ELIGIBILITY 

NTBA has adopted the following eligibility rules regarding age and grade based divisions. These rules will be evaluated periodically and any changes/updates will be posted immediately to our website. Make sure you continue to check the website to make sure you are up to date with the latest eligibility rules and ALL your players are currently playing with the correct age/grade divisions. Boys and Girls eligibility is slightly different.

If you are not sure what division a player falls under, contact us BEFORE the tournament deadline and we will be glad to help you.

2019 GIRLS BASKETBALL

For 2019, NTBA will use a GRADE based system for girls basketball. 

3rd Grade – a girl must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 11 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 4th grade that does not turn 10 prior to September 1, 2019

4th Grade – a girl must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 12 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 5th grade that does not turn 11 prior to September 1, 2019

5th Grade – a girl must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 13 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 6th grade that does not turn 12 prior to September 1, 2019

6th Grade – a girl must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 14 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 7th grade that does not turn 13 prior to September 1, 2019

7th Grade – a girl must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 15 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 8th grade that does not turn 14 prior to September 1, 2019

8th Grade – a girl must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 16 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 9th grade that does not turn 15 prior to September 1, 2019

9th Grade – a girl must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 17 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 10th grade that does not turn 16 prior to September 1, 2019

10th Grade – a girl must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 18 before September 1, 2019
     or a girl in the 11th grade that does not turn 17 prior to September 1, 2019

11th/12th Grade – a girl must be in the 11th or 12th grade as of October 1, 2018 & she can not turn 20 before September 1, 2019

Note: Girls may play up in older grade divisions, but can not play down. They must fit the grade/age requirements to play in a division or be younger and playing up. Meaning a 7th grader can play up in the 8th grade division or higher, but that same 7th grader can not play down in the 6th grade division.

Players must show proof of age (copy of birth certificate or another state issued form such as a drivers license or photo ID from the DMV) and proof of current grade (copy of school issued report card or progress report from the current school year). 

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Homeschool players must have all proper proof with updated/current STATE DOCUMENTS showing they are allowed by the state to be homeschooled. Homeschool players' eligibility is based upon age ONLY.

2019 BOYS BASKETBALL

Girls may play on boys' teams if they meet the 9U-12U age (or 3rd-6th grade) division requirements without prior authorization as long they meet the eligibility requirements for the division. All others must have approval from NTBA.

NTBA is using an AGE based system currently for 9U-14U for most tournaments. Once players are in the 9th grade, NTBA will use a GRADE based system.

9 & Under: All players must be 9 years old or younger on June 30, 2019

10 & Under: All players must be 10 years old or younger on June 30, 2019

11 & Under: All players must be 11 years old or younger on June 30, 2019

12 & Under: All players must be 12 years old or younger on June 30, 2019

13 & Under: All boys must be 13 years old or younger on June 30, 2019

14 & Under: All boys must be 14 years old or younger on June 30, 2019

9th Grade – All boys must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2018 & must be 16 years old or younger on August 31, 2019
     or a boy in the 10th grade that does not turn 16 prior to September 1, 2019

10th Grade – All boys must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2018 & must be 17 years old or younger on August 31, 2019
     or a boy in the 11th grade that does not turn 17 prior to September 1, 2019

11th/12th Grade – All boys must be in the 11th or 12th grade as of October 1, 2018 & must be 19 years old or younger on August 31, 2019

Note: players may play up in older divisions, but can not play down. They must fit the age and/or grade requirements to play in a division or be younger and playing up.  Meaning a 13 year old can play up in the 14u age division, but that same 13 year old can not play down in the 12u age division or a 10th grader can play up in the 11th/12th grade division, but that same 10th grader can not play down in the 9th grade division.

Players must show proof of age (copy of birth certificate or another state issued form such as a driver’s license or identification card from the DMV) and proof of current grade (copy of school issued report card or progress report from the current school year). Players in 9u-14u age divisions are still required to provide proof of grade even though those divisions are based solely on age if they are using a birth certificate for proof of age. If players in 9u-14u age divisions show a state issued photo ID then that is the only documentation they will need. Players in 9th-11th/12th grade divisions will have to show proof of age and grade no matter what. 

NTBA HIGHLY recommends that ALL players get a state issued photo ID from the DMV. For 2019 NTBA will not require this, but it will be required for ALL players in the near future. NTBA suggest that teams go ahead and have all players get these to be prepared for this requirement and to more accurately prove who each player truly is.  

Homeschool players must have all proper proof with updated/current STATE DOCUMENTS showing they are allowed by the state to be homeschooled. Homeschool players eligibility is based upon age ONLY.

BOYS DIVISIONS BY GRADE

Along with offering the above AGE divisions for Boys Nationals, NTBA will also offer the following GRADE divisions as well for our National Championship (and other select regular season tournaments):

5th Grade – a player must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2018 & the player can not turn 13 before September 1, 2019
     or a player in the 6th grade that does not turn 12 prior to July 1, 2019

6th Grade – a player must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2018 & the player can not turn 14 before September 1, 2019
     or a player in the 7th grade that does not turn 13 prior to July 1, 2019

7th Grade – a boy must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2018 & he can not turn 15 before September 1, 2019
     or a boy in the 8th grade that does not turn 14 prior to July 1, 2019

8th Grade – a boy must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2018 & he can not turn 16 before September 1, 2019
     or a boy in the 9th grade that does not turn 15 prior to July 1, 2019

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ROSTER RULES

-A player may participate in a maximum of two separate age/grade divisions. They must meet the age/grade eligibility for both divisions they are playing in. Players can not play on two teams within the same age/grade division. Each player must be on the roster for both teams and the player must play within the same organization for both teams.
-In order to be eligible to play in all games, including pool play games and bracket play games, players must be on the hard copy roster turned in to the tournament director during team check-in.
-Hard copy rosters must be turned in at each individual tournament.
-Post Grad (Prep School) players are not allowed to play.
-Teams may change their roster throughout the entire season, but must have a current roster with them (along with all paperwork for each player) for each tournament. Teams must have this paperwork (report cards/birth certificates for each player) with them at all times during the tournament. NTBA reserves the right to check these at any time.



 

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