The Jr. NBA program aims to develop a lifelong passion for the game of basketball in boys and girls in grades K-2 by teaching them the fundamentals of the sport while instilling core values including teamwork, respect and sportsmanship.
Our Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program has been developed for children 5 – 8 years old. The program uses lower nets, lighter balls, and a specific curriculum that involves fun and engaging games and drills for children in this specific age range.
Participants will perform basketball drills and modified games on a lowered rim that are age-appropriate, simple and fun. Each session runs for 45 minutes, one day per week. Jr. NBA Rookie Division curriculum is Canadian Sport 4 Life/Long Term Athlete Development compliant, aligned with Canada Basketball's Developmental Pathway and has been developed by NBA Basketball Operations and a team of experts in child development and physical literacy, and basketball fundamentals. The curriculum will take the children through series of drills and activities that will work on the following fundamentals: dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and playing defense. Throughout the program, participants are taught essential life skills that ultimately provide a powerful positive influence towards their own personal development such as having a positive attitude, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, respect, health and fitness.
Fees for our program rank among the lowest costs for organized sports among youth.
Every participant in the Jr. NBA Rookie Division receives:
A colorful Spalding Rookie Gear basketball
(appropriate for ages 5 – 8 years old)
An NBA team branded t-shirt
A completion certificate
A Jr. NBA poster
If you want your young player to develop a love for basketball, he or she must first develop a passion for the game. To do that, he or she must enjoy the game and see basketball, particularly at a young age, as an activity that comes with a smile. That's where it all starts – nothing more than an activity where the beginning child can bounce the ball a few times and maybe shoot the ball into a basket. That's how the basketball seed is planted. Once it begins to sprout, it can continue to blossom for years to come, with your care and nurturing, of course. As a parent of a young basketball player, it's your job to foster a positive environment for your child – and that takes discipline on your part.