The Maccabiah is a quadrennial sports competition modeled after the Olympic Games. The difference is that the Maccabiah is for Jewish athletes.
This year, almost 8,000 athletes from 52 nations will compete in 31 different sports. I have the privilege of coaching the Israel national baseball team that will compete in these games.
In the round robin section of the baseball tournament each of the four teams - Israel, Mexico, USA, and Canada - will play the other teams twice each.
After the round robin, the teams will be seeded 1 through 4 based on the outcome of the round robin preliminary. Seed 1 will play 4, and 2 will play 3. The winners of those games will then play for Gold and Silver, while the losers will play for Bronze and consolation.
You can follow the games - whether your interest is swimming, gymnastics, soccer, bowling, basketball, tennis, squash, baseball, or something else - at the Maccabiah 18 website.