Jr. NBA Skills Challenge
  • OVERVIEW

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge provides boys and girls, ages 13 and younger, the opportunity to improve upon and showcase their fitness through five fundamental basketball skills: shooting, lay-ups, dribbling, passing, and defense. The program is free for all participants and organizations.  Boys and girls compete separately in two different age groups: 11U and 13U.  Participants compete in up to three levels of competition – Local, Regional, and National Finals.

    To view an overview of the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge, please CLICK HERE.

  • HOST REGISTRATION

    We thank you for your interest in hosting a Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Local Competition. The local competition timeframe for the 2022 program has closed. Please register for the Jr. NBA to stay up to date in program information.

  • PLAYER REGISTRATION

    We thank you for your interest in participating in a Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Local Competition. The local competition timeframe for the 2022 program has closed. Please register as a parent for the Jr.NBA to stay up to date on program information.

  • COMPETITION SKILLS

    Participants will compete in each of the five standardized skills to earn a total cumulative time resulting in a final score:

    1. Dribbling – Challenges participants in stationary, zig-zag, and speed dribbling.
    2. Shooting – Challenges participants to make jump shots from the elbow.
    3. Lay-Up – Challenges participants to make lay-up shots.
    4. Passing – Challenge participants to accurately pass towards a wall target and receive a pass.
    5. Defense and Bonus Free Throw – Challenges participants in defensive lane slides, sprinting, and free throw shooting.
  • TIMELINE

    Local Competition: February 2022 – Early Spring*

    Each host organization may conduct as many Local Competitions as they would like during the Local Competition timeframe.  It is recommended that Local events be held prior to May 1 with results received immediately following to ensure Local winners have the opportunity to advance to the nearest Regional Competition. NOTE: Local winners do NOT automatically advance to the Regional Competitions. Local winners will be contacts by the Jr. NBA as to their possible advancement to the Regional Competition.

    *The Regional Competition date in each market will determine the deadline for local hosts to complete their competition.  

    Regional Competition: May 2022

    The top scorers from Local Competitions around the country will be ranked and invited to participate in their closest geographical Regional Competition.

    National Finals: June 2022

    The top scorers from the Regional Competitions will be ranked and invited to compete at the National Finals during the 2022 NBA Draft presented by State Farm in June 2022.

  • CONTACT

    Please visit the FAQs for additional assistance.

    The staff of the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge is happy to answer questions regarding the program.  Please email JrNBA@nba.com and a representative will be available to assist.