Jr. NBA Skills Challenge


    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.


    We thank you for your interest in hosting a Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Local Competition.  To provide this opportunity to the boys and girls, ages 13 and younger, in your community, click on the BLUE register button below:


    Once registered, a Jr. NBA Skills Challenge representative will contact you via email and phone to confirm your registration and provide you with additional information to successfully host your Local Competition.

    After registration, Local Competition Hosts will have access to everything needed to successfully host a Local Competition, including the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Local Host Digital Tool Kit, and a unique URL for their online player registrations. The Local Host Digital Tool Kit includes the following:

    • Program Handbook
    • Tips to host
    • Court set up diagrams
    • Scoresheets
    • FAQ’s
    • Promotional items
    • Participation card
    • Award certificates
    • Skill instructional video
    To see Frequently Asked Questions for Local Competition Hosts, please CLICK HERE.
    To see the Jr. NBA Competition Official Rules, please CLICK HERE.

    The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge is open to all boys and girls ages 13 and younger.  Boys and girls will compete separately in 2 different age groups: 11U and 13U.  A player must be registered online for a specific Local Competition in order to participate and be eligible to advance to the different levels of competition.

    Looking to find a Local Competition in your area?  Click the FIND A COMPETITION button below.  Participation is free!



    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 dribbling, 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.

    Local Competition: January 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 March 1 with results received immediately following to ensure Local winners have the opportunity to advance to the nearest 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.


    Please visit the FAQ’s 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.