Travel / AAU

Why LVL for travel basketball? See what both our President and a former LVL parent has to say.

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Steve Colombo

President / Founder of LVL

We take pride in knowing that every kid who has come through our travel program has learned the game of basketball the right way, both mentally and physically. Each of our players (boys and girls) have an immense sense of pride knowing that they have played with the best and competed versus the best. LVL believes in travel basketball in its purest form, and players know that this is where they have the best opportunity to experience success.

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Former LVL Parent For 6-Years

LVL Basketball is a special family and one that we were so very proud to be a part of. Our son experienced great success at the high school level and will be competing in college this year. We owe this success, and the opportunity to play in college, to Steve and the coaches at LVL. From great coaching at all grades and the sense of pride in teaching players how to play, we could not have imagined playing for another organization. LVL is a special family and feels like home. We strongly recommend their travel program to any family, especially those who are seeking a high-level basketball experience.

LVL’s core offering and the foundation which the organization was built on, our Travel / AAU program has been #1 in the city of Chicago for over 10-years. For boys and girls, grades 3rd through 8th, the Laker and Lady Laker travel / AAU teams provide players the opportunity to play competitive and elite basketball with high quality players. Each grade features multiple teams / levels, and offers every player the right travel basketball experience suited for them.

  • Elite

    LVL’s highest level, our Elite Travel Teams are for players who are seeking intense preparation for high school basketball, and exposure in regional, as well as national, tournament play. The goal of our Elite level, is to provide players the opportunity to prepare and experience AAU basketball so that they are prepared for the next phase of their basketball journey. 

    • Grades 6th, 7th, 8th
    • High school level seeking to prepare / Exploring the avenues of competing post high school
    • Compete on a regional and national level
    • 1 team per each grade level
  • Boys Program

    LVL’s foundation for travel which features our Gold and Purple teams. Our program is for players who are seeking a competitive and robust travel basketball experience which will enhance their development and appropriately prepare them for high school basketball.

    • Grades 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
    • Players seeking success with grammar school teams / Seeking exposure to high school coaches and schools
    • Compete on a local level
    • 2 to 3 teams per each grade level with the following structure:
      • Gold
      • Purple
  • Girls Program

    LVL’s foundation for travel which features our Gold and Purple teams. Our program is for players who are seeking a competitive and robust travel basketball experience which will enhance their development and appropriately prepare them for high school basketball.

    • Grades 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
    • Players seeking success with grammar school teams / Seeking exposure to high school coaches and schools
    • Compete on a local level
    • 2 to 3 teams per each grade level with the following structure:
      • Gold
      • Purple
  • Jr. Lakers Feeder

    Our beginner program serves as the direct pathway to our Laker & Lady Laker Travel / AAU teams. Exclusively for boys & girls, grades 1st through 3rd, our goal is to build the right fundamentals and skills now so success when it matters (grammar school and high school) can be achieved. LVL believes that this approach will build a better and more engaged basketball player through meaningful reps and positive feedback.

    • Grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Boys & Girls)
    • Players seeking an early start in an engaging and team oriented basketball environment.
    • Competition (i.e. game play) is pending and is determined based on the growth and development of the members.
    • 1 team per each gender / All grades combined
  • Laker Developmental

    This travel program is geared toward the seasonal basketball player seeking a premium travel basketball experience without the commitment of a full-time travel schedule. Teams receive one practice per week and compete in tournaments one to two times per month. This is a no-cut program, as all players receive the full LVL travel experience featuring; access to and coaching from LVL’s elite and experienced staff, team gear and uniform, productive, engaging, and positive practices and tournaments geared towards maximum development and growth within the game

    • Grades 5th & 6th (Subject to expand)
    • Players seeking a balance between grammar school basketball with their school and the full-time commitment to a travel program.
    • Compete on a local level
    • 1 team per each grade level / Grade levels may be combined