The National Senior Games Association announced Wednesday the addition of five sports and four events to the 2025 National Senior Games’ competition lineup, as well as two sports and an event that will be offered for a final time during the 2025 Games.
The biennial multi-sport event for athletes ages 50 and above will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, in the summer of 2025.
New sports to be contested include Beach Volleyball, Billiards (8-Ball), Disc Golf, Power Lifting and Tai Chi. Basketball Skills, Golf Scramble, Non-Ambulatory Pickleball and 1-Mile Road Race will be introduced as additional events for existing sports.
“We are excited to expand the competition offerings for the 2025 National Senior Games and engage more athletes in the Senior Games movement,” said NSGA President & CEO Sue Hlavacek. “Many of these sports and events are popular in local Senior Games, and our event partners in Des Moines fully supported the additions.”
The new competitions will be open to all participants ages 50 and above for the 2025 Games and will not require qualification at an NSGA-sanctioned Senior Games. Specific competition guidelines will be available when the event rule book is published on December 31, 2023.
|Sport & Event Additions for 2025 National Senior Games|
|New Sports||New Sport Events|
|Beach Volleyball||Basketball Skills|
|Billiards (8-Ball)||Golf Scramble|
|Disc Golf||Non-Ambulatory Pickleball|
|Power Lifting||1-Mile Road Race|
The 2025 National Senior Games will be the final year for Racquetball, Race Walk and Hammer Throw at the national level. The NSGA has monitored these competitions for several years, and their removal beginning in 2027 is due to decreased participation, a lack of viable venues, cost considerations and other factors.
NSGA-sanctioned Senior Games in the United States and Canada are independently organized and determine their own competition lineups. More information can be found on each member’s website.