Developing the Parent/Coach Relationship

Hardwood HustleIn this episode of the Hardwood Hustle, Alan and Adam (with the help from notes from Rich Czeslawski of Better Basketball) discuss the ever-important relationship between parents and coaches at the youth and high school level – an integral relationship that is often overlooked.  They discuss the proper chain of command for communication, what things coaches/parents should never discuss and how to establish & communicate expectations.

Coaches vs Cancer Tourney This Week!

2013 Varsity Schedule     |     2013 Frosh/Soph Schedule     |     Sponsor Letter

CvCLogoWeb The Crystal Lake Central Boys Basketball Program has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and will be hosting its 7th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament. Eight area teams will be participating this year, host Crystal Lake Central, McHenry, Prairie Ridge, Huntley, Antioch, Belvidere North, Carmel (Mundelein) and Hoffman Estates, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Last year’s effort raised over $12,000!

A nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society ( and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (, the Coaches vs. Cancer program ( empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living, through year-round fundraising activities and advocacy. Since 1993, the initiative has raised more than $85 million to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer information, advocate for public health policies, and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

CLC players, coaches, and parents will be volunteering their time to help run this event, which starts Monday, November 25th in Crystal Lake Central’s historic fieldhouse, and continues on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, the 27th, 29th and 30th. This year’s admission is $5. Raffle prizes and giveaways will be available for fans in attendance.

Parent Tip-Off Memo


The Boys Basketball coaching staff at Crystal Lake Central is proud to have your son join our program! We would like to make you aware of several events to tip-off the season next week.

Meet the ParentsMonday, November 18th 7:30pm-8:30pm (CLC Auditorium)
We will be handing out pertinent information for the upcoming season and discussing how you can support your son and the program. This is a VERY important meeting in regards to our Program Community Service events and we ask that you attend if at all possible! Questions will be answered as a program and then each level will break down into small groups at the end.

Team PicturesWednesday, November 20th
Team and individual pictures will be taken at CLC prior to practice. An order form was given to your son that your son must bring with him and give to the photographer on this day if you desire individual pictures of your son. All team members will be in the team picture whether you order individual prints or not.

Moonlight MadnessFriday, November 22nd 6:00pm-9:00pm (CLC Fieldhouse)
Come for an evening of entertainment as we tip off with our 8th Annual Moonlight Madness! All three levels of our program will play in intra-squad scrimmages. Players from the Tiger Feeder Academy and NISRA will be featured; we will have performances from the CLC Band, Cheerleaders and Poms, as well as contests and prizes! It should be an exciting event for the whole community, so invite your family, friends, neighbors and anyone else you think would enjoy!

Looking forward to an EXCITING 2013-14 Season!

Raising the bar: the excitement of a new season

2013BasketballLogoIt’s back. The squeaks of the sneaks, the snapping of twine, the smell of the leather, the start of the grind. Sorry to wax poetic on you, but I can’t hide my excitement for a new basketball season to begin.

Preseason conditioning, clinics, tryouts, meetings with staff, players, and parents are all coming to an end and it is finally time to set the roster, lace them up, and start the journey.

The difference in the journey from one coach to the next lies within the hand they have been dealt for this season and how they choose to play it.

Most coaches do not get the opportunity to recruit players and instead must depend on developing players. Even the ones who can recruit still have a host of challenges and puzzles to solve with each new season. This is the lifeblood of the majority of coaches. Taking a different group of young players each season and molding it into a team. It is my second favorite thing about being a high school coach (behind only the relationship building component inherent in the job) because it is such a different challenge each year.

We have had a great deal of ‘conventional’ success in the won/loss column over the past 3 years with hard working, talented players who have bought into the Read & React, our defensive philosophy, and our program culture. We have had some ups and downs along the way, but in the process of going 71-15 during those 3 seasons, there have been a lot of ups.

This year we embark on a different kind of journey. We graduated our Top 6 players from last season and this year’s team will feature almost exclusively players with no Varsity playing experience. Continue reading

Varsity Tryout Information Meeting

All Juniors and Seniors planning to tryout for boys basketball this winter MUST attend a brief informational meeting.

