Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska returns to the Philippines for the 12th consecutive year with an expanded program. Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than 1.7 million players and coaches and expanded to 134 cities and municipalities nationwide.
Jr. NBA Philippines will teach the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level. The program includes youth clinics, Regional Selection Camps, and National Training Camp and new this year, will feature an opportunity to participate in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Qualifiers and Jr. NBA Global Championship.
Regional selection camps will be staged in five cities across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to select the top 40 boys and 40 girls that will advance to the National Training Camp in Metro Manila, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend. As many as five boys and five girls from the National Training Camp will advance to the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Qualifiers, a week-long selection camp in June featuring top youth players from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
In addition, 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 that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.
The program is designed for 10-14 year-old children but boys and girls of all ages are welcome to participate in the program. It is important to note that only players born from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006 will be eligible to qualify for Day 2 of the Regional Selection Camp and further stages of the program.