Sabonis Basketball Center (SKC) coach Roland Rakutis working with the 2003 and 1998-born basketball players, in early November had the opportunity to visit one of the strongest and biggest basketball schools in France - Paris Levallois Association.
SKC coach at the time, visiting various European and not just basketball clubs, is married to a number of workshops and worked in various basketball camps, one of them was invited to visit Paris.
"I was in France for the first time, but the country and especially in the capital city, has left a huge impression. The French appreciate and respect the Lithuanian basketball, so the "Paris Levallois" club I was greeted very kindly and willingly. I examined the club's sporting base, I was thoroughly acquainted with the young players training system and training process"- said the coach R. Rakutis.
A few-day visit to coach met and talked with the club working coaches, administrators, and other key persons responsible for the club's activities and results. "We had to communicate with players training program technical director Rodrigue Jules Gaston, sports and communications manager Francois Garnier, U18-U20 coach Stevy Farcy, youth and men's team physical training coach Alexandre kossmann, coach Claudia Esposito, who spoke about the selection of players. 2 times a year, is organized open days during which hundreds of young athletes (Paris and other French cities) cream-skimming 'the most talented basketball players who are provided with accommodation, meals, free sparring and full maintenance. This year, out of more than 300 players have been selected by only 5, so it is obvious that the most talented basketball players to get into this club is a lot of competition. Training duration, as we are used at 1.5 hours., And in 3 hours. During the 1 hour. on individual work (ball handling, passing, shooting), 0.5 hours. each player places the weakest edit and improve the rest of 1.5 hours. teamwork. The main purpose of the club prepare the most talented men's basketball team Paris Lavallois, which plays in the top of the French league (Proa)".
Perhaps the greatest impression on the conversation with the men's team head coach, former famous basketball player, Antoine Rigaudeau, which briefly, but very aptly describes the situation of the French basketball - are everywhere very good, but nowhere best: "The French players are distinguished by their atletizmu, but the biggest problems with basketball IQ, reading situations and decision-making. With regard to the integration of young people into men's club, the coach said that talent alone is not enough - a young player has to earn the confidence of their coach and their good games and very hard work during training".
"Sabonis basketball center" and "Paris Levallois" club is interested in cooperation, one of the planned forms - exchange program: "We want to give young players a chance to see a different basketball school, training methodologies, coaches and conditions. There are ideas that schools for a certain period to exchange basketball players who are in the process or the participation in training camps. Organizations - it would be interesting to share insights and experience in the preparation of the young players, you might learn, see, that's what we have the best and the most proud of. "
"Sabonis basketball center" Hope to have next summer will be Able to take the first steps in this known basketball schools partnership.
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