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THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE - Jan 13, 2012


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As we approach the end of 2011 and the dawn of a new year, much attention has been drawn to the plight of the youth player in Estonia.
Having spoken with quite a few of the youth coaches in the area and the players in particular as well, a few things are making themselves clear.
Sooner rather than later, the youth of the country will have to be trusted to carry the name and reputation of the whole of the people in the basketball world.
More often than not, the youth sections tend to be the best barometer of the fortunes and the fate of the level of basketball in a country. Notwithstanding the fantastic undefeated summer by the Estonian U20 this year, led by Martin Dorbek, Rain Vedeman, Janar Soo and other led by the coaching of Andres Sober.
The younger sections, the most formative of years in the development periods of an athlete are those that need be focused on. The U16's and younger need the intense coaching and fundamental training that seemingly have been neglected. I can remember just a few short time ago that a prominent coach or two had been found guilty of leading youth practices while intoxicated and in a drunken state. Such behavior is a black mark. The game is something to be revered and it deserves a dedication to lift up the morale of a community.
There also seems to have been a fixation on money and/or sponsorship money ad no longer on development. To quote 3 members of the junior national basketball programs:
'estonian teams want only to hold sponsors
they dont think about young guys
before every game our GM says that we have to play very good tonight because 2 sponsors is watching tonight game:D
and then when i sit 38 minutes on bench then i lost my confidence and we not ready for this anymore'
Turning our attention to the younger sections, the players of this years U16, Kris Korvits and Sten Olmre to name a few, must be given dedicated individuals willing to take the time needed to be able to represent their country on an international stage. It has to become a year-round task, and not just a 2 month trip to the Euro's and back to Tallinn.
I remember 2006, in Spain at the U16 FIBA EUROPE FINAL between Spain & Russia, watching Ricky Rubio pour in 51 points,24 rebounds,12 assists and grab 7 steals while leading Spain to a double overtime victory over Russia 112-106. The simple fact that the feat was possible by a 15 year old boy, spoke more to me about the dedication and effort put into the youth section of the Spanish, than anything else. The dedication and focus put into the youth in the last 10+ years are showing results around the world, as Spain holds the Gold medal in the European Championships, finished with the Silver at the last Olympic Games, and are boasting medal finish after medal finish in the junior events as well.
The focus has to become on the entire juvenile population of the country in order to progress the level of sport in the years to come.
Now living in a 'must have it now' reality of microwave ovens, instant coffee, stop n go hot foods at grocery stores and gas stations; WHO IS WILLING TO DEVOTE THE TIME,ENERGY AND GIVE EFFORT TO BUILDING A NEW GENERATION. WHO IS WILLING TO HAVE THEM SHUT OFF THE GAME CUBE, XBOX AND PLAYSTATION?
As we enter a new era, there has to become a new breed of role models for the players of the future. The current crop of NBA & Euroleague players seem to be falling down on the job. ie NBA player Charlie Bell appearing at a drunk driving court case DRUNK, or the point guard in Italy, playing at Veroli who departed to go home to the USA but did not inform his team where he was going.
I was told quite some time ago my my late grandfather, who passed at 98 years of age, that 'It is high time to awake from sleep.' LET's FOCUS ON DOING THINGS FOR THE FUTURE.



'In a world of UNIVERSAL deceit, telling the TRUTH is a revolutionary act!' -George Orwell

  



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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Estonians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international small forward Kadri-Ann Lass (188-96). Sheto an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Audentes SG in the Latvian NBL in Friday night's game. [read more]
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We bring you last week's top performances from Estonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90). She led KK Tallinna Ulikool to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Latvijas Universitate in the Latvian NBL in Saturday night's game. [read more]
Merike Anderson selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games- Oct.8, 2014  (by Eurobasket Center)

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Laina Mesila-Kaarmann selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games Nov.13, 2013
Mailis Pokk's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Estonians playing currently abroad Nov.6, 2013
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