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Team Guidelines

Jr. NBA Global Championship
Fargo-Moorhead Moorhead High School March 30-31 Friday, March 22 Monday, March 25
Des Moines, IA Kingdom Hoops April 6-7 Friday, March 29 Monday, April 1
Sioux Falls, SD Elmen Center April 13-14 Friday, April 5 Monday, April 8
St. Michael, MN St. Michael/Albertville HS April 27-28 Friday, April 19 Monday, April 22
Lakeville, MN Lakeville South HS May 4-5 Friday, April 26 Monday, April 29

The Jr. NBA World Championship will consist of both a boys bracket and a girls bracket. The tournaments will run simultaneously, and there will be a boys and girls winner for each tournament. Local qualifying tournaments are encouraged to have both a boys and girls bracket. Players may only participate in their respective gender-appropriate bracket. 

Teams will be required to have rosters with a minimum of eight (8) players and a maximum of ten (10) players. Each team is allowed two (2) out-of-state players, but the “out-of-state” players must reside in an adjoining state of the team’s official address. No team will be allowed to have players from more than three (3) states. All rosters must be fully submitted and verified as a part of the online tournament registration, and no roster changes will be permitted after two (2) weeks prior to the regional tournament. Players changing teams is not permitted under any circumstances. ANY roster changes within two (2) weeks of the tournament must be approved by the NBA team. 

Injury Exception - If a player is injured within two (2) weeks of the event, the NBA team reserves the right to grant a player replacement. However, medical reports must be provided to replace a player in the final two (2) weeks, and the player joining the team may not come from another participating team’s roster. 

The Jr. NBA World Championship is a 14 & under (14U) tournament. Players are not allowed to turn 15 prior to September 1, 2019. Players are also required to turn 13 years old prior to September 1, 2019. 

All players must possess a valid government-issued identification document that should be available throughout the duration of the tournament. While challenges are highly discouraged, if a player’s age is challenged during the competition, the player must provide his/her document to the tournament operator to confirm their eligibility. Each player on every team must meet the age requirements to be eligible to participate and for the team to be verified. If valid documentation is not provided, then the operator shall remove the player from the tournament and the team should forfeit any games in which the ineligible player participated.

Coaches and/or bench personnel must wear a polo, dress pants or dress shorts, and closed toe shoes for all games. No headwear of any kind is allowed. No sandals, athletic shorts, jeans, or sweats are permissible. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the inability to coach the team. Coaches will be reminded of the attire guidelines at check-in. Subject to NBA team discretion, if no coach and/or bench personnel are in the proper attire at the scheduled start time for their team’s game, the team will forfeit the game and it will count as a 20-point loss. 

All coaches and/or bench personnel must have a current USA Basketball (USAB) Associate or Gold level license to participate in the tournament. If there is no other verified coach, the team will be ineligible to play. Coaches will be given a coach wristband at check-in to be worn throughout the event. To get your USA Basketball coach license go to

Players’ jerseys must have vertical numbers on the front and/or back, with numbers ranging from 00-99. The minimum size of numbers shall be 2” on the front and 4” on the back. Teams must have light and dark jerseys. The home team wears light jerseys and the visiting team wears dark jerseys (unless both teams agree to switch). 

All uniforms must be in good taste and may not contain profanity or inappropriate language. If the Tournament Operator deems the language on team jerseys to be inappropriate, the team will not be allowed to wear the jersey.

Players may wear undershirts, sleeves, tights, wristbands and headbands. All items must be black, gray, white or the predominant color of the jersey. Undershirts must be a single solid color and must have sleeves that are the same length and cannot have frayed or ragged edges. 

Coaches, players and parents/spectators must conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to a positive experience for everyone participating in the event. Coaches, players and parents/spectators will agree to the Jr. NBA World Championship Code of Conduct prior to participation and parents/spectators will be made aware of their code of conduct at the tournament venue. The NBA team reserves the right to remove any coach, player, or parent/spectator for behavior deemed detrimental to the tournament experience. See Appendix for Codes of Conduct. 

Teams must indicate the team’s official address during registration. The team’s “primary” state will be the same as the state listed in the team’s official address. No more than two (2) players per team can reside outside of the primary state and must reside in a geographically adjoining state (see “Roster” below for more details). Teams must compete in the region that includes the state listed in the team’s official address regardless of their out-of-state players’ location or scheduling conflicts.

Central Region includes these states | Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming