Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball (JNYB) is looking to expand heading into this fall season and beyond. The program comes as part of a new partnership with Canada Basketball NBA Canada for ages 5-12, with three different curriculums available. Jr. NBA will focus on the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility, and coordination.

The program will also work to begin and progress on the development of some of the fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rebound and playing defence.  There are currently over 10 locations running the program around Manitoba and we are looking to grow into new areas of the province. 

Basketball Manitoba is seeking the interest of the Manitoba basketball community from groups or individuals that may be interested in hosting a program in their community. We are also excited to offer a start-up grant worth $500 for any new or current Jr. NBA clubs. We are putting a priority on non-Winnipeg locations to use this program to boost basketball participation province-wide. If interested, please complete the application below.

About the Jr. NBA Program:


  • Participation - Provide opportunities for youth ages 5-12 across Canada to play basketball.
  • Education - NCCP FUNdamentals Coach Workshop and full basketball curriculum with supporting resources for 3 different age groups, including ages 5-6, 7-9, & 10-12
  • Development - Develop young athletes in alignment with the Sport Canada LTAD Model and stage appropriate drills and games.
  • Progression - Entry to the Canada Basketball development pathway, encouraging athletes to pursue high-performance opportunity.
  • Character Building - Help athletes maximize their potential, using basketball as a vehicle to develop character and life skills.


  • Age 5-12 Co-ed 12 Weeks 45-75 Min. Sessions
  • A national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game of basketball.
  • Empowering basketball communities, clubs, and facilities
  • Positively impact youth through the sport of basketball
  • Holistic approach to athlete development based off of the Sport Canada LTAD Model


For Players

  1. Enrollment in the official grassroots youth development program of Canada Basketball
  2. Proven curriculum aligned with the LTAD Model
  3. Coaching from NCCP FUNdamentals trained JNYB Coaches
  4. Player Package including a Jr. NBA Reversible Jersey, Wilson basketball, Drawstring bag, certificate, and poster
  5. Parents’ Guide for all JNYB parents
  6. Provincial and national membership and liability insurance

For Coaches

  1. Coach training through the NCCP FUNdamentals Workshop
  2. JNYB Game Plan online portal registration and access
  3. JNYB Curriculum including Coach Manual, Lesson Plans, Drill Bank, and additional resources
  4. Under Armour Dri-fit shirt and Fox 40 whistle
  5. Enhanced Police Information check 
  6. Provincial and national membership and liability insurance

For Hosts

    1. A comprehensive, adaptable, and proven program aligned with the LTAD Model
    2. Endorsement from NBA Canada, Canada Basketball, provincial/territorial sport organizations [PTSOs], and Sport Canada
    3. JNYB Operations Manual and support from Jr. NBA and PTSO staff
    4. Coach training through the NCCP FUNdamentals Workshop
    5. Each participant in the Jr. NBA receives a Player Package, and coaches receive a Coach Package
    6. Parents’ Guide for all JNYB parents
    7. Use of the Jr. NBA name, marks, logos, images, and other marketing materials
    8. No start-up fee and affordable registration for players and coaches

    Those interested in hosting a program in their community are asked to complete and submit the below information.  Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis and a Jr. NBA staff member will work with you for a timeline that works best for you and your community. 

    Can't see the below form?  CLICK HERE to view it in a new window.  

    Specific questions on the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball program can be made to Tiara Licsi at 

    Full details on the new program can be found at

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