OUR MISSION

The Illinois Rockets are a non-profit organization whose mission is to be one of the best traveling basketball programs in the Chicago area by promoting, developing, supervising and voluntarily assisting participating players. This mission will be accomplished through strict adherence to the following philosophies.

The Rockets recognize that providing experienced, quality coaching will be extremely important in reaching our goals. We will carefully select and assist our coaches in administering our program. We will hold regular meetings to discuss Rockets' coaching philosophies.

Player development by teaching and stressing proper basketball fundamentals and skills is a significant objective of the Illinois Rockets. Practices will be organized using Rockets' repetitive drills as a key practice element to ensure the proper development of all necessary basketball skills. In addition, periodic basketball camps will be sponsored by the Illinois Rockets to provide additional player development.

A summer recreational basketball league will be run by the Illinois Rockets, allowing players to work on improving their basketball skills while getting an opportunity to participate in a fun, non-pressure environment.

Good sportsmanship will be demanded from our coaches, players and parents. Coaches will set good examples through their leadership. Striving to be competitive and trying to win is an important objective of the Rockets but within the bounds of good sportsmanship. The Rockets will publish sportsmanship and conduct standards which we will expect our coaches, players and parents to follow.  

Corporate sponsors will play an important role in enabling the Illinois Rockets to reach all of the above objectives while helping to keep the individual player costs reasonable. We look forward to maintaining close and long lasting relationships with our sponsors.