Significant changes to International programmes announced
September 27, 2017
BASKETBALL IRELAND ELITE PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE (EPC) ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM
The Basketball Ireland Elite Performance Committee (EPC), with full approval from the Board of Basketball Ireland (BI), have conducted a full review of the International platform.
The changes that have been announced today are aimed at improving the EPC’s efforts in this section of the sport and promoting best practice as identified in other federations of similar size within the FIBA family.
The new initiatives are summarised below, while Chair of the EPC, Bernard O'Byrne also talked through the changes.
In summary, the new initiatives are:
- From the 2017/18 season, there will be no Under 15 International development squads. You can read more about this here.
- Instead, Regional Academies (four to six) will be organised by B.I. coaches under the broad direction of the EPC. You can read more about this here.
- From the 2017/18 season, there will be no Under 20 international squads. Instead, the EPC will discuss with B.I. Colleges the feasibility of international participation for this age group.
- From the 2018/19 season, there will be no Under 17 International development squads and a similar academy structure will commence.
- In January 2018, the EPC will begin a process of interviews to appoint four permanent Euro Championship Head Coaches at U16 and U18 levels. These coaches will commence their duties from September 1st, 2018. It is believed that this will maximise the usage of experience and knowledge gained by coaches at these levels.
- The EPC will consult these Euro Head Coaches regarding the appointment of assistant staff. It is envisaged that these will principally come from staff involved in the Regional Academies.
- International caps will in future be awarded to underage squads in the season of Euro Championships for them.
- International caps will be awarded to Senior players only on the occasion of their first international appearance. The current Senior squads will all receive one cap in 2018.
- Two National Camps will be held each season (in April and June). Attendance will be mandatory for underage squads and the agenda will be broadened to incorporate sports psychology, Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning expertise.
- The EPC will prioritise the calendaring of international activity and the usage of the National Basketball Arena equally between all squads.
- A full retrospective data bank of international information dating back to 2008 will be compiled as soon as possible and made available to all interested parties.
- The EPC will decide what International Awards will be made at the Annual Awards ceremony.
- The EPC will consider with the Board what finance can be made available to improve the financing model of the Basketball Ireland International squads.
“We believe these changes will help all involved to promote our sport and achieve best possible results in the coming seasons,” the EPC stated.