Respect for the Game


The Jr. NBA is committed to improving the youth basketball experience for all and ensuring the game is being played the right way at the grassroots level! We’re excited to launch our new Jr. NBA Respect for the Game initiative to promote healthy and respectful relationships between players, coaches, parents and referees.

The Jr. NBA Respect for the Game initiative includes content, resources, and live events to promote a positive youth sports culture and advance the Jr. NBA’s core values of teamwork, determination, respect, and community.

  • Officials

    Jr. NBA Respect for the Game represents an increased commitment to the development of youth basketball officials.


    Jr. NBA referee camps and forums include technical training and rules education, and provide an opportunity for current and aspiring referees to learn from NBA officials and each other. Referee education also includes an emphasis on mental wellness and healthy interactions with spectators, coaches, parents, and players.

  • National Partners

    Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization focused on ending homophobia in sports by educating allies in the athletic community

    Positive Coaching Alliance is a nonprofit that develops resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes

    A Call to Men is a leading nonprofit organization that uses sports to promote a more positive and healthy definition of manhood