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Lacrosse names national women's squad.

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Softball, flag football leagues set to start

The spring season will present fun and healthy sports opportunities for athletes of all ages, genders and skill levels, according to local amateur sports officials. The Jerusalem Softball League enters its 15th season, with games played primarily at Jerusalem’s Kraft Family Stadium, under the auspices of the Israel Softball Association. Meanwhile, American Football in Israel will be offering various opportunities for beginners and advanced players, as well as youth, across the country. The debut season of the Tel Aviv Flag Football League is now registering teams for its men’s and women’s divisions. AFI’s co-ed spring flag football league, in Jerusalem, has scheduled its spring season for Tuesday evenings. AFI is also running after-school flag football programs in various locations around the country. (Monty Wayland)

Lacrosse names national women’s squad

The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced its 38-player roster for the Israel women’s national team, which will compete at the 2015 Women’s U-19 World Cup, to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 23 through August 1. Israel’s roster is composed of both Israeli players and athletes from the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse. The roster was selected after a series of tryouts in Ashkelon and formal evaluations. “Our staff has been working around the clock to recruit and prepare our first-ever U-19 national team,” said Israel head coach Hannah Deoul, a native of Baltimore who moved to Ashkelon in October. “We could not be more excited and confident with the energetic, hard working group we have assembled.” (Haaretz Sports Staff)