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National Youth Basketball League Debuts in 2013
Columbus, Ohio (December 17, 2012) - Beginning in March of 2013, twenty-four elite travel teams from the current sixth grade class  will participate in the inaugural season of the National Youth Basketball League’s (NYBL) junior high school basketball league (The League).
In terms of the format, The League will host 24 of the nation’s most elite 6th grade teams. The 24 teams will be divided into four, 6-team divisions, and during each of three 3 sessions, each team will play a total of 5 games (1 game on Friday, and 2 games on Saturday and Sunday) against teams from an opposing division. Team standings, individual player stats and a photo gallery will be posted on The League’s website and at the conclusion of the first 2 sessions, and The League will culminate in a championship in Columbus, Ohio on May 31-June 2, 2013. The League entry fee is $1200 ($400 average).
Modeled after Nike’s very popular Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), The League will offer an unprecedented level of competition and exposure, as many of the nation’s top middle school scouting service will be covering the events (i.e., Dunk Dog & Buckeye Prep Report). In terms of its mission, The League is designed to improve grassroots basketball at the junior high level by providing a challenging and organized circuit series for elite boys’ travel clubs in grades six through eight. The selected venues enable players’ skills to be tested and potential to be accurately identified while facing advanced competition on a national scale. The environment of the N.Y.B.L. is one that encourages team development and the overall experience is one that simply cannot be duplicated in youth basketball. Finally, because “every game counts,” players will compete at a higher level from game to game, which will enhance team-oriented play and foster greater individual development.
The N.Y.B.L. concept will be expanded in 2014 to include an additional 24 sixth grade [class of 2020] clubs as well as returning seventh grade [class of 2019] teams. In 2015, the model will encompass all junior high divisions [grades 6-8], with each consisting of 24 teams. Teams already committed: All-Ohio Red, Carolina Preps, Worldwide/Southern Stampede, Team Izod, SC Hornets, ETU Select, Arkansas Soldierz, WV Xplosion, Maryland's Finest, Reach Higher Kings, Team Penny, Enplay Elite, CJ Hawks, E.O.T.O, 6th Man Warriors, Indy Hoyas, New York Gauchos, New Heights, Derby State Racers, and Murphy AC. (See AAU Power Rankings)
Other NYBL features:
-A NBA-styled NYBL all-star game.
NYBL Dates & Locations:
Session #1 March 15 – March 17, 2013 Bethesda, Maryland
Session #2 May 02 – May 05, 2013 North Augusta, South Carolina
Session #3 May 31 – June 01, 2013 Columbus, Ohio
Committed Teams Update
NYBL League Standings