Her Time To Play

Her Time To Play is a national grassroots initiative created by the WNBA and NBA to inspire the next generation of girls, ages 7-14, to play basketball in a positive and healthy way. Through sports, girls learn important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence. However, twice as many girls compared to boys drop out of sports by the age of 14 (Women’s Sports Foundation), which can be attributed to societal barriers that are primarily faced by girls.

It is also important for young girls to have female mentors in sports, their local communities and everyday lives, but only 28% of youth sports coaches are women (The Aspen Institute). Her Time To Play aims to increase opportunities for women in coaching and athletic leadership across the youth sports landscape.



Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with Her Time To Play! Before completing the volunteer application, please review the screening process overview here to learn more.


  • Free USA Basketball Coach License (for approved volunteers)
  • Opportunity to attend and be recognized at the 2019 Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference

Registration for Her Time To Play will be open until December 1st.

To see Frequently Asked Questions, click here.



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

Thank you for your interest in being a part of Her Time To Play! The program’s free curriculum, created in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, includes 12 lessons on topics like bullying, body image, healthy eating/nutrition and stress management, each designed to spur interactive discussion and personal reflection, ensuring each girl receives tools to handle adversity on and off the court, and be empowered to face challenges.


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

Note: To receive a welcome kit, you must officially register for the Her Time to Play program.

Once your organization is registered to run a Her Time To Play program, you have the option to be paired with volunteers through the Jr. NBA. Youth organizations are encouraged to utilize these guidelines during the volunteer application process.

Registration for Her Time To Play will be open until December 1st.

To see Frequently Asked Questions for Organizations, click here.


Learn more about what you can do to help your daughter stay active, every day, all year round. See the Her Time To Play Parent Guide here.

If you are in search of a youth organization that is registered to run a Her Time to Play program, you can:

  • Reach out to your local youth basketball or community organization and have them register
  • Check back here for weekly updates on Her Time To Play programs being run across the country

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

For parents who are interested in the umbrella Jr. NBA program developed for boys and girls, please register here.

Jr. NBA membership parents receive the following:

  • Jr. NBA overview card & mousepad
  • Newsletters and information about the NBA’s grassroots youth basketball programs, events and story highlights

New organizations will be uploaded every Friday.


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.

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 10u workbook for girl participants, click here.
  • 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 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. Register here.

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


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.