This season will be about Mandatory FUN! YES, we have more tools than every to help your athlete get better. YES, your child will learn the North system and work with North Coaches. YES, we will participate against other DuPage County and greater Chicagoland rivalry teams. But, most importantly, your athlete will create life long memories with their closest friends!
Who are the Jr Huskies?
Jr Huskies is a competitive feeder basketball program for boys slated to attend Naperville North High School. Our organization strives to provide a fun, safe environment for future Naperville North basketball players to learn and improve their skills. Our primary goal is to prepare the boys to play basketball at the high school level the North way!
Who can play for Jr Huskies?
The Jr Huskies program is open to 4th through 8th grade boys that live within the Naperville #203 School District, and feed into Naperville North High School.
When are tryouts?
2021 / 2022 season tryouts will be August 8th, 2021.
We are planning on having two teams at each grade level.
There is a $20 tryout fee to be paid at at registration or at check-in!
How many players on a team?
Ideally there are 8-10 players per team. With the inclusion of practice players, there may be some situations where a team may have up to 12 players.
How are teams selected?
Teams are selected during the tryouts based upon ability and team need. Evaluations are conducted during the tryouts by Jr Huskies Director, the Asst Director, 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 develop size and ability at different paces there may be situations where a taller player is selected over a smaller player that may be more advanced skill wise.
How are coaches selected?
Jr Huskies coaches are linked to the Naperville North Basketball Program. They are current North basketball coaches, North boys basketball alumni, and in some cases Naperville #203 middle school coaches. We also selectively use strong AAU coaches.
Typically Coaches that are considered in “good standing” from the prior season are afforded the opportunity to continue coaching.
All coaches are required to complete a background check each season.
What is the cost to play Jr Huskies?
Our fees are evaluated each year based upon the program overall costs, including insurance, gym fees, league fees, tournament fees coaching, professional training, equipment, and miscellaneous costs. Our fee structure for 2021 will be as follows:
--All Players - $800
This year all players fees will include a new uniform and shooting shirt.
Training and Development
To continue to improve our services to our student athletes this coming season we want to increase our training activities. Both Coach training and Player Development training.
Coach Training: One of our biggest assets in the program is our Coaches. We work closely with the NNHS coaching staff and former players familiar with the “Huskie Way” to lead our future High School players. As such, we will have some new and young coaches. We want to prepare them and teach them in areas such as:
Player Development Training: We will continue to partner with Breakaway Basketball to provide our athletes with multiple sessions of direct in house skill training. Breakaway Basketball is now in its 8th year and is responsible for training over 10,000 players a year and also trains over 200 travel and high school teams. These training sessions are available to all Jr Huskies players at no additional cost.
Speed and Agility Training: In 2021 we will offer Speed and Agility training to our athletes. The goal is to improve the players strength and overall athleticism. We want to build athletes with the skills to compete at the highest level!
What is the season commitment ?
Our season starts in late November, the players practice for one week, before we begin tournament and league play. Games will officially start early December and run through late February.
There are two practices each week for 1.5 hours. We practice between 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Naperville North High School.
We play between 35-40 games each season. Most teams play a combination of league games, within the DuPage Youth Travel Basketball Leagues, and tournaments. Games are mostly on Sundays. Play can range from 2 games in a weekend to 5+ games depending on tournament schedule/league schedule.
During the course of the season it is very important that Jr Huskies Basketball be prioritized above other sports and teams. Attendance to practices and games are crucial to the development of each players skills and understanding of the team concept and capabilities.
Jr Huskies Director
Jr Huskies Asst Director