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Sharks Travel Basketball

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
~Phil Jackson, NBA Coach
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Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.

~Dean Smith, NCAA Coach


Sharks Basketball Academy has a network of travel teams from 5th grade through 12th grade.

Our vision at Sharks is to provide students that have the passion to play basketball an outlet to do so. We give each player that walks into our facilities the tools to enhance their skillset. In addition, we teach them camaraderie, sportsmanship, and teamwork. 

Our travel ball operates on a seasonal basis and varies for individual age groups. During the season we practice 2 to 3 times a week and compete in tournaments on the weekends. Tournaments usually run all day long and we play a minimum of 3 games per tournament. 

For additional information please email us at


3rd-5th Grade Boys | August 8th & 10th @ 6:00p-7:10p | Elmwood Park Rec Center 3rd-5th Grade Girls | August 8th & 10th @ 7:10p-8:20p | Elmwood Park Rec Center

6th-7th Grade Boys | August 6th & 9th @ 5:00p-6:15p | Melrose Park Civic Center

6th-8th Grade Girls | August 8th & 10th @ 8:20p-9:30p | Elmwood Park Rec Center

8th-9th Grade Boys | August 6th & 9th @ 6:15p-7:30p | Melrose Park Civic Center

10th-12th Grade Boys | August 6th & 9th @ 7:30p-8:50p | Melrose Park Civic Center

FALL 2023

Travel Team Package

Our season begins the week of AUGUST 20th  and ends the week of OCTOBER 22nd. We will hold practices 2 DAYS A WEEK and will vary between ELMWOOD PARK, MELROSE PARK, and BELLWOOD. We play, tentatively, 16 to 20 games a week, all played on weekends, and are generally played in Aurora and surrounding areas on SUNDAYS with potential SATURDAY SHOOTOUTS for lower levels.

  • Our program for the Fall 2023 season runs from Mid-August through Mid-October.

  • Our teams will practice 2 times per week  

  • We will play over a span of 16-20 games

  • Practices will be held between Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, and Bellwood areas

  • The uniform will be the same as the 2023 Season, order as needed only. 

  • This season will INCLUDE TEAM SHOES

For questions please email us at

  • Primarily Tues/Thurs Practices beginning Mid November through early March 5:00p or later

  • Estimated 45+ hours of practice

  • 9-12 Weekend tournaments in the Aurora area typically 2-3 games in a 4-5 hour range

  • Focus on the quickness of the game and more advanced concepts such as how to identify and attack defenses, drill work and skill development on track for higher level success, etc...

  • Professional, experienced coaches at each level who have mastered the drill work, skill development, and game management needed for success at the next level of basketball

  • A full uniform set included with jersey top, shorts, practice jersey, warmup sweatshirt, and warm-up pants

  • Limited availability per grade level. Email us asap for availability and payment options at

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