What is the Jr. NBA Philippines program about?
Jr. NBA—introduced in the Philippines in 2007—is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls. Jr. NBA is staged in six countries in Southeast Asia that teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.
What are the new things we can expect from Jr. NBA Philippines 2019?
Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska returns with an expanded program that will provide youth in the region the opportunity to represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship:
This year, Jr. NBA Philippines will host five Regional Selection Camps that will advance 40 boys and 40 girls into the National Training Camp
As many as five boys and five girls from the National Training Camp will advance to the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers—a week-long selection camp featuring top youth players from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
10 boys and 10 girls will represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship—a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida
Who will be the competition at the Jr. NBA Global Championship?
The second annual Jr. NBA Global Championship will feature boys and girls teams from each of the eight U.S. regional tournaments (Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West) and the boys and girls teams representing the eight international regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America, and Mexico).
What is the timeline for the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 program?
Jr. NBA Philippines is comprised of five stages: skills clinics, Regional Selection Camps, National Training Camp, Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Qualifiers and Jr. NBA Global Championship:
- Skills clinics will be held nationwide from January to April
- Select players from these clinics will showcase their skills during the Regional Selection Camps held in Lucena (March 9-10), Baguio (March 23-24), Dumaguete (March 30-31), Butuan (April 13-14), and Metro Manila (April 26-27) and the Alaska Power Camps
- The top 40 boys and 40 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the National Training Camp in Manila on May 17-19
- As many as five boys and five girls from the National Training Camp will advance to the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers in June
- 10 boys and 10 girls will represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship held Aug. 6-11
How do I participate in the Jr. NBA Philippines program?
Interested participants can make an account at the official Jr. NBA website and register online by clicking on Events under the Jr. NBA Events tab and selecting the preferred Clinic or Regional Selection Camp schedule.
What are the steps to register for a Clinic or Regional Selection Camp*?
Log on to www.jrnba.asia/philippines and create an account:
- Register online by clicking Events under the Jr. NBA Events tab
- Select the preferred Clinic or Regional Selection Camp schedule and click Register
- Show up at the Clinic or Regional Selection Camp* with the ff. documents:
~ an NSO-issued Birth Certificate (original and photocopy)
~ School ID (original and photocopy) or Barangay Certificate for out-of-school youth
~ completed registration form
~ signed waiver
There are no age restrictions for participants on Day 1 of the Regional Selection Camp (RSC), but only participants born from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006 are eligible to qualify for Day 2 of the Regional Selection Camp and further stages of the program.
What if I can’t register online?
Interested participants can register on-site at their preferred clinic or Regional Selection Camp. A parent/guardian is required to accompany the participant to sign the waiver.
For Regional Selection Camps, participants must bring the following documents:
- an NSO-issued Birth Certificate (original and photocopy)
- School ID (original and photocopy) or Barangay Certificate for out-of-school youth
- completed registration form
- signed waiver
Can I register for the National Training Camp?
No, the National Training Camp (NTC) is only for the top 40 boys and 40 girls from the Regional Selection Camps and select group from the Alaska Power Camps.
Who are eligible to participate in the open clinics and Regional Selection Camps?
Open clinics and the first day of Regional Selection Camps are ideally geared towards boys and girls ages 10-14, but only participants born from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006 are eligible to qualify for Day 2 of the Regional Selection Camp and further stages of the program.
Who are eligible to participate in the National Training Camp and Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers?
Participants born from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006 are eligible to qualify for Day 2 of the Regional Selection Camp and further stages of the program:
I was born in 2003 but am still 14 years old as of the Regional Selection Camp, why am I not eligible to advance?
To maintain consistency across all Jr. NBA programs in Southeast Asia, the year of birth serves as the cut-off for eligibility to participate in all stages of the Jr. NBA. Only participants born from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006 are eligible to qualify for Day 2 of the Regional Selection Camp and further stages of the program.
Do I need to know how to play basketball to participate in the Jr. NBA program?
No. The open clinics and accredited clinics are designed to teach basketball fundamentals and core values of the game to boys and girls. There are no age restrictions for participants on Day 1 of the Regional Selection Camp (RSC), but eligible participants that measure well in the skills stations of shooting, footwork, passing, layups, and ball handling are likely to advance to Day 2.
Are there other activities happening at the Jr. NBA events?
Yes. Official partners of Jr. NBA Philippines will set up interactive booths and on-court activities hosted by partners to engage fans.
Do all coaches need to be licensed by the USA Basketball certification program to coach in the Jr. NBA?
No, but they need to be invited by the Jr. NBA head coach in the country and participate in the train-the-trainers program to be able to conduct accredited clinics and help coach in the events.
Do I have to bring my own ball?
No. All equipment in the basketball clinic will be provided by Jr. NBA.
Will food or water be provided?
Food and water are not provided to the participants in the open clinics, accredited clinics, and Regional Selection Camps. It is highly recommended that participants eat a hearty meal and prepare their own snacks and water prior to joining the aforementioned Jr. NBA events. Alaska, presenting partner of Jr. NBA Philippines 2019, will be providing milk samples at their booths on-site for specific events.
Will a First Aid team be present at the events?
Yes. There will be a First Aid station set up to provide participants with basic medical assistance throughout the entire duration of the event.