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Summer National Senior Games - Senior Olympics

Held during odd-numbered years, the Summer National Senior Games offer competition in 18 sports such as archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, and others. Participating athletes must be 50 years old or older and must qualify in an NSGA-sanctioned state senior games in order to compete.

Winter National Senior Games - Senior Olympics

Held during even-numbered years, the Winter National Senior Games offer competition in 7 sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, snowshoeing, and speedskating. Participating athletes must be 50 years old or older and presently are not required to qualify at the state level.


Q: How do I qualify for the Summer National Senior Games?

A: To participate in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, you must first qualify through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games in 2008 and be at least 50 years old by December 31, 2008. You may qualify through the state you live in, or any State which allows out-of-state competitors; however, you should contact these States directly for qualifying information. A complete list of sanctioned State Organizations with contact information and web link (if provided) is available on this website. Click on the tab 'State Senior Games'.

*Please note the only state qualifying game left is the Florida games in December.

Qualifying standards differ depending on the sport/event and you should read more information about qualifying in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games Rule Book posted on the 'Summer National Senior Games' page of this website.

In most sports, the top 3 finishers in each age group qualify for Nationals, as well as those who meet the Minimum Performance Standards (in applicable sports). The exceptions are Tennis and Cycling (only the top 2 finishers for each age group qualify), Golf (you must meet the Minimum Performance Standards) and Triathlon (all finishers qualify). For team sports (basketball, softball, volleyball) each state may qualify two teams in each age group. Demonstration sports do not require qualification.

No matter what place an athletes finishes, they may also qualify in the sports which have Minimum Performance Standards (MPS), by meeting or exceeding the MPS for the age-division they are competing in at the State Level. (Ex. An athlete is 54 in 2008 and competes in the 50-54 age division at their State Games, but will move up to the 55-59 age division at Nationals. They must meet the MPS for the 50-54 age division to qualify for Nationals).


Get all the information about the National Senior Games and the National Senior Games Association, including a menu of the sports and Rules of Competition by clicking here to visit their website.

Please help us keep this page current. Contact us at Senior Games State list if you know of a state level National Senior Games organization.


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