Ladera Ranch NJB Questions:

What is Ladera Ranch NJB
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.
What is the difference between RSM and Ladera Ranch NJB?
Although both leagues are great to play in, Ladera Ranch NJB is the only official NJB league that serves the families of Ladera Ranch and the immediate surrounding communities. LRNJB games are held at the Ladera Sports Center. LRNJB also provides a FREE skills academy on Sunday evenings for individual players who want to improve their skills with professional trainers from Team Nikos Basketball Academy.
When does the season start?
Please click the Seasons tab on Main Menu to view season schedule.
When does the season end?
Winter season ends mid to late February; Spring season ends mid-May; Summer season ends mid-August.
When/where are the practices?
Practices are held Mondays and Wednesdays at the Ladera Sports Center with time slots available from 4pm-7pm. Games will be held on Fridays between hours of 4pm-7pm.
Where are the games played?
All games are played on Fridays at Ladera Sports Center between 4pm-7pm. No games on weekends. Practice days are Mondays and Wednesdays with time slots available from 4pm-7pm.
What is the included for the registration fee?
Each player’s registration fee is used to pay costs for gym rental, uniforms, referees, insurance, scorekeepers, trophies, and our all-star program.
What are Ladera Ranch NJB’s boundaries?
Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano. Additionally, anyone who lives in San Juan High School boundaries is eligible to play in our chapter.

National Junior Basketball Questions:

What is National Junior Basketball?
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.
What are the grade levels/divisions for players?
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
How are teams formed?
For K-1, we try to enable friends to play together while maintaining a competitive balance. For grades 2-8, the coaches draft teams.
What is All-Net?
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.
When is registration?
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 here or by mail.
Why is enrollment limited for each division?
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.
Can my child play up a division?
Yes, however they must go to the evaluation for both grades. It will be decided by the coaches and that division’s player agent if your child’s skills are developed enough to play in the upper grade.
Can my child play down a division?
Unless there is a safety issue involved, no player will be allowed to play down a division.
How much of the game will my child play?
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.
What is the TOC (Tournament of Champions)?
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.
What is the difference between Divisional Play and All-Net?
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.
Why are there evaluations?
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.
Who coaches the teams?
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.
What if I want a refund?
Please review and follow the refund procedures by accessing the link on the home page.
Do you need scorekeepers?
We have returning scorekeepers, who will get priority. However, we always need new scorekeepers. Email carol@teamnikos.com if you are interested.