Jr. NBA World Championship

The Jr. NBA World Championship is a first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament for the top 14U teams from around the world. The tournament will feature boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. teams and eight international teams) that will compete in the inaugural championship in August 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando.

  • Canadian Regionals

    Regionals

    Four (4) regional tournaments will be held across Canada in 2018, with the winning boys and girls teams from each region and the Ontario U14 Provincial champions (as the host region) advancing to the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional. Winners of the Canada Regional advance to the Jr. NBA World Championship.”

  • International Regionals

    International Regionals

    The international competition will leverage the existing global reach of the Jr. NBA, currently reaching 26M youth in more than 70 countries. Eight (8) boys teams and eight (8) girls teams will represent the international regions above at the Jr. NBA World Championship..

  • 2 Teams
  • 16 Teams
The Jr. NBA World Championship August 7th - 12th 2018

The Jr. NBA
World Championship

August
2018
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort

16 boys teams and 16 girls teams will advance to play in the Jr. NBA World Championship. Regional champions will compete in a round-robin format, which will determine seeding for the single-elimination competition. The winners of the U.S. and international tournaments will play in the championship.

Core Values

  • Teamwork Teamwork

    We have each other’s backs. We work hard as a team; share celebration and defeat. We support each other, always believing that more is possible when we do it together.

  • Respect Respect

    We play tough but we play fair. We pick each other up on the court and treat others the way we’d like to be treated. We respect the game and each other, embrace different backgrounds and always remember that the game welcomes all.

  • Determination Determination

    We never give up. We shoot for the stars and when we rebound, we rebound with resilience. We know our futures are up to us and so we work hard to always advance our skills, both on the court and off.

  • Community Community

    Diverse and dynamic, we are one global team. Basketball is borderless - it connects us as friends and competitors, and provides opportunities to interact with and give back to our community.

The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to get more engaged in grassroots basketball. In addition to great competition on the court, the tournament will showcase ways to promote the values of our game and advance health and wellness of young players.
 
Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner

Key Information

  • Proud Partner

    Jr. NBA World Championship Proud Partners are dedicated to supporting youth and families by providing resources that allow players and coaches to perform at the highest level on and off the court.

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

    The inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship will take place in August 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, FL. Located at Walt Disney World® Resort, the world-class venue regularly hosts elite youth sports competitions.

FAQs

Where does the pathway to the Jr. NBA World Championship begin?

Club teams from each province must be a member of their respective Provincial or Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO) and enter their respective U14 Provincial Cup, in Division 1. The winning team of the top division of each Provincial Cup will advance to the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals. The winning team of each Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals will advance to the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals. Ontario, as the host province receives a bye to the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals from their Provincial Cup.

My child is 13 or 14 years old as of December 31st, 2018. How can they be involved in the Jr. NBA World Championship pathway?

A child must be registered on the roster of a club basketball team in their region that is a member of their respective PTSO. The team must then register for and participate in the Division 1 of the U14 Provincial Cup for your province, where the winning team will advance to the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals. To find a team in your area, contact your PTSO.

How does the team selection process work? Is it for club teams?

The teams that will compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals will be club teams that are a member of their respective PTSO. The teams are not “selected” to compete at the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals, teams earn their spot by winning Division 1 of their respective U14 Provincial Cup.

My team is not part of our PTSO, but can we still participate?

Teams that are not members of their respective PTSO are unable to participate in the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals. Only teams that enter their respective Provincial Cups are entering the qualification process. Register with you PTSO to be eligible to compete in entering the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals.

How do teams from Ontario qualify for the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals?

The winning (boys and girls) team of the Ontario Cup for U14 Division 1 are automatically granted a position in the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals.

My team is from the Territories, how do we qualify?

Club teams from the Territories must be a member of their Territorial Basketball Federation and can enter any of the Provincial Cups. Club teams from a Territory are allowed to enter Provincial Cups with two players that are 15 years old as of December 31st, 2018. However, please note, should a team from a Territory win the Provincial Cup with overage players, the team won’t qualify to advance at the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals or Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals. Club teams from the Territories with no overage players could win the Provincial Cup and move on to the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals.

Where and when do the 2018 Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals take place?

West Regional: Edmonton, June 2nd Prairie Regional: Winnipeg, June 2nd East Regional: Fredericton, April 28th Atlantic Regional: Halifax, May 4th-6th

Where and when are the 2018 Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals being held?

St. Catharines, Ontario, June 15th-17th Teams to arrive June 14th, and depart June 17th.

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 and organizations. The membership is to help encourage and support youth basketball participation at the grassroots level.

The Jr. NBA aims to develop a lifelong passion for the game of basketball in boys and girls ages 6-14 by teaching them the fundamentals of the sport while instilling core values and life skills.

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