Established in 2011, The Hong Kong Basketball Academy is one of the largest youth basketball organizations in the Hong Kong. Founded by Jason Yam, former Hong Kong National team player and International School physical education 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, I welcome you to discover for yourself what makes us 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
Director | Founder
The first day of our 2017-18 season begins on August 14th, 2017 and ends August 11th, 2018.
Classes are organized by 45 minute, 1 , 1.5 and 2 hour classes. Class fees are based on $250/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.
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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. There is no need to bring your own basketball.
A 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. 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 to update parents and student-athletes. 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 12U, 14U, 16U 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!
Players are chosen through a tryout process lead by HKBA.
Tryout location and time will be announced 10 days 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.
The Fall 2017 season games begins on September 1st to December 8th, 2017 (Championships).
A season includes 10 games each (including 2 playoff games).
Yes. The regular season 4th and 5th place teams compete in the first round. While the regular season 1st to 3rd place teams receive byes to the second round of playoffs.
12U game times begin at 5:00pm
14U game times begin at 6:40pm
16U 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.
14U/16U games are two twenty minute halves - run time.
Last two minutes of the second half is stop time.
12U games are two 15 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.