TESTIMONIALS


"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 High School - UW-Whitewater (D3)


"Hoops for Health has been great for my sons development in his basketball skills and, more importantly, his learning of how to play the game correctly. The coaches develop players in all aspects of the game to become an all around better player, teammate and person." (Alex Erickson, Parent)​


​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. D1 player University of Pennsylvania and former New Trier player.


Program Discounts


Hoops4Health travel players get the benefit of receiving 15% off all Hoops4Health Camps and Clinics for the season.


Fee


Includes


  • Four month season 
  • Two practices a week
  • 15-20 game season for Grades 3-12
  • 10-12 game season for Grade 2
  • Hoops4Health Custom Uniform Package includes Reversible (Jersey/Shorts), Hoodie, Practice Jersey, and Nike Backpack. 
  • New Player  (Inc. Uniform package) Grade 2: $750
  • Returning Player Grade 2: $630
  • New Player (Inc. Uniform package) - $1050
  • Returning Player - $930
  • ​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.
  • Tryout groups will be broken down by age.
  • Players are only to to attend one tryout and should NOT bring a basketball with to tryouts.
  • Tryout Fee: $20 (Pre-Registration Only - No at the door signups)
  • Deadline to register for tryouts is 10/24.
  • If you cannot attend one of the tryouts please contact brett@hoops4health.com for other options.


​TRYOUT SCHEDULE


Location

Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka


10/25
5:45-6:45pm - Boys Grades 2-5
6:45-7:45pm - Girls Grades 2-8


11/1 
5:45-6:45pm - Boys Grades 2-5
6:45-7:45pm - Boys Grades 6-8
7:45-8:45pm - Girls Grades 2-8​


​11/4

5-6pm - Boys Grades 6-8

6-7pm - Boys Grades 9-12

*If you cannot attend one of the scheduled tryouts or makeup tryout please contact Brett Winer at support@hoops4health.com

Season



  • For Boys and Girls Grades 2-12
  • Season runs November-February
  • No practice or games over holidays 11/22-11/28, 12/20-1/2, 1/17

Teams


  • Fielding multiple teams per grade level.
  • Teams will consist of 8-11 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. A Teams (Orange) B Teams (Black and White)
  • Teams compete on the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) / Travel Circuit/League and will compete against appropriate competition.


Practices


  • Teams practice twice a week in the Winnetka/Wilmette area and other surrounding locations.
  • Practices start no earlier than 4:30PM and finish no later than 9:15PM. Younger teams practice at the earlier time slots. Practices are 1 hour and 25 minutes 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.


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


Tournaments

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  • ​Grade 2 play a total of 10-12 games over 5 weekend tournaments and/or league Play consisting of 2-3 games either Saturday or Sunday.
  • Teams Grades 3-12 play a total of 15-20 games over 6-7 weekend tournaments and/or league play consisting of 2-3 games either Saturday or Sunday. 
  • All games are 20min-1hr from the Winnetka/Wilmette area
  • Potential tournament weekend dates are 12/4-12/5, 12/11-12/12, 1/8-1/9, 1/15-1/16, 1/22-1/23, 1/29-1/30, 2/5-2/6, 2/12-2/13, 2/19-2/20, 2/26-2/27, 3/5-3/7. 


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. 

 Winter Bulldogs Club Travel AAU

Online Playbook & Drills (NEW)


We are really excited to launch our online portal which has our playbook as well as drills that players can do on their own. We feel this will really enhance 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 help develop outside of practice.


    Team Achievements


    Since 2010 Hoop4Health's teams have amassed over sixty 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 Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Kentucky, and Minnesota. Teams have earned Local and National Rankings. Hoops4Health has many players competing 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 players currently playing college basketball on full athletic scholarships. 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.


    Covid Protocol


    • We follow Illinois Covid-19 guidelines set forth by the CDC and IDPH.
    • Masks are mandatory for everyone including all participants and spectators including those that are vaccinated.
    • Parents must oversee/remind players to make sure their hands and basketball have been disinfected prior and after participation.

    Our Bulldogs Club Travel AAU program is for all players looking to develop their skills on a more competitive level. It has risen to be one of the most respected clubs throughout the country and well known for developing players. Teams have earned local and national accolades. As well, a number of players have gone on to play High School and College basketball. This program promotes teamwork, friendship, hard work, discipline, sportsmanship, 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, and fundamentals. Our number one priority is to improve the game of each player and teach how to play structured team basketball. FLYER

    • 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.