In order to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games®, you must be part of a delegation. A delegation is a group of athletes and coaches who represent your Jewish Community Center (JCC or YM-YWHA) at the Games. Athletes should contact their local Jewish Community Center to find out if the JCC is taking a delegation to the Games in August.
The mission of the JCC Maccabi Games states that the program is a Jewish event for Jewish teenagers with the intent to foster long-lasting memories and identification with organized Jewish community groups as well as identification with Israel. The JCC Maccabi Games aim to foster a strong Jewish identity among all of its participants.
To participate in the Games, athletes must be at least 13 years old and CANNOT have turned 17 years old as of July 31 the year of the Games.
All athletes must be Jewish, which is defined as follows: One of the athlete’s parents is Jewish and the athlete is being raised Jewish, or is a Jew by choice and is being raised Jewish. In the spirit of the Games, if the parent or child does not believe that they are Jewish on a year round basis, then the child should not participate in the JCC Maccabi Games.
Code of Conduct
JCC Association and the Continental Governing Body (CGB) of the JCC Maccabi Games have developed a Code of Conduct that outlines expected behavior for athletes and adults at the Games. Athletes and all credentialed adults are subject to penalties for willful violations of the policies governing the Games. You and your teenager should have read and signed off on the Code of Conduct as part of your registration confirmation kit.
Serious disciplinary problems rarely arise at the JCC Maccabi Games because the Code of Conduct is taken seriously and we promote zero tolerance for significant violations of the outlined rules and regulations. Smoking, drug and alcohol use and theft are strictly prohibited. Alleged violations of the Code of Conduct by athletes or credentialed adults are reviewed by the Court of Honor. The Court of Honor has the authority to impose penalties on an individual, ranging from a reprimand to expulsion from the Games.
During the JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®, athletes, artists, coaches, artists in residence, delegation heads, chaperones and spectators are bound by the “Rachmanus Rule” of fair play.
Participants are expected to support teens of all backgrounds and levels of experience. “Blowing out” a much weaker team for the sake of scoring points is contrary to the spirit of the JCC Maccabi Games® and shows a lack of Rachmanus (mercy/compassion).
Artists are by nature collaborators who support and encourage one another. Making fun of a delegation, specialty or artist shows a lack of Rachmanus (mercy/compassion)
Lashon Harah (slander, gossip, trash talk), putting down other athletes or artists, making fun of a weaker team or athlete, making fun of an artist or specialty shows a lack of Rachmanus. JCC Maccabi athletes and artists are expected to engage, interact with, and support teens that are not from their delegation, or in their sport or specialty.
The atmosphere of JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest and its significance as a truly Jewish event will be enhanced if both participants and spectators have an understanding of and a commitment to following the Rachmanus Rule.