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Jr. NBA & Jr. WNBA

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Focus and Goals :

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA presented by Gatorade and Nike, aims to develop a life-long passion for the game of basketball by providing a support structure, instructional materials and programs that encourage participation and make the game fun and rewarding for all participants.
-From the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Web site

Age Level :

The Jr. NBA/WNBA program is designed for children ages 5 through 14. Check with your local league to see what ages are currently involved in your area.

Basketball Leagues :

The Jr. NBA/WNBA is partnered with various organization such as YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, National Park & Recreation, JCC and PAL to bring basketball to youth around the country. They support the winter basketball season.

Additional Activities:

Jr. NBA/WNBA offers a variety of developmental clinics, camps, and tournaments throughout the year including:

  • Skills Challenge sponsored by SINGULAIR: ages 7 to 14

  • Pledge to Be A S.T.A.R. Summer Camps: basketball skills, life lessons, sportsmanship, ages 9 to 13

  • Gatorade Championship Series: one day tournament for kids ages 12 to 14

  • Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Team: 5 girls and 5 boys selected for the All-Star Jam Session

  • Discover Card Home Court Challenge: skills challenge in 2 age divisions (9-11 and 12-14 year olds) plus autographs with WNBA members
-learn more at the Jr. NBA/WNBA Web site

Pledge to be a S.T.A.R. :

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, "Pledge to be a S.T.A.R.” program, is our sportsmanship initiative for players, parents, coaches and teams. The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA encourages everyone to commit to the ideals of ‘Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect’
-from the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Web site

Find a Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA League:

Check the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA League finder on their Web site.

Why Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA :

Pros:

  • Nice mix of skill building and competition
  • S.T.A.R. program promotes great values
  • Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA is partnered with organizations that already work with youth in your local area
Cons:
  • Leauge offerings are limited at current time
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