Date: Wednesday, October 23rd
Where: Room 235 (between weight room and band room)
Time: 7:07 AM

If you know in advance you cannot make the meeting, please see Coach Thomas.

Frosh/Soph Tryout Information Meeting

All Freshmen and Sophomores planning to tryout for boys basketball this winter MUST attend a brief informational meeting.

Date: Wednesday, October 16th
Where: The Tiger’s Den Field House
Time: 7:07 AM

If you know in advance you cannot make the meeting, please see Coach Mueller in Room 235.

Tiger Winter Feeder Team Tryouts

The Tiger Feeder Academy will begin this winter with a Travel League.  The league will feature teams at 5th-8th grade levels as well as a Developmental League for 3rd-8th Grade Players who are not selected to the Travel Teams.  Each team from 5th-8th Grade will feature no more than 10 players.

2013-2014 Tiger Feeder Academy Try-Outs

5th Grade October 20th 4:00 – 5:45pm Crystal Lake Central High School
6th Grade October 20th 4:00 – 5:45pm Crystal Lake Central High School
7th Grade October 20th 6:15 – 8:00pm Crystal Lake Central High School
8th Grade October 20th 6:15 – 8:00pm Crystal Lake Central High School

Click here for more information

Introducing the Tiger Feeder Academy

TigerWayBlackThe CLC Basketball Staff is excited to announce the creation of the Tiger Feeder Academy!

We have wanted to provide basketball training and teams for future Central Tiger basketball players for many years, but did not have the right person in place to run it the right way.

At long last, that person has surfaced! Former Tiger Standout Luke Condill will be our new Feeder Director and lead us into a new era of Tiger Basketball.

Our goal is to provide training for ANY future Central Tigers who love to play basketball. In the winter we will enter teams from the Academy into various tournaments, but all players are welcome to join the Academy.

We will provide healthy, well-organized instruction for players of all ability levels, while teaching “The Tiger Way” in basketball, academics, and life.

To sign up for the Fall Training Session on Mondays from September 9th-October 21st, click here.

We are working with the Illinois Magic for registration purposes. Training will be conducted by Tiger Basketball Coaches and players, as well as Illinois Magic staff. 

More About Coach Condill…


Despite being 5’10”, Luke succeeded on many levels of basketball which included high school, college, and professional teams. Coach Condill had an amazing career at Crystal Lake Central. Luke’s senior year was the most successful in school history. CLC finished the season 28-2, ranked 7th in the Chicagoland Area and 15th in state. He was named All-State, “Player of the Year” by the Northwest Herald, All-Area, and All-Conference. He accepted a division one scholarship to Weber State University.

At Weber State, Luke led the team in 3 point field goal percentage (43%). He tied a school record of most consecutive 3 point field goals made in game (5 – regular season conference championship). The next two years he backed up NBA 7- year veteran Eddie Gill. After winning the Big Sky Championship, Weber State went on to beat North Carolina in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. After a coaching change in 2000, Luke transferred to South Dakota State University for the 2000-2001 season, and finished his career at Judson University in Elgin where he was an NAIA All-American.

After college, Luke played professionally in Germany for 3 years. While in Germany he played for the Wulfen Wolves. He set a club records for most 3 pointers in a game (11), most consecutive games with a 3 point made and averaged over three 3- point field goals made per game. Averaging 15 points per game, and leading the team to the tournament cup final, Luke was awarded a club medal for being in the “Top 3 Point Guards of All-time”.

“Think the Game” Basketball Clinic

Thinkthegame_mediumJoin us as Chris Collins (Northwestern University), Chris Conger (Lake Forest College), Will Rey (Northridge Prep), Mike Bailey (St. Pat’s) and Pat Ambrose (Stevenson) head to Crystal Lake to share their knowledge about the game with YOU!!

Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear five of the sharpest minds in the game share their experiences, talk strategies and break down the game!


Sunday, September 8th 2013

@ Crystal Lake Central High School

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