13th EUROPEAN MACCABI GAMES BASIC REGULATIONS
1. Regulations of the Competitions
a. The applicable International Federations’ Rules/Laws/Regulations and the 13th European Maccabi Games Regulations will govern each Sport and any participation or other issue related to or in connection with the 13th European Maccabi Games. In the event of a conflict, the present 13th European Maccabi Games Basic Regulations will govern.
b. In case of disagreement as to the Interpretation of any of these rules, the text in English will be authoritative, unless the official language of the event is different.
a. Participation in the 13th European Maccabi Games Competitions is open to all Jewish athletes, from all European Countries, on condition that they receive permission from their respective National Sports Federations or Associations and are nominated by their T.O..
b. Each Head of Delegation for the competitions will sign a statement, as composed by the European Maccabi Games organizing committee, which will be sent to the participating countries confirming that their athletes are Jewish.
c. A Person may represent the country of which he/she is a citizen. A person who is not a citizen of the country in which he/she resides may qualify for that country’s team provided he/she resides in that country for at least 6 months continuously immediately prior to the date of the opening of the European Maccabi Games.
d. In Masters Sports the calendar year in which the athlete was born will determine his/her eligibility in the various age categories. Unless stated otherwise in the regulations for a specific sport the Master category is open to anyone 35 years old as of December 31st, 2011.
e. Unless stated otherwise, Junior competitions are for athletes born after January 1st, 1995 and before December 31st, 1997. In non contact sports, Juniors born after December 31st, 1997 may enter, if approved by the Sports Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games through an official request by the National Federation to be presented no later then the deadline for Entry Form number 3.
3. Entry Forms
A country wishing to participate in the 13th European Maccabi Games must do the following:
1. Submit Entry Form #1, which is a general Entry Form, to the Organising Committee offices not later than March 31st, 2010.
2. Submit Entry Form #2, which includes the number of participants in each sport event (individual and team), to the Organising Committee offices not later than October 31st, 2010.
3. Submit Entry Form #3, which includes the names of the participants in each sport event (individual and team), their birth date, I.D. or Passport number and their photographs, to the Organising Committee offices not later than April 30th, 2011.
4. Everyone competing in the Junior and Master Competitions must send a photocopy of his/her Passport/ID Card showing photo and date of birth with Entry Form # 3.
5. Late additional entries of athletes (not countries), after 30th April 2011 shall only be accepted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Sports Department in consultation with the EMC Sports Director.
4. Games and Competitions
a. Except in Junior and all Female Team sports, any sport with less than 4 countries entering on Entry Form #1 will be eliminated, unless all participating countries agree to participate. In Female and Junior team sports, a minimum of 3 countries will be permitted.
b. The competition’s program and system will be specified in each sport’s regulations separately.
c. At the beginning of each Junior and Master Team competition the full list of registered players shall be checked against their credentials. Thereafter, at all games, team managers will exchange credentials to check and return them after the game is over. A player without a credential will not be permitted to play.
d. An athlete may only participate in one sport and only in one division (Junior, Open or Master), unless otherwise stated in the Rules and Regulations of the Sport. After special request to the Organizing Committee and after the OC’s approval an official may be registered as an athlete as well. In this case he/she needs one ID badge as official and one as athlete. If such requests have been approved, the Heads of Delegations will be informed accordingly during their first meeting.
e. In the Open competition, junior aged competitors will only be permitted if allowed under the relevant sport’s federation rules. In some sports, individual countries Sports Federations rules may vary – in cases of such conflict the Home (Austrian) Sport Federation should take preference (providing this would not prejudice a countries participation).
a. Medals and diplomas will be awarded to the winners (teams and individuals) as follows:
1. Gold medal for first place.
2. Silver medal for second place.
3. Bronze medal for third place.
b. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented to European individuals or teams irrespective of medals won by non-Europeans provided there are more than 4 participants. In these cases European participants will never receive two medals, but always get the better medals.
c. The 13th European Maccabi Games Organising Committee shall appoint a person to ensure that medal presentation ceremonies are properly conducted.
d. Medals shall be given to team managers, coaches and assistant coaches, provided that they are registered. However, no more than 3 additional medals will be awarded per country per competition.
