Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a tradition. A vacation. A hoops festival. A unique team bonding experience. A celebration of all the hard work your organization has put in over the course of the travel basketball season! Our staff works year-round to create the best national tournament experience possible for your coaches, players & parents. Our goal is to create lifelong memories for young players that they can share with their teammates forever. Teams from all over the USA will compete in this 4-day long travel basketball mega-event. The tournament will have multiple divisions once elimination play begins, so regardless of your competitive level, you can come and compete!
The Teammate Basketball National Championship is held at the all NEW Virginia Beach Sports Center, just a few blocks away from the famous Virginia Beach boardwalk. Virginia Beach, VA is a vibrant coastal city located in the center of the East Coast. We chose this destination for our national championship because we want to give your families a unique and memorable vacation experience. You’ll compete in the East Coast’s newest and largest sports complex (18 courts under one roof!). You have to see it it to believe it – TAKE A LOOK!
In 2022, the event will take place on June 22-26. In 2023, the event will take place on June 21-25. We encourage you to always register early! Once the event sells out, registration will close.
Your team must be registered/paid for the 2022 Teammate Basketball National Championship by Monday, June 6th.
We have partnered with Traveling Teams to secure discounted room blocks at a variety of tournament-approved hotels located nearby the Virginia Beach Sports Center. This is a Stay-To-Play event. If your team is traveling 80 or more miles to Virginia Beach, you must book a minimum of four rooms for four nights through Traveling Teams. Please be aware, your team will not appear on the event schedule until we receive confirmation from Traveling Teams that your team has met this requirement. It’s quick and easy to request your block of rooms, get started now! CLICK HERE
*BUY-OUT OPTION: To opt out of the “Stay-To-Play” requirement, your team can do so by paying a fee in the amount of $150.00. This will lift the requirement to book your rooms through the partnered hotel link. The Buy-Out fee is due by Sunday, June 6th. You must either book your rooms through our partnered hotel link or pay the Buy-Out fee in order to appear on the schedule. There are no exceptions to this policy.
The tournament is open to all boys and girls travel basketball teams. The tournament is grade-based and will feature divisions from 2nd grade to 11th/12th grade. We host tournaments throughout the regular season that will “automatically qualify” your team for the national championship. While it’s not a requirement to participate in a qualifier in order to play at nationals, playing in a qualifier does guarantee a spot for your team at nationals. The championship does fill up every year, so participating in a qualifying event is a great way to make sure your team is locked in for nationals.
ALL teams will go through our team check-in process before taking the court at nationals. All participants will need to provide proof of age and proof of grade in order to be eligible to play. The easiest and most convenient way to check in your athletes is to obtain a National Sports ID for all players on your roster. Players who do not have proof of age and grade will not be permitted to sit on the bench with your team. There are no exceptions to this policy.
National Sports ID is an online service that verifies the age/grade of youth athletes by providing Sports ID cards. Advantages to this service include: helping Teammate Basketball protect the integrity of our event, avoid carrying around your athlete’s sensitive personal information, avoid waiting in long team check-in lines, be automatically notified if you have a player on your roster that does not meet the event’s eligibility criteria, National Sports ID rosters can be used at 100’s of events nationwide, & more! CLICK HERE to get started!
Team Check-In will happen on Wednesday, June 22. Team Check-In is located at 24th Street Park, an ocean-front park centrally located in Virginia Beach! This is your official welcome to the beach! We’ll have basketball inflatable games, cornole, a video game BUS, a live DJ & more! It’s a BLOCK PARTY to kick off the best grassroots National Championship! Team Check-In will last from 12pm to 7pm on Wednesday, June 22.
Practice times will depend on how many teams register to participate, if extra court time exists at the Virginia Beach Sports Center, we will open that time up for practice.
Teams will be randomly grouped in pools of four. After playing everyone in your pool, the pool standings will determine which bracket (Gold, Silver, Bronze) your team ends up in for the elimination portion of the tournament. Typically, the top two teams go to the Gold Bracket, 3rd place goes to Silver Bracket, and 4th place goes to Bronze Bracket. The number of teams in your grade division will determine how many brackets your division will have. All teams are guaranteed to play a minimum of four games.
National Champions receive a custom Teammate National Championship ring! One of the nicest awards in all of youth sports! – check out last year’s ring! We’ll also have t-shirts, custom medallions, coach’s awards & more.
Yes! Our friends at ATS Sportswear will be providing the best National Tournament swag once again at our championship. Visit them on site at Virginia Beach Sports Center and grab your t-shirts/hoodies (with team names!), hats, accessories, & more. Also, the best hoops-focused apparel brand – Hoop Culture – will be on site with their popular backpacks, tees, socks, sleeves, facemarks & more!
Yes! Legends Photograghy is the best in the youth sports industry and they’ll set up shop at the Teammate Basketball National Championship, capturing all your player’s great moments. Photos are on sale on site and you’ll get your pictures same day!
While our championship is not a NCAA Live Period event, college coaches from NCAA DII, NCAA DIII, NAIA and NJCAA are able to recruit and evaluate talent on site. We invite and encourage college coaches to attend our event and check out 3500+ student athletes competing under one roof. If you are a college coach and would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 15 states are represented on our list of former champions. You’ll find many of the country’s most competitive boys and girls travel hoops organizations on our Wall of Champions page. Don’t see your team on the list? Register for Teammate Nationals today and make a run!