League Structure

TCYBA League Structure

Fall / Winter League runs Late September to March with a break in December.

Spring League runs early April to early June.


  • Grades K - 2 Jr. NBA Rookie Division (Please see below for the NEW FORMAT for the JR NBA Rookie Division Program that will run for 8 weeks in Fall and 8 weeks in Winter)
  • Grades 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6 (Junior)
  • Grades 6/7, 7/8 (Senior)
  • Grades 9/10, 11/12 (9+)


Development (Jr.NBA) Elite (TCYBA)
Grade K/2 Jr. NBA Rookie Division  
Grade 2/3  
Grade 3/4  
Grade 4/5  
Grade 5/6 U12
Grade 6/7 U13
Grade 7/8 U14
Grade 9-12 (Girls only)  
Grade 9/10 (Boys only)  
Grade 11/12 (Boys only)  


is a Jr. NBA group:

  • Teams are set at 12 players or as per policy with exception of the Jr. NBA program which is a training group of 20 participants
  • Players may pick their practice time, day, location and coaches per league policies.
  • New players must play at their Grade/Age level
    •  i.e. new grade 6 player may only play in Grade 5/ 6 playing in Grade 6/ 7 is considered playing up in Grade
  • Players may not play above their Grade/Age level
    • i.e. Grade 6 player may play in Grade 5/ 6 or in Grade 6/ 7 based on personal preference and ability.
  •  Equal playing time for all players
  • Grade 3/4 is the first level of game competition in the TCYBA and the competition model used is 3 X 3
  • Score will be kept at Grade 7/8 to Grade 12
  • FIBA modified rules will apply with man to man only
  • Will have one practice (1 Hour) and one game per week as practical
  • Grade 2–5 will have Alicia Lahm Jamboree in March
  • Grade 3-8 will have games to be played on Friday nights.
  • Grade 7/8 is run as a secondary school preparatory league with standings being kept and additional academy training sessions being provided to participants.
  • Grade 9 – 12 will have games to be played on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays dependent on gender
  • Participation in Non-TCYBA tournaments or exhibition games are possible for older development aged teams but are coordinated and organized through the TCYBA Executive Director and approved by the TCYBA Board. Possible participation is based on Coach and Player availability and Participation cannot be mandatory for players


  • All coaches must have CRC by beginning of season
  • Must attend seasonal coaches meeting and 1 TCYBA clinic per season
  • Teams must have coach and assistant coach at all levels
  • Coaches are encouraged to have NCCP Community Sport Coaching Certification (or old Level 1) or ongoing coaching development opportunities approved by TCYBA


is a competitive TCYBA group that is development based and performance centered.

  • No limit on # of teams at each level
  • # of teams solely based on # of players showing ability or potential to play at level each year
  • Players are not grandfathered and must tryout each year for this division.
  • As players must be evaluated this will be done in season preceding registration,
  • If possible a Fall evaluation could be considered, but not required, for players who register late or feel they have improved considerably. Conditions and prerequisites may be required such as proof of attending clinics or camps and a coach’s recommendation.
  • Player commitment is for full year with commensurate fees.
  • Teams are a maximum of 12 players
  • Grade 6 & 7 players may only play on U13 Elite Teams
  • Grade 8 players may only play on U14 Elite Teams
  • Two team practices per week each 1.5 hours on weeknight preferable Girls on Monday & Wednesday and Boys on Tuesdays & Thursdays to balance with weekend Metro League games
  • Teams will have 1 game per week, as available or will participate in outside leagues, exhibition games, and tournaments as available.
  • Players will be assigned to teams through evaluation and selection by a selection committee. Minimal consideration will be given to player/parent requests.
  • All fees are non refundable and payable in advance or as scheduled.
  • All TCYBA play is consistent with fair play rules.
  • All outside playing time is at coaches discretion or applicable game rules
  • Will be participating extensively in Non TCYBA games and tournaments.


  • Must have CRC completed as part of application for position
  • Must attend seasonal coaches meeting and 1 TCYBA clinic per year
  • Coaches/Asst. must have NCCP Community Sport Coaching Certification (or old Level 1) or ongoing coaching development opportunities approved by TCYBA.

The JR NBA Rookie Division is an exciting program that has been part of Tri-City Youth Basketball Association programming since its inception in October. The program is for Boys and Girls from Kindergarten to grade 2.


The JR NBA Rookie Division program provides each player with a chance to take part in a physical literacy-based program that is different from the traditional basketball programs you generally experience.

Players are provided with a basketball jersey with a real NBA team logo, light weight multi-colored Spalding Rookie Gear basketball and the use of lower basketball hoops that adjust to a height that is appropriate to the players ages. The program offers the introduction of foundational athletic principles and basic basketball fundamentals in a fun filled format that uses a games approach to teaching. The per player cost for this program varies based on duration and enrollment is limited to only 20 spots per team.
NEW THIS SEASON - This program will be split into 3 seasons, 8 weeks during the Fall Season, 8 weeks in the Winter Season and 8 weeks long during the TCYBA Spring season.

Program location and registration fee information is available on the TCYBA registration page.

The JR NBA Rookie Division curriculum is Canadian Sport For Life Compliant and was developed through a partnership between the NBA and Sport Canada. It’s focus includes the introduction of basic movement skills and the introduction of fundamental athletic skills including:

  • Throwing (Shoot / Pass / Ball Leaves Hands)
  • Catching
  • Basic Basketball Skills
  • Basketball Geography (locations on the floor and what they mean).

Practices consist of:

  • Intro / Goals
  • Warm-up
  • Basketball specific activities
  • Cool down and closing

The program also focuses on maximizing basketball touches by having a ball for each participant to ensure that every player gets a chance to handle the ball through the introduction of exciting game based drills that will provide the players with most enjoyable experience possible.

If you have any questions please contact the TCYBA Registrar at registrar@tcyba.org

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The Tri-City Youth Basketball Association (TCYBA) was formed in 1999 and is a registered, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit that serves the youth of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody (Tri-Cities) and surrounding areas in British Columbia, Canada. Currently we have well over 2000 players, from Kindergarten to grade 12, playing in various divisions including both competetive and recreational play. Open to both boys and girls, the club operates out of school gyms across the Tri-City area and strives to ensure all youth that want to enjoy the sport have an opportunity to participate

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