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Registration for tryouts for the 2020-21 Season is open!

*Please see below for a letter from the Airborne Board President*

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airborne will not be hosting the Winter Roundball Tournament this year. We thank everyone for all of their support and look forward to hosting again next season.



Tryout Dates
August 29th

  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm:  5th Boys 
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm:  4th Boys 

August 30th

  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am: 4th Girls 
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm:  5th Girls 
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: 3rd Boys 

Call Backs - If needed
August 31st

  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: 4th & 5th Girls Call Backs
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: 4th Boys Call Backs 

Sept 1st

  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: 5th Boys Call Backs

Sept 2nd

  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm 3rd Boys Call Backs

Tryouts will be held at the Ackerman Center in Glen Ellyn.

Elmhurst Airborne is partnered with Hoops Intensity Training or "H.I.T" to support out lower grade level teams and our entire coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.  For more information about "H.I.T" Basketball and how their training program has helped numerous youth players, please click in this "H.I.T" logo above.


Dear Airborne Parents - as we've all been reminded over the past few months, the only thing that is constant is change.  I am sure most of you are aware of the new guidelines for youth sports that were released by the governor's office earlier this week (you can find them here).

Under these guidelines, basketball is currently graded as a medium risk activity and can participate in Level 1 and Level 2 activities.  Until further notice, basketball in Illinois will be limited to:

  • Level 1 No-contact practices, and trainings only 
  • Level 2 Intra-team scrimmages allowed, with parental consent for minors; no competitive play 

Tryout Plan
The Airborne program will be moving forward with tryouts for our 3rd - 5th grade teams. Dates and times are available on the site and registration will open next week.  All tryouts will be held at the Ackerman Center in Glen Ellyn. 

We will not be hosting tryouts at the 6th - 8th grade level.  If there are new players interested in joining a team, please reach out to  Depending on current player commitment, some teams may have availability to add players. 

Skills & Scrimmages / HIT Partnership
Until competitive play is allowed in Illinois, Airborne will be partnering with HIT to provide, at least, once a week skills training and "in-house" scrimmages on the weekends, beginning in late October / early November at gyms in Glen Ellyn and Lyons.  Our teams will move to competitive play when authorized. 

Fees are to be determined and may be phased to allow families to pay first for skills training and later, if allowed, for game play.

If you have any questions about the upcoming season, please reach out to your coach or to me directly at

Thank you for your continued support and your grace as we navigate these ever-changing waters.

Julia Kanouse
President, Elmhurst Airborne



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.


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 (3rd through 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/league schedules.

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 Travel or YMCA Basketball organization during the Airborne Season is not allowed and is strictly enforced.


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.


Additional Information can be found on the FAQ page at this LINK