2018 Registration is Open!


Registration for Hoops in the Highlands 2018 is officially OPEN! Early reg is $100 per team and closes on 3/15. Get your teams registered! Click the “2018 Registration is Open” button on our website home page at www.hoopsinthehighlands.net. Email questions to hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com. Event is Saturday, April 7th at Highland Oaks Church of Christ.

Don’t forget to eat at Grub Burger to Support HOOPS! .  For the whole month of February Grub Burger Bar will be hosting a spirit month for Hoops in the Highlands.  If and when you eat there, please let them know you are there for Hoops so the proceeds can go directly back to our schools.  Thank you Grub!! (4925 Greenville Ave)

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2018 Hoops in the Highlands News!

Greetings from Hoops in the Highlands!

The date is set for our 15th annual tournament.  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7, 2018.  There are a couple of changes this year we wanted you to know about.  First, we will now have a bracket for kindergarten teams, boys and girls.  Second, a new incentive for sponsors – if you or your company with give a cash donation of $500 or more, you will receive one free team registration.  Please email hoopssponsorship@gmail.com for more information.  Lastly, and perhaps the best news, Thurgood Marshall Elementary will be joining our efforts and will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the fundraiser along with the other 4 participating feeder schools of LHJH.  Welcome to the Hoops team Thurgood!

Upcoming Dates 
Registration will be open February 5th stay tuned for more information on that.  And also for the whole month of February Grub Burger Bar will be hosting a spirit month for Hoops in the Highlands.  If and when you eat there, please let them know you are there for Hoops so the proceeds can go directly back to our schools.  Thank you Grub!!

Please find us on facebook and twitter, visit our website hoopsinthehighlands.net and email us with any questions at hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com

We are looking forward to a great tournament!

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Green Dallas – Lake Highlands Schools Get Creative to Recycle at HOOPS

Hoops in the Highlands was recently featured on www.GreenDallas.net!  Read the whole article below, and visit this City of Dallas website here:  http://greendallas.net/2017/04/05/lake-highlands-junior-high-get-creative-recycle-hoops/    A huge “Thank You” to Cindy Engel for spearheading this initiative for Hoops this year!


Contamination Frustration

Every year, Lake Highlands Junior High School and feeder elementary schools host a huge 3-on-3 basketball tournament called “HOOPS in the Highlands” to raise funds for their local PTAs.

When there are concessions and water bottles for 764 players and their families, a lot of waste is generated. Past attempts to recycle were frustrated by attendees dumping items in the wrong bins – imagine water bottles covered in cheesy nachos.

The Strategy

This year, the event organizers placed recycling bins next to all garbage bins and ensured that they were all clearly marked with appropriate labels. They also added lids with holes to the recycling bins. These strategies helped minimize the amount of trash that went into the recycling bins.

High winds created an issue in the afternoon with bags blowing around and bins tipping over. They have decided that next year, they will use binder clips to keep the bags pinned to the top of the bins, and place bricks in the bottom of the bins to help keep them from blowing over. These easy and creative solutions will help keep their games clean and reduce waste.

Successful Collection

At the end of the HOOPS tournament, about a dozen oversized bags with cans, bottles, and other recyclables were taken to the City of Dallas’ blue recycling dumpster at the junior high instead of ending up in a landfill. Over a dozen medium and large boxes were flattened and recycled. Most of the trash and recycling bins were in good enough shape to store for reuse next year.

Recycle near you!

Recycling can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Remember, the City of Dallas has community recycling drop-off locations around the city to make it easier for our residents who don’t have access to roll carts.


Hoops 2017 is in the books! Info & Hoops T-Shirts For Sale!

We will start with a massive THANK YOU to everyone that came out on Saturday.  We can’t thank our sponsors and volunteers enough.  And our participants sure gave us some great competition to watch. Thank goodness those showers held off for us.

We have a few more details for you -

  • Lost and Found – we have lots of basketballs, water bottles, player bags, and even a pair of prescription glasses among many other things that we found.  Please email hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com if you are missing something.
  • We are going to order more t-shirts to sell.  Adult and youth sizes.  Please click here if you would like to order.  The shirts are $10 each + tax.  Please note, the adult sizes run large.
  • We want your ideas and suggestions regarding the event.  While it’s fresh on your minds, please don’t hesitate to send us an email to hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com with anything you want to say. We can also answer your questions about being a sponsor, volunteering, rules, etc..
  • Don’t forget to visit our website.  We have posted the championship pictures and have lots more photos coming from our awesome volunteer photographers.  Please follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Your HITH 2017 Co-Chairs,
Merilee & Andy Biancardi
Kevin & Tara Hickman

Hoops Packet Pickup TODAY – Friday, March 31st 3pm – 7pm

Hoops in the Highlands team packet pickup is today,  Friday, March 31st from 3-7pm at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, address below.

All Northlake Players — Coach Barr will have your bags at Northlake!

Highland Oaks Church of Christ.  
10805 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX  75238

Pick up is in the church’s Fellowship Hall.  Enter on the far west side of the church.  Look for the balloons!  We will be at Entrance C, which faces the parking garage across the parking lot.

We will have a handful of t-shirts for sale, mostly YMs & YLs ($10), and you can also buy raffle tickets!

Feel free to pick up your friend’s or neighbor’s packet!

Hoops Basketball Goals Need A Home!

Back in January, we were informed that the old shopping center in Lake Highlands where our Hoops basketball goals were being stored for free was going to be torn down.  We had to remove the goals, bracket boards, etc into temporary storage (our backyards!) until this weekend.  We have not been able to find a facility to house these goals for free, and it hurts us to have to pay for storage out of the disbursement funds that go to WRE, WE, NLE & LHJH schools.  This is probably going to be about $1,200/year.

So, we are asking our loyal fans if anyone has a large storage space that can house 19 full size goals (they lay down nicely and don’t have water in them), 5 4×8 bracket boards, 2 small basketball goals, and about 60 sand/concrete bags at no charge.

If you can help, please email us at hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting HOOPS!



Hoops Weather & Parking


Hoops Weather Update!

We have been watching the weather every day for the past 2 weeks, and it is constantly changing.  It appears there may be a chance for a rain shower late afternoon.   In the event of light rain, play will continue.  In the case of a downpour or lightning, we will delay games until the weather passes.   There is no rain date for the event.  Notification of delay of games will be found on the Hoops in the Highlands Website and Facebook pages. 

Please make sure children are not left at the event unattended.

Hoops Parking!

There is plenty of parking at HOCC all around the church.   There are 3 ways to enter the church parking lot:

1.  From Walnut Hill Lane
2. From Mapleridge & Plano Rd
3. From Estate Lane that runs parallel to LBJ.


See you Saturday!


2017 Brackets Are Posted!

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The 2017 Hoops in the Highlands Brackets are complete!

191 Teams – 764 Players – 79 Schools Represented

488 games are scheduled on 16 courts between 8a – 5p next Saturday, 4/1.

What you need to know:

  • Packet Pickup is Friday, March 31st at Highland Oaks Church of Christ (10805 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX, 75238) from 3p-7p.  Look for the balloons!
  • All games will be 15 minutes for all grades and they will all start at the same time.  There are no timeouts.
  • Every team is guaranteed a minimum of 3 games.  Pool play will decide standings for the bracket play.
  • Championship games are played on courts 5 & 15.  Included in the brackets is the report of court assignments so you know when and where all of the championship games are!
  • Champions should immediately report to the DJ for your award medals and have your picture taken.
  • Please review the 2017 rules, link attached below.
  • Plan to eat at the event! We will have food for purchase from Mariano’s, Chick Fil-A, Neighbor’s, 0ne90Meats, Primo Brothers Pizza, as well as Dr. Pepper/Snapple drinks & water, Grub milk shakes, candy, snowcones & snacks.
  • Open to anyone, adults included – Round 1 of the Hoops Shoot Free Throw Contest is from 9-1.  Buy a $5 entry form from the cashiers.   If you are a top shooter, you will be called back for the final round from 2-4p.   Champions will be announced at 4:30pm.
  • Enjoy all day entertainment and and purchase tickets for an incredible raffle!!
  • Please note you can enter the HOCC campus from Estate Lane (parallel to the LBJ service road) where there is access to parking as well.
  • Please give special thanks to our sponsors who have made this event a success!  http://hoopsinthehighlands.net/sponsors/

Thank you for supporting Hoops in the Highlands!

2017 HITH Brackets

2017 Rules

Tara & Kevin Hickman
Andy & Merilee Biancardi
2017 Hoops in the Highlands Co-Chairs



2017 Registration is Closed – Brackets Coming Soon!

2017 Registration is now closed.  We have an all time record number of teams – 190!  Brackets are coming soon and will be emailed to the teams and posted on the website.

Don’t forget to pick up your team packets — Friday, March 31st, 3p-7p at Highland Oaks.  Pickup will be at the Little Acorns school on the east side of the complex near the children’s playground area.  Look for the balloons.  Northlake teams — you will pick up your packets directly from your coach at school on Friday, March 31st.

See you April 1st!


This Thursday is the last day to register for HOOPS!

This Thursday, March 23rd, is the last day to register for Hoops in the Highlands 2017!  Registration closes at midnight.  We will not be able to accept any registrations after this date as we will start to build brackets Friday.

Click the Registration tab on the main menu to register!