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USA Basketball U.S. Open Championships


Dates: July 24-31, 2023
Men – July 24-27
Women – July 28-31

Location: Memphis Sports & Events Center
995 Early Maxwell Blvd
Memphis, TN 38104

Qualifying Teams: Teams must earn their bid to the 9th and 10th grade divisions of the 2023 U.S. Open Basketball Championships by placing in an Official Qualifier or by receiving a limited wildcard bid. One invitation is reserved for the winning program from the 2022 U.S. Open Basketball Championships 9th and 10th grade divisions. Twenty-four (24) 9th grade teams and twenty- four (24) 10th grade teams, both men and women, will compete during their respective tournament dates.

CAPITAL COOL CLASSIC  is a 2023 Official Qualifier to the USA Basketball 2023 U.S. Open Basketball Championships held at the NCAA College Basketball Academy and serves as the pathway for 9th and 10th grade teams to earn their qualifying bid.

USA Basketball, the national governing body of the sport under the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, is committed to creating an inclusive tournament structure to best serve youth basketball throughout the United States. In 2023, USA Basketball will host the U.S. Open Basketball Championships for 9th grade and 10th grade divisions of play for both men and women in conjunction with the NCAA College Basketball Academy in Memphis, TN. The men's championships will occur on July 24-27, 2023, and the women’s championships will occur on July 28-31, 2023.

To qualify for the U.S. Open Basketball Championships at the NCAA College Basketball Academy, teams must participate in and earn their bid through USA Basketball-approved 2023 Official Qualifiers or obtain a limited wildcard bid.


9th Grade Qualifying Division/Team: King's Monument 15u/9th Grade Division / Champions will qualify

10th Grade Qualifying Division/Team: Capital of Dreams 16U/10th Grade Division / Champions will qualify

Roster Size and Makeup at the U.S. Open Basketball Championships (for qualifying teams) Qualifying teams who earn the bid to the U.S. Open Basketball Championships must comply with USA Basketball roster requirements. Team rosters are capped at 10 athletes and 2 coaches, for 12 members total. Rosters are locked based on the confirmed athletes who played in the qualifier event, with only 2 athlete changes (including additions) permitted.

Athletes must reside within the same state as the team’s official address or within a geographically adjoining state to the team’s official address. International athletes playing on US teams must use an applicable host family or boarding school address within the US. International teams must consist of athletes all from the same country.

An athlete may only appear on one roster in the U.S. Open Basketball Championships and will not be allowed to play for multiple teams. Minimum grade for players on a roster is 9th grade as of October 1, 2022. All athletes on confirmed rosters must be registered in the NCAA Eligibility Center.

2023 U.S. Open Basketball Championship teams are participants in the NCAA College Basketball Academy, via the team qualification pathway. If allowed by their state high school association, the NCAA may pay for the actual and necessary expenses of each prospect and one parent/legal guardian or chaperone, plus two coaches per team. Participants (players, coaches and one guardian/chaperone) will undergo off-court educational sessions set up by the NCAA to provide insight about the NCAA recruiting process and playing at the collegiate and professional levels.

Eligibility Verification

It is the responsibility of the head coach to provide age and grade (if applicable) verification for players at any time throughout the event. Permitted forms of player age verification include birth certificates, passports and government-issued IDs (originals, hard copies or digital copies).

Permitted forms of player grade verification include school-issued report cards or school administrator confirmation of grade issued on school letterhead (originals, hard copies or digital copies).

All coaches and bench personnel must have USA Basketball Coach License on file with USA Basketball prior the start of the event.