Since 2011, The Hong Kong Basketball Academy (HKBA) is an institution for youth basketball development in Hong Kong. Our programs are designed for boys & girls, beginners to elite skill level, age 5 - 18 years old. Whether you are grooming a competitive athlete, or just beginning to learn the game - with over 800 yearly students we are Hong Kong's top choice to bring out the best in your young athlete. Founded by Jason Yam, former Hong Kong National team player and international school teacher, we pride ourselves in our approach to teaching the game.
Our players learn sportsmanship and teamwork first, all while we teach the fundamentals to beginners and elevate advanced athletes in the game of basketball. More importantly, both players and coaches having a positive life experience.
"Parents, discover for yourself what makes our programs unique and the reason we are Hong Kong's longest running academy for basketball. To all the players in Hong Kong, see with your own eyes on how we can make YOU a better basketball player. Together, we can do great things, on and off the court. I sincerely look forward to welcoming you into the HKBA family."
- Jason Yam
"I am honored to be a part of an academy that inspires and impacts youth both on and off the court. Although HKBA is experiencing rapid growth, our mission remains the same: To develop high-character student-athletes."
"The joy of playing basketball is a small foothold into the mind of a child, and with that foothold, we use the game to teach camaraderie and lessons that benefit our youth long after the game ends. We believe that by elevating the quality of our coaching and organization, we can elevate the character of our players."
- Richie Bradstreet
Classes are organized by 1 hour and 2 hour classes. Class fees are based on $270/hour.
On the weekdays our group programs run from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. On the weekends our programs run from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Our 1-on-1 programs runs upon a flexible schedule seven days a week.
We offer classes from Monday to Sunday.
Our venues are located in the south side of Hong Kong Island (Stanley Market), Wong Chuk Hung (Aberdeen), Sai Ying Pun, Central.
Classes range from 1 to 16 players.
We deploy 2 coaches for most courses.
Yes. All our players are required to be prepared with their uniforms at all times. This includes shirt and shorts.
All players are required to wear proper basketball shoes for ankle support and overall safety.
The follow steps will significantly reduce body recovery time and reduce any potential injury risks:
- Minimum 9 hours sleep
- Drink water throughout the day
- Stretch during allocated period during class and after
- Compression pants
- Ice problem areas (15 minutes on problem areas)
- Foam Roll
- Cold / Hot Shower (Begin with cold water, alternate between the two temperatures and end with cold water)
Trial classes are mandatory for new players registering for term courses. Not mandatory for camps.
On the first day of the new season we bring all of our players together for an orientation of what they can expect for the entire term/season. For players joining us after start dates we provide them an orientation of what to expect before practice and include them right away with the rest of the players.
The coach that works with you is dependent on the area(s) you wish to develop. When the development area changes we can assign you a different coach that has expertise in the area. Coaches are also deployed dependent on availability.
You should bring your HKBA uniform, basketball shoes and water.
HKBA utilizes the Hong Kong Government (LCSD) facilities to administer our programs. Theses facilities can become unavailable due to being open to the public, other organizations and reserved for government activities (recently - covid vaccination facilities). As a result, changes may occur to the originally scheduled class posted on our programs page (i.e. Fall Term, Holiday Camps, Summer Camp, etc.).
HKBA makes every effort to avoid schedule changes where possible; however, they can occur and may have an impact on student-athletes regular scheduled classes. In the event of a schedule change, we will provide other class options for the day in mind to ensure our student-athlete’s have an opportunity to receive their basketball class. For any subsequent changes made to the class schedule, we will use our Class Update Notification System (by e-mail and SMS) to update parents and student-athletes. Updates are sent on the Friday prior to the class/camp week in mind. However, updates are available to view as early as 6 days in advance of the class/camp in mind. We recommend parents and student-athletes to check the HKBA schedule regularly for any changes.
Parents are encouraged to support their child at practice and during any competitions. We do ask parents to remain composed during these times.
Our coaches are from the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. The coaches we employ are required to have valid coaching qualifications. We prioritize our hiring process with coaches that have high-level playing experience on the NCAA level, university, professional or semi-professional and national experience.
