About National Junior Basketball of the Desert
NJB of the Desert is open to all 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls in the Coachella Valley (CVUSD, DSUSD, and PSUSD boundaries). Our home games are currently played on courts at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Coachella Valley High School in Thermal, CA., La Quinta Boys & Girls Club and Palm Springs High School.

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Eugene B. Stillman
NJB Of The Desert City Director

The DESERT Chapter of the National Junior Basketball League serves the Coachella Valley area of Southern California, and consists of players from 3rd grade to 8th grade.

Our goal is to create an environment in which every player can develop their full potential as an athlete and an individual. Through NJB, special rules for each age division have been established to help achieve a balance of individual accomplishment and team competition on the court. The following is a brief outline of the game rules established towards this end.

Youth or Divisional League and Programs:

The Youth Team League is for boys and girls. It consists of three divisions: Division 3 for 3rd & 4th grades, Division 2 for 5th & 6th grades and Division 1 for 7th and 8th grades.

NJB Rules


  • All games consist of five quarters that are eight minutes each.
  • Every player required to play two full quarters.
  • No substitutions are allowed, other than for injury, during the first four quarters.
  • The 3 point line is utilized in all divisions.
  • Lane violations are enforced in all divisions
  • Score clock and certified referees are utilized at all games.
In addition to the above, rules apply to particular grade divisions as follows:
DIVISION 1 (7th & 8th grade)
  • No zone defense is allowed in first half of game. All High School rules apply.
DIVISION 2 (5th & 6th grade)
  • Full court defense allowed during 5th quarter only.
  • 12 free throw line is utilized.
DIVISION 3 (3rd & 4th grade)
  • No full court defense until last two minutes of 5th quarter.
  • Defense must stay inside the key until the ball crosses mid-court.
  • Players must make one pass in the back court after a rebound.
  • 5 second lane violations are enforced.
  • 10 free throw line is utilized.
  • Prior to the start of each game, all players attempt a free throw. A point is awarded for each successful attempt.


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