will be assigned one coach.


We are in the process of identifying coaches for our 2016-2017 teams.  In the process of identifying coaches, we will consider both interested parent coaches and professional coaches.  For more information, or to express and interest in coaching, please contact the Travel Director at 

Playing time and Practices 

Travel basketball is a more competitive environment than our house program, and playing time is based on coaches discretion, so there will be variances in playing time amongst players.  That said, each coach will seek to get every player meaningful blocks of playing time in every game.  Our program will stress contribution and enjoyment by every player, and we recognize that participation is the most important of the players experience and development.  

Teams will practice for 75 minutes, twice per week, in District 103 gyms.  Practices will begin in early October and run through the year-end tournament, in mid-March.  For players who are already committed to the Lightning Soccer Program, we do everything we can to work around soccer games and practices to enable athletes to participate in both sports. 

Parent Meeting

There will be an orientation meeting to discuss details of the upcoming 2016-2017 season and parent and player expectations during on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Daniel Wright White Gym.  This meeting is NOT mandatory.

For Questions

If you have any questions about the Lightning Travel Basketball Program, contact the Director of Lincolnshire Travel Basketball, Jason Dolenga at


Congratulations to the Lincolnshire Lightning 4th/5th Grade Girls Basketball team for winning the Barrington/Schaumburg Shootout on March 12, 2017!  The girls won their first game in sudden death overtime and then went on to win the three game tournament with tough defense and timely scoring.