Des Plaines Park District

Youth Basketball

Read the complete program details for these Youth Basketball Leagues and sign up online HERE.
Questions? Contact Alessandro Moraca, Athletics Supervisor. or 847-391-5711.

 Recreational Youth Basketball Leagues

Our Youth Basketball League introduces young players ages 7–11 to basketball fundamentals and the dynamics of playing on a team. Coaches help them develop beginning, intermediate and more advanced skills. Volunteer coaches are needed, please reach out if you are interested.

  • 2023-2024 season evaluations are scheduled for 10/4 and 10/11 at Prairie Lakes Community Center
    • 1st/2nd Grade 5:30-6p
    • 3/4th Grade 6:00-6:30p
    • 5/6th Grade 6:30-7p
  • Practice starts mid-November. Games start in December
  • Practices are held during the week at Prairie Lakes Community Center or a local D62 school.
  • 13 week season.
  • Reversible Jerseys are provided
  • Games are played on Saturday. Times will be provided by your coach.

 Jr. High Winter Travel Basketball

Players will focus on skill development, building endurance, learn sportsmanship and be involved in a competitive fun game setting.

Season Includes

  • 10 games plus playoffs, played at Prairie Lakes and other local Park District facilities
  • Practice once a week
  • Uniforms provided to all players
  • The 2023-2024 season will start mid-December

 NEW Des Plaines Basketball Summer League

Grades: 5th/6th, 7th/8th

Welcome to the exciting new Summer In-House Basketball League! at Prairie Lakes Community Center! From July 17th to September 16th, we invite players of all skill levels to join us for a dynamic and rewarding basketball experience.

This league is specifically designed to facilitate team training and individual skill development, preparing players for success in our upcoming Winter House or Travel League.

Our Summer In-House Basketball League offers a range of benefits that will enhance players’ overall performance and elevate their game to new heights. Moreover, this league emphasizes the importance of individual skill development. Offseason preparation is crucial for players to refine their technique, enhance their basketball IQ, and sharpen their overall skills. Our league provides a structured platform where players can focus on specific areas of improvement, such as shooting, ball handling, defense, and conditioning. With dedicated volunteer coaching, players will gain a competitive edge and develop the confidence needed to excel in future leagues.

The practice and game times for the Summer In-House Basketball League will be determined based on the final number of players registered for each grade level. We strive to create a schedule that accommodates the needs of all participants while maximizing their playing time. Rest assured, we will communicate the finalized schedule well in advance, ensuring everyone can plan accordingly.

  • 7 games played at Prairie Lakes
  • Practice once a week
  • Reversible jerseys provided to all participants
  • Practices begin the week of July 17th.
  • Games begin July 29th.

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711