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Jr NBA Skills Challenge

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The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge presented by Verizon provides boys and girls, ages 14 and younger, the opportunity to showcase their fitness through a dribbling, shooting, and rebounding skills competition in the sport of basketball. The program is free for all participants. Boys and girls compete separately in two different age groups: 12U and 14U.

NBA SKILL CHALLENGE EVENT PROCEDURES

Each Participant competes one at a time against the stopwatch. Each Participant begins with one basketball in hand and both feet behind and to the right of the designated starting cone. The Participant begins when the timer yells “GO” or blows the whistle. The Participant ends when the timer yells “STOP” or blows the whistle after 60seconds has elapsed.

Each Participant is allowed one false start. If a Participant false starts, the timer blows the whistle so the Participant can return to the starting cone. If a Participant false starts a second time, he or she is disqualified. Participants begin the zig-zag dribble by dribbling past the first cone to the left. Participants MUST follow the zig-zag dribbling around each cone, followed up with the speed dribble before any shot attempts are taken from designated shooting spots.

Participants may begin the shooting portion from any shooting spot and may shoot in any order. Once a shot is taken, the Participant must shoot from a different spot (a Participant may not take consecutive shots from the same spot, make or miss). Participants must retrieve their own rebounds.

Participants must dribble throughout the challenge, including after rebounding and upon returning to another shooting spot. A basket counts only if the ball is released before the timer yells “STOP”. After the 60 seconds, each Participant will shoot one free throw worth 3 points. Have the Participant attempt the free throw with both feet behind the 15-foot free throw line as if in a normal game. All age and gender groups will shoot from the same designated free throw line.

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Jr NBA Skills Challenge

Free for all boys and girls, ages 9-14

The gym will consist of a professional set up similar to the NBA Draft Combine set up. The visuals, branding, and marketing combine station layout, media section, player interview section, etc…will be designed at the highest level.

Local Competition: October–February

Contestants can sign up for only one Phase 1 Event. Jr. NBA organizations conduct the Phase 1 skills challenge event October through February. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place award winners in each age and gender group are submitted and advance to the Regional Competition

Regional Competitions: March – April

To participate in Phase 2 of the Program, the Phase 1 Event Contestants with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest scores in each age and gender group will be invited to participate in one of the eleven (11) Regional Competitions (“Phase 2 Event”). Regional Competitions will take place in the following Markets: Colorado, California (2 locations), Florida, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

National Finals: June

The top five (5) scoring Regional Jr. NBA Skills Challenge winners of all the 1st place Regional Competition winners (five (5) from each age and gender group) will qualify.  The top twenty (20) national scorers will be flown (if necessary) to New York, NY (as described further in the Prizes section below) where they will have the opportunity to compete in the Jr. NBA National Skill Competition.

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