Have questions? Check out the FAQs below for more information. If you have any other questions please email us.

Athlete FAQs

A: Jewish athletes between the ages of 12 and 16, as of July 31, 2016, can participate in all sports. Local athletes are required to house two or more visiting athletes.

A: Yes, all JCC Maccabi Games® athletes must have at least one Jewish parent.

A: No. This is a community-wide program. Everyone who meets the requirements if encouraged to participate.

A: Yes, there are expenses such as registration fees, tradable costs, etc. involved with this national program. Fees are $895 for current J members and $1,095 for non-members.

The fee covers a myriad of costs associated with the athletes’ participation in the Games including delegation wear and uniforms, transportation during the Games, security, medical and other personnel, food, facility rental, evening activities, etc. The JCC will raise nearly one million dollars to cover costs above and beyond what can be paid for with athlete fees.

Payment may be made in full or through our payment plan.  Information will be sent once the Delegation is confirmed in early 2016.   Scholarships are available for local delegation athletes. Download the form here.

A: Yes. We encourage you to try out for more than one sport.

A: No. Athletes are only permitted to compete in one sport at the JCC Maccabi Games®.

A: Yes. Each coach determines her or her own practice schedule.

A: We are well aware that many athletes will be attending summer camps and will be away for most of the summer. That being said, athletes will be required to attend all JCC Maccabi Games® activities July 31 – August 5. They will, however, miss team practices, socials and meetings related to the Games throughout the summer.

A: St. Louis athletes attending Camp Sabra second session will be brought back to St. Louis to participate in the Games on Sunday, July 31, and will return to Camp Sabra on Friday, August 5. They will be at camp for the last two days – ending Sunday, August 7. A pro-rated portion of the Camp Sabra tuition will be credited toward the fee for the Games. An additional $180 will be required to compete in the Games.

A: Local athletes will stay in their own homes during the event and are required to host at least two visiting athletes.

A: Contact the JCC Maccabi Games Hotline at 314-442-3420 or email [email protected]

Volunteer & Housing FAQs

A: Yes, all volunteers must be 17 or older as of 7/31/15 for daytime shifts and 21 or older to volunteer for evening events.

A: It’s ok. Provide us with your information and we can discuss your availability and schedule at a future date.

A: It’s not important to know about sports; volunteers are needed in multiple areas.

A: No, the entire community is invited to take part in the Games, although the athletes and host families must be Jewish.

A: Yes, we will need volunteers from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm daily. We appreciate any time you are available.

A: Go to Maccabi Central and a new credential can be created for you. Please bring a photo identification to receive a new one.

A: Yes, however we recommend that you volunteer when your child is not competing because you will most like want to watch his or her event.

A: Contact the JCC Maccabi Games Hotline at 314-442-3420 or email [email protected]

A: Yes. All Jewish families are welcome to host visiting athletes.

A: No. All jewish families are welcome to host visiting athletes.

A: You much house a minimum of two athletes. Each athlete requires their own bed (air mattresses are acceptable).

A: All athletes must be housed in a Jewish home (that contains at least one Jewish parent).

A: No, a Kosher home is not required.

A: All drivers transporting athletes MUST be 21 or over. A seat belt is required for each athlete and passenger. 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.

A: No. They should have brought enough to cover all incidentals.

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.

A: Yes, we are sorry for the inconvenience. This will be kept to a minimum.

A: You can request gender, age, and sports, but these requests are not guaranteed.

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.

A: You will need to provide dinner on Sunday, July 31 before Opening Ceremonies on August 5 (Host Family Night) as well as breakfast Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7. It is also suggested that you keep plenty of snacks around the house as teenagers will want to eat almost constantly!

A: Snacks and drinks will be provided at all venues for the athletes. However, feel free to stock up on your visiting athletes’s favorite snacks for them to enjoy in the evening.