Latvian U16 national team (year of birth 2005 and younger) organizes training sessions for the candidates of the national U16 and U18 national teams, announced on the LBS website. Agri Galvanovski has been approved by the Board of LBS as the head coach, who also led the team of this age in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He is assisted by Mārtiņš Fomins and Uldis Švēde.
“The list of candidates currently includes 20 basketball players. The time of the pandemic has, of course, left its mark. 15-16 years is the age when you need to gain gaming practice and experience, but it is not possible to do so for almost a year. It is good that we can now resume training in the gym and it is time to catch up with those who are late for training by the summer, “says Galvanovskis.
fundamental things – technical basics, physical fitness, but let’s also use tactics. Unlike last year’s U16 national team, there are no very long center players among the boys born in 2005, and this will affect the team model. There are interesting players with growth prospects. For the time being, I can only say the best words about attitude and discipline, but we will not be able to objectively assess the strength and prospects of the team until the games with peers from other European countries start. ”
The U18 men’s team (2003/2004 birth year) this season will be led by head coach Artūrs Visockis-Rubenis, assisted by Krists Pīternieks, Aigars Nerips and Artūrs Bērziņš. For the time being, the national team candidates who permanently live in Latvia and are not involved in the work of Latvian-Estonian league clubs train three times a week. In February, the work program will be supplemented by physical training. At least seven national team candidates are training and playing abroad this season.
Also U16 girls’ national team (head coach Andris Steļmahs, coaches Aigars Nerips and Inguna Markūne) candidates are training for the third week and the work is currently organized in two groups. In about a month, the start of the U16 national team in the Douglas Baltic Basketball League Latvian group elite tournament, which promises valuable playing practice for young women, is planned. Like the U18 girls’ national team, most of whom train and will play for their club teams.
The FIBAEurope Board has confirmed that in 2021. In the summer of 2006, the European Youth Championships will take place according to a pre – approved schedule. All three Latvian girls ‘teams, as well as the boys’ U16 team will play in the European Division A division, U18 and U20 men’s units – Division B. The list of candidates for the Latvian youth team is published in basket.lv – in the section of the respective sample.