PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

The Gurnee Demons Travel Team program believes that all players, regardless of talent level, should demonstrate good character, morals, family values and solid academics. This program will have a strong emphasis on skill development. All Gurnee Demons players will learn man to man defense, motion offense with extensive skill training. By the end of this season you will see improvement in your son’s basketball IQ (knowledge of the game), basketball fundamentals and skills.

TEAMS

The Gurnee Demons Travel Teams will have A-Level (Blue) & B-Level (White) teams at 3rd, 4th , 5th , 6th grade levels. Each grade level (Blue & White Teams) players will be split into true A-Level & B-Level Teams. The 3rd Grade (Blue & White) Teams will be split into two even teams. If there is not enough players to make 2 teams at a grade level, then we will keep 1 team at a grade level. The Gurnee Demons Coaching Staff reserves the right to move players back and forth throughout the season. Each team will have 10-11 players on each team. Every Gurnee Demons player will play in every game.

PRACTICES & SKILL TRAINING

We are committed for each team practicing at least twice a week for an hour and a half each practice to develop the players’ individual and team skills from October through December. The months of January, February and March practices will be once a week. The Blue and White teams will practice together by grade, to allow for player unity at each grade level. If there are not 2 teams at the same grade level, teams will practice with another team at a different grade level.

LEAGUE & GAMES

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade & 6th Grade teams will play in the Play Hard Hoops Travel Feeder League. The Play Hard Hoops Travel Feeder League will take place at Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove. The Play Hard Hoops Travel Feeder League will have the possible following communities in the league. (Barrington, Deerfield, Glenview, Hawthorne Woods, Highland Park, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Northbrook, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Waukegan). Most games during the season will be on Saturdays or Sundays. All teams will play at least 20 games to include 1-2 shootout/tournaments for the season. Shootouts/Tournaments will be feeder/community teams based.

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