Palo Alto National Junior Basketball is a community based non-profit organization having separate boys and girls teams in 3rd through 8th grade. The Palo Alto chapter also runs a Clinic League for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls, and a High School league for boys (grades 9-12). We are a winter league and operate under the guidelines and bylaws of National Junior Basketball and the Silicon Valley Section of NJB. Palo Alto NJB provides the following programs:
We have All-Net (Select) teams for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls. Players will be selected through tryouts in early October. The All-Net program is for players who have a highly developed skill level. Teams will play All-Net teams from other Chapters in four seven minute stop clock quarters. All-Net teams play a 12 game regular season plus playoffs. Playing time is not guaranteed and is determined by the coach. Players who do not make an All-Net team will play in the Division Program. All-Net players should register under division but identify that they plan to try-out for All-Net. There is a supplemental fee for All-Net players to cover costs for extra gym time for practices, additional games, and coaches.
The Division program is the largest of the NJB programs with 30+ Palo Alto teams and close to 300 teams in the Silicon Valley section. This program has separate boys and girls Divisions based on grade: Division 1 (7th/8th grade), Division 2 (5th/6th grade) and Division 3 (3rd/4th grade). The goal of the Division program is to develop basketball skills and a love of the game in our young boys and girls. The Division Program is “non-cut” — all players who register in time will be placed on a team. ALL players must attend a skills evaluation in mid to late October so that the Chapter can form balanced teams — requests are not considered to play with friends or for car pooling. While the Divisional program is developmental, NJB games are competitive and participants at the Div 2 and Div 1 level with no basketball or other sports experience may struggle.
Division games are five 8-minute running clock quarters. Each Divisional is guaranteed at least two full quarters of play per game. Each team plays 9 regular season games against other Palo Alto teams as well as teams from nearby communities from late Nov through mid Feb. All Divisional teams will participate in a season-ending tournament in late Feb / early March. The top Divisional players may be selected to participate in All-Star tournament in March. WARNING – Some Sunday games start as early as 9:30am due to gym availability.
CLINIC / ROOKIE LEAGUE
Palo Alto NJB runs an excellent Clinic program for our K thru 2nd graders, and novice 3rd graders. Unlike Divisional teams, the Clinic is not limited to Palo Alto residents. The Clinic meets for 90 minutes on both Sat and Sun. The boys and girls focus on skill development for the 40 minutes, and then 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games for the next 50 minutes. The Clinic program is professional coached provides an excellent opportunity to prepare the boys and girls for Divisional and All-Net play.
The NJB High School program is for those boys who do not play basketball for their High School, but would like to continue playing in a competitive league. There are two leagues: JV (9th/10th) and Varsity (11th/12th). Teams are not created by a draft, but rather formed by a parent / coach. The team then registers with Palo Alto NJB. Individuals may also register with NJB, and we will attempt to place the player on a local team. Games are played on Sundays in Dec through Feb.
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All NJB games are played on a regulation floor with scoreboard and players wear a full uniform. Referees are certified and many officiate at the high school level. Palo Alto is a chapter within the National Junior Basketball League, which has more than 50,000 basketball players nationwide. National Tournaments for All-Net and for Division All-Stars are held at the end of each season in the Los Angeles area.
Palo Alto will host players from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills (PAUSD students). We are part of the Silicon Valley Section, which has fourteen chapters: Almaden, Berryessa/Milpitas, Coyote Creek, San Jose East (Evergreen), Gilroy, Hollister, Los Gatos, Foothill, Palo Alto, Redwood, Sequioa, Saratoga, West San Jose, and Willow Glen. Our Sectional Director is Mel Robertson. The NJB program was started in Southern California by Dennis Murphy in 1985.