Q: What is Ladera Ranch NJB?

A: Ladera Ranch NJB is a youth basketball league sanctioned by National Junior Basketball. We provide a competitive and balanced recreational basketball program for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Of primary emphasis are sportsmanship, teaching the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork, and healthy competition. Ladera Ranch NJB is a non-profit organization.

Q: What is the difference between RSM and Ladera Ranch NJB

A: Although both leagues are great leagues to play in, Ladera Ranch NJB is the only official Ladera Ranch NJB league that serves all Ladera Ranch Families. LRNJB plays there games at the brand new facility of San Juan Hills High School. LRNJB also provides a FREE skills academy 2 times a week for individual players wanting to improve their skills with professional trainers from Team Nikos Basketball Academy.

Q: What is National Junior Basketball?

A: National Junior Basketball is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Anaheim, CA. NJB has blossomed into a national youth league with over 40,000 participants in 6 states. NJB offers basketball programs for boys and girls in 1st through 12th grade. For more information on NJB, you may visit their website at www.njbl.org.

Q: What are the grade levels/divisions for players?

A: The following levels of divisional play are available:

Boys 2nd through 8th grades play by grade.

Girls and Boys 2nd-8th grade play by Division

Clinic (Rookie Division) Grades K-1
Division 4 Grades 2
Division 3 Grades 3-4
Division 2 Grades 5-6
Division 1 Grades 7-8

Q: How does your clinic program work (K-1st grade)?

A: The kids meet only on Saturdays. There is no practice during the week unless suggested by Head Coach. The first 2-3 sessions are strictly fundamental clinics. The kids are then divided into teams and each Saturday has half the time allocated to practice and half the time allocated to a game.

Q: When does the season start?

A: Practices for the winter season may officially begin on November 1st with the first games beginning in December.

Q: When/where are the practices?

A: Practices are at the discretion of your coach. They are normally at local schools. Many coaches practice at Ladera Ranch Middle School Practices are limited to 2 practices per week with a maximum of 3 hours total.

Q: How are teams formed?

A: For K-1, we try to enable friends to play together while maintaining a competitive balance. For grades 2-8, the coaches draft teams.

Q: What is All-Net?

A: All-Net is our advanced travel teams for boys and girls grades 4-8. Unlike our divisional program, kids must try out for these teams. More information is available via the link on the home page.

Q: When does the season end?

A: The winter season ends in February.

Q: When is registration?

A: Registration for the winter season begins online in August. You will see a registration link at that time. Space is limited and registration is assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Registration can be done on-line or by mail.

Q: Why is enrollment limited for each division?

A: Maximum player enrollment counts are required due to the limited availability of local area gymnasiums. Once the maximum number of players is reached for a division, a wait list is started.

Q: Why are practices held outdoors?

A: Due to the lack of available gymnasium time at local schools, coaches must hold practices outside.

Q: Can my child play up a division?

A: Yes. They must go to the evaluation for both grades. If they are good enough in the upper grade as decided by the coaches and that division’s player agent.

Q: Can my child play down a division?

A: Unless there is a safety issue involved, no player will be allowed to play down a division.

Q: What is the included for the registration fee?

A: Each player’s registration fee is used to pay costs for gym rental, uniforms, referees, insurance, scorekeepers, trophies, and our all-star program.

Q: Where are the games played?

A: All games are played on Saturdays at San Juan Hills High School and Saddleback Valley Christian. Practice days and times are determined by individual coaches and are normally conducted at outdoor local school campuses.

Q: What are Ladera Ranch NJB’s boundaries?

A: Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano. Additionally, anyone who lives in San Juan High School boundaries is eligible to play in our chapter.

Q: How much of the game will my child play?

A: NJB has strict player participation rules. Each player is required to play one full and continuous period in each half. A 5th period is played in each game at which time the coach may freely substitute and provide additional participation.

Q: What is the TOC (Tournament of Champions)?

A: The TOC (Tournament of Champions) is a 3 week tournament after the completion of our chapter’s regular season operated by NJB Headquarters. Each Ladera NJB team will be registered to play against teams with similar win/loss records from other Southern California NJB Chapters. All teams will be encouraged to participate regardless of their regular season record. There is no additional cost for this tournament as the fee is included in your chapter registration fee. During this tournament, some travel may be involved, but it is usually limited to North Orange County, North San Diego County or the Inland Empire at the farthest.

Q: What is the difference between Divisional Play and All-Net?

A: Divisional Play is regular league play in one of our three divisions of competitive play for boys and girls in the 3rd through 8th grades. Teams usually practice once or twice per week. The All-Net Program is a division of NJB created to provide a more competitive and organized level of youth basketball, designed to prepare boys and girls in the 5th through 8th grade for high school level competition. Teams primarily consist of All-Star caliber players and travel to play against teams from other Southern California NJB Chapters. For more information on All-Net, please see the All-Net section of our website.

Q: Why are there evaluations?

A: Player evaluations are essential to our goal of creating equally talented teams. To achieve this goal, the evaluations are mandatory. The evaluations are not tryouts, as all registered players will be assigned to a team regardless of their ability.

Q: Who coaches the teams?

A: Coaches are volunteers. They are mostly parents. In some cases they may be an individual that is interested in coaching a team, but does not have a child on the team. Each coach is required to fill out an application and go through an interview process.

Q: What if I want a refund?

A: Please review and follow the refund procedures by accessing the link on the home page.

Q: Do you need scorekeepers?

A: We have returning scorekeepers, who will get priority. However, we always need new scorekeepers. Email steve@teamnikos.com if you are interested.