We encourage parents to contact coaches to receive updates. We ask to be considerate and not overwhelm coaches with frequent update requests. We can provide feedback before and or after practice by simply being present without prior notice.
Yes. We offer Premier Basketball League. Which is a high-level organized league that players are selected through a tryout can join. This is available for U13, U15, U17 years old boys intermediate to advanced.
Yes. It is dependent on available space.
Yes. It does help if your child has tried at least one other sport before.
If parents and players feel the need to catch up with the rest of the group, 1-1 classes can be arranged at an additional cost.
Our coaches have a lot of personality and charisma and they are great at making your child feel right at home. Our existing players are considerate with new players since they were once in the same position.
English is the only language offered.
Players are all from international schools across Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories.
Our players are considered student-athletes and we support the academic endeavors set by families. Players attend world-class universities and colleges in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
HKBA players have played NCAA-level basketball, junior national level basketball in Hong Kong and have won championships at the middle school, junior varsity and varsity high school level.
The focus in a school practice is mainly on team strategy. This is due to limited practice time and a short few months in a typical school season. HKBA focuses mainly on player development with strong elements of team strategy. We run our activities year round which provides players with the opportunity to prepare for their school season, maintain skills during the school season, and improve steadily thereafter. This makes us a popular choice among school coaches who trust in our ability to help their players.
HKBA players improve in their overall health and fitness, working well with others, developing self-motivated skills, the ability to be successful in a competitive environment, responding positively to criticism and so much more!
At HKBA, we take the necessary precautions to protect all our players and coaching staff from injuries. However, accidents can happen. For peace of mind, we provide accident insurance for our players and coaching staff.
Players are chosen through a tryout process lead by HKBA.
Tryout location and time will be announced 3-4 weeks in advance of the tryout date.
No tryout fee is required.
Yes. All players trying out are required to submit a tryout registration form in advance.
You will be notified after the tryout period in person and by email.
Yes. We host tryouts for future seasons.
Typically the Fall season begins in August and ends in December. The Spring season typically begins in March and ends in June.
The regular season includes 9 games each team.
The playoffs includes 2 games each team.
U13 game times begin at 5:00pm
U15 game times begin at 6:40pm
U18 game times begin at 8:20pm
Games will be against other Premier League teams. This applies to all divisions.
Eight to ten players make up each team.
One mandatory practice held on a weekday.
Practices are conducted by HKBA and require an additional fee.
Games are two twenty minute halves - run time.
Last two minutes of the second half is stop time.
Each team will be lead by a Hong Kong Basketball Academy coach.
Yes. Premier League will deploy two professional referees for each game.
Yes. Stats will be recorded and posted on the league homepage.
Yes. League fees covers referees, court bookings, statisticians, photos, highlight videos, and medals.
Player league fee is due upon receiving our email confirmation after being selected for a team.
Yes. The uniform fee is due upon receiving our email confirmation after being selected for a team.
Uniforms are customized for a player's surname and number.
A player that misses a practice for any reason will not play in the first half of the upcoming game.
Should a team not have enough players to start a game, the player who has missed practice is allowed to start the game. The following game, the player must sit out the first half of the game.
Players are invited by HKBA coaches and chosen through a tryout process lead by HKBA.
Tryout location and times run injunction with Premier League tryouts - see Premier League tryouts details.
No tryout fee is required.
Yes. Selected players must be a part of HKBA-Premier League.
You will be notified after the tryout period in by email and posted on the acceptance page.
Yes. We host tryouts for future seasons.
The Fall season begins in September and ends in October.
The HKBA Elite team enters into tournaments whereby the amount of games is dependent on the success of the team.
Practices are on Wednesday evening.
Wednesday from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Teams from across Asia-Pacific in the 9th Annual Asia Pacific Youth Basketball Cup in Singapore.
Eight to ten players make up each team.
Two mandatory practice held on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Practices are conducted by HKBA and fees are sponsored by HKBA.
The team will be coached by Richard Bradstreet and Justin Lo.
Practice does not require a fee.
Flight travel and hotel accommodations does not require a fee.
Travel "per diem" not provided.
Scholarship/Underprivileged player fees supported by donations & HKBA.
Yes. All players must hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.
Boys age U18 (15, 16, 17 years old) & U15 (13, 14 years old).