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.

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 2019 Jr. NBA Global Championship can submit a “Coach Interest Form“.

Interest to participate in the 2019 Jr. NBA Global Championship U.S. Regionals may 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 March 25, 2019.

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?

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is introducing a new layer of local competitions in the U.S., including more than 20 local tournaments – 14 of which will be hosted by NBA teams in their respective markets – to expand the pool of participating boys and girls teams.

Winning boys and girls teams at these local tournaments will automatically qualify for one (1) of eight (8) U.S. Regionals. 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 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, 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

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

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.

For more information on a Jr. NBA program in your region, please click here or contact JNGC@NBA.com.

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. For U.S. teams, the majority of players on each team must reside in the state of the team’s official address. Each roster may have up to two (2) out-of-state players, but the “out-of-state” players must be from an adjoining state of the team’s official address, subject to approval by the Jr. NBA. No team is permitted to have players from more than three (3) states.

For the Jr. NBA Global Championship Mid-Atlantic Regional, all players with home addresses within the geographic areas below will be considered to be from the same state:

  •  District of Columbia
  • Maryland: Montgomery County and Prince George’s County
  • Virginia: Arlington County, Fairfax County, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church
    • See the Jr. NBA Global Championship Team Guide for more team related information.
What are the coach and bench personnel eligibility requirements?

All coaches and/or bench personnel for U.S.-based teams confirmed to participate in the Jr. NBA Global Championship are required to have a current USA Basketball (USAB) Associate or Gold level license at least four (4) weeks prior to their team’s respective regional tournament. 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 USA Basketball’s
(USAB) youth tournament rule set. 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.  See the Jr. NBA Global Championship Team Guide for more team related information.

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.

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