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2020-2021 Update

A Message from LZ Hoops Director, Pat Doczi

Sept. 14, 2020. What a crazy year 2020 has been so far. I have been working tirelessly the last two months to assess what a 2020-21 LZ Hoops feeder season could look like during this pandemic. While considering many variables, the two biggest factors come down to gym availability and feeder competition.

Gym Availability: LZ Hoops is a non-for-profit, community based, volunteer run program that relies on School District 95 for all our gym time for practices and games. This school year, LZ95 is unable to rent to us, which unfortunately leaves us without anywhere to play for this season.

Feeder Competition: We have been in contact with our fellow NSC feeder programs and they are having the same issues with gym space. On top of that, the state's current mandate on youth sports has evaluated basketball as a medium risk activity, allowing us to operate at Level 2. Until this level changes, we are unable to play competitive games against other teams, even if we had the gyms to do so.

This has been a very tough decision, but unfortunately, LZ Hoops will not be operating for the 2020-21 Winter basketball season. The coaches and myself are disappointed that we are unable to serve the LZ community this season as the program has since 2002.

However, we still believe that it is very important for our boys to continue forward with their developmental progress as basketball players. As a result, LZ Hoops has developed a solution with Coach David Adelman and Play Hard Hoops (PHH) to continue organized basketball for our community with full intention to return to regular operations in future seasons. I am grateful that Play Hard Hoops has been gracious enough to help our boys keep playing together this winter—please know LZ Hoops will not govern over this solution. Direct any questions to PHH. Coach Adelman is incredibly organized, and we have witnessed this firsthand participating in the PHH Travel Feeder League the past few seasons. We are very confident in his ability to help provide our LZ boys a great basketball experience in the current climate.

Please continue reading for details regarding the Play Hard Hoops program.

Play Hard Hoops has been running programming since May 1st through Zoom, Outdoor Trainings, Summer Basketball Camps and now its Weekly Skills Practices, so they have been running programs safely for 5 months which is also very important. His program will put health and safety first at all times. He has had strict guidelines for his programs and has implemented plans, so we feel comfortable that his experience in running programs will lead to families feeling that the safety of the kids will be put first at all times.

Please note that playing travel basketball this year you will be signing up to play competitive basketball, so players can only play with parental consent. At this time, the State of Illinois considers basketball a “Level 2 sport of medium risk.” There are “intrateam scrimmages” allowed which means that teams that are formed can compete against each other, but outside competition is not allowed. We are hopeful that restrictions will eventually be eased and competition will be allowed as we get closer to 2021.

Please check out the PHH/Lake Zurich webpage with the most up to date info.

Below are the details for the program and they will be separated into 3 categories: Tryouts-Nov-December Practices/ Jan-March Practices/ Jan-March Game Schedule:


COACHES: Pat Doczi and David Adelman will continue to work together on identifying coaches for the upcoming season. In assistance with David Adelman a clear philosophy will be given for the season at tryouts, so families have a full understanding of signing up to play travel basketball in 2020-21.
TRYOUTS: October 3 & 4 at Ela Sports Center - Lake Zurich

Saturday, October 3:

8:30-9:30AM 4th Grade
9:40-10:40AM 5th Grade
10:50-11:50AM 6th Grade

Sunday, October 4:

2:00-3:00PM 7th/8th Grade
4:15-5:45PM Makeup Tryout For 4th-6th Grade

Tryout Fee for each participant will be covered by LZ Hoops – Register Here 
(8th graders please plan to attend the 7th grade time slots)
PRACTICE: Teams will be expected to practice 1 time per week beginning October 26th – December 14th. Practices will be 90 minutes. There will also be attempts to schedule 2 weekend scrimmage days – 60 minutes
COST: $300-$350 (Paid either Via Venmo: David-Adelman-4 or Pay Pal:




PRACTICE: Teams will practice one time per week beginning January 4 – March 8th. Practices will be 90 minutes (Coaches will have opportunity to schedule extra practices and families can pay extra practice fees separately if set up)
COST: $300-$350 (Paid either Via Venmo: David-Adelman-4 or Pay Pal:


This is a fluid situation and there are 2 options for the season. The options & costs are TBD because of the uncertainty right now.
Option 1–Intrateam Scrimmage: This would be the 16-20 kids playing LZ Basketball and will play 10-12 scrimmage games amongst each other (This is least desirable option)
Option 2–Outside Competition Is Allowed (Level 4 Sport): Game Schedule that could include both league & tournament games. Amount of games will be determined by court space, time given to complete a basketball season


Thank you for your consideration and hope that this gives you a good outline for the program at this point as being flexible and adapting to changes is critically important today. We hope that you are interested in participating again despite the challenges and uncertainty. Please reach out with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of Lake Zurich Basketball.

Pat Doczi
Director, LZ Hoops

David Adelman