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.

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 14 and under (14U) 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:

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

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 four (4) weeks prior to the qualifying event. For confirmed U.S. 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 $300 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 in Orlando, FL.

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

Last year, 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.

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