Maccabi Games 2016 in Columbus!

Join the Youngstown/Akron team as we head to Columbus, Ohio for the Maccabi Games, July 24th-29th! All Jewish athletes ages 12 thru 16 as of July 31, 2016 are eligible to play. Don’t miss this opportunity to compete against delegates from cities across the United States as well as other countries including Australia, Canada, Israel and Mexico. Columbus will be hosting a total of 23 visiting delegations.

WHAT SPORTS ARE OFFERED?

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Star Reporter- The official news outlet of the JCC Maccabi Games

HOUSING

Families of local athletes (A host family) will need to provide accommodations for at least two athletes in their home. You are able to request housing with specific athletes during the registration process. If you do not have specific requests, all athletes will be paired with someone who is the same gender and of similar age.

VISITING DELEGATIONS

750 athletes are expected to participate. They will come from about 23 different cities from around the United States and world.  Delegations include Akron/Youngstown, Atlanta, Australia, Bensonhurst, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Denver, Houston, Israel, Las Vegas, Louisville, Mexico, Nashville, Orlando-Rosen, Peninsula/Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, Tucson, Valley JCC (LA), Valley of the Sun (Phoenix), Windsor and Winnipeg.  Columbus will have around 125 – 150 of our own athletes participating

WHAT IS THE WEEK OF THE GAMES LIKE?

Sunday: Participants arrive at the JCC and are picked up by their Host families. Opening Ceremonies that night kick off the week of the games.
Monday-Thursday: Athletic competition during the day and fun, social events at night. Lunch and dinner will be served. There will be activities going on at the JCC for kids to do during their down time or they can go and watch their friends play. There is also a community service project called JCC Cares. This allows athletes to participate in a hands-on service project to give back to the community in a meaningful way.
Friday: Delegations depart.

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?

Youngstown and Akron athletes will take a bus/van together from Akron to Columbus the morning of Sunday, July 24thDuring the week of the games, host families will take athletes to and from the Games Hub. Here there will be clearly marked buses that will take athletes to the various venues.

WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?

All athletes, host families, volunteers, and staff will have to go through the credential process and wear credentials during the week. There will be check in points at all venues. All Maccabi venues will have any of the following patrolling the areas: city wide Police Officers or Homeland Security.

WHAT IS THE ATHLETIC COMPETITION LIKE?

The competitive level of the participants will vary. There are kids that are very athletic and then those that are here for the experience. Some of the sports will have different divisions based on skill levels. Throughout the week, players can expect to play four games/matches before tournament play begins on Wednesday.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the top three winners. Although it is competitive the JCC Maccabi Games emphasize the Rachmanus Rule, which is you do not show up your opponent. Games will be played at the JCC, local high schools/colleges, a soccer complex and golf courses.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?

The cost for each athlete will be $1,000. This includes:

  • Athlete Registration
  • Transportation
  • Clothing/apparel (Uniform, t-shirts, warm-up, duffle bag, pins)
  • Food

IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 8: $150 non-refundable deposit and participation agreement due
  • April 11: Confirmation Kit submitted and online registration completed on http://www.jccmaccabigames.org/registration.
  • April 20: Participation fee paid in full to the JCC
  • June 15: Medical Forms submitted

Everyone that participates in the JCC Maccabi Games MUST register online, this includes:

  • Athletes and Artists
  • Coaches/Chaperones
  • Host Family/Volunteers
  • Spectators
  • VIPs
  • Local JCC Staff

WEBSITES
Registration: www.jccmaccabigames.org/registration
General Information: columbusjccmaccabi.org  

For more information contact Emily Blau:
330.746.3250 x 152
eblau@jewishyoungstown.org

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