NEWCASTLE (Paul Nilsen's Women's Basketball Worldwide) - The decision to run two Division A youth tournaments alongside each other next year in Europe is intriguing, since it could potentially cause issues for a number of national federations.
From a selfish point of view, I am initially disappointed because I will not be able to follow both competitions as closely as I would like to and they are hugely important in their own right.
I do understand that the practicalities of making such decisions can be complicated, difficult and sometimes the availability of host nations to facilitate major youth tournaments ends up becoming the determining factor.
However, there is no getting away from the fact that the history of women's youth basketball has seen many terrific players aged 16 years or younger, benefitting from playing in both competitions.
This is one of two main issues with having these youth competitions running concurrently. For the first time in memory, a number of exceptional players will be denied what some may see as an essential window of opportunity in their growth and development.
The other and perhaps primary challenge in 2017 will be for those smaller federations in Division A punching above their weight. In stark contrast to the powerhouse nations such as France, Spain or Italy for example, who are all likely to have the personnel to cope, those with more shallow talent pools could be stretched.
Ever since I started watching U18 and U16 tournaments each summer, there has been a strong cross-pollination of participants. While in many cases it was clearly a decision in the best interests of players and Federations to play in both, it was an absolute necessity in other examples.
Consequently, several federations will be sat down with roster lists and scratching their heads as to how they are going to cope without any stars of their U16 teams who they would normally turn to in order to boost the strength of their U18 side.
I feel that next year's U18 Division A tournament could be a strange one without those better younger players and possibly exacerbated by some roster members missing from fatigue or injury from the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.
The silver-lining - if you subscribe to the theory that the decision could be viewed as a cloud - is that the U16 tournament could be the best ever, on the basis that it could be the only one that many of these younger players will be participating in.
That could take the quality even higher and might actually open up the debate about whether some federations are burning out younger players by making them play dual tournaments.
That is a very valid counter-argument. Although this could only truly be rectified if U16, U18 and U20 were all played at the same time which is not likely to be practical - and especially with the global events wired into the schedule too.
Anyway, I can't wait to see how some of the European nationl federations handle this situation next year and will be fascinated to see the differences in rosters, squads, preparations and of course, results. Not least by those who had been banking on their younger performers also playing on Hungarian soil at U18 level.