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Jr. NBA Global Championship

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls 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 participate in a week of on-court competition and off-court programming in August 2019 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 Global 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 Global Championship.

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

The Jr. NBA Global Championship

August
2019
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 Global 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.

I attended last year’s Jr. NBA Global Championship and it was incredible to witness the talent and passion displayed by boys and girls from around the world.  This event offers a unique opportunity for young players to learn about different cultures while bonding through their love of the game.
 
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat, Jr. NBA Global Championship Ambassador

Key Information

  • Youth Guidelines

    The Jr. NBA Global 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 Global Championship will be required to be trained and licensed.

  • Off-Court Programming

    Teams in the Jr. NBA Global 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 Global Championship will take place in August 2019 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.

FAQs

What is the Jr. NBA Global Championship? How is the tournament structured?

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year old boys and girls teams from around the world. Qualifying competitions will tip off in January and run through June 2019, with the top 32 boys and girls teams receiving all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, Florida from August 6-11, 2019.

U.S.: The Jr. NBA will host eight (8) regional tournaments – Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West – during the spring and summer of 2019. The three-day tournaments will consist of pool play competition followed by single-elimination bracket play. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four (4) games.

International: The Jr. NBA Global Championship international competition structure varies by region. One (1) boys and one (1) girls team will advance from each of the eight (8) international regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico. See the International Regionals page for more details about international competition.

Global Championship: Sixteen (16) boys teams and sixteen (16) girls teams will advance to play in the Jr. NBA Global Championship from August 6-11, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The teams representing each region will be separated into U.S. and international brackets that include pool play competition followed by single-elimination bracket play. Winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the boys and girls championship games.

Additionally, youth at Jr. NBA Global Championship events will not only compete on the court, but will also participate in off-court life skills programming.

Who is eligible to participate?

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

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

  • All players must be 13- or 14-years old as of August 31, 2019.
  • Therefor, players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to September 1, 2019; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to September 1, 2019.
  • The age of all players participating in the tournament will be verified by the Jr. NBA via National Sports ID and/or a NBA regional office.

See the Jr. NBA Global Championship Team Guide for more team related information including roster guidelines.

Which U.S. region does my team compete in?

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 Global Championship competitions taking place?

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

U.S. Regionals

Central: May 10-12 (Iowa West Fieldhouse – Council Bluffs, IA)
Mid-Atlantic: June 7-9 (Athletic Republic – District Heights, MD)
Midwest: May 31 –  June 2 (Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park – Westfield, IN)
Northeast: June 28-30 (Sportika – Manalapan, NJ)
Northwest: June 21-23 (Beaverton Hoop YMCA – Beaverton, OR)
South: June 7-9 (Drive Nation – Dallas, TX)
Southeast: June 14-16 (Lakepoint – Emerson, GA)
West: June 14-16 (Ladera Sports Center – Ladera, CA)

International Regionals

Africa: May 2019
Asia Pacific: June 2019
Canada: April-June 2019
China: April-May 2019
Europe & Middle East: May 2019
India: May 2019
Latin America: May 2019
Mexico: May 2019

Jr. NBA Global Championship
Tournament: August 6-11, 2019

How much does it cost to participate?

The registration fee for the Jr. NBA Global 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 Global 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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