FAQ’S For Israel 2017
When is the 20th Maccabiah?
The 20th Maccabiah will take place in Israel July 4 – July 18 2017*.
Opening Ceremonies are set to take place July 6, 2017 in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
Closing Ceremonies are set to take place July 17, 2017.
All junior athlete and staff will travel to Israel between June 29 – July 19, 2017* and will participate in the junior delegation Israel experience program. Balance of the delegation will travel July 3 – July 19, 2017*.
*all dates are subject to change
When are Team Canada Flights?
Junior delegation – will be leaving on June 29 in the p.m.
Open and Masters – will be leaving on July 3 time TBD
The team will be divided into two groups on the return, leaving Israel on July 18 and July 19. Flight allocation will be determined by age, group and sport. This information will not be available before January 2017.
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 email@example.com
How do I purchase Opening Ceremony Tickets?
Opening ceremonies will take place on July 6, 2017 at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
For information on how to purchase tickets click HERE.
How long are the Games?
From the opening of the accommodation centres to the closing ceremonies, the Games last approximately 2 weeks. The junior delegation participates in a pre-games Israel Experience which extends their Games by 5 days. Most teams are required to participate in a training camp 2-3 days before departure.
Athlete registration is now closed. For additional information please contact Maccabi Canada’s Athletic Director, Ashley Kochman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Registration is now closed. For additional information please contact Tali at email@example.com.
Can a parent be a part of the Junior delegation staff?
All of our staff positions are filled at this time. In general, parents are welcome to travel to Israel to watch their kids participate, but we do not have roles available in our delegation for parents. Parents are encouraged to help their kids’ team staff with fundraising and/or team events prior to departure if they are so inclined.
Who is eligible to be an athlete on the Canadian Delegation to The Games?
You must be Jewish to be eligible. You must then meet requirements relevant to the sport for which you are nominating. 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
How are the age categories determined?
There are three age categories at the Games: Junior, Open and Masters. In all categories athletes can play-up (i.e. play in an older age category) but cannot play down. Some sports are only offered in the Open category, in these cases Junior and Masters age athletes who wish to compete in these sports and qualify, are included in the Open competition.
Junior – Juniors are athletes 18 years of age and under as of December 31, 2017 (birth years for junior athletes for the 20th Maccabiah Games are athletes born 1999 or later). The minimum age to participate in the Games is 15 years old for most sports. In some sports such as Gymnastics and Swimming, and in some cases such as exceptionally talented athletes, an exception can be made to allow younger athletes to compete. The decision to allow a younger athlete to participate in the Games is at the discretion of Maccabi Canada, and must be approved by the organizing committee. Some Junior age athletes may be selected to play on an Open team**.
Youth – in Soccer and Basketball, the Junior male category is further divided into two sub-categories: Juniors and Youth. Hockey only has a Youth division. The Junior Male category in Soccer and Basketball consists of athletes born in the years 2001 and 2002 while the Youth consists of athletes born in the years 1999 and 2000. Youth athletes will be governed by the Junior policies.
Open – The Open competition is the main event at the Games. This age category is for high level athletes of all ages who have qualified to make the teams. Generally, the Open category consists of athletes who are in their 20’s and may include talented Junior and Masters age athletes.
Masters – Masters athletes are 35 years and older at the Games (Hockey Masters are 40+). Within the Masters tournament many sports are divided into sub-categories based on age. Masters athletes may enjoy some privileges not offered to Open and Junior athletes such as making their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Some Masters age athletes may qualify and be selected to play on an Open team**.
** Junior and Masters age athletes who have qualified and been selected to participate in an Open sport are considered Open athletes and will be governed by the Open policies.
What is the cost to participate in the Games?
Junior & Open athlete $8,500
Masters athlete $12,500
Staff member $1,500
Executive/non subsidized staff $8,500
What does the cost include?
Training camps/practices with the team prior to departure
Clothing package (track suit and other Canadian delegation clothing)
Round trip airfare
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?
Junior & Open athletes and Executive/non subsidized staff
1st Deposit: $2,000 upon selection, deadline October 15th, 2016
2nd Deposit: $1,500 by December 31st, 2016
3rd Deposit: $3,000 by March 15th, 2017
Final Deposit: $2,000 by June 1st, 2017
1st Deposit: $2,500 upon selection, deadline October 15th, 2016
2nd Deposit: $2,750 by December 31st, 2016
3rd Deposit: $3,750 by March 15th, 2017
Final Deposit: $3,500 by June 1st, 2017
Payment deadline: December 31, 2016
Is Financial assistance available to help me pay my participation fee?
