Q: What are the requirements to participate as a JCC Maccabi Athlete?
A: Jewish Athletes between the ages of 12-16, as of July 31, 2017, can participate in all sports. Local Athletes are required to house two (2) or more visiting athletes.
Q: Do I need to be Jewish to participate in the Maccabi Games?
A: Yes, all JCC Maccabi Games athletes must have at least one Jewish parent.
Q: Do I need to be a member of the Albany or Schenectady JCC to participate?
A: No, this program is offered to everyone who meets the requirements
Q: Is there a cost involved in participating?
A: Yes, there are expenses such as registration fees, uniform cost, games cost, etc. for this national program. Fees are $620 or $500 for current JCC members.
Q: Can I play in more than one sport?
A: No, Athletes are only permitted to participate in one sport.
Q: Will there be practices?
A: Yes, each coach determines their own practice schedule.
Q: Is there a minimum age to volunteer?
A: Yes, all volunteers must be 17 or older as of 7/31/17 for daytime shifts and 21 or older to volunteer for evening events.
Q: What if I am interested in volunteering, but I don't know my schedule yet?
A: It’s ok. Provide us with your information and we can discuss your availability and schedule at a future date.
Q: Is it important that I know a lot about sports to volunteer or do you have non-sport volunteer positions?
A: It’s not important to know about sports; volunteers are needed in multiple areas.
Q: Do I need to be a member of The J to volunteer?
A: No, the entire community is invited to take part in the Games, although the athletes and host families must be Jewish.
Q: I am available on a limited basis, perhaps only a few hours or only one day during the Games. Is that ok?
A: Yes, we will need volunteers from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm daily. We appreciate any time you are available.
Q: If my child is playing a sport, can I volunteer during that time?
A: Yes, however we recommend that you volunteer when your child is not competing, because you will most likely want to watch his or her event.
Q: I have more questions. How do I get the answers?
A: Contact the JCC Maccabi Games Hotline at TBD or email info@Capitalregionjccmaccabi.org.
Q: I do not have a child participating in the JCC Maccabi Games. Can I still host athletes?
A: Yes. All Jewish families are welcome to host visiting athletes.
Q: Do I need to be a member of The J to be a host family?
A: No. All Jewish families are welcome to host visiting athletes.
Q: How many athletes can I house?
A: You must house a minimum of two athletes. Each athlete requires his/her own bed (air mattresses are acceptable).
Q: Do I need to be Jewish to be a host family?
A: All athletes must be housed in a Jewish home (that contains at least one Jewish parent).
Q: Do I have to have a Kosher home to host athletes?
A: No, a Kosher home is not required.
Q: May I go to the athletic events?
A: Yes, by all means. We encourage you to be an enthusiastic spectator at any and all athletic events. You must wear your free JCC Maccabi credentials.
Q: What meals do we need to provide?
A: You will need to provide dinner on Sunday, July 31 before Opening Ceremonies, dinner on August 3 (Host Family Night), and breakfast on Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5. It is also suggested that you keep plenty of snacks around the house as teenagers will want to eat almost constantly!
Q: Should I provide snacks?
A: Snacks and drinks will be provided at all venues for the athletes. However, feel free to stock up on your visiting athlete’s favorite snacks for them to enjoy in the evening.
Q: May I carpool?
A: All drivers transporting athletes MUST be 21 or over. Vehicles must have seat belts for all athletes and passengers. You may carpool for morning drop-off only. Pick-up may only be done by a designated credentialed host family member as Delegation Heads can only release a participant to their assigned host family.
Q: Do I need to give money to the athlete?
A: No. Athletes should bring enough money to cover all incidentals.
Q: What if the athletes want to get together after the evening social activities?
A: Say no. This often leads to problems. The athletes have agreed, in writing, to adhere to a Code of Conduct. Violations of the code will be cause for expulsion from the Games. Please contact the Housing Committee if you have any problems.
Q: If I am hosting athletes from more than one delegation, do I need to come twice on Sunday for pick-up?
A: Yes, we are sorry for the inconvenience. This will be kept to a minimum.
Q: Can I make requests about gender, age, and athletes in a particular sport?
A: You can request gender, age, and sports, but these requests are not guaranteed.
Q: Can I request a particular athlete?