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Travel Basketball Overview

Welcome to Lincolnshire Travel Basketball

Mission

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.   

Vision

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 will be participating in the Play Hard Hoops Travel Feeder League, which our teams have participated in with great success. All of our teams have finished with a .500 or above record in the league. The teams will also compete in select shootouts and tournaments and play approximately 25 games in the season. We plan on fielding boys teams, grades 4-5, for the 2019-2020 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 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 and Cost

All players are welcome to tryout out for Lincolnshire Travel Basketball, regardless of past basketball history.  Travel tryouts will be held on October 7, 2019 and October 21, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Daniel Wright.  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 

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.

The cost of the program will be $750, which includes all games, tournaments, uniforms, and skills sessions.


Coaches

Play Hard Hoops has directed the LSA Lightning Travel Program since 2017 and will once again provide the leadership that has led to the success of the program.  They will hire coaches that will serve under the direction of Coach David Adelman, who has 12 years of college and professional basketball coaching experience and currently oversees a basketball program that works with thousands of kids per year throughout the Chicagoland area.   Click Here to learn more about David Adelman & Play Hard Hoops. 


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 90 minutes, and will have approximately 30 hours of practice to prepare for the games played against appropriate competition.  Beginning in January, skills practices will be set up as well.  Practices will begin in early November in District 103 gyms and run through the year-end tournament, in mid-March.  For players who are already committed to the Chicago Rush Soccer Program, we do everything we can to work around soccer games and practices to enable athletes to participate in both sports.  At the moment, Mondays and Thursday are the expected days for practices and skills. 


Champions

Congratulations to the Lincolnshire Lightning 4th Grade Boys Basketball team for winning four tournaments.  The team finished 21-4 in an A division.   A great job by this year's team.