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Practices: Begin Week of March 18-May 29th

2x/week- 30 hours minimum

Practice & Game Fees: $950

Possible Practice Locations: Ela Sports Center Lake Zurich & Canlan Sports Barrington

10-12 Game Season: Tournament Schedule

Uniform Fees: $150 All Uniform Fees Priced At Cost

Practice Jersey, Game Uniform & Warm Up Hoodie, Backpack


PHILOSOPHY: We will teach the fundamentals of the game and learn team concepts we believe help teams succeed. Offensive and defensive philosophy are concepts to prepare for high school basketball. Our teams will be taught motion offense concepts / sharing the ball.  We will teach team defensive concepts learned while coaching college basketball: man-to-man concepts must be taught and 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.

Player Objectives: Provide PHH players with opportunity for improvement, keep skills sharp, improve basketball IQ and provide competition appropriate games. Teams will use practice time to prepare for game play and also to build on fundamental skills. PHH Coaches will build a team first atmosphere where players can improve and have fun with teammates.


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

Thank you again for your consideration of Play Hard Hoops for your basketball development.

1)      Playing time will not be equal but earned. However, all players will play in every game they attend. 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 us 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/daughter: 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.

For more information or any questions regarding our girls travel program please reach out to:

Madeleine McTague- PHH Assistant Director & Girls Programming Director

224-422-9959 /