FAQ’S for the 21st Maccabiah Games, Israel 2021
What are the Maccabiah Games?
The Maccabiah Games are known as the Jewish Olympics. They are held in Israel every four years. Over 80 countries from around the world send delegations to take part in the Maccabiah games, making it the third largest sporting event in the world.
When is the 21st Maccabiah?
The 21st Maccabiah will take place in Israel July 20 – August 3, 2021*
Opening Ceremonies are set to take place July 22, 2021*
Closing Ceremonies are set to take place August 2, 2021*
All junior athletes and staffs will travel to Israel between July 14 – August 3, 2021* and will participate in the 5 day Maccabi Canada’s Azrieli Israel Experience program. All Open and Masters athletes and staff will travel to Israel July 19 – August 3, 2021*.
*all dates are subject to change
What are the age categories to participate in the Maccabiah Games?
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, 2021 (birth years for junior athletes for the 21st Maccabiah Games are athletes born between 2003-2006 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 in Israel. Some Junior age athletes may be selected to play on an Open team**.
– In some sports, like Soccer and Basketball, the Junior category is further divided into two sub-categories: Juniors and Youth. The Junior category consists of athletes born in the years 2005 and 2006 while the Youth category consists of athletes born in the years 2003-2004. Youth athletes will be governed by the Junior policies.
Open – The Open competition is the main event at the Games. Open athletes are 19 years and older at the time of the Games. This age category is for high level athletes who have qualified to make the teams. Generally, the Open category consists of athletes who are in their 20’s and in some cases may include talented Junior and Masters age athletes.
Masters – Masters athletes are 35 years and older at the Games (Hockey Masters are 40+, Golf masters are 50+). 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.
How do I apply as an athlete for the 21st Maccabiah Games?
All athletes must complete the athlete application. To apply click HERE
Can an athlete apply and tryout for more than one sport?
Yes, athletes can apply and tryout for more than one sport. However, the athlete must complete a separate application for each sport they are interested in trying out for. If selected for multiple teams / sports, the athlete will have to choose which team / sport they would like to compete in as athletes are only allowed to compete in one sport.
How are athletes selected for the 21st Maccabiah Games?
Each Head Coach and/or Manager for a specific team/sport will inform all athletes who have applied how the team is being selected.
For sports where tryouts are being held the tryouts dates have not been confirmed at this time.
You can view the tryout information HERE.
What sports is Maccabi Canada considering for the 21st Maccabiah Games?
For the list of sports click HERE.
Who is eligible to be an athlete on the Canadian Delegation to The Games?
To be part of the Canadian Delegation you must meet the following 3 requirements:
1. Provide proof of Canadian citizenship and/or has lived in Canada for a minimum of 6 consecutive months in the year of the games.
2. You must be Jewish to be eligible. See Jewish eligibility criteria below.
3. You must meet requirements relevant to the sport for which you are nominating. For more information about standards and qualifications for each sport click HERE.
Jewish Eligibility Criteria:
For the purpose of the Maccabiah Games an athlete is considered Jewish if:
(a) At least one of the athlete’s parents is Jewish or is raised by at least one Jewish parent
(b) The athlete does not actively practice another religion besides Judaism OR 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.
* For questions regarding Jewish eligibility qualifications, or if you believe that you have a unique situation that is not captured in our Jewish eligibility criteria above but deem you may be eligible, please contact Lee Mes, Executive Director, at email@example.com
*If you have any questions regarding the sports standard eligibility qualifications please contact Ashley Kochman, National Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the cost for athletes to participate in the Games?
The athlete participation fees for the 2021 Maccabiah Games are not confirmed at this time.
What is included in my fee for the 21st Maccabiah Games?
Athlete Fees includes:
Training camps/practices with the team prior to departure
Round trip airfare from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Tel Aviv
Transportation to competition venues and social events
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (Masters – breakfast and dinner only)
Opening and Closing ceremony participation
Day trips during the Games
Maccabi World Union accredited delegate’s participation fees
How do I apply as an athlete for the 21st Maccabiah Games?
All athletes must complete the athlete application. To apply click HERE.
How do I apply as a staff for the 21st Maccabiah Games?
Staff Applications are now closed. For more information please contact Ashley Kochman, National Athletic Director, at email@example.com