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The Jr. NBA Global Championship. Regional champions will compete in a round-robin format, which will determine seeding for the single-elimination competition. The winners of the U. 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.
We play tough but we play fair.
We respect the game and each other, embrace different backgrounds and always remember that the game welcomes all. 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. 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. NBA Global Championship and it was incredible to witness the talent and passion displayed by boys and girls from around the world.
This event offers a unique opportunity for young players to learn about different cultures while bonding through their love of the game. The Youth Guidelines include common-sense, age-appropriate limits on the number of games that youth should play and rest guidelines to help ensure proper recovery.
All coaches participating in the Jr. NBA Global Championship will be required to be trained and licensed.
NBA and Jr. Teams in the Jr. NBA Global Championship will participate in life skills programming, skill development sessions, and community service projects during the weeklong competition. FAQs What is the Jr. NBA Global Championship? How is the tournament structured?
NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top and year old boys and girls teams from around the world. Qualifying competitions will tip off in January and run through June , with the top 32 boys and girls teams receiving all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the Jr.
The three-day tournaments will consist of pool play competition followed by single-elimination bracket play.
Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four 4 games. NBA Global Championship international competition structure varies by region. The teams representing each region will be separated into U. Winners of the U. Additionally, youth at Jr.
NBA Global Championship events will not only compete on the court, but will also participate in off-court life skills programming. Who is eligible to participate? For U. Therefore, players are not allowed to turn 15 years old prior to September 1, ; and, players must turn 13 years old prior to September 1, The age of all players participating in the tournament will be verified by the Jr.
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