The Bender JCC offers sports programs for all ages in a variety of sports. Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned athlete, the Bender JCC has leagues and classes for members to stay active, get fit, and explore new hobbies. More and more programs are being introduced with Covid-19 safety protocol in place.
Youth Sports & Recreation Programs
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Participants learn the fundamentals of the game, such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Instructor will incorporate mini-games and activities to improve these skills.
Participants learn the fundamentals of the game, such as ball-handling, shooting, and defense. Two levels of classes offer in-depth instruction.
Our gymnastics program helps youth develop balance, flexibility and coordination, as well as social skills including confidence and self-esteem.
Kang’s Blackbelt Academy, the Bender JCC’s karate program, promotes a non-competitive lifestyle, inner balance and discipline. We offer a variety of classes for all age-ranges and ability levels.
Perfect for sports fanatics, we offer a variety of multi-sports programs to keeps participants active and engaged. Activities include floor hockey, basketball, dodge ball, T-ball, tennis and more!
Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout.
Sunday Youth Sports Clinics
Various sports such as soccer and basketball are offered on Sundays for participants to learn sports fundamentals in a high-energy, competitive setting. League includes game-play and instruction. Click on the registration link to see clinics being offered at this time.
JCC Maccabi Games & Mid-Atlantic Jr. Games
Since 1982, Jewish teens from around the world have come together for an Olympic style event filled with spirited competition and powerful comradery. Maccabi promotes sportsmanship, community service, and religious pride. Join the Greater Washington Team today for a Jewish teen experience filled with memories that last a lifetime. Host JCC locations change each year.
JCC Maccabi Games (ages 13-16)
A week-long event each summer. 14 sports offered.
JCC Maccabi ArtsFest (ages 13-16)
A week-long event each summer. 7 disciplines offered.
Mid-Atlantic Junior Games (ages 10-12)
A day at a regional JCC in the first weekend of May. 6 sports offered.
Adult Sports & Recreation
Sunday Softball Leagues
Love a good softball game? The Bender JCC offers Sunday co-ed softball leagues (Spring & Fall). Interested in joining in? Either add your team or join the league as a free agent.
Contact Anthony Hunter, Director, Sports Programs at 301-348-3852 to be added as a free agent or for more information.
(Team registration only)
Founded in Israel, Catchball (cachibol) is a community sports league for moms, similar to volleyball. Weekly games and various exercises incorporated into the program. Meet other moms and build community!
Adult Pickle Ball (December through March)
$5 Member | $8 Non-Member per week
3 courts available in the Wasserman Gymnasium.
Register by contacting the Bender JCC Welcome Desk at 301-348-3800. Nets and balls provided at the desk as well upon arrival.
Contact Anthony Hunter, Director, Sports Programs at 301-348-3852 for more information.
JCC Racquetball League
For each 4-month season, the league will be split into separate skill divisions. League members will then be contacted to schedule matches against all other division members for two official matches per season. Reservations must be made, and once you are registered, the link will be provided to you. At the end of each season, each skill division will feature a playoff tournament to crown a season champion! The JCC Racquetball League is being organized by Capital Splats Racquetball—a DC area racquetball league founded to create a friendly environment for LGBTQ+ and Ally players. Training sessions for beginners are also available upon request.
Pick-Up Games: Basketball, Volleyball, Squash/Racquetball*
The Weinberg Health & Fitness Center at the Bender JCC boasts two racquetball courts, one of which is an international squash/racquetball court, and a full-size basketball court.
Questions about sports leagues and recreation at the Bender JCC? Contact Anthony Hunter, Director, Sports Programs at 301-348-3852. Interested in becoming a member or general questions about the Bender JCC facilities? Contact us!