How will the team prepare for the tournament?
Thanks to the reinstatement of baseball into the Olympic program we were able to reiniate our U23 program as an additional development phase between the Juniors and Seniors. We started our preparation for the European Championships last fall with a tournament in Barcelona. This summer we will be participating in the Prague Baseball Week and hold training camps with several exhibition games against the Bonn Capitals and Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg at the end of July and early August.
What are the goals for the team at the U23 Championships?
Play quality baseball every day and have a chance to compete for a medal! Every team will be looking to advance to the next round so it will be challenging to play any opponent, especially with the German league still playing on August 5th.
What are your expectations on the opponents in preliminary round (Group B)?
At the European Championship every game is a challenge. If we play good baseball, we will have our best chance for good results and can advance to the next round. Obviously we are familiar with the French program from the U18 and Men´s level, and expect to know their team well. Georgia and Slovakia on the other hand, we haven’t faced them in the past few years. But we will do our home work on them and be as prepared as we can for these games as well.