Zalgiris Coaching Clinic



The Zalgiris Kaunas organization is once again hosting the Zalgiris Coaching Clinic.

On the 28-31 of March, the Zalgiris Coaching Clinic will bring together coaches looking to improve and learn, as participants will be invited to spectate Zalgiris Basketball Academy, Zalgiris-2, Zalgiris-3 and the main team’s practices.

Zalgiris deputy director Paulius Jankunas will present on the structure of the organization, values and work principles, while Zalgiris Basketball Academy director Martynas Rackauskas and head of the youth program Gediminas Navickas will have a presentation about the growing youth pyramid.

Participants will also have lectures on the athletic preparation of sportsmen, while Benas Matkevicius from Boston Celtics will present the main insights of players scouting for NBA Draft. One of the presenters will be former Danish national team coach Erez Bittman, who once was a participant in these courses.

After the exercises and lectures, all the participants will be invited to watch Zalgiris’ EuroLeague home games together. On the 29th of March, Zalgiris hosts AS Monaco, followed by a face-off against Valencia Basket on the 31st. One of the program’s parts also includes a visit to a Zalgiris-2 game.

Those looking to participate in the Zalgiris Coaching Clinic are invited to register here.

Zalgiris Coaching Clinic schedule:

March 28 in Zalgirio Arena:

14:00 Arrival
16:00-16:30 Introduction to course (Gediminas Navickas, Head of Zalgiris Youth Program)
16:30-17:10 Greeting speech and lecture (Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris Deputy Director)
17:10-18:00 Zalgiris Youth Program (Gediminas Navickas, Head of Zalgiris Youth Program)
18:00-19:00 Main insights of players scouting for NBA Draft (Benas Matkevicius, Boston Celtics)
19:00 Dinner

March 29 in Zalgirio Arena and Zalgiris Basketball Academy:

10:00 Lecture: Zalgiris Basketball Academy (Martynas Rackauskas, Director of Zalgiris Basketball Academy)
11:00 Lecture: Zalgiris Basketball Academy basketball program (Dalius Lubys, Head Coach of Zalgiris Basketball Academy)
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Bus from IBIS Hotel to Zalgiris Basketball Academy
14:15-15:30 U-11 Practice (Q&A with Coach Dalius Lubys)
15:30-17:00 U-14 Practice
17:00 Bus from Zalgiris Basketball Academy to Zalgirio Arena
17:15 Dinner
18:45 EuroLeague game Zalgiris Kaunas – AS Monaco

March 30 in Zalgirio Arena and with Zalgiris Youth Teams:

11:00-12:30 Zalgiris main team practice
12:30-13:00 Q&A with Zalgiris Head Coach Kazys Maksvytis
13:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Lecture: Strength and conditioning of BC Zalgiris (Sigitas Kavaliauskas, Zalgiris S&C Coach)
17:20 Bus from IBIS Hotel to KAUSTA hall
18:00 NKL game: Zalgiris-2 (Q&A with Zalgiris-2 Head Coach Vytautas Pliauga)
19:45 Practice: Zalgiris-3
21:00 Bus from KAUSTA to IBIS Hotel
21:30 Dinner

March 31 in Zalgirio Arena:

10:00 Tour in Arena
10:45-11:45 Lecture: Zalgiris 2 – Basketball development side (Vytautas Pliauga, Zalgiris-2 Head Coach)
11:45-12:45 Lecture: Foreign coach experience (Erez Bittman, Denmark)
13:00 Testemonials
13:30 Lunch
15:00 Tour in Kaunas city
18:00 Dinner
19:45 EuroLeague game Zalgiris Kaunas – Valencia Basket