Maccabi Canada makes fundraising tools available for athletes who wish to raise money towards their participation fees. An on-line fundraising page will be made available to all delegation members, including athletes and staff. Through this on-line system, delegation members will have access to a personalized fundraising page, tracking tools, fundraising e-mail templates and other features to assist with fundraising. In addition, athletes will be invited to sell ads for the Games Book. Money raised from ads sales will also go towards the athlete’s participation fees
Some teams/sports may choose to actively raise funds by holding fundraising events and other initiatives. These are generally led by the coach/parents of athletes and are independent from the overall Maccabi Canada fundraising. Please confer with the Maccabi Canada head office before approaching any person or a corporation for a donation, to avoid a conflict or an overlap with our main campaign.
In addition, athletes may create their own streams of fundraising by applying for designated funds from their synagogue, holding fundraising parties, offering services, and just being creative.
Maccabi Canada does acknowledge that the participation fee may appear unattainable for some families, and therefore actively raises funds to help athletes who cannot afford the fee. Contingent on a successful fundraising campaign, qualifying Open category athletes may be able to apply for subsidies based on financial needs. Maccabi Canada is working on a separate fundraising initiative for Elite athletes (National level or higher). Qualifying Junior and Open athletes are eligible to apply for the Elite athlete subsidy fund.
What Fundraising Tools are available to an athlete?
FlipGive – FlipGive is a way for you to raise money by inviting your friends and family to shop on line at leading retailers. When your contacts use your assigned link to make a purchase, a percentage of their purchase goes into your FlipGive account and can be redeemed towards your games participation costs. Just add your friends and family to your FlipGive account, and their friends too, to help raise more money for you while they shop. It is that time of year for shopping so take advantage of this tool! To get started click HERE.
Games Book – Maccabi Canada provides athletes and staff with the opportunity to fundraise for their participation in the Games by selling advertising space in the 2017 Commemorative Book. 80% of the money raised from sold advertising will be applied toward the athlete’s participation in the Games. For additional information on this fundraising program, click HERE.
What happens if I raise more money than I need for my participation fee?
If an athlete’s account has funds in excess of their participation fee, all 3rd party donations will be allocated to Maccabi Canada’s Adopt An Athlete fund and will be used to help other athletes in need. First party donors may choose to allocate the extra funds towards Maccabi Canada’s Adopt An Athlete fund (and receive a tax receipt), otherwise, the money will be refunded to the payee minus a 10% processing fee. Refunds will be issued after the games by request only. Refunds will not be made post December 31, 2017.
If I have family in Israel, can I stay with them?
No. It is a requirement of the Organizing Committee of the Games that travelling participants be accommodated in Official Accommodation Centres for both logistical and security reasons.
Only athletes in “Masters” age (35 plus), who are competing in the Masters category, can opt out of accommodations. For details click on Masters Guide.
If I have a nut allergy, what do I need to know?
There is NO nut allergy awareness in Israel. You may be told that the food product is “Nut Free” because there are no actual nuts in it.
BUT not being aware that nut traces, or nut products are considered nuts.
The athlete must be able to advocate for themselves and responsible for their own health as we cannot be with the athlete at all times and cannot guarantee a “Nut Free” environment. We recommend the athlete bring snacks with them that they can eat when on the go if they are unsure. The athlete should bring multiple Epi-pens and provide one to the coach / team manager and one is carried with them at all times.
What is the athlete refund policy?
If an athlete withdraws from competing in the Maccabiah 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.
We strongly advise that you take travel and cancellation insurance.
What is the supporter refund policy?
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:
Masters: $12,500 payable; Any amount above and beyond $6,891 (*to be finalized) paid by 1st Party Donors would be tax receiptable
Open & Junior: $8,500 payable; Any amount above and beyond $6,391 (*to be finalized) paid by 1st Party Donors would be tax receiptable
Executive: $8,500 payable; fully tax receiptable.
Subsidised staff: a donation of $1,500 is fully tax receiptable.
1st Party Donors will receive their tax receipt AFTER the 20th Maccabiah games.
Donations made by 3rd Party Donors will receive an immediate tax receipt for 100% of the amount donated and are non-refundable.
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’s spouse
- another athlete
- spouse of another athlete
- child of another athlete
- parent of another athlete
- sibling of an 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
3rd party donors are those not listed above
Can I make my own travel arrangements?
No. Athletes in “Junior” and “Open” age category are required to travel with the delegation for both logistical and security reasons.
Only athletes in “Masters” age (35 plus), who are competing in the Masters category, can opt out of travel. For details click on Masters Guide.