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

Curriculum

  • 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!

Coaching

  • 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

Cost

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

Play

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

Run a Program

Interested in hosting a Jr. NBA program in your community?

Contact the Jr. NBA Ambassador for your area.

More Information

For more information, visit the Jr. NBA website.

Contact

Ontario Basketball

Lindsay Walsh
Director, Basketball Development

Jr. NBA Ambassadors

Marlon Piedrahita
Hamilton-Niagara, Peel, Kitchener-Waterloo, West
mpiedrahita@basketball.ca

Omari Wiltshire
Capital-Kingston, Durham-York, Toronto, North
owiltshire@basketball.ca