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2023 NWBA Junior Division Postseason Requirements and Timeline

By NWBA , 10/21/22, 12:00PM CDT


Including Host of Junior Division Regional Qualifying Events

Colorado Springs, CO – The Junior Division Executive Committee has announced the timeline and qualification process for the 2023 NWBA Toyota National Championship Series for the Junior Division. The Junior Division portions of the 2023 NWBA National Championship Series will be held Friday, March 24, to Sunday, March 26, in Wichita, KS, and was announced HERE.

See below for the postseason timeline and updated qualification process.


The following is the 2022-23 postseason timeline for the Adult and Junior Division teams to be eligible to participate in their respective national tournament.

December 1: Team Registration Deadline (team must registered to be eligible for postseason play)

January 15: Individual Registration / Roster Deadline – Junior Division (Player Transfers can be submitted until January 14)

February 1: Post Season Applications are OPEN

February 20: Post Season Applications are DUE

February 21: Invites are sent out 

February 23: Last Day for Bids to be Accepted 

March 12: Last Day Games are Considered for Seeding 

March 14: Seedings are Announced


The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity level of play in the Junior Division will earn an invite to compete in the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJWBT). Varsity teams ranked 17-32 will receive an invite to participate in the Junior National Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJIT). The top 16 ranked teams from Prep are initially offered an invitation to participate in the National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NPWBT). If a team does not accept its bid for postseason play, invitations will be sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until all Junior Division tournaments are filled.

Per the Junior Division Guidelines, Article V. Section 5.02 to be eligible for a national tournament, a team must be in good standing with the NWBA, and:

1. Play a minimum of  TEN (10) games for Varsity and EIGHT (8) games for Prep.

  • Varsity ONLY: Complete at least 6 of their 10 minimum games against conference opponents.

2. Each Varsity and Prep team must compete in their Conference Championship.

3. All minimum game requirements must be completed at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the national tournament.

The Junior Division Executive Committee is providing an exemption to the following requirements in Junior Division Guidelines for Article V. National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Section 5.02 Eligibility, Qualification:

Exemption #1

1) e. All minimum game requirements must be completed at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the National Tournaments. See above timeline March 12, 2023 is deadline to completed game requirements.

Exemption #2

i. If invitation acceptance deadlines are prior to the minimum games played to qualify, those games (and dates) must be included on the application for post season play.

Exemption #3

2) a. A Conference Championship which precedes the National Tournament by at least four weeks. Conference tournaments must be completed by March 12, 2023; however, by February 19 - see below for automatic bids to be awarded. 

Automatic Bids - Regionals & Conference Tournaments

Varsity teams may receive an automatic bid and qualify to receive an invite to a national tournament by results from a Conference Championships and/or Regional Qualifying Tournaments. One automatic bid will be provided for Conference Championships. Regional Qualifying Tournaments will receive qualifying bids per the following criteria:

-Five (5) Teams or less = 1 Bid

-Six (6) Teams or more = 2 bids

Only Conference Championships and/or Regional Qualifying Tournaments completed by February 19 will be awarded the automatic bid (provided to Conference Championships; or highest placing team not yet qualified for nationals) awarded to nationals.

Regionals To Date

Event Name 2022 Queen City Classic
Start Date 11/05/2022
End Date 11/06/2022


Event Name MadCity Invitational
Start Date 12/10/2022
End Date 12/11/2022


Event Name Katie Kirlin Junior Regional Tournament
Start Date 01/22/2022
End Date 01/23/2022


Event Name Utah Roundball Ruckus
Start Date 02/11/2023
End Date 02/12/2023


Event Name UWW Junior Regional
Start Date 01/07/2023
End Date 01/08/2023


Event Name OKC Wheels of Thunder Adult Div !! & Jr- Prep & Varsity W/C Basketball Tournament
Start Date 01/14/2023
End Date 01/15/2023


Event Name 2023 Junior Division Regional Qualifier
Start Date 01/21/2023
End Date 01/22/2023


Event Name Big Peach Slam Jam 2023
Start Date 02/04/2023
End Date 02/05/2023


For more information on these events please visit the NWBA Calendar, HERE

Contact Division Leadership

If you have any questions regarding the Junior Division timeline and/or postseason requirements please feel free to contact the Junior Division Executive Committee by viewing their contact information at