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Sachs Recreation Center was once the home of the Chicago Bulls and is currently the home of WNBA team the Chicago Sky. It would be an understatement to say we have a little bit of history with basketball. We offer numerous classes for learning the fundamentals of basketball along with open gym hours on the three courts at Sachs Recreation Center. To check out our current list of Basketball programs, check out our online registration page.



Youth Basketball Leagues

Jammers Basketball League - #131131

Get your young basketball players ready for the Deerfield Park District Youth Basketball Program with our basketball league for 1st and 2nd graders.  This recreational league will help boys and girls to understand teamwork, sportsmanship, and the rules of basketball as well as foster player development in a respectful and safe environment led by positive coaching. The first Saturday will be a skill session that focuses on the development of dribbling, passing, shooting, and rebounding. Players also will be introduced to the proper defensive stance and experience defensive drills as they learn the game of basketball. The remaining Saturdays will involve game play that enables participants to apply the basketball skills learned. SportsKids, Inc. coaches will referee games in a teaching style.
Location: South Park School
Instructor: SportsKids, Inc.    Min/Max: 10/40
Sect.    Gr    Date (# cl)    Day    Time    Res/NR
01    1    9/6-10/25 (7)    Sa    9:00-10:00A    $70/86
02    2    9/6-10/25 (7)    Sa    10:15-11:15A    $70/86
03    1    11/1-12/13 (6)    Sa    9:00-10:00A    $60/74
04    2    11/1-12/13 (6)    Sa    10:15-11:15A    $60/74

No class: Sect. 01 & 02: 10/4
Sect. 03 & 04: 11/29

H.S. Boys Basketball League - #133066

Get your friends and sign up for the boys’ high school basketball league. You’ll have the opportunity to play with and against your friends in a friendly but competitive environment. Teams will be scheduled to play one game per week. Games will last about an hour during the time frame listed below. Teams will coach themselves. The park district staff will make the teams. You may list the name of one friend you would like on your team. There will be four teams in the league. Each team will be given a different color tank top to wear during the games which is theirs to keep.
Location: SRC    Ages: High School
Min/Max: 24/40 players     
Sect    Date (# cl)    Day    Time    Fee R/NR
01    10/24-12/12 (6)    F    6:30-8:30P    $70/86
No Games: 10/31, 11/28

Deerfield Youth Basketball Leagues

League Values

  • Skill development of all children involved
  • Social development – meet new friends and learn how to interact positively with others in a team environment
  • Develop good sportsmanship – positive attitudes and attributes that can be applied to everyday life

League Cut-Off

League Registration will not be accepted after Friday, October 17 at 5:00 p.m. Any player registration brought in after October 17 will be placed on a wait list and placed, if possible, after the team selection process is completed (Friday, October 24).

Skill Evaluations

All children in the league must attend skill evaluations. Coaches should be on hand to rate the kids. The skill evaluations will be held on Saturday, October 4, at Sachs Recreation Center. Times for each league are listed in the general league description.
Skill Evaluations - (Saturday, Oct. 11, at SRC)

  • 3rd & 4th Grade Boys: 9:00-10:00am
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Girls:10:00-11:00am
  • 5th & 6th Grade Girls: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Boys: 12:00-1:00pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys: 1:00-1:45pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Girls: 1:45-2:30pm

(Thurs., Oct. 16, at Sachs Recreation Center- MAKE-UP DAY)

  • 3rd & 4th Grade Boys & Girls: 4:00-5:00pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Boys & Girls: 5:00-6:00pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls: 6:00-7:00pm

Youth Basketball League - #133045

Boys and girls will learn skills and drills commensurate with their age and ability. All children registered will receive equal playing time. 3rd/4th grade teams will focus on fundamentals of basketball including shooting, passing, dribbling, and teamwork. Running score will be introduced in the 2nd half of the season. 5th/6th grade teams will continue to build on fundamental skills they have already acquired. They will work more on game situations and strategies. 7th/8th grade teams will learn more advanced basketball skills and team concepts. An end-of-season tournament will cap the 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade leagues. See the next page for more information.

