Jr. NBA Rookie Division

Jr. NBA Rookie Division is a national youth basketball program for children ages 5 to 7 that encourages a fun, active and healthy learning environment. The 12–week curriculum complies with Sport 4 Life’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) and is aligned with Canada Basketball’s Development Pathway. Jr. NBA Rookie Division is a turnkey program, providing hosts with the full curriculum, participant materials, and coach training required to deliver the programming. Not only will participants learn the fundamental skills of the game of basketball through fun, engaging games, they will also be taught essential life skills including leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect. The focus is on FUN—get involved!

Program Details


  • Weekly 45-minute practices for 12 weeks (designed for athletes ages 5-7)
  • Aligned with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Sport for Life principles
  • Curriculum developed by NBA Basketball Operations and a team of experts in child development and physical literacy
  • Modified games that are age-appropriate, simple and FUN!


  • Jr. NBA Coach Training provided for free by Jr. NBA Ambassadors

Equipment and Uniform

  • Program includes age-appropriate equipment (smaller basketballs and Spalding adjustable hoops)
  • Participants receive a size-appropriate Spalding Rookie Gear Basketball and NBA team branded t-shirt


  • Based on facility and staffing costs associated with the local program

Run a Program

Interested in hosting a Jr. NBA program in your community? Contact the Jr. NBA Ambassador for your area.


To play in the Jr. NBA Rookie Division, contact a program in your area.

More Information

For more information, visit the Jr. NBA website.

The focus is on fun – get involved!


To play in a Jr. NBA program, contact a program in your area.

KanataKanata Youth Basketball Association (KYBA)Owen Kelk
MiltonMilton Stags BasketballMike Borlongan
BarrieNext Level BasketballScott Seeley
SimcoeNorfolk Youth BasketballJean Montgomery
HamiltonBlitz BasketballStefano Giovannangeli
ChathamChatham Kent WildcatsJamie Ireland
KingstonKingston Impact Basketball ClubGillian DeMelo
CobourgYMCA NorthumberlandCarrie Hawley
OrleansGloucester Cumberland Basketball AssociationJanet Capern
StouffvilleTown of Whitchchurch-StouffvilleJen McEachen
AncasterAncaster Basketball ClubRob Bowden
TorontoSouth Toronto Golden Eagles Basketball ClubChris Marcinkiewicz
BracebridgeBracebridge Breakers Basketball ClubRon Love
OttawaOttawa South Basketball AssociationGeoff Crampton
TorontoToronto Lords Basketball AssociationBob Clarke
BarrieYMCA BarrieJocelyn Hay
AlmonteNaismith Basketball AssociationStephanie Lee
ConcordCanadian Basketball AcademyGraham Erksine
Kirkland LakeMile of Gold Basketball ClubColette Carter
YorkBasketball World TorontoMichael Reio
OshawaSt. Kateri TekakwithaLucia Goodwin
WellandWelland Minor BasketballRita Ventresca-Root
GuelphGuelph Youth Basketball AssociationRemel Oandasan
TorontoAlbion Boys and Girls ClubKhudaija Sheikh
LondonGold Medal Basketball CampJudy Provenzano
ScarboroughTriple Balance Community CentreChris Skinner
KitchenerKW Youth Basketball AssociationMike Quigley
Port ColbornePort Colborne Youth BasketballBarclay Walker
NewmarketBayan BasketballPatrick Doon
TorontoCanadian Chineses Youth Athletic AssociationClement Chu
OakvilleOakville Family YMCADarcy Roland


Ontario Basketball

Marlon Piedrahita
Coordinator, Community Development

Jr. NBA Ambassadors

Marlon Piedrahita
Hamilton-Niagara, Peel, Kitchener-Waterloo, West

Omari Wiltshire
Capital-Kingston, Durham-York, Toronto, North