2023 National Senior Games Questions
An Age Specific Schedule will be available on our ‘Competition Schedule’ webpage when registration opens Fall of 2022. Specific competition details (start times, sport brackets, draws, pools) will be posted online after registration closes in the Spring of 2023.
|ARCHERY||Compound Fingers, Compound Release, Barebow Compound Recurve, Barebow Recurve|
|BADMINTON||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles|
|BASKETBALL||Three on Three Half Court|
|BOWLING||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Singles, Non-Ambulatory Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Mixed Doubles, Team Bowling|
|CORNHOLE||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Singles, Non-Ambulatory Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Mixed Doubles|
|CYCLING||5K, 10K (Time Trials), 20K, 40K (Road Races), Recumbent 5K, 10K (Time Trials)|
|GOLF||54-Hole Scratch Play|
|PICKLEBALL||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles|
|POWER WALK||1500M, 5K|
|RACE WALK||1500, 5K|
|RACQUETBALL||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles|
|ROAD RACE||5K, 10K|
|SHUFFLEBOARD||Singles, Open Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Singles, Non-Ambulatory Open Doubles|
|SOCCER||Team Soccer (Eight vs Eight)|
|SWIMMING||Backstroke: 50, 100, 200-Yard
Breaststroke: 50, 100, 200-Yard
Butterfly: 50, 100, 200-Yard
Freestyle: 50, 100, 200, 500-Yard
Individual Medley: 100, 200, 400-Yard (four strokes)
Mixed Relays (2 men & 2 women): 200-Yard Freestyle, 200-Yard Medley
|TABLE TENNIS||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles|
|TENNIS||Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles|
|TRACK & FIELD||50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 Meter, 4 x 100 Relay
Discus, Hammer Throw, High Jump, Javelin, Long Jump,
Pole Vault, Shot Put, Triple Jump
|TRIATHLON||Swimming: 400M Freestyle
Road Race: 5K
Confirmations are immediately sent to the athlete’s email address listed on their account after completing online registration. If you do not receive your confirmation immediately after online registration please check your spam folder, if it is still not there please contact the NSGA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you register via the mail or paper registration, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address on your account after the paper registration has been entered into the NSGA Registration software.
Once registration opens in Fall of 2022 you can download a paper registration packet accessible from our ‘Registration’ webpage or email your request to by emailing registration@NSGA.com. Please note that paper registrations incur additional administrative fees.
To qualify for the National Senior Games, an athlete must be 50 years of age in a qualifying year and meet the qualification standards for the sport at an 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 the current NSGA Rulebook.
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 Tennis (only the top 3 finishers for each age group qualify), 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. Cornhole, Power Walk, 8v8 Soccer and Recumbent Cycling Time Trials and Triathlon Relay will be “OPEN” sports for the 2023 National Senior Games and qualification is not necessary to participate in “OPEN” sports.
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 2020 and competes in the 50-54 age division at their State Games, but will move up to the 55-59 age division at Nationals. At the State Games the athlete must meet the MPS for the 50-54 age division to qualify for Nationals).
I medaled at the 2022 National Senior Games. Does that automatically qualify me for the 2023 National Games?
No. Qualification is not automatic based on medaling at the previous National Senior Games. You must qualify for each National Senior Games by meeting the qualifying criteria as specified in the NSGA Rulebook.
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?
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 31st of the National Senior Games year.
My state does not offer a certain event which I want to qualify in to go to Nationals. How can I qualify?
You have two options – through ‘Limited Events’ or through another State Games:
- ‘Limited Events’ – The events 20K or 40K Cycling, Hammer Throw, Pole Vault, Road Race, Triathlon and the following Non-Ambulatory Sports – Bowling, and Shuffleboard are considered “limited” events. Please refer to Rule “D” in the National Senior Games Rulebook on how to qualify using limited events. Click Here for instructions and the Limited Events form.
- If your event is not a ‘limited event’, the only other way to qualify is to go to another state’s Games. You may participate in any State Qualifying Games which allows out-of-state competitors. Contact info, games dates, and whether a state is open or closed to out-of-state athletes is posted on the ‘State Games’ page of the website. We suggest you call the state you are thinking about competing in to confirm their qualifying procedures for out-of-state athletes as the rules vary from state to state.
NSGA receives numerous requests to include new sports and events at the biennial National Senior Games. The period to consider new sports for the National Games in 2023 has passed. The next consideration for new sports will be for the 2025 National Senior Games. New sports and events are first researched and considered by the National Games Committee and then presented to the NSGA Board of Directors for approval. Suggestions for new sports and events can be emailed to email@example.com.
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cornhole, Cycling, Golf, Pickleball, Power Walk, Race Walk, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, Beach Volleyball and Volleyball.
I have found a sponsor to help pay my travel expenses. Can I put the sponsor’s name on my jersey or sport bag?
Yes, you may recognize sponsors on uniforms and team equipment. You may not display sponsor banners at any event-related function.