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Maccabi USA- Building Jewish Pride Through Sports

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sam Balaban-Feld at 215.561.6900 ext. 4157 /


Philadelphia, PA – April 4, 2016 – Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish Fastpitch (Windmill) Softball players to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 6-17, 2017.

The Games will consist of over 42 sports and 7,000+ athletes from over 75 countries. The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting competition in the world and the world’s largest international Jewish event.

Maccabi USA will be sending three Fastpitch Softball teams to the 20th Maccabiah Games in the following age divisions: Open Women’s, ages 18-35; Open Men’s, ages 18-35; and Masters Men’s, ages 35 and up. The Men’s teams will be selected following national tryouts, which will be held on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, and June 5, 2016 in New York City.

Information about the selection process for the Women’s team will be made available shortly. To participate in a tryout, a candidate must first complete and submit an application for the Maccabiah Games online at

Mike Goldman, the Chairman of the Maccabi USA Men’s Softball Program, and Fred Cohen, Chairman of the Bat and Glove Program, have appointed Maccabi USA Fastpitch alumni Marty Weiner of Los Angeles, CA, and Tony Kahan of Chicago, IL, to be the Head Coaches of the Men’s Open and Masters Fastpitch teams, respectively.

“We are really excited to have Marty and Tony on board,” said Goldman. “Our hope is that the best Jewish Fastpitch players in the United States will jump at the opportunity to experience Israel in a unique and meaningful way, while representing their country as part of Team USA.”

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