Playing Time

Players can expect to play at least 30% of a game. Our belief is that as much as we want our teams to win games its most important that they develop through on court repetitions. This is a key time in their years to build a solid basketball foundation. Players playing time is based off the quality of team member they are (positive impact on teammates, commitment to the team (being on time, attendance, working hard). Practice is key. Being a player who listens and works hard in practices earns playing time. Also, playing time is earned by making a positive impact in games. This means doing positive things on the court such as teamwork, defense, rebounding, scoring, good passing, executing the offenses and defenses properly, taking charges ect. Playing time does not just depend on being a good scorer. As well, being an unselfish team player plays an important role regarding playing time. (High School National Teams do not follow a set minimum playing time).


Personal attention is essential throughout program in helping the players grow and develop their skills. It's always a 10:1 ratio of players to coach. This program promotes sportsmanship, teamwork, friendship, hard work, discipline, communication, leadership, and a healthy lifestyle. We always provide professional coaching and challenge our players to become not only better players but better people. Our core teaching methods build offensive and defensive team principles, skill development, fundamentals, and basketball IQ. Our number one priority is to improve the game of each player and teach how to play structured team basketball. We believe that it's not only about proper practice but making sure players have drills to do on their own to continue their development.

  • Players should bring their own basketball to each session.
  • Waiver form at the link above must be filled out prior to participation. Needs to be filled out only one time for the current year. Fill out a new waiver if any information has changed.

We are excited to announce New Trier Feeder basketball! For many years Hoops4health has run the Wilmette Wolves and the Winnetka Coyote’s travel programs. We have combined the two programs to better connect the players in the New Trier school district at a younger age and allow the level of teams to increase in competition, camaraderie, and skills. This program is for any player looking to develop their game in a team setting and is specific for players in the New Trier school district. Since 2010 many players have come out of the Hoops4health, Wilmette Wolves, and Winnetka Coyote’s travel programs to go on and play new trier High school basketball. Some even have gone on to play at the college level.

*There are no scheduling conflicts for Players looking to play in both our 3 on 3 League and New Trier Travel


New Trier Travel Info


"When I first started playing Hoops4Health in fourth grade I did not know what the newly founded program would give to me. Through a couple of practices, I learned how much the coaches at Hoops4Health actually cared about developing their players to reach their potential. As I got older, I continued to be instilled with knowledge from some great coaches throughout middle school. This is where I learned the dedication and hard work that I would need to become the player that I wanted to be. In high school my love for the program grew as I saw how hard our coaches worked to put our teams in a national schedule to get the most exposure possible. Brendan reached out to so many college coaches for all his players to try and get them all to play at the next level. I would not be the player or person I an today without Hoops4Health and am forever grateful for all the lessons that I have learned. Go Bulldogs!"
​(Brian Conaghan - New Trier - UW-Whitewater)

"Hoops4Health has taught me so much about nutrition and basketball throughout the years! It’s an amazing program with great people that really care about your health and your performance. Personally, I played for them for 3 years and now I’m playing college basketball. The recruiting assistance was amazing as my Coach Brendan did everything in his power to help me get to the place I am today. Whatever is asked from them, they provide! I would strongly recommend Hoops4Health if you want your kid to be looked after at all times." (Karlo Colak - New Trier - Illinois-Wesleyan)

​Hoops4Health gave our athlete a place to both "show and grow." There are a lot of teams that give kids a way to be seen, but few that work on getting better as a player, a teammate, and competitor." Parents of Griffin Ryan. (New Trier - University of Pennsylvania)

Program Discounts

Hoops4Health travel players get the benefit of receiving 10% off all Hoops4Health Camps and Clinics for the season.


  • $1135 includes Custom Uniform Package (Reversible (Jersey/Shorts), Hoodie, Practice Jersey, and Backpack)
  • ​5% family member discount for 2 family members or more. Inquire within for coupon code.
  • Inquire within for Financial Assistance

Tryout Information

  • Tryouts will evaluate the players skills through a number of drills and games.
  • Players are required to attend both tryouts and bring their own ball.
  • Players can come to more than one tryout.
  • Tryout Fee: $20 (Pre-Registration Only - No at the door signups)
    Deadline to register for tryouts is 10/23

  • If you cannot attend one of the tryouts please contact for other options


  • For Boys and Girls grades 3-8 (2nd graders can tryout)
  • Participants must reside in the New Trier School District
  • Season runs 11/14-3/2
  • No practice or games over the Holidays


