In the latest IBAF (International Baseball Federation) ranking of international federations, the Israel Association of Baseball has moved to 26th place in the world from 28th place in 2012. This is a major accomplishment for Israeli baseball and is due to the efforts of all the national teams who have placed so high in recent tournaments, including the second place finish for Team Israel in the WBC Qualifiers to the second place finish of the Junior National Team at the PONY tournament last year.
According to Peter Kurz, the IAB President, "This is simply validation of the IAB's ongoing efforts to elevate the level of baseball in Israel. This is currently being reinforced by the change in the Board, the hiring of Nate Fish as our National Director, the increased play in every region, and the successful local tournaments and clinics we are running. Our goal in three years, after the next WBC tournament in 2016, is to reach at least the 18th place in the world rankings, a very fitting place for Israel baseball!"