The launch pad for European prospects and the European game are academies like this one in Regensburg. With a capacity of 20 players at a time, boys aged 15 through 19 cycle through a four-year program. They are surrounded by coaches with professional experience in the ., a trainer, a physical therapist, sports doctors, tutors, nutritionists and specialized chefs. They live in a cozy dorm with an indoor batting cage and spend six days a week playing 30 to 35 hours of baseball within the framework of a regimented schedule. Makeup is emphasized, as is education -- academy alumni have a 100 percent graduation rate in Bavaria's demanding high school system.