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Jr. NBA Coach Of The Year Nomination


Jr. NBA & WNBA Coach of the Year Program

The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program is designed to recognize and celebrate youth basketball coaches in the NBA & WNBA team markets that demonstrate outstanding integrity, character, and leadership – and in doing so have extraordinary impact on young people on and off the court.

Each team’s local winner will be automatically entered into the national selection process. The pool of local winners will be narrowed down to eight (8) semifinalists, and subsequently three (3) national finalists. Each national finalist will be awarded a $2,500 grant to support their local youth basketball organizations, and receive a trip to Chicago to attend the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference in May 2018. The national Jr. NBA Coach of the Year winner will be selected from among the three finalists and will receive an additional $2,500 grant, as well as be announced on a national stage at the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference. 

Voting Criteria
Participating teams should consider the following criteria when selecting their local Coach of the Year nominee: 

• Coach should exhibit knowledge of the game through his/her understanding of rules, systems of play, and coaching philosophy 
• Coach should show respect for officials, opponents, and parents 
• Coach should embrace a philosophy of fair play 
• Coach should demonstrate commitment to further learning, professional development, mentorship, etc. 
• Coach must show concern for the all-around development of the team and provide leadership for students on and off the court 
• Coach goes above and beyond call of action to help his/her youth organization 
• Coach has contributed to his/her community at large, outside the realm of basketball:
        o Participation in service organizations within the community 
        o Serve as a role model for young athletes he/she has coached 

 

Local Selection Process (February 1 - February 23)

• Nominate your coach of the year using the form below until February 23

Minnesota COY Winner Receives

• Four (4) lower level tickets to a Timberwolves game
• 2017-18 Timberwolves team signed basketball
• Timberwolves polo shirtTimberwolves/Basketball Academy prize pack
• A free, private Basketball Academy team training sessions for his/her team
• 50% off discounts for his/her team to attend Basketball Academy summer camps
• Specially priced tickets to send to their association/team to join them at game
• Interviewed on the Timberwolves pregame radio show
• On-court presentation at a Timberwolves game
• Pre-game reception

3 Minnesota COY Finalists Receive

• Four (4) lower level tickets to a Timberwolves game
• Timberwolves/Basketball Academy prize pack
• 25% off discounts for his/her team to attend Basketball Academy summer camps
• Specially priced tickets to send to their association/team to join them at a game

National Selection Process (March 5 - May 17)

Semifinalist Selection

• March 5 - March 30, 2018
• Former Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Finalists to assist with vetting pool of local winners to select eight (8) national semifinalists 

National Finalist Selection

• April 2 - April 16, 2018
• Social Media Fan Vote (led by respective WNBA teams and local COY winners) 
• Positive Coaching Alliance and the Jr. NBA, along with the social media fan vote results, will narrow the 8 semifinalists down to 3 finalists 
• Screening process may consist of phone interviews and reference checks 
• National Finalists to be announced on April 23, 2018 

National Winner Selection

• From round of 3, a Blue-Ribbon panel of judges will determine the national winner 
• The national winner will be announced with a press release and be recognized at the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference in May 2018 
• Team Youth Basketball contacts will be notified in advance should their local winners advance to the semifinalist and finalist rounds