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Our Program

The best training, structure and positive approach to competitive basketball

Mission

Elmhurst Airborne is a not-for-profit traveling basketball club for District 205 grade school and middle school boys and girls. The mission of this organization is to provide a fun, safe and positive environment for competitive youth basketball in suburban area leagues. We provide an environment for the development of each player's skills, knowledge and appreciation for competitive basketball, as well as the positive values of good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Elmhurst Airborne seeks to provide the best training, structure and positive approach to competitive basketball, as well as an environment in which friendships and the positive values of athletics are nurtured.

Cost 
Cost is based on the number of games and tournaments played and include officiating, gym time for games and practices, insurance, tournament admission fees, and a pro-rate share of any necessary administrative costs to run the program. The usage fee structure for use of the district's facilities has increased and the cost per child will be approximately $595. Uniforms are an additional cost and are purchased directly through a vendor partner. Airborne fees are collected on-line at our web site through secure a credit card transaction.

Commitments & Season Overview
Teams are typically selected by the end of September. Our season typically starts in mid October with practices. Games will officially start early  November and run through late February or early March.
 

There are typically 2 practices each week for 1.5 hours each. The younger grade levels typically practice from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and older grades from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at a local gym location.

Younger teams (4th & 5th) typically play between 35-40 games and older teams (6th - 8th) play  40-50 games each season. Most teams play a combination of the league games, within the DuPage Youth Travel Basketball Leagues, and tournaments. Games are mostly on Saturdays and Sundays and can range from no games in a weekend to 5+ depending on tournament schedule/league schedule.

During the course of the season it is very important that Airborne Basketball be prioritized above other sports. Attendance  to practices and games are crucial to the development of each players skills and understanding of the team concept and capabilities. 

Playing Basketball with another Basketball organization during the Airborne Season is not allowed and is strictly enforced.

 

Frequent Questions

What is Airborne?
Elmhurst Airborne is a boys and girls competitive travel basketball program. The organization is a not-for-profit program that is run by a volunteer group of Board Members. Our organization strives to provide a fun, safe environment for District 205 students to learn and improve their basketball skills. Our primary goal is to prepare the boys/girls to play basketball at the high school level.

Who can play Airborne?
The Elmhurst Airborne Basketball program is open to 4th through 8th grade boys and girls that live within the Elmhurst School District #205 boundaries.

When are tryouts?
Tryouts are typically during late August & early September. It is likely that there will be an Initial Tryout out date and a Callback Tryout. Depending on the number of players trying out, there may be cuts after the initial tryout and then final cuts made after the Callback Tryout.

Our goal is to keep as many teams as possible, however we are limited by the amount of gym time that is available for our use. There is no cost to tryout for an Airborne Team

How many players on a team?
Ideally there are 10 players per team. There may be some situations where a team may have up to 12 players or slightly less than 10 players.

How are teams selected?
Teams are selected during the tryouts based upon skill ability. Evaluations are conducted during the tryouts by Board Members, current coaches and past coaches. Typically players are evaluated on dribbling, shooting, defense and overall basketball skills. The game of basketball has long been a game of height in addition to ability. Due to the fact the boys/girls develop size and ability at different paces there may situations where a taller player is selected over a smaller player that may be more advanced skill wise.

How are coaches selected?
All coaches are selected from a pool of interested people by the Elmhurst Airborne Board. Anyone interested in Coaching, whether Head Coach or Assistant Coach, an Elmhurst Airborne team should contact the Board to express interest.

Typically Coaches that are considered in “good standing” from the prior season are afforded the opportunity to continue coaching their respective team the following season.

Coaches for 4th grade boys/girls teams will not be selected until after the tryout process. It is common for many coaches to coach their respective team beginning in 4th grade through the completion of their 8th grade season.

All coaches are required to complete a background check each season.

What is the cost to play Airborne?
Our fees are evaluated each year based upon the program overall costs, including insurance, gym fees and miscellaneous costs. Our fees will be $595.00 for the 2017-18 season.

In addition, required uniforms typically cost between $100 and $150. Typically the uniforms can be worn for multiple years depending on each players growth.

There is a limited amount of financial assistance available each season for families that are in need. Assistance is handled on a case by case basis. Please contact the Elmhurst Airborne President to discuss.