6. Validity, Incidence and General
a. These basic Rules and Regulations are legally valid by the approval of the European Maccabi Confederation.
b. These basic Rules and Regulations will apply to all the 13th European Maccabi Games participants, both athletes and officials.
c. Each accredited participant in the 13th European Maccabi Games must be individually covered by medical insurance that will include indemnity for any injury, illness or related expense incurred as a consequence of participation in and during the 13th European Maccabi Games whether in an accommodation center, sports venue, special event or travelling between such locations. Insurance is taken out at each country’s own expense and must be taken care of before the beginning of the 13th European Maccabi games in each athlete’s home country.
d. The Organising Committee is entitled to request a drug-retention test for each participant of the 13th European Maccabi Games. The list of drugs and substances whose use is prohibited is based on the list of forbidden drugs and banned substances. This list is distributed from time to time by the International Olympic Committee. Every sportsman whose drug screening is positive shall be brought before the Court of Honour and shall face the possibility of being sent home from the Games or receive the punishment decided by the above mentioned Court. Any refusal to undergo the drug screening shall be deemed as drug abuse and the sportsman shall therefore be penalized at the discretion of the Disciplinary Court. Any athlete required to undergo a drug test must be accompanied by his/her Team Manager or Coach or senior member of his/her Delegation who must be present for the entire duration of the test.
7. Organising Committee
a. The Organising Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games is the highest body in charge of the competitions and oversees the compliance of all the official instructions of these rules. Likewise, it can issue different instructions related to the terms of participation in the competitions. These instructions shall be applied to all participants and shall be an integral part of the Rules of Competitions.
8. Applicable Law, Jurisdiction
Any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with the 13th European Maccabi Games, including (without limitation) any participation and/or other presence at the 13th European Maccabi Games and/or any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with the Regulations shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the court having subject matter jurisdiction for the first district of the city of Vienna (Austria) (unless such disputes are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Honour (Sec 9), Disciplinary Court (Sec 10) and/or Court of Appeal (Sec 11) as set forth in said Sections of the Regulations) and shall be governed by Austrian law, without resort to its conflict of law provisions. UN CISG rules shall not apply.
The Court of Honour, Disciplinary Court and Court of Appeal the Arbitration Tribunal shall additionally apply the rules as set forth in Sections 9.e. and 10.f. and any rules which they determine to be appropriate.
9. Court of Honour
a. The Organising Committee along with the European Maccabi Confederation shall appoint a Court of Honour, made up by eight members of Maccabi World Union, the European Maccabi Confederation and the Organising Committee of the European Maccabi Games 2011. In case the positions can not be covered, vacancies shall be filled by representatives of the participating delegations, subject to the decision of the Organising Committee and to a previous consultation with the European Maccabi Confederation. Any three (or more) of the abovementioned will be sufficient to form a Court of Honour
b. All the affairs which are not under the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal shall be dealt with by the Court of Honour, whose decisions shall be ultimate and final.
c. It shall decide over any affair beyond the functions inherent to the Disciplinary Court and the Court of Appeals.
d. In case of disagreement regarding the correct interpretation of the rules governing the 13th European Maccabi Games, the Court of Honour shall decide over the issue, upon request of the Organising Committee.
e. The Court of Honour shall determine the system applicable to its procedures and meetings.
f. At the time of deliberating on the abovementioned issues, the Court of Honour shall make the decision it deems most appropriate. Its decisions shall be final and not open to appeal.
g. The president of Court of Honour shall be authorised to nominate alternate members in case an affair involves countries whose representatives are members of such Court.
