Slovenia Ball is one of the biggest and most recognized U14 tournament in Europe, organised by Basketball Federation of Slovenia with the help of municipality of Slovenj Gradec. Since its beginning in 2004, more than 18 countries have participated at Slovenia Ball tournament. The slogan itself (First international step towards future basketball stars) says Slovenia Ball is, for most of the players, the first international experience – and a big step to become a future basketball star, such as Alex Abrines, Dario Šarić, Ante Žižić, Klemen Prepelič, Santi Yusta and many others, who participated at Slovenia Ball tournament and got their first international experience here.
At Basketball Federation of Slovenia we see Slovenia Ball U14 tournament as unofficial U14 European championship. In 5 days, the kids experience many aspects of the European Championships - they represent their country for the first time, they listen national anthem, they hear public announcer present them in front of the fans with the escort of the light show. We also provide live online coverage on Youtube with more than 4.000 views per tournament and daily highlights for all the teams at the tournament. It really is a true experience for every kid!
However, Slovenia Ball Tournament is not just about competition. We are aware that 14-years old kids need some fun as well. Many new friendships among all the participants are made, also among coaches and referees! To achieve that, we offer many activities where opportunities for new friendships are even bigger, such as: