Jr. NBA Youth Basketball

Jr. NBA Youth Basketball is a national youth basketball program for children ages 5 to 12 that encourages a fun, active and healthy learning environment.

The 12–week curriculum complies with Sport for Life’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model and is aligned with Canada Basketball’s Development Pathway.

Jr. NBA 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 basketball through fun, engaging games, they will also learn essential life skills including leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork and respect.

The focus is on FUN—get involved!

The focus is on fun – get involved!

Program Details


  • Weekly 45-minute practices for 12 weeks (designed for athletes ages 5–12)
  • 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 Spalding basketball and NBA team branded t-shirt


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


To play in the Jr. NBA, find a program in your area.

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More Information

For more information, visit the Jr. NBA website.


Ontario Basketball

Kauri LaFontaine
Director, Basketball Operations

Find a Jr. NBA program

Find a Jr. NBA program in your area by visiting jrnba.ca/ontario.