How do I register to participate in the US?
All registration for U.S.-based teams to compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship must be completed online on this website.
Interest to participate in the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship may exceed our ability to accommodate teams in the regional tournaments. The Jr. NBA will seek to achieve a highly competitive, diverse tournament field that includes club teams 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 registration form does not confirm entry into the Jr. NBA World Championship. All teams that register will be made aware of the status of their registration via email by March 23, 2018.
How do I register to participate in my international region?
The international competition 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 determined the process for identifying the 14 and under (14U) boys and girls teams that will represent its respective region in the Jr. NBA World Championship.
Registration for international teams and players is closed for the 2018 Jr. NBA World Championship. For more information on a Jr. NBA program in your region, please click here or contact JNWC@NBA.com.
Who is eligible to participate?
The Jr. NBA World Championship is a 14 and under (14U) tournament for boys and girls.
For U.S. competitions, in accordance with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines:
• Players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to September 1, 2018; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to September 1, 2018.
• The age of all players participating in the tournament will be verified by the Jr. NBA via National Sports ID.
For international competitions, in accordance with FIBA guidelines:
• Players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to January 1, 2019; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to January 1, 2019.
• The age of all players participating will be verified by each NBA regional office.
What region do I compete in domestically?
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
What international teams are participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship?
The Jr. NBA World Championship will include teams from eight (8) international regions: Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico, and South America. Each NBA regional office has determined the process for identifying the 14U boys and girls teams that will represent its respective region at the Jr. NBA World Championship.
See International Regionals page for more details about each regional competition.
When and where are the Jr. NBA World Championship competitions taking place?
The Jr. NBA World Championship events will take place in the spring and summer:
Central: June 8-10 (Sports Pavilion Lawrence – Lawrence, KS)
Mid-Atlantic: June 22-24 (Competitive Edge – King of Prussia, PA)
Midwest: June 15-17 (Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park – Westfield, IN)
Northeast: June 29-July 1 (House of Sports – Ardsley, NY)
Northwest: June 29-July 1 (The Hoop – Salem, OR)
South: June 15-17 (Fieldhouse USA – Frisco, TX)
Southeast: June 1-3 (Upward Star Center – Spartanburg, SC)
West: May 11-13 (The MAP Sports Facility – Garden Grove, CA)
Africa & Middle East: May 2018
Asia Pacific: October 2017
Canada: June 2018
China: May 2018
Europe: April 2018
India: April 2018
Mexico: May 2018
South America: May 2018
Jr. NBA World Championship
Tournament: August 7-12, 2018
What are the roster guidelines for U.S.-based teams competing in the Jr. NBA World Championship?
Teams will be required to have rosters with a minimum of eight (8) players and a maximum of ten (10) players. For U.S regional competition, each team is allowed 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 will be allowed to have players from more than three (3) states.
For the Jr. NBA World 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
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 World Championship will be 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 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 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 is the Jr. NBA World Championship tournament structure?
U.S.: The Jr. NBA will host eight (8) regional tournaments during the spring and summer of 2018. The tournaments will consist of round-robin competition followed by single elimination boys and girls tournaments. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four (4) games.
International: The Jr. NBA competition structure will vary. See the International Regionals page for more details about international competition.
World Championship: Sixteen (16) boys teams and sixteen (16) girls teams will advance to play in the Jr. NBA World Championship. The teams representing each region will be separated into U.S. and international brackets that include round-robin competition followed by single-elimination boys and girls tournaments. Winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the boys and girls championship games.
Additionally, youth at Jr. NBA World Championship events will not only compete on the court, but will also participate in off-court educational programming.
What are the game play rules for the Jr. NBA World Championship?
The Jr. NBA World Championship will follow rules 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 World 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 World Championship Team Guide for more team related information.
How much does it cost to participate?
The registration fee for the Jr. NBA World 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 World Championship.