Be An Athlete

Detroit-area Jewish teens are invited to join our local delegation.

Team Detroit Eligibility

  • Age 12 – 16 (as of July 31, 2024)
  • Complete all registration materials
  • Host two or more visiting athletes

As a member of our local delegation, you will experience marching into the Opening Ceremony while representing Detroit, compete and collaborate in sports with teens from other delegations, celebrate, and make new friends at evening social events.

All local athlete families will be asked to house at least two visiting athletes. Opening your home for hospitality is considered one of the highest mitzvahs one can do.

Questions about our local delegation can be directed to You can also view a recording of an informational meeting.

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Team Sports

Basketball | The J, West Bloomfield

  • Tuesday, January 23 7:30-9:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 28 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 30 7:45-9:15 pm
  • Sunday, February 4 1:30-3:30 pm

Volleyball | The J, West Bloomfield

  • Sunday, January 28 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 4 4:00-6:00 pm

Hockey | Novi Ice Arena

  • Sunday, February 4 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Monday, February 5 4:30-6:00 pm

Soccer | The J, West Bloomfield

  • Sunday, February 11 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Baseball | Academy 21315 Bridge St, Southfield

  • Sunday, February 4th 3:30pm-5:00pm at All Fields Hitting

Individual Sports

Approximately 25 participants maximum for each individual sport


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Table Tennis

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Local Athletes FAQ

Athletes participating in the Detroit delegation will need to host at least two athletes.

No. The JCC Maccabi Games® are open to the Jewish community.

Yes. In fact, we encourage every athlete to attend an evaluation for more than one team sport and/or individual sport.

No. All athletes will make a team. We encourage you to attend evaluations for multiple sports. Please be sure to secure your spot at Jlive.

We encourage everyone to try out for all the sports they’re interested in.

Yes. Each coach will determine their own practice schedule.

Yes. All JCC Maccabi athletes must be Jewish, but anyone can volunteer to help. Jewish is defined as the following: (i) the participant’s mother is Jewish, (ii) the participant is a convert to Judaism; or (iii) if the father is the only Jewish parent, the participant is eligible if they have been brought up Jewish.

Yes. You must be between the ages of 12 and 16 as of July 31, 2024, for any JCC Maccabi sport.

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No. You must commit to the entire week.

No. There is a charge that includes the cost of your delegation apparel, food, transportation and entertainment, as well as administrative expenses.

No. Please speak directly with your coach.

Please contact Jason Plotkin, Local Detroit Delegation Head, at 713-705-6942 or

No. Due to scheduling conflicts, athletes can only participate on one team.

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