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Jr. NBA Global Championship

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 14-year-old boys and girls from around the world. Launched in 2018, the tournament features boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. teams and eight international teams) that compete in on-court competition and life skills programming.

The Jr. NBA is excited to host the Jr. NBA Global Championship in 2022 and bring the event back stronger than ever. Click your region on the maps below to learn more about Jr. NBA Global Championship qualifying.

  • U.S. Regionals

    U.S. Regionals
  • International Regionals

    International Regionals

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 the Jr. NBA Global Championship in 2019, 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
Jr. NBA Global Championship Ambassador

Key Information

  • Youth Guidelines

    The Jr. NBA Global Championship aligns 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 are required to be trained and licensed with USA Basketball.

  • FIBA

    The NBA and FIBA have expanded their partnership in connection with the Jr. NBA and Jr. NBA Global Championship.

  • 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.

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 14U/8th Grade boys and girls teams from around the world. Qualifying competitions tip off in early 2022 and run through June 2022, with the top 32 boys and girls teams receiving all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.

U.S.: The Jr. NBA will host eight (8) Jr. NBA Global Championship USA Basketball regional tournaments – Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast, and West – during the spring and summer of 2022. These three-day regional 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 in August 2022. 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 Global Championship games.

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

All Jr. NBA Global Championship events – both U.S. and Internationally – are subject to change, postponement, and/or cancellation at the discretion of the Jr. NBA.

Who is eligible to participate?

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a 14U/8th Grade tournament for boys and girls.

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

  • Athletes cannot turn 15-years-old prior to September 1, 2022; or
  • Grade exception: Athletes must be enrolled in the 8th Grade during the 2021-22 academic year and cannot turn 16-years-old prior to September 1, 2022
How do I register my team to participate in a U.S. regional tournament?

Coaches interested in having their U.S.-based teams compete in one (1) of eight (8) Jr. NBA Global Championship USA Basketball regional tournaments can submit a “Coach Interest Form“.

Interest to participate in the 2022 Jr. NBA Global Championship USA Basketball Regionals will exceed our ability to accommodate teams. The Jr. NBA will seek to achieve a highly competitive and diverse tournament field that includes club 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 “Coach Interest Form” does not confirm entry into the Jr. NBA Global Championship. All coaches that indicate their interest will be made aware of their team’s status via email by April 2022.

Additionally, teams may earn automatic entry into the Jr. NBA Global Championship USA Basketball Regionals by winning a local qualifying tournament in their region.

What are the qualifying tournaments and how can my team participate?

In 2019, the Jr. NBA Global Championship introduced a new layer of local competitions in the U.S. to expand the pool of participating boys and girls teams. By participating in a local qualifier, your team may gain automatic entry into one (1) of the eight (8) Jr. NBA Global Championship USA Basketball regional tournaments.

Visit the local qualifying page  to learn more about how to register your team for one of these tournaments.

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

U.S.-based teams must compete in the regional tournament that includes the state listed in the team’s official address. More information is available in the U.S. Team Guide.

U.S. Regions(Breakdown by State)

Central: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming

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, Utah, Washington

South: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas

Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

West: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada

See below for additional information on roster guidelines for U.S.-based teams competing in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.

What are the roster guidelines for U.S.-based teams competing in the Jr. NBA Global Championship?

Teams are required to have a minimum of eight (8) players and a maximum of ten (10) players.

In the U.S., the roster rules aim to provide an opportunity for existing teams and players within geographical boundaries to participate together, and to avoid the development of teams specifically for this event with multiple players from various locations. Each team must indicate its official address during registration, and all players must reside in the team’s “primary” state or a geographically adjoining state. All rosters must be fully submitted and verified as a part of the online tournament registration, and no roster changes will be permitted after two (2) weeks prior to the event. Rosters changes must be approved by the NBA. Players can only play in one regional tournament per year and cannot play for more than one team.

If an existing team does not meet the above roster criteria due to unique, bordering state and city boundaries and feels as though its roster does not violate the spirit of the rule, the team may submit a request for a geographical hardship exception.

Geographical hardship submissions must be made by contacting  JNGC@NBA.com for further review.  All roster approvals are at the sole discretion of the NBA.  If a roster does not meet the criteria above and a geographical hardship has not been explicitly granted by the NBA, that team will be ineligible to participate in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.

The  U.S. Team Guide  provides additional information and clarification for all team requirements.

Which international regions are participating in the Jr. NBA Global Championship? How can my international team register to participate?

The Jr. NBA Global Championship will include teams from 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 each regional competition.

The international competitions will leverage the Jr. NBA’s extensive global reach to identify top boys and girls players and teams from around the world. Each NBA regional office determines the process for identifying the 14U/8th Grade boys and girls teams that represent its respective region in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.

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: 

USA Basketball Regionals 

Central: June 10-12 (HyVee Arena – Kansas City, MO) 
Mid-Atlantic: June 17-19 (The St. James – Springfield, VA) 
Midwest: June 3-5 (Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park – Westfield, IN) 
Northeast: June 24-26 (Basketball City – New York, NY) 
Northwest: June 3-5 (Beaverton Hoop YMCA – Beaverton, OR) 
South: June 10-12 (Drive Nation – Dallas, TX) 
Southeast: May 13-15 (LakePoint – Emerson, GA) 
West: May 6-8 (Open Gym Premier – Anaheim, CA) 

 

International Regionals 

Africa: Rosters selected in May 2022
Asia Pacific: Rosters selected by June 2022 
Canada: Teams qualify in June 2022
China: Rosters selected in May 2022 
Europe & Middle East: Rosters selected in May 2022 
India: Rosters selected in May 2022
Latin America: Rosters selected in May 2022 
Mexico: Rosters selected in May 2022

What are the coach and bench personnel eligibility requirements?

All coaches and/or bench personnel for U.S.-based teams confirmed to participate in all Jr. NBA Global Championship events are required to have a current USA Basketball (USAB) Associate or Gold level license at least two (2) weeks prior to the qualifying event. For confirmed Jr. NBA Global Championship USA Basketball Regional teams, the Jr. NBA will provide a $30 discount per license for up to two (2) coaches or bench personnel per team.

All coaches and/or bench personnel for international teams will be required to have a current FIBA certification and/or a current certification from their home country’s national basketball federation.

Note: The number of coaches and/or bench personnel is capped at two (2) per team.

What are the game play rules for the Jr. NBA Global Championship?

The Jr. NBA Global Championship rules are adapted from the USA Basketball (USAB) youth tournament ruleset. These rules follow the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules with specific modifications for the 12-14 age segment.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship will align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines, which promote health and wellness in several ways including recommending age-appropriate limits on the number of games that youth should play.

How much does it cost to participate?

The registration fee for the Jr. NBA Global Championship U.S. regional tournaments is $400 per team. Internationally, requirements to participate vary by region.

Organizations that qualify for U.S. regional tournaments should make the Jr. NBA aware if financial assistance is required to cover the Jr. NBA Global Championship registration fee.

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.

Is the NBA working with any other leading basketball stakeholders on the Jr. NBA Global Championship?

In 2019, the NBA integrated long-time league partners and leading basketball stakeholders USA Basketball and FIBA into the Jr. NBA Global Championship.

USA Basketball will continue collaborating across all domestic competitions by accrediting local tournaments, licensing participating coaches, supporting U.S. regional tournaments, and promoting best practices through the implementation of the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines.  FIBA will continue to help expand the scope of the international competition and support off-court programming by organizing coaching and officiating development opportunities.

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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