For info follow the link to THUNDER TRAVEL BASKETBALL PROGRAM Website.


This program is offered to all girls who are interested in competitive basketball at a higher level. Because this is a competitive travel basketball program, playing time is not guaranteed. Player progress during the season is strongly affected by player attendance, therefore, all practices and games have mandatory attendance. If everyone is on the same page, the team will be successful. This program is designed to help players progress as a player and as a person. The goal of this program is athletic development, safety, having fun, and honest competition.


Teams will practice twice a week for 1 hour and 30 minutes each practice. Depending on the age level, teams will play between 25-40 games during a season. Teams will play home and away games, and participate in leagues and tournaments. Games and tournaments are usually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some teams will have the occasional game during the week.

Program for Grades 4-8

Each season begins in October and runs until March. Teams practice two nights a week. When paying the initial fee in order to tryout, you are acknowledging that you read and fully understand the waiver and release information, its importance, warning of risk and waiver, and release the Wheaton Park District of all claims for the entire season from October until March.


We are fortunate to have very knowledgeable volunteer coaches, we appreciate the time they donate to help with the program. By these coaches volunteering, we are able to keep the cost of the program down, passing on the savings to our program participants. The coaches help players develop their individual skills while focusing on the team as a whole. Every minute of practice time is valuable, so we ask parents to approach coaches before or after practice with questions, not during. Practices are open and parents are encouraged to attend. We ask that parents let the coaches do the coaching and avoid coaching from the sidelines.

Note: The 7-8th grade program does not conflict with middle school basketball teams.

Interested in supporting youth basketball? Please contact Mark Dolphin, Wheaton Park District Athletic Manager at 630-690-4880 or mdolphin@wheatonparks.org

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Athletic Department
Wheaton Park District
1777 S Blanchard St
Wheaton, IL 60189
Ph: 630-668-3371

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Volunteers must complete the following:

Visit the CDC website for the free online course: HEADS UP Online Training Upon completion of the course and quiz, a certificate will be issued. Certificates should be printed and emailed to dmitchell@wheatonparks.org.

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If you need an accommodation to complete the Volunteer Application, please call the Administrative Office at 630-665-4710.

Volunteer Application & Background Check Waiver (PDF)
In accordance with the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act [325 ILCS 5/4], volunteers are required to report or cause a report to be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to that volunteer in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.

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