10. Disciplinary Court
a. The Disciplinary Court is appointed by the European Maccabi Confederation to serve as their adjudicators in breaches of discipline. Any three (or more) of abovementioned will be sufficient to form a Disciplinary Court
b. Anyone connected with the Games i.e. members of the European Maccabi Confederation, members of the Organising Committee, referees, competitors and officials can report breaches of discipline.
c. Details of any breach of discipline must be submitted in writing (English or German) and handed into the Secretariat in a sealed envelope marked “Disciplinary Court”.
d. The Secretariat must indicate on the envelope the time the allegation was received and append their signature in confirmation.
e. The Disciplinary Court will give their decision(s) in any form which they deem practical, adequate and appropriate taking into account the nature of the disciplinary breach.
f. The decision(s) of the Disciplinary Court, which will be based on the Code of Conduct established by Maccabi World Union, is final and binding and must be accepted by all parties.
g. The president of Disciplinary Court shall be authorised to nominate alternate members in case a breach of discipline involves countries whose representatives are members of such Court.
11. Court of Appeal
a. The members of the Court of Appeal are appointed by the European Maccabi Confederation to serve as their adjudicator in all disputes relating to sport. Any three (or more) of the abovementioned will be sufficient to form a Court of Appeal.
b. The Court of Appeals shall deal with organisational and technical issues related to each specific sport.
c. A team shall be entitled to submit a claim related to the results of a competition or any other sort of technical appeal; the appealing Head of Delegation (if there is no Head of Delegation it may be brought to the Court of Appeal by the appropriate team manager or captain) shall sign with his/her name the match’s sheet adding the phrase “subject to appeal”.
d. Details of any appeal must be submitted in writing (English or German) and handed into the Secretariat in a sealed envelope marked “Court of Appeal” within three hours of the conclusion of the match from which the appeal arises.
e. The Secretariat must indicate on the envelope the time the appeal was received and append their signature in confirmation.
f. 100 Euro shall be deposited at the time of submitting the appeal. This amount shall be returned if the appeal was regarded to be of substance. In case the appeal was regarded as frivolous the deposit is forfeited and shall be retained and used for the benefit of the Organisation of the Games.
g. The Court of Appeal will give his decision(s) in any form which they deem practical, adequate and appropriate taking into account the nature of the appeal.
h. The decision(s) of the Court of Appeal is final and binding and must be accepted by all parties.
i. The president of the Court of Appeals shall be authorised to nominate alternate members in case an appeal involves countries whose representatives are members of such Court.
12. Limitation of Liability
Unless explicitly provided otherwise in writing, the provisions under applicable law shall apply. Notwithstanding any other limitations of liability hereunder, the aggregate liability of the 13th European Maccabi Games (EMG2011 Gemeinnützige GmbH, a limited liability non-profit company under Austrian law) for any and all claims, including without limitation claims for damages, arising out of or in connection with these Regulations and/or 13th European Maccabi Games, including without limitation any participation in the games, shall in no event exceed the tenfold participation fee actually paid by the respective individual. Any and all liability of the 13th European Maccabi Games is limited to gross negligence and intent excluding cases of death and bodily injury. Any and all liability is limited to direct loss only, subject to the above mentioned limit and subject to strict compliance with the present Regulations. All other types of loss or damage are excluded. There shall be no liability of the 13th European Maccabi Games for any indirect, special, incidental, punitive, exemplary, or consequential damages. In cases of bodily injury and death, the party suffering the damage is obliged to demonstrate strict compliance with the Regulations (burden of proof). Any and all liability of the 13th European Maccabi Games for cases of bodily injury and death shall additionally be limited to gross negligence and intent. In the event of force majeure, there shall be no liability of the 13th European Maccabi Games for damages caused by such force majeure. Force majeure includes, without limitation Acts of God, Government restrictions, wars, terrorism, insurrections and/or any other cause beyond reasonable control.
The 13th European Maccabi Games are not liable for any conduct or misconduct of any participant and are not assuming any liability for theft, loss or damage to any items and/or personal property of any participant.