FAQ

Rancho Mission Viejo NJB Questions:

What is Rancho Mission Viejo NJB
Rancho Mission Viejo 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. Rancho Mission Viejo NJB is a non-profit organization.
What is the difference between RSM and Rancho Mission Viejo NJB?
Although both leagues are great to play in, Rancho Mission Viejo NJB is the only official NJB league that serves the families of Rancho Mission Viejo and the immediate surrounding communities. RMVNJB games are held at the Ladera Sports Center. RMVNJB has exclusively partnered with The Academy 2.0 to offer the best training available to our players. This training is held twice a week for 2 hours each. First day is FREE, so come and check it out!
When does the season start?
Each season’s schedule is posted on the season’s page. Please click here for schedule details.
When does the season end?
Each season’s schedule is posted on the season’s page. Please click here for schedule details.
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.

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-2, we try to enable friends to play together while maintaining a competitive balance. For grades 3-8, 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?
We open up the registration for each season once the preceding season’s registration is closed. This reduces confusion as to which season someone is registering for.
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 RMVNJB 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.