November 29, 2014

Explain to me what a "Senior Game" is again.

The Good Life Games of Pinellas County and approximately 20 other Regional Florida Senior Games create a series of year-round competitive events, for athletