JR. NBA Basketball
Registration deadline: November 17 for grades 5 - 8; December 15 for K - 4
Please note for grades 5-8 registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis due to the limited number of player slots per division.
The Jr. NBA is the official youth basketball participation program of the NBA. The Jr. NBA includes a free, membership-based program for existing youth basketball leagues/organizations. The membership is to help encourage and support youth basketball participation and improve the overall youth basketball experience. The Jr. NBA aims to develop a lifelong passion for the game of basketball in boys and girls by teaching them the fundamentals of the sport while instilling core values including teamwork, respect and sportsmanship.
The Jr. NBA Philosophy is to share the game of basketball with youth across the world by teaching skills, values, and wellness in a positive and fun environment. The Jr. NBA’s holistic approach is intended to strengthen the culture of youth basketball, teach life lessons, and empower youth to live a full and healthy life. The Jr. NBA believes this philosophy leads to developing complete and well-rounded basketball players and individuals.
Basketball is a great game that is played by millions of young people in the United States and around the world. Playing basketball fosters the development of peer relationships, self-esteem, leadership qualities, and physical health.
However, an overemphasis on early competitive success has led to several well-recognized issues that exist across youth sports, including in youth basketball:
- Pressure to begin high-intensity training at a young age
- Early single-sport specialization
- Frequent and multiple competitive event scheduling
- Increased risk for injury, burnout, and disengagement from sports
The NBA and USA Basketball are committed to helping shape a youth basketball culture that prioritizes the health and well-being of young athletes – enhancing their enjoyment, participation, and development in the game.