Her Time To Play

The WNBA and NBA recognize the valuable role sports can play in the development of young girls and the advancement of women as leaders in society. Her Time To Play (HTTP) is a national initiative that is dedicated to championing change on behalf of girls and women. It aims to help all females participate fully across all sectors, giving them a forum to connect, collaborate, and actively engage with basketball, and celebrating their achievements.

The program’s free curriculum, co-created with the Women’s Sports Foundation, pairs on-court training with off-court life skills lessons to build girls’ confidence, prepare them for the challenges of adolescence and teach values like teamwork. Each chapter highlights personal life experiences and stories shared by WNBA players, with all 12 WNBA teams are represented throughout the curriculum.

During this uncertain time, a lot of youth organizations and coaches are using the Her Time To Play curriculum to host virtual sessions with their players. We encourage you to take advantage of the resources in the curriculum to continue engaging with and supporting your players virtually.

 

  • Curriculum
    The Her Time To Play curriculum, created in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, pairs on-court training with off-court life skills lessons to build girls’ confidence, prepare them for the challenges of adolescence and teach values like teamwork. Each chapter highlights personal life experiences and stories shared by WNBA players with all 12 WNBA teams are represented throughout the curriculum.

    We encourage you to download the curriculum and workbook to engage your players in meaningful activity and conversation year-round – virtually or in person. The curriculum can be implemented either as the full 12-week program or as stand-alone lessons by pulling out different activities and themes to cater the lessons to work best for you and your players.

    Administrator Curriculum (Introductory Level):  This curriculum is designed for volunteer coaches or administrators teaching the game for the first time or to players at the introductory level. The oncourt components have been designed so that players and coaches learn and teach the game in a natural progression. Each lesson will identify specific skills that players should learn and gain comfort in before advancing to new skills and drills in the next lesson.

    • To view the PDF version of the Administrator curriculum, click here.

    Administrator Curriculum (Advanced Level): This curriculum is designed for seasoned coaches or administrators who have mastered teaching the fundamentals of the game and or have competitive to elite level players, but want to incorporate the critical life skills taught in the curriculum into existing team practices- leveraging it as a resource for team building and overall player wellness and development.

    • To view the PDF version of the Administrator curriculum, click here.

    Participant workbook:  This workbook is designed to encourage interactive discussions and personal reflections with each girl by helping them learn how to handle adversity on and off the court, and empowering them to face the challenges of adolescence.

    • To view the PDF version of the 10u workbook for girl participants, click here.
    • To view the PDF version of the 14u workbook for girl participants, click here.

    To receive hard copies of the curriculum and your program’s welcome kit, you must register as an organization for the Her Time To Play program.

    *Upon registration you will be asked to select which curriculum is right for your program.

  • Organizations
    NATIONAL PARTNERS

    Women's Sports Foundation
    Women's Basketball Coaches Association
    USA Basketball
    BGCA
    YMCA

    Thank you for your interest in Her Time To Play! Please visit the Curriculum tab to learn more about ways you can integrate the curriculum with your players year-round.

    Registration for organizers/hosts to receive a physical Her Time To Play toolkit is closed for 2019-20. The Her Time To Play toolkit includes the following:

    • Administrator Curriculum
    • Jr. NBA size 5 basketballs
    • Jr. NBA size 6 basketballs
    • WNBA posters
    • Headbands, workbooks, and wristbands for all girl participants

    As part of using the Her Time To Play toolkit, we ask that you recruit at least one new female (18 and over), not a prior coach, to serve as a mentor in your program.

    To learn more about the registration process, please click here.
    To see Frequently Asked Questions for Organizations, click here.

    Please submit your contact information below to receive future communication about Her Time To Play and registration for the 2020-21 program. 

  • Mentor

    To serve as a Her Time To Play mentor, a participating youth organization must invite you via email with a unique link to register under their organization’s dashboard.

    To learn more about being a Her Time To Play mentor, click here.

    MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR VOLUNTEERS

    • Free USA Basketball Coach License (for eligible members)
    • Opportunity to attend and be recognized at the 2021 Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference

    If you do not receive an invitation to serve as a mentor for a Her Time To Play program, please reach out directly to your local youth basketball organization and encourage them to register to run Her Time To Play.

  • AT&T Partnership

    AT&T, the marquee sponsor of the WNBA and an inaugural member of the league’s Changemakers program, is committed to supporting the next generation of champions and raising the visibility of women’s sports through Her Time To Play. In partnership with the WNBA, AT&T has hosted Her Time to Play clinics and panel sessions for girls ages 7-14 around the country. These clinics pair on-court training with off-court discussions exploring the challenges that girls and women face in sports and in life.

    As part of the WNBA’s Virtual Draft, the WNBA hosted an interactive Her Time To Play Virtual Community Conversation presented by AT&T on April 23, 2020 led by WNBA draftees Chennedy Carter (Atlanta Dream), Lauren Cox (Indiana Fever), Jazmine Jones (New York Liberty), and Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings) alongside WNBA Legend Taj McWilliams-Franklin.

    The WNBA hosted another virtual community conversation presented by AT&T on Thursday, July 2 featuring Dallas Wings player Isabelle Harrison, Los Angeles Sparks player Sydney Wiese, Dallas Wings assistant coach Camille Litte, and Andrea Jones from AT&T to discuss the values girls gain from playing sports, the importance of both mental and physical health and tips for overcoming adversity.

    You can view both sessions below which included fun ice breaker questions, an engaging panel discussion about the value girls can gain from playing sports, and a mindfulness and fitness session.

  • Parents
    To learn more about Her Time To Play and what you can do to help your daughter stay active, review the Parent Guide.

    If you would like your daughter to participate in Her Time to Play, please contact your local youth basketball or community organization to register formally. Registered organizations can then communicate with a parent or legal guardian to register your daughter(s) under that organization’s dashboard.

    Note: Her Time To Play is a free initiative. All materials provided to the participants have been covered by the NBA.

  • Contact
    The staff of the Jr. NBA is happy to answer questions regarding Her Time To Play. Please email JrNBA@nba.com and a representative will be available to assist.