The Israel Association of Baseball launched its first Israel Baseball Academy in November. Eleven elite baseball players between 15 and 19 years old from all over Israel were selected to participate in the year-long intensive program, which is recognized by the MLB. This will enable the participants to gain access to Major League Baseball’s high-level programs for top European baseball players. The academy is headed by Israel Baseball national director Nate Fish and assisted by David Schenker, national team coach, and Dan Rothem, former college pitcher and longtime Israel national team player. For more on the academy, please see the video.