What is the age range for Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program?

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.

If you are looking for a program for ages eight and up - Please go to https://fourpointbasketball.com/registration for more information.

My child is only 4, can I sign them up?

While our Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program has been developed for children 5 – 8 years old, clubs that run Jr. NBA Rookie Division Programming are able to determine who can participate through their own registration process.  

What do children learn from the Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program?

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.

What is the cost to join Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program?

Costs for our 12 week program vary by location due to gym facility fees, janitorial fees and other associated costs however fees for our program rank among the lowest costs for organized sports among youth.  

What do participants receive?

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 Jr. NBA poster

What if I can’t afford to sign my child up for the Jr. NBA Rookie Division?

Through a simple application process, KidSport provides grants, to families facing financial challenges, to assist with Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program registration fees. Support is available to qualifying families for children under 18.  KidSport has chapters in 11 provinces and territories and in over 180 community chapters across the country. Please visit www.kidsport.ca to find the chapter in your area and to learn more about KidSport.