Jr. NBA World Championship

The Jr. NBA World Championship is a first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament for the top 14U teams from around the world. The tournament will feature boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. teams and eight international teams) that will compete in the inaugural championship in August 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando.

  • U.S. Regionals

    U.S. Regionals

    Eight (8) regional tournaments will be held across the U.S. in 2018, with the winning boys and girls teams from each region advancing to the Jr. NBA World Championship.

  • International Regionals

    International Regionals

    The international competition will leverage the existing global reach of the Jr. NBA, currently reaching 26M youth in more than 70 countries. Eight (8) boys teams and eight (8) girls teams will represent the international regions above at the Jr. NBA World Championship.

  • 16 Teams
  • 16 Teams
The Jr. NBA World Championship August 7th - 12th 2018

The Jr. NBA
World Championship

August
2018
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort

16 boys teams and 16 girls teams will advance to play in the Jr. NBA World Championship. Regional champions will compete in a round-robin format, which will determine seeding for the single-elimination competition. The winners of the U.S. and international tournaments will play in the championship.

Core Values

  • Teamwork Teamwork

    We have each other’s backs. We work hard as a team; share celebration and defeat. We support each other, always believing that more is possible when we do it together.

  • Respect Respect

    We play tough but we play fair. We pick each other up on the court and treat others the way we’d like to be treated. We respect the game and each other, embrace different backgrounds and always remember that the game welcomes all.

  • Determination Determination

    We never give up. We shoot for the stars and when we rebound, we rebound with resilience. We know our futures are up to us and so we work hard to always advance our skills, both on the court and off.

  • Community Community

    Diverse and dynamic, we are one global team. Basketball is borderless - it connects us as friends and competitors, and provides opportunities to interact with and give back to our community.

The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to get more engaged in grassroots basketball. In addition to great competition on the court, the tournament will showcase ways to promote the values of our game and advance health and wellness of young players.
 
Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner

Key Information

  • Youth Guidelines

    The Jr. NBA World Championship will align with the NBA and USA Basketball’s jointly created Youth Guidelines designed to promote a positive and healthy youth basketball experience. The Youth Guidelines include common-sense, age-appropriate limits on the number of games that youth should play and rest guidelines to help ensure proper recovery.

  • Coach Licensing

    All coaches participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship will be required to be trained and licensed.

  • Off-Court Programming

    Teams in the Jr. NBA World Championship will participate in life skills programming, skill development sessions, and community service projects during the weeklong competition.

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

    ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

    The inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship will take place in August 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, FL. Located at Walt Disney World® Resort, the world-class venue regularly hosts elite youth sports competitions.

  • Proud Partner

    Jr. NBA World Championship Proud Partners are dedicated to supporting youth and families by providing resources that allow players and coaches to perform at the highest level on and off the court.

FAQs

How do I register to participate?

All registration for U.S.-based teams to compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship must be completed online on this website.

Interest to participate in the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship may exceed our ability to accommodate teams in the regional tournaments. The Jr. NBA will seek to achieve a highly competitive, diverse tournament field that includes club teams and community-based teams, with a priority focus on all teams in the tournament reflecting the Jr. NBA’s mission and values.

Submitting an online registration form does not confirm entry into the Jr. NBA World Championship. All teams that register will be made aware of the status of their registration via email by March 23, 2018.

Who is eligible to participate?

The Jr. NBA World Championship is a 14 and under (14U) tournament for boys and girls.

For U.S. competitions, in accordance with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines:

  • Players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to September 1, 2018; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to September 1, 2018.
  • The age of all players participating in the tournament will be verified by the Jr. NBA via National Sports ID.

 

For international competitions, in accordance with FIBA guidelines:

  • Players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to January 1, 2019; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to January 1, 2019.
  • The age of all players participating will be verified by each NBA regional office.
What region do I compete in domestically?

U.S.-based teams must register for the regional that includes the state listed in the team’s official address.

U.S. Regionals (Breakdown by State)

Central: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
South: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
West: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah

When and where are the Jr. NBA World Championship competitions taking place?

The Jr. NBA World Championship events will take place in the spring and summer:

U.S. Regionals

Central: June 8-10 (Sports Pavilion Lawrence – Lawrence, KS)
Mid-Atlantic: June 22-24 (Competitive Edge – King of Prussia, PA)
Midwest: June 15-17 (Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park – Westfield, IN)
Northeast: June 29-July 1 (House of Sports – Ardsley, NY)
Northwest: June 29-July 1 (The Hoop – Salem, OR)
South: June 15-17 (Fieldhouse USA – Frisco, TX)
Southeast: June 1-3 (Upward Star Center – Spartanburg, SC)
West: May 11-13 (The MAP Sports Facility – Garden Grove, CA)

International Regionals

Africa & Middle East: May 2018
Asia Pacific: October 2017
Canada: June 2018
China: May 2018
Europe: April 2018
India: April 2018
Mexico: May 2018
South America: May 2018

Jr. NBA World Championship
Tournament: August 7-12, 2018

How much does it cost to participate?

The registration fee for the Jr. NBA World Championship U.S. regional tournaments will be $300 per team. Internationally, requirements to participate vary by region.

The sixteen (16) boys and sixteen (16) girls teams representing each region will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship.

The Jr. NBA is the official youth basketball participation program of the NBA. The Jr. NBA includes a free, membership-based program for existing youth basketball leagues and organizations. The membership is to help encourage and support youth basketball participation at the grassroots level.

The Jr. NBA aims to develop a lifelong passion for the game of basketball in boys and girls ages 6-14 by teaching them the fundamentals of the sport while instilling core values and life skills.

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