Q: Where are the 2017 National Senior Games being held?
A: The Games will take place in Birmingham, AL. CLICK HERE to learn more about Birmingham.
Q: When can I expect my registration information?
A: We will begin mailing and emailing registration information in the Fall of 2016. Please continue to check our website at www.NSGA.com for updated information.
Q: When will the detailed schedule with event dates and venues be available?
A: A detailed schedule will be available on the 'Schedule of Events’ page in the Fall of 2016 and sport specific schedules can be found on the 'Competition Schedule' page. Age specific competition start times will not be available until after registration closes in the Spring of 2017.
Q: What sports will be offered at the 2017 National Senior Games?
Q: Are there hotels specific to my sport that I should be staying at?
A: You may book your hotel for The Games online by clicking here. Once on the online housing web page, click the Event, then click next. In the "Sort Hotels" box, each sport is listed in a drop down. Click on the sport to find nearby hotels.
Q: How do I register for the 2017 National Senior Games?
A: Registration will not open until the Fall of 2016. Once open you can register for the 2017 National Senior Games by CLICKING HERE. Please note to participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify the year before through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games.
Q: How do I get a paper registration packet for the 2017 National Senior Games?
A: Once registration opens in Fall 2016 you can download a paper registration packet by Clicking Here, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that paper registrations incur additional administrative fees.
Q: What is the deadline for registering for the 2017 National Senior Games?
A: Final registration deadline is Saturday, April 2, 2017 11:59PM CST. The early registration discount is through Monday, February 29, 2017 11:59PM CST. After that date, fees will increase.
Q: Can I get a refund?
A: Yes, refunds are allowed until the deadline of Saturday, April 2, 2017 with a processing fee of $30. No refunds will be made due to cancellation of an event because of inclement weather or other acts of nature, including without limitation acts of God, war, civil disturbances, acts of any government body, acts of terrorism or if an athlete or team fails to participate. Sports using outdoor sites are weather dependent. Competitions will be conducted unless the Games officials determine otherwise, or if the playing fields would incur significant damage. No refunds will be made if athletes cannot participate in multiple events due to scheduling conflicts.
Q: When will I receive my confirmation letter?
A: Confirmations are received immediately at the conclusion of online registration via email. If you register via the mail, an email and a letter confirmation will be sent to your mailing address upon receipt. If you have not received your confirmation immediately after online registration please check your spam folder, if it is still not there please contact the NSGA at email@example.com.
Q: How many out-of-state players are allowed on my team roster?
A: There is no longer a rule limiting the number of out-of-state athletes on rosters.
Q: What is the deadline for making team roster changes?
A: Saturday, April 2, 2017
Q: When are the next National Senior Games?
A: The next National Senior Games will be in Birmingham, AL. Qualifying for The Games will take place at 2016 State Qualifying Games.
Q: How do I qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games?
A: To participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify the year before through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games. 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 by CLICKING HERE.
Qualifying standards differ depending on the sport/event; please CLICK HERE to view qualifying in the 2017 National Senior Games Rule Book posted under the 'National Games' page of this website.
In most sports, the top 4 finishers in each age group qualify for Nationals, as well as those who meet the Minimum Performance Standards (in applicable sports). The exceptions are Golf (you must meet the Minimum Performance Standards or finish 1st) and Triathlon (all finishers qualify). For team sports (basketball, softball, volleyball) the top 3 teams in each age group, per division qualify. Demonstration sports do not require qualification.
No matter what place an athlete 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 2016 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).
Q: I medaled at the 2015 National Senior Games. Does that automatically qualify me for the 2017 National Games?
A: No. You must qualify for each National Senior Games by meeting the qualifying criteria at a State Games the year before Nationals.
Q: Between the State Qualifying Games and the National Games I will change age brackets. With which age group do I qualify and compete at Nationals?
A: At the State Games you will qualify in the correct age group for your current age at the time of the State Games (some states use different dates within the year to determine their age groups, so if you have a question please check with the state). When you register for Nationals, our registration system will automatically put you in the correct age bracket for the age you will be on December 31, 2017.
Q: When/Where will my State Games be held and what events are offered?
A: For a complete list of dates and contact info for State Games, CLICK HERE. You will need to contact the state(s) you are interested in to find out which sports/events are offered.
Q: My state does not offer a certain event which I want to qualify in to go to Nationals. How can I qualify?
A: You have two options - through 'Limited Events' or through another State Games:
Q: How do I suggest a new sport or event be added?
A: New sports/events are the responsibility of the National Games Committee, which relies on the recommendations of the staff. Given the large size of our Games it is unlikely we will add any events soon. In addition, we normally require that a large number of states conduct the competition in order to be included on the National menu. The procedure for requesting a sport and/or event be added to the National Games may be found in the '2017 National Senior Games Rule Book', Rule Q.
Q: What Sports receive a Medal?
A: Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Race Walk, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, and Volleyball.
Q: How do I purchase my National Senior Games gear?
A: Please proceed to the NSGA Merchandise Store where you can purchase NSGA and National Games merchandise.
Q: How do I make my travel plans?
A: Please visit the NSGA housing partner or online at 'Travel-Lodging' page.
Q: I have found a sponsor to help pay my travel expenses. Can I put the sponsor’s name on my jersey or sport bag?
A: Yes, you may recognize sponsors on uniforms and team equipment. You may not display sponsor banners at any event-related function.