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.
Where and when are the Jr. NBA World Championships being held?
Orlando, Florida USA from Aug 7th-12th
What is the age restriction for Canadian players?
Players must be 13 or 14 years of age as of December 31st, 2018.
How many players and coaches are allowed per team?
A maximum of 12 players and 2 coaches are permitted per team for Regionals and Regional Finals. However, please note that the number of players permitted to dress per team at the Jr. NBA World Championship is 10, not 12. Refer to the bottom of the "Eligibility" page for more information (page 7).
Can changes be made to the team after winning the Provincial Cup?
No. No additional players or coaches may be added to the roster. No exceptions will be made. The 12 players attending the next round must have been on the Provincial Cup roster.
What are the eligibility requirements for head coaches and assistant coaches for 2018?
Head Coach: L2T trained Assistant Coach: L2T trained (recommended, not required) Each coach must also provide a valid Background Check. More information here.
As a coach, how do I take NCCP courses?
NCCP Coaching Certification courses are offered by Canada Basketball and PTSOs. Coaches can register for the appropriate course at: https://gameplanbasketball.ca/. To register, coaches must create a free account or sign into their existing account. Once an account has been created, then the schedules for upcoming courses are available under the "Workshops" tab, where coaches can view and register for the desired course in their region. For courses in British Columbia and Quebec, please contact the PTSO and reference the PTSO website.
What rules will be used for play at each Provincial Cup?
The rules used at each respective Provincial Cup will be the set of FIBA rules previously determined by each respective PTSO.
What rules will be used at the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Finals?
The rules used at the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals will be FIBA rules with modifications in accordance to the Long Term Athlete Development principles. These include 4 minute quarter shift rule, Equal Participation and Half Court Defence Rule.
What is the Equal Participation Rule?
The Equal Participation Rule states that every participant who is registered on the team roster must participate in competition, provided they are not injured, fouled out, or ejected. No player is permitted to have played anymore than one shift more than any other player at the conclusion of the third quarter.
How does this competition pathway comply with and support the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan?
The Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals support the Canadian LTAD due to the structure of competition, as well as the rules of play. Half Court Defence: keeps the games meaningful in competition. Equal Participation: With U14 being the age where the highest dropout occurs and the largest changes in development, this Championship is operating so that all participating athletes will play in each competition match. Play Down Format: At this stage of development, athletes should be involved in multisport (MS) training. As the Play Down format was built, it kept in mind minimal travel distances (Regionals) and minimal teams travelling to the Regional Finals. This allows more Train to Train athletes to be involved in multisport training. Information: Coaches will receive additional information regarding training train to train athletes to optimize the athlete experience. Coaches are also required to have NCCP Learn to Train training to create a playing environment for the athletes where all coaches will be educated in the adaptations, age and stage athlete.
What is the format for the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Finals?
The format for the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals is round robin, with a gold medal game following round robin play.
What are the facilities being used for the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals?
The Bob Davis Gymnasium and Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium at Brock University will serve as the main competition courts. Also, the Meridian Centre will host some games and the gold medal games on the final day of competition.
Will accommodations and travel be provided at the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals?
Yes, teams competing at the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals will have their registration fee, travel and accommodations financially covered, thanks to the support the NBA.
Where will teams be staying during the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regional Finals?
Teams will be staying at a residence at Brock University during the competition.
Will food be provided for the duration of the Jr. NBA World Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals?
No, teams are financially responsible for arranging and planning their own accommodations for food. However, for the Regional Finals, Brock University Food Services have meal plans available for $54 per day, per person, which would include a variety of dining experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. A sample meal plan can be seen here.

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