FAQ’s Maccabi International Youth Games
What are the Maccabi International Youth Games?
The Maccabi International Youth Games is a new exciting event from Maccabi World Union. The MIYG is a Junior Maccabiah that will take place in Israel every 4 years. With 1,500 athletes from around the world, an international athletic competition, and an ultimate Israel Experience, this event is the way to spend your summer in 2018.
When are the Maccabi International Youth Games?
The Maccabi International Youth Games will take place in July 2018. Opening Ceremonies are set to take place July 25, 2018 and will conclude on August 1, 2018.
Who is eligible to be an athlete on the Canadian Delegation to The Games?
Jewish athletes born between the years 2002 – 2004 are eligible. You must meet requirements relevant to the sport for which you are considering. An athlete must provide proof of Canadian citizenship and/or has lived in Canada for a minimum of 6 consecutive months in the year of the games.
- Maccabi Canada eligibility qualifications for being considered a Jewish athlete:
(1) At least one of the athlete’s biological parents is Jewish
(2) The athlete does not actively practice another religion besides Judaism
(3) The athlete has converted to Judaism by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism
Each athlete must be willing to sign a document stating they are Jewish and be able to produce statements from two individuals (who are not family members) that can confirm they are Jewish by the eligibility qualifications listed above.
If you have any questions regarding the eligibility qualifications please contact Tali Dubrovsky (Executive Director of Maccabi Canada) at 416.398.0515 ext.202
What is the cost to participate in the Games?
- Athletes $4,850
- Staff member $950
Cost of Police Reference Check
- Executive/non subsidized staff $5,400
*Sending an athlete to the MIYG costs Maccabi Canada $6,400 per athlete. With the help of donations received, Maccabi Canada subsidizes the participation cost by $1,550 per athlete resulting in a cost to you of $4,850.
$6,400 = Full Participation Cost
-$1,550 = Maccabi Canada subsidy
$4,850 = Athlete participation cost
You may choose to accept the subsidy and pay the subsidized cost of $4,850 or decline the subsidy and pay the full cost of $6,400 (1st Party Donors will receive a charitable receipt for the additional $1,550).
Note: The delegation departs and returns via Toronto. Cost of arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport is the responsibility of the Athlete or Staff.
What does the cost include?
Cost of Participation includes:
Clothing package (Canadian delegation clothing)
Round trip airfare to and from Israel via Toronto
Transportation to competition venues and social events
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
Opening and Closing ceremony participation
Day trips during the Games
Maccabi World Union athlete participation fees
What is the payment schedule?
1st Deposit: $1,500 due upon selection to team
2nd Deposit: $1,850 by February 15, 2018
Final Deposit: $1,500 by April 15, 2018
We encourage all athletes to purchase cancelation insurance.
What is the refund policy?
We strongly advise that you purchase cancelation insurance policy.
If an athlete withdraws from competing in the Maccabi International Youth Games for any reason, all 3rd party* donations are non-refundable. 1st party* donations are subject to the following Maccabi Canada’s cancellation policy outlined HERE
What portion of the participation fee is tax receiptable?
Donations made by 1st Party Donors will receive a tax receipt for a portion of the donation as follows:
- Athletes: $4,850 subsidized fee payable; or $6,400 nonsubsidized fee payable; any amount above and beyond the $3,439 deemed as personal benefit portion, paid by 1st Party Donors, would be tax receiptable
- Executive: $5,400 payable; fully tax receiptable.
- Subsidised staff: a donation of $950 is fully tax receiptable.
1st Party Donors will receive their tax receipt AFTER the games.
Donations made by 3rd Party Donors will receive an immediate tax receipt for 100% of the amount donated.
What is the definition of a 1st party and 3rd party donor?
A 1st party donor in relation to the athlete (athlete = person registered to participate in the Games) is defined as one of the following:
- athlete themselves
- sibling of an athlete
- sibling’s spouse
- another athlete
- spouse of another athlete
- child of another athlete
- parent of another athlete
- grandparent of another athlete
- grandchild of another athlete
- spouse of any of the above
- business or corporation owned/controlled by any of the above
3dr party donors are those not listed above
If I have family in Israel, can I stay with them?
No. It is a requirement of the Organizing Committee of the Games that participants be accommodated in Official Accommodation Centres for both logistical and security reasons.
Can I make my own travel arrangements to Israel?
No. Athletes and staff are required to travel with the delegation for both logistical and security reasons.
Can my family members travel to Israel with Maccabi Canada?
Maccabi Canada cannot accredit athlete’s family members (supporters) nor can we make arrangements for travel and accommodations. Supporters are encouraged to speak to Amiron Travel, Maccabi Canada’s official travel agent to the 20th Maccabiah for information about available options.
Amiron Travel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have coaches / managers been selected?
Staff for the MYIG has been selected. For more information contact Ashley Kochman at email@example.com.