  • Fielding multiple teams per grade level.
  • Teams will consist of 8-10 players per team.
  • Teams are divided up based on skill level. We place your child on the best fit team where they can grow with proper development and competition.
  • Boys Teams will play in the CFL (Chicago Feeder League) or Play Hard Hoops League.
  • Girls Teams will play in Feeder/Travel Tournaments​


  • NEW - Hoops4Health is now offering 3 days of practice/training for travel players. Allowing for more development and flexibility for players with other commitments. Players have the option to come 1-3x a week to best fit their schedule.
  • Teams practice in the Winnetka/Wilmette area and other surrounding locations.
  • Practices start no earlier than 4:30PM and finish no later than 9:30PM. Younger teams practice at the earlier time slots. Practices are 1 hour and 25 minutes long. ​Skills practices are 1hr long.
  • Practices consist of skill development as well as building offensive and defensive schemes. Teamwork and defense are the backbone of our philosophy and is emphasized by each coach. Our goal is to build high IQ basketball players.
  • Skills practices consist of game situations and fundamentals basketball skill training.

Schedule Flexibility

We understand there are conflicts with other winter sports so we do our best to schedule practices/tournaments to not conflict. Also, if there are many players on one team with similar conflicts we will try and adjust the schedule accordingly.

Feeder League

  • Teams will play 15-20 games.
  • Boys Teams will play in the CFL (Chicago Feeder league), Play Hard Hoops Feeder League, and Feeder tournaments.
  • Teams will play against other Highschool feeders such as: Evanston, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Maine south, Hersey, and more.
  • Girls Teams play in Feeder/Travel Tournaments
  • Games will take place on the weekends (Saturday or Sunday).
  • All games are 15min-1hr from the Winnetka/Wilmette area

Professional Coaching

All our coaches have an incredible amount of expertise and experience in coaching basketball. Each one has a passion for teaching the art of the game, offensive and defensive schemes, and the fundamentals and qualities necessary to be a great teammate and player. Their aim is for every player to bond and sync to become a strong unit who succeeds on the court as well as be great people and student athletes off the court. Sportsmanship and teamwork is a core philosophy of each of the Hoops4Health coaches. We also always stress the importance of nutrition, taking care of your mind and body, and excelling in school. ​​

Nutrition Emphasis

At Hoops4Health teaching a healthy lifestyle is as important to us as teaching basketball fundamentals. Throughout the season players will be reminded about making healthy choices and nutritional sheets will be handed out. At the beginning of the season parents will be sent a healthy food option list to discuss with their kids. During the season there will be one special week dedicated to health and wellness awareness. We will be going over healthy decisions with the kids at practices and will also have some contests and prizes that reinforce healthy lifestyle habits. 

Online Playbook & Drills

Travel players have access to our online portal which has our playbook as well as drills that players can do on their own. This tool really enhances the experience for the players. Coaches will refer to these throughout the season. This allows players to study our playbook as well as having many drills to help develop outside of practice.

    Team Achievements

    Since 2010 Hoop4Health's teams have amassed over hundred 1st place tournament finishes and over fifty 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Teams have also competed and shined in National tournaments as well as NCAA LIVE Events in Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Kentucky, and Minnesota. Teams have earned Local and National Rankings. Hoops4Health has many players that have competed on the freshman, sophomore, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels at their respective high schools including locally New Trier, Loyola Academy, and North Shore Country Day. Hoops4Health has had numerous players go on to play college basketball. Above all, a vast amount of Hoops4Health players are excelling in the classroom whether at a young age or preparing to enter college. We continue to provide excellence in fundamental skill development and being role models for the kids. Also teaching them to become young adults that make healthy lifestyle decisions and to excel on and off the court.

    ​Tryout Schedule

    Winnetka Community House (WCH)
    620 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka

    Regina Dominican High School (RDH)
    701 Locust Road. Wilmette

    10/24 RDH

    6-7:30pm - Boys Grade 6
    7:30pm-9pm - Boys Grade 7-8

    10/26 RDH

    6-7:30pm - Boys Grade 6
    7:30-9pm - Boys Grade 7-8

    10/27 WCH

    6:30-7:30pm - Boys Grade 2

    10/28 WCH

    5:30-6:30pm - Boys Grade 2

    10/29 - RDH

    11am-12:30pm - Boys Grade 3

    12:45pm-2:15pm - Boys Grade 4

    2:30pm-4pm - Boys Grade 5

    4:15-5:45pm - Girls Grades 3-8

    10/30 - RDH

    11am-12:30pm - Boys Grade 3

    12:45pm-2:15pm - Boys Grade 4
    2:30pm-4pm - Boys Grade 5

    4:15-5:45pm - Girls Grades 3-8