Location: SRC       Fee: Res: $150/NonR: $186
Day/Date: Sat./Nov. 9 - Feb 22

Sect.    Level    Time    Location    Min/Max
01    Gr. 3/4 Boys    9:00A-2:00P    SRC    40/100
02    Gr. 3/4 Girls    2:00-5:00P    SRC    32/60
03    Gr. 5/6 Boys    9:00A-2:00P    Shepard    40/100
04    Gr. 5/6 Girls    9:00A-12:00P    Caruso    32/60
05    Gr. 7/8 Boys    2:00-6:00P    Shepard    40/80
06    Gr. 7/8 Girls    12:00-3:00P    Caruso    32/60

Team Selection

Skill evaluations (not try-outs) are run for the purpose of distributing talent as evenly as possible throughout the league. As much as we try, this is not a scientific process.
Every player should plan on attending their assigned skill evaluation time listed below on Saturday, October 11.
A make-up skill evaluation will be held on Thursday, October 16.
A player information form must be filled out with basketball registration. The form can be downloaded from the park district web site or picked up at the registration desk.


New this season to the program are league practices.  If you are looking for some extra instruction, you missed your team practice during the week or you just can’t get enough basketball.  Then come to the league practice to continue learning and developing your skills.  There will be two practices per week beginning the week of November 3.and they will be run by park district staff.
Friday Practices - Sachs Recreation Center

  • 3rd & 4th Grade Boys and Girls – 6:00 to 7:00pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Boys and Girls – 7:00 to 8:00pm
  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys and Girls – 8:00 to 9:00pm

No practices: 10/31, 11/28, 12/19, 12/26, 1/2

  • Tuesday Practices - Shepard Middle School
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Boys and Girls – 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • 5th & 6th Grade Boys and Girls – 7:30 to 8:30pm

No practices: 11/25, 12/23, 12/30

Parent Information Meeting

There will be a parent information meeting on Saturday, October 18th at the Sachs Recreation Center, from 10:00-11:00am.  Every parent of a child who is registered in the Youth Basketball League should attend this meeting.  At this meeting the following areas will be covered: program goals, expected behaviors and responsibilities, and the philosophy of the program.

Volunteer Coaches

Volunteer coaches staff all of our youth basketball league teams. The basketball program is one that requires a lot of energy from a thoughtful, creative, concerned group of volunteer coaches comprised of parents and other adults who love sports and instructing children.

You have a unique opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. For every player, the coach is the single most important adult leader. Effective coaches fully support a positive youth sports philosophy in their attitude and behavior at practice, games and events. You will help the players learn skills, discuss fair play and most of all, have fun. Look at coaching as an opportunity not only to teach sports skills, but also to achieve something far more significant –helping children reach their full potential.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, we need you to fill out a Coach Application. You may download the application from our web site,, or, pick one up at the registration desk at Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive.

Volunteer Coaches Clinic

There will be a Volunteer Coaches Clinic on Thursday, October 23rd at the Sachs Recreation Center from 7:00 to 8:00pm.  At this clinic coaches will learn how to set up a practice, how to run a practice, how to communicate with their players and how to communicate with parents.

Coach information

We will cover league-specific information. All the meetings will be at the Sachs Recreation Center. Specific dates and times are listed as follows:
Coach Information Meetings - Monday, October 20

  • 3rd & 4th Boys: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • 7th & 8th Girls 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, October 21

  • 3rd & 4th Girls: 6:30 - 7:15 pm
  • 5th & 6th Girls: 7:15 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 22

  • 5th & 6th Boys: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • 7th & 8th Boys: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to attend the skill evaluation if I have been in the league before?
    Everyone in the league should attend the in order to get accurately divide up the teams. Even if you have played in the past season because players may improve and/or grow in the off season.    
  2. Can I be on a team with my Friends?
    The park district does not accept friendship requests in the spirit of competition.
  3. On what days will my child play?
    There will be one practice during the week, with a game on Saturday. When signing up you will be asked to fill out a player information sheet which includes days your child is available to best accommodate you.
  4. What should I do if I have a conflict with the practice time?
    If you have a conflict with your practice day then you can contact the Athletic supervisor and request a change to a different practice day.
  5. If I am unable to attend a practice or game who should I contact?
    If you are unable to attend a practice or a game, contact the head coach of your team.
  6. If the weather is bad how do I know if the practice/game is on?
    If there is bad weather your coach will contact you and let you know that there will not be practice. However you may also check our website, or sports hotline, 847-317-2555.
  7. When will I learn what team my child is on?
    You will be contacted by your coach by Friday, October 24; however some coaches may call earlier than others.

2015 Spring/Summer Program Guide


Spring/Summer 2015 Classes
Resident Registration

Web Opens: 7AM, Monday, February 23
Walk-In Opens: 9AM, Monday, February 23

Non-Resident Registration
Web Opens: 7AM, Monday, March 2
Walk-In Opens: 9AM, Monday, March 2

Summer Day Camp
Open for All

Preschool 2015-2016
Open for All
Note: There is no online registration for Preschool



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