The Jr. NBA has announced its inaugural Jr. NBA Skills Challenge for boys and girls basketball players from ages 9-14. The challenge features dribbling, shooting and rebounding skills.
Local competitions run through May 1 and can be held by any organization registered for the Jr. NBA. Organizations can register for free at www.JrNBA.com. A boys and girls champion from each age group (9-10, 11-12, and 13-14) from every local competition will advance to the regional competitions in Atlanta, Chicago, Connecticut, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., from May 8 to June 5.
According to a news release, three winners from each age and gender group will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in the National Finals (June 22-24). Finalists will also have the opportunity to attend the 2016 NBA Draft in Brooklyn.
The Jr. NBA said the competition is 45 seconds that begins with dribbling around cones followed by speed dribbling. The remaining time will be used for participants to shoot from designated spots on the court, getting points based on level of difficulty. After time expires, participants will shoot a free throw for bonus points.