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Youth House Leagues Basketball

We have partnered with Lake Bluff Park District to enhance your basketball experience. Games and practices will be held in both communities. Teams will consist of players from both communities.

Youth Basketball Camp

This camp for 1st - 6th graders will offer a great opportunity to improve individual skills needed to excel in the game of basketball. Both boys and girls will learn ball handling skills, shooting, passing, and basic offensive and defensive techniques. This camp is also a great opportunity for participants to get their desired preseason practice in before the Basketball House League gets in full swing for the upcoming season. All participants will receive a basketball.  
Friday nights: September 23- October 28

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Basketball House League Schedule

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Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 10th - 4:30pm

Instructional Basketball is centered on the concept of learning fundamentals of the game and achieving a feeling of success from participation.  Therefore, the Basketball season will consist of practice sessions and instructional games dependant upon the number of teams.  To better teach the basic fundamentals, the first 2 sessions will be strictly instructional practices concentrating on the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and basic concepts of offense and defense taught (Third through eighth will be introduced to boxing out for rebounds, playing man to and defense and setting up a screen and pick offense) by Recreation Department Staff.  After the pre-season sessions, all players will be evaluated for team assignments.  On the 3-4th session, participants will receive their team assignments, their uniform T-shirt and a schedule of instructional games/practices for the remainder of the season. 
The purpose of Lake Forest Recreation Department’s Youth Basketball Program is to provide young people with a safe and enjoyable athletic experience with emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play.  All participants will be instructed in the fundamental skills of the sport including positioning, rules and basic strategy.  Fundamental playing rules will be taught and enforced at a rate that is suitable to each age level. All players will be assured of playing at least 50% of each game and the opportunity to play every position with regular practice attendance. Practice = Play
During the first week of the program, Recreation Department staff and their coaches will evaluate all the participants during regular play, drills and scrimmages. After the first week the Recreation Department staff will conduct a live draft with their coaches. Recreation Department staff will make sure teams are balanced according to skill level and grade distribution.
The Lake Bluff Park District and the Lake Forest Recreation Department will be offering two coaching clinics for parents that would like to coach one of the in-house basketball league teams for the 2016-2017 season.  Parents will learn the rules of the game, how to conduct a practice, skill development drills, will receive sample plays, how to reinforce good sportsmanship and get the basics in how to insure the players have fun. 
Location: Lake Bluff Recreation Center Gym
Fee: Free
Session 1: 10140601-10 Wed Nov 9 6:00pm-7:00pm
Session 2: 10140601-11 Sat Nov 11 11:00am-12:00pm
The Lake Bluff Park District and the Lake Forest Recreation Department will be offering a basketball officials clinic to anyone interested in becoming and official for the Lake Bluff/Lake Forest in-house basketball league.  Participants will learn the rules of the game, proper hand signals, how to reinforce good sportsmanship, and get the basics on how to insure the players and coaches have fun.
Location: Lake Bluff Recreation Center Gym
Fee: Free
10140601-12 Thurs Nov 10 6:00pm- 7:00pm

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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