Jr. NBA Global Championship

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls 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 participate in a week of on-court competition and off-court programming in August 2020 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando.

  • Canadian Regionals

    Regionals

    Provincial cup champions will compete in regional tournaments across the country beginning in early 2020. In Ontario, the winning male and female teams from the Jr NBA Regional Qualifying event will represent the province. Four regional play-off games will be held across Canada, with the winning boys and girls teams (eight total) joining the Ontario Basketball Association Jr. NBA Regional Qualifying boys and girls champions at the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional in June 2020 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Winners of the Canada Regional will advance to the Jr. NBA Global Championship in August 2020 at Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando.

  • 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 Global Championship..

  • 2 Canadian
    Teams
  • 16 International
    Teams
The Jr. NBA World Championship

The Jr. NBA
World Championship

August
2019
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 Global 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 Global 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 Global Championship will take place in August 2020 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 Global 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 Global Championship Canada Regionals. The winning team of each Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regionals will advance to the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals. Ontario Basketball (OBA) will run a Jr. NBA Regional Qualifying tournament the weekend of – May 9-10, 2020. Participating teams will be selected and seeded by Ontario Basketball based on a combination of regular-season record and playoff performance in provincial championships. The competition pool will be comprised of the top eight (8) teams in each the boys’ and the girls’ division for a total of 16 teams.

Ontario, as the host province, receives a bye to the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals.

My child is 13 or 14 years old as of August 31, 2020. 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  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 Global 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 Global Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals will be club teams that are members of their respective PTSO. The teams are not “selected” to compete at the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals, teams earn their spot by winning Division 1 of their respective U14 Provincial Cup.Ontario Basketball (OBA) will run a Jr. NBA Regional Qualifying event the weekend of – May 9-10, 2020. Participating teams will be selected and seeded by Ontario Basketball based on a combination of regular-season record and playoff performance in provincial championships. The competition pool will be comprised of the top eight (8) teams in each the boys’ and the girls’ division for a total of 16 teams.

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 Global Championship Canada Regionals and Regional Finals. Only teams that enter their respective Provincial Cups (or in the Ontario Basketball Association Jr. NBA Regional Qualifying Tournament) are entering the qualification process. Register with you PTSO to be eligible to compete in entering the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals.

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

Ontario Basketball (OBA) will run a Jr. NBA Regional Qualifying event the weekend of – May 9-10, 2020.

Participating teams will be selected and seeded by Ontario Basketball based on a combination of regular-season record and playoff performance in provincial championships. The competition pool will be comprised of the top eight (8) teams in each the boys’ and the girls’ division for a total of 16 teams.

Ontario, as the host province, receives a bye to the Jr. NBA Global 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, 2020. 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 Global Championship Canada Regionals or Jr. NBA Global 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 Global Championship Canada Regionals.

Where and when do the 2020 Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regionals take place?

West Regional: Edmonton, May 23rd

Prairie Regional: Regina May 16th

East Regional: Fredericton, May 9th

Atlantic Regional: Halifax, May 2nd

Ontario Regional: Toronto, May 9th- 10th

Where and when are the Jr. NBA Global Championships being held?

Orlando, Florida USA from Aug11-16th

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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