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About NJB

National Junior Basketball is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 by Dennis Murphy, Jr. As a coach at Garden Grove High School in Orange County, California, Murphy had the vision of creating a youth basketball league based on sportsmanship and player development.

NJB has blossomed into a national youth league with over 25,000 participants in 6 states. For those in 1st and 2nd grade, a Rookie League is provided that stresses the fundamentals of the game and provides tools for personal growth. The core of the organization is centered on the Divisional Play Program that is open for all boys and girls who wish to participate and are in 2nd through 8th grade.

Our Story

NJB Mission Statement

To inspire our youth; regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. To practice the ideals of health, citizenship and character. To implant the game elements of safety, sanity, and intelligent supervision; and to keep the welfare of the player first, foremost, and entirely free of adult lust for glory. To emphasize teamwork for all participants.

Everyone is a winner at NJB!

NJB Mission Statement

To inspire our youth; regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. To practice the ideals of health, citizenship and character. To implant the game elements of safety, sanity, and intelligent supervision; and to keep the welfare of the player first, foremost, and entirely free of adult lust for glory. To emphasize teamwork for all participants.

Everyone is a winner at NJB!

NJB PROMOTES SPORTSMANSHIP

PHILOSOPHY

  • To acquaint the players with the fundamentals of the game.
  • To teach proper shooting, passing, dribbling and defense.
  • To teach good sportsmanship and teamwork concepts during the season.
  • To insure that each team is equal in talent and size by enforcing a draft system throughout the entire program. The Griffin method shall be implemented.

CODE OF ETHICS

  • Remember that a basketball game is only a game ā€“ not the end of the world for the NJB players, coaches, parents, and all participants.
  • Acknowledge that NJB promotes the physical, mental, spiritual, moral and emotional soundness of the individual players.
  • Understand and accept the rules and regulations of the game.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of the game referees.
  • Create an enjoyable atmosphere for all visitors and guests during NJB games.
  • Always demonstrate friendly and courteous attitudes toward opponents and game referees.
  • Play fairly and strive for good values.
  • Emphasize good sportsmanship.
  • All adults should conduct their behavior in a positive fashion. Adults are role models for our NJB players.
  • Spectators shall never harass the game referees or players or coaches. Cheer every good play, no matter who makes it. Praise our children, and please always recognize the good and never the bad!
  • Players shall play for the love of the game ā€“ winning without extreme ego, losing without excuses, and never quit.
  • Encourage leadership, use of initiative, and good judgment.

Porterville Chapter

Our board members are all invested in our youth and our league, and have volunteered their time and passion.

Chris Peterson

President

Boys Rep

Alex Ruiz

Vice President

Girls Rep

Melissa Fitton

Porterville NJB Chapter Director

Alva Bond

Secretary

Treasurer

Get Involved

We are always looking for volunteers! Please help us serve the youth of our community, and help us grow!