FIBA Europe introduced the qualification round in 2007 to youth competitions.
This change has been positive and has helped to improve the quality of the competition because every game from the preliminary rounds count until the knock-out stage.
However for the four teams that miss out on the qualification round they play in the classification games for 13th-16th place also known as the relegation round. But from this year onwards they play each other twice.
This means that the bottom two teams in this round robin table tournament are demoted to Division B.
Belgium and Latvia won promotion from Division B in 2008 and Hungary who won the Division B title last season battle with the Czech Republic in order to avoid the drop.
The remaining 12 teams have been split into two groups and continue the battle for the title. In addition to the title the top five teams from this championship will qualify for the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championship Women.
For years Nika Baric has been dominating teams at FIBA Europe Division B championship competitions and today she gave a little demonstration of her skills as she helped Slovenia beat the hosts Slovak Republic (78-73) in overtime.
She finished the game with 29 points, 12 assists and went a perfect 10-from-10 from the free-throw line.
Slovenia shocked the hosts as they dominated the first 20 minutes and let (32-24) at the interval.
The Slovak Republic have their own star players in Martina Kissová (21 points) and Denisa Domiterová (19 points).
These players stepped up for the hosts to come storming back and with 21 seconds left to play take the lead (66-64).
Slovenia had one last chance to save the game and Damir Grgic, the Slovenian coach knew that Baric would not have the freedom or space to get a last shot off. So he took the risk and went inside with Rebeka Abramovic who scored and drew the foul.
Abramovic was unable to hit the free-throws and the game went into overtime.
A trey by Kissová got the home fans chearing but Slovenia were back in fron with Baric, Eva Rupnik and Tjasa Gortnar all scoring.
Slovenia stayed in front all the way to the end.
The expected fireworks between Sweden and Spain never happened. It could be argued that either both teams played well defensively or that they just had a poor shooting day.
Spain led (9-6) after the first quarter in which both teams found it easier to miss than score.
Spain took hold of the game with an 8-0 run during the second quarter to go 10 points clear (21-11) with three minutes left to play before the break.
The teams continued with their poor shot selection as Spain went into the locker room leading (26-14).
Sweden were not able to get any three-point plays to work. The match was lost for good after Spain put together another 8-0 run.
Spain, leading (37-15) with 15 minutes left to play, controlled the tempo for the remaining time to win (50-38).
Queralt Casas (left) with 12 points and 7 rebounds was the pick of the player from Spain.
Russia made light work of Serbia with all 12 players getting onto the score sheet in the (88-44) win.
Svetlana Efimova and Yulia Poluyanova did the bulk of the scoring for Russia with 19 and 18 points each.
Ivana Brajkovic was the pick of the players from Serbia with 15 points.
The Russian had more or less ended the game as a contest by the 14th minute of the game while leading (30-9).
Sweden 38-50 Spain Slovenia 78-73 Slovak Republic Serbia 48-88 Russia