OTE will be offering a skills and drills clinic beginning the week of October 17th and it will run for a total of 10 weeks (not consecutive - gym is unavailable for certain weeks). The purpose of this clinic is for the kids that did not make a team this fall to help them achieve their goal of playing travel basketball. Our intentions are to get them to learn and grow their knowledge of the game. The focus will be on the fundamentals of basketball which include, form shooting, dribbling, and a strong emphasis on proper footwork. Details of the clinics are below. If you are interested, please click HERE.
When: Friday evenings from 6:30-7:30 (exact dates listed below)
Where: OTE gym - 6125 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago, IL
Who: Open to 2nd-8th graders (limiting the number of participants to 30)
The dates are as follows.
1- Oct 21
2 - Oct 28
3 - Nov 4
4 - Nov 11
5 - Nov 18
Skip Nov 25 (Thanksgiving)
6 - Dec 2
7 - Dec 9
Skip Dec 16 (gym being used)
Skip Dec 23 (gym being used)
Skip Dec 30 (Christmas break)
Skip Jan 6 (Christmas break)
8- Jan 13
9 - Jan 20
10 - Jan 27
If we have more than 30 that would like to participate in these skills camps, we are looking into the possibility of opening up another camp. We will not know if this is possible until all of the roster spots on Friday night are filled and we can confirm coaches for another night.
If you would like to sign up for the Friday night clinics, please click HERE. As always, let me know if you have any concerns or questions.
Who needs trash talk when you have fundamentals?
We thank you all for bringing your sons and daughters to the OTE 2022-23 Tryouts. We had record numbers of participants and there was a ton of talent in the gym. In many grades it was very difficult to get rosters down to a manageable number.
A great time to be thankful for our OTE family. Once again our 8th grade boys and girls alums had incredible success at their high school tryouts. 40 out of 43 made the cut for their freshman, JV & varsity teams at 12 different high schools. OTE is proud of all of them. Go Edge!
OTE 2021 alums now playing for a high school team near you
We want to thank our OTE family for the great response to our #HoopsAtHome series (video excerpts below). When we started the series in mid-March of 2020, we were hoping for a few videos documenting the dedication of our girls and boys to improving their skills and staying sharp during the pandemic. We ended up receiving more than 100 videos from our players, grades 3 through 8. Many have been posted on OTE Instagram and Facebook, and have been inspiring for all to watch. What we particularly love is how our players across the program virtually cheered on their OTE teammates. And what can I say about our coaches' response? We loved all of it!
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“I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have to you and the coaches for prioritizing everyone’s safety! I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this organization.” Agnes, parent of 5th grade player
Congrats to our 8th grade boys and girls! Can't wait to see you all bring your game to high school in a few months. We're proud of all of you. And thanks to coaches Brandon and Shawn (Girls) and Tom and Caleb (Boys) for their dedication to these talented athletes!
OTE 4th Girls letting loose at last tournament
3/4th Boys Team celebrating tournament win May 7 with Coach Chris
OTE is proud to announce its latest championship team. The 7th grade girls team won the 2021 AAU state championship Division 1 by sweeping all four games it played May 1-2 in Rockford. Ill. The team is coached by Brandon Lathon and Shawn Cirton, and won each game by 10 or more points. The team prevailed by sharing the ball, playing tough team defense and winning the battle for loose balls and rebounds. Congrats to the girls!
Congrats to the OTE 7th grade girls, who finished 6th out of 34 teams in the National AAU championship in Knoxville, Tenn. The girls had a great run, losing by five points in the quarterfinals to the eventual AAU champs. The team was on fire all week, averaging 53 points a game -- one of the top-scoring teams in the tourney. Thanks to the players, parents and coach Croix for a terrific week of basketball! The OTE family is proud of all of you!
Once again, our alums ruled at their 2019 high school tryouts., as 40 out of 41 players from our 2018-19 8th grade boys and girls teams made the cut. They'll play freshman, JV or varsity basketball at high schools across the Chicago area, including Lane Tech, Notre Dame, Maine South, Loyola, DePaul, St. Ignatius, Trinity, Taft, North Side Prep, Resurrection, Conant, Payton, Jones, Von Steuben, Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies, Amundsen and more. OTE is proud of them all
Our girls played with nothing but drive and confidence this weekend- each one of them left their hearts on the court ! We are so proud to call them AAU Champions !! Thank you to OTE and our coaches who have prepared them for this victory and many more for the last 5 years !!!-V.Arroyo
OTE 8th girls became National AAU champions this morning, July 17, 2017 in Orlando! We're so proud of our players -- Angelica, Illiana, Maeve, Charleen, Lily, Caroline, Nicole, Christi -- and coaches Keith and Jean. What a great run! Congrats!
Over the last 20 years, more than 90 percent of OTE alums have gone on to play high school hoops at major programs across Chicago and the suburbs. Our training works because we are "Over the Edge on fundamentals."