All About Play Hard Hoops

Play Hard Hoops started its 15th year of business in August 2023. PHH presently runs programs throughout the Chicagoland area including: Buffalo Grove/Long Grove, Vernon Hills,  Lincolnshire, Chicago, Lake Barrington, Libertyville, Wheeling, & Lake Zurich. Coach A has been teaching the game of basketball to kids since 1990. His diverse experience has seen him coach basketball at the high school, collegiate and professional level. Adelman has also served as a high level basketball instructor teaching boys and girls from PreK-12th grade through his summer basketball camps, weekly skill practices, clinics and personal lessons.

The Play Hard Hoops Program had well over 2000 participants throughout the season and has continued to work successfully with kids of all ages and abilities despite the health and safety challenges of the past few years. Close to 1500 participants joined Play Hard Hoops Summer Camps in 2022 at 9 different locations.

Programs Offered By Play Hard Hoops: Weekly Skills Practices, Basketball Leagues in Fall, Winter & Spring, PHH Warriors City & Suburbs Travel Program, Private Lessons, Summer Basketball Camps, Youth Tournaments


Adelman started Play Hard Hoops in August 2009 and has helped build PHH into the one of the leading instructional and developmental league programs throughout Chicago. PHH runs programming in over 10 locations and works with over 2000 families per year from City - Suburbs.
PHH Warrior Travel Teams
PHH Warrior Travel Feeder Teams were formed in 2016 and currently have 38 boys and girls teams in the city and suburbs of Chicago. The program focuses on teaching players the fundamentals of the game, offensive concepts, man-to-man defense with principles based on the Bennett Family teaching of defense, unselfish team play and competing with toughness.
PHH Leagues & Weekly Skills
PHH is an instructional program first with its largest programming being weekly skills classes at locations throughout Chicago(Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lake Barrington, & Chicago. PHH weekly skills teaches the fundamentals of the game from September - March where skills and controlled game play help players improve. PHH runs Fall, Winter & Spring Leagues with close to 500 kids participating each season throughout Chicago. PHH leagues put instruction first with attempts to balance teams evenly for a fun and competitive season.
Tournament and Event Organizer
Adelman has been running tournaments in events for 19 years and 15 years at PHH. His experience in running tournaments go from weekend shootouts to NCAA Certified Events to the Play Hard Travel Feeder Legue for teams throughout City & Suburbs of Chicago.  The league finished its 7th season in 2023-24 with150 teams participating that include many of the top feeder programs. Play Hard currently runs 6-8 shootouts/tournaments in fall & spring seasons. Click the link for more Info on Play Hard Feeder League.  Play Hard Hoops Travel League

Summer Basketball Camps
This is the 26th year of Play Hard Hoops Summer Camps. In 1999 after successfully running the Loyola University Chicago Summer Basketball Camps, which was rated one of top 100 things to do in Chicago people don't know about for an Internet magazine, Adelman began his Hoops Education Basketball Camps.  He has run these summer basketball camps in Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Long Beach and PHH ran over 50 camps in 12 locations in 2023 with well over 1000 participants. The 2024 summer will feature camps in Chicago, Vernon Hills, Lake ZUrich, Wheeling, Lake Barrington, Libertyville, Milwaukee and Madison WI.