2021 National Senior Games Questions

The Games will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 5-18, 2021. CLICK HERE to learn more about Fort Lauderdale.

Online registration will open in the Spring of 2021.

A detailed schedule will be available on the ‘Schedule of Events’ page when registration opens in Spring 2021 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 Fall of 2021.

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
CORNHOLE Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Singles
CYCLING 5K, 10K (Time Trials), 20K, 40K (Road Races)
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)
SOFTBALL Team Softball
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
Cycling: 20K
Road Race: 5K
Triathlon-Relay
VOLLEYBALL Team Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Hotel information will be available when registration opens in Late 2020 or Early 2021.

There is no longer a rule limiting the number of out-of-state athletes on rosters.

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 registration@nsga.com.

The age/skill division will be determined by the lower aged player as of 12/31/2021 and the higher skilled player.

Registration will not open until Late 2020 or Early 2021. Once open you can register for the 2021 National Senior Games. Please note to participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify in 2020 through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games.

Once registration opens in Spring 2021 you can download a paper registration packet from the Registration page of our website or email your request to by emailing registration@NSGA.com. Please note that paper registrations incur additional administrative fees.

Final registration deadline is TBA. The early registration discount is through TBA. After that date, fees will increase.

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Qualification Questions

The next National Senior Games will be November 5-18, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Qualifying for The Games will take place at the 2020 State Qualifying Games.

To participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old in 2020 and qualify through 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 2021 National Senior Games Official Sports Rules

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, 8v8 Soccer and Beach Volleyball will be “OPEN” sports for the 2021 National Senior Games and no qualifying is necessary.

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. They must meet the MPS for the 50-54 age division to qualify for Nationals).

No. You must qualify for each National Senior Games by meeting the qualifying criteria at a State Games the year before 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 31, 2021.

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.

You have two options – through ‘Limited Events’ or through another State Games:

  1. ‘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 2021 National Senior Games Rulebookon how to qualify using limited events. Click Here for instructions and the Limited Events form.
  2. 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.

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Miscellaneous Questions

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 2021 has passed. The next consideration for new sports will be for the 2023 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 nsga@nsga.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.

When event organizers confirm the brand/type of ball, info will be posted under Misc Information on the Sports webpage for the respective competition.

Please proceed to the NSGA Merchandise Store where you can purchase NSGA and National Games merchandise.

All athletes and teams are encouraged to stay at one of the sponsoring hotels or dorms providing one-stop booking close to venues where you will compete. The website will include booking options and venue/mapping location information in the TBA.

Yes, you may recognize sponsors on uniforms and team equipment. You may not display sponsor banners at any event-related function.

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