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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 2020 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 2020, 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

The Jr. NBA Global Championship

August
2020
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
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.

  • FIBA

    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.

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

    ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

    The Jr. NBA Global Championship will take place in August 2020 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 tip off in January and run through June 2020, 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 11-16, 2020 on FOX and Twitch.

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 2020. 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 from August 11-16, 2020 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 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.

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, 2020.
  • Therefore, players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to September 1, 2020; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to September 1, 2020.
  • 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.
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) U.S. regional tournaments for the 2020 Jr. NBA Global Championship can submit a “Coach Interest Form“.

Interest to participate in the 2020 Jr. NBA Global Championship U.S. 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 2020.

Additionally, teams may earn automatic entry into the U.S. Regionals by winning a local qualifying tournament in their region.

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

Last year, 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) U.S. 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. Regionals (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’s roster may include no more than two (2) “out-of-state” players, but the out-of-state players must be from an adjoining state of the team’s official address. No team is permitted to have players from more than three (3) states.

If an existing team does not meet the above roster criteria due to unique, bordering state and city boundaries (e.g., DMV area, New York/New Jersey, Kansas City), 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.

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: June 5-7 (HyVee Arena – Kansas City, MO)
Mid-Atlantic: June 19-21 (The St. James – Springfield, VA)
Midwest: June 12-14 (Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park – Westfield, IN)
Northeast: June 26-28 (Basketball City – New York, NY)
Northwest: May 29-31 (Beaverton Hoop YMCA – Beaverton, OR)
South: June 5-7 (Drive Nation – Dallas, TX)
Southeast: June 12-14 (LakePoint – Emerson, GA)
West: May 8-10 (Ladera Sports Center – Ladera Ranch, CA)

International Regionals

Africa: Rosters selected in May 2020
Asia Pacific: Rosters selected by June 2020
Canada: Teams qualify in June 2020
China: Rosters selected in May 2020
Europe & Middle East: Rosters selected in May 2020
India: Rosters selected in May 2020
Latin America: Rosters selected in May 2020
Mexico: Rosters selected in May 2020

Jr. NBA Global Championship
Tournament: August 11-16, 2020

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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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