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.

 

Volunteer Or Coach

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.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR VOLUNTEERS

  • 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 31st. If you know of a local BGC or YMCA that you’d like to be paired with to volunteer, please include the club name in the volunteer application question that asks “Preferred Club/Site Volunteer Location (must be BGC or YMCA)”. If you don’t already know of a local BGC or YMCA, click here to view a list of clubs looking for volunteers. New clubs will be uploaded every Friday.

To see Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Organizations

NATIONAL PARTNERS

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

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.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • 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 31st.

To see Frequently Asked Questions for Organizations, click here.

Parents

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 would like your daughter to participate in a Her Time to Play program, you should reach out to your local youth basketball or community organization and have them register.

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 for parents includes the following:

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

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.

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. Register here.

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

Her Time To Play Certificates: Upon the successful completion of the 12 week program, you may provide your participants with an official Her Time To Play certificate.  Downloadable files below.

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.