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Jr. NBA Skills Challenge


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 and organizations. Boys and girls compete separately in two different age groups: 11U and 13U.  Winners qualify to compete in up to three levels of competition, including the National Finals before the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

Friday, January 19, 2018

6:00 p.m.
The Linc, 1299 Lafayette Street
Boys and Girls 11u and 13u
Registration Form 
(please complete form and drop off along with proof of birth at The Linc by Thursday, January 18.)

If you need to register the day of the event, registration will be taken between 5-5:30 pm at The Linc.

All participants must have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/liability form obtained from the Jr. NBA member organization hosting a Local Competition. Boys and girls ages 13 and under MUST provide a copy of valid birth certificate or other proof of identification for age verification. Each player may participate in only one Local Competition. Competing in more than one Local Competition will result in disqualification.

To determine the appropriate age group for each participant, refer to the chart below. Participants must be born between the dates shown to be eligible to compete in an age group.

 Age Groups  Born Between
 11U   Born on or after September 1, 2006
 13U  September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2006

Objective:  To challenge players to zig-zag dribble through cones, speed dribble, shoot, rebound, and to score as many points as possible by making shots from designated shooting spots in 1 minute. Player concludes the 1 minute competition with 1 free throw for bonus points.


  • All girl participants will compete with a 28.5” basketball.
  • All boy participants will compete with a 29.5” basketball.
  • Participants may shoot using any technique desired.
  • Any part of the participant’s foot must be touching the shooting spot as they release the ball for the basket to count. They do not need to be touching/landing on the spot after a shot has been taken.
  • A kicked over cone is permitted, provided that the participant dribbled, rounded, and weaved past the cone correctly.
  • Participants must dribble the basketball throughout the challenge.
  • No out of bounds.
  • Each participant receives only one official attempt to complete the challenge.
  • For more information (ie. violations, disqualification, scoring, etc) please contact Angie Toebben at 573-634-6491

Advancement:  Each Local Competition Administrator will declare 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Champions in each age and gender group. Assuming all four different age groups and genders are represented at your Local Competition, there will be twelve Champions (6 male & 6 female). These 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place champions in each age and gender group advance to the Regional Competition.

Regionals: (Saturday, April 21 - Indianapolis, IN) Eleven Regional Competitions will be hosted throughout the United States. Only the Local Competition 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Champions will compete in a Regional Competition. All scores are reset to zero.  

The Regional Competition 1st place Champion in each age and gender group qualifies to advance to the National Finals. The Regional Competition Champions do not automatically advance to the National Finals. All Regional Competition Champions will have their scores compared to the other ten Regional Competition Champions to determine the top 5 finishers in each age and gender group advancing to the National Finals. All Regional Competition Champions will be notified by the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge presented by Verizon headquarters as to their possible advancement.

Nationals: (TBA)  The National Finals conclude before the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. The top 20 Regional Champions (top 5 male and top 5 female participants in each age group) will compete at the National Finals. All scores are reset to zero.