Thank you to the 52 players who played for the PHH Warriors in 2018-19.  Play Hard will return with our Feeder Team Program in 2019-20. 

2019-20 Tryouts: $25 Fee

Dates: Saturday, October 5 - Woodlawn Middle School, 6362 Gilmer Road, Long Grove Ill 60047

Times: 4th Grade, 9-10:30 AM

5th Grade, 10:30 AM-12 PM

6th Grade, 12-1 PM

Second Tryout Date: Sunday, October 27 - Woodlawn

Times: TBD

Total Practices: 30 Hours Minimum

(Interested Players - Email with grade & 2018-19 basketball experience)

Dear Play Hard Hoops Families:

Thank you for your interest in the Play Hard Hoops Travel Feeder Program.  Play Hard Hoops finished its 3rd travel season with 6 total teams and had great success. While winning is not the priority for the PHH Travel Feeder Program, PHH teams won 7 combine tournaments in 2018-19.  Our goals for the program are to provide coaching that will give your son a greater opportunity to develop their skill level and knowledge of the game as they progress in the game of basketball.  We will provide stronger competition through the Travel Feeder League and tournament play over the course of 5 months. We also hope that the PHH players in the program develop friendships and enjoy being part of a team.  At the end of the season, I sincerely hope that the boys will be motivated to work hard at the game of basketball.  There are no secrets in being successful as a player; hard work, patience, discipline and a desire to compete regardless of the consequences.

Please read through the information for the program:

Play Hard Hoops will also run its 10th Annual Developmental League on Sundays for players that choose not to play travel basketball or do not make one of the PHH Travel Feeder Teams.

Thank you again for your consideration of Play Hard Hoops for your basketball development.  I can be reached at the phone #/email below.

David Adelman

847-420-8115 /

2018-19 TEAMS: 

4th Grade Warriors Blue: Coach Doug Bennett/David Adelman - Roster

4th Grade Warriors Gold: Coach David Adelman - Roster: Won Kessel Heat Go Live Tourney & PHH End of Season Tourney

5th Grade Warriors White: Coach Mitch Levinson - Roster: Won Deerfield Young Warrior Feeder Tourney

5th Grade Warriors Blue: Coach Don Dudek - Roster: Won Deerfield Kick Off Classic

5th Grade Warriors Gold: Coach Tony Enwiya - Roster: Won Libertyville Tourney, Kessel Heat Go Live Tourney & PHH End of Season Tourney

6th Grade Warriors: Coach David Adelman - Roster: Finished 3rd Place PHH Travel Feeder League

2018-19 Information (2019-20 Info Will Be Updated August 2019)

PRACTICES – 1 Day a Week Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (1.5 hour practices) - Potential Monday Practices

LOCATIONS: Lifetime Fitness – Vernon Hills / Daniel Wright Junior HS - Lincolnshire

DATES:  Begin Week November 12 – Ends Week March 11 (15 or 16 Practices)

ADDITIONAL PRACTICES: 4-5 (Before Tournaments, Holiday Breaks, Etc)

Total Practices: 30 Hours

SKILLS & FUNDAMENTALS TRAINING (Optional) – 8 Week Program January – March (Tuesdays or Thursdays)

LOCATIONS: Lifetime Fitness / Daniel Wright



TOURNAMENTS: 3 - 4 Games Per Tournament/Shootout

December Tournament – Holiday Hoops Jam Fest December 1 & 2

January Tournament – 5th & 6th Grade Teams Play Deerfield Warrior Kickoff Classic / 4th Grade TBD

March Tournament – Blue & White Teams play in Deerfield Warrior Tourney / 4th Grade & 5th Grade Gold TBD

End of Season Tourney: Most Likely March 16-17

TOTAL GAMES PLAYED IN 2018-19: 25-30 Games


$25 – Tryout Fee (If Participate on Team – Will Go Towards Fee)

$850 (League/Tourney Fees, Practice Costs, Coach Fees)

8 Weeks Skills: $100 (Begins in January) - Optional


Includes: PHH Reversible Jersey/ Shorts / Tee Shirt / Long Sleeve Warm Up / Socks

Last year package - $80


Redline Athletics Basketball – strength training – speed & agility

Basketball Fundamentals Training – Lifetime Fitness - TBD


PHILOSOPHY: We will teach the fundamentals of the game and learn team concepts I believe help teams succeed.  We will understand the concept of motion offense / sharing the ball.  We will understand that team defense with an understanding of man-to-man concepts must be played unselfishly.  We will focus on playing hard, competing regardless of the situation we are faced, as a team can overcome talent deficiencies by competing harder than its opponent.


Play Team Basketball

Play W/Passion

Play For Each Other


Skill Development – Execute Fundamentals

Improved Knowledge of the Game

Be Part of a Team – Love Your Teammates

Motivated For Future Improvement


Practice Hard

Be a Good Teammate

Be Coachable

Expectations for the parents before you select the PHH Travel Feeder Program:

1)      Playing time will not be equal but earned. However, all players will play in every game they attend, and all players will receive substantial playing time.  We want players to understand the importance of attending practice, listening, working hard and playing team basketball.  Playing time issues are never to be discussed in front of the kids or on game day.  If you have any issues regarding playing time, please contact me on Monday or Tuesday when we can appropriately discuss.

2)      While we hope to win games and will try our best to put them in position to win games, the importance of winning and the outcomes does not measure to the process by which we are trying to win.  Teaching the process of doing the right things will come before winning.  I am certainly hopeful that if the players improve throughout the season and build good basketball habits, we will have the opportunity to win games.

3)      Parent Behavior is important to Play Hard Hoops and it is important to your son: Please refrain from attacks on officials.  Please refrain from talking about other players on our team and our opponents’ team.  Please refrain from being overly critical of the coach.  Please maintain your perspective that this is youth basketball.

4)      There are going to be failures/successes/terrible officiating/bad parents, bad coaches, and some perplexing moments.  All experiences are not good experiences, but they are all learning experiences that we hope will help each kid become a better player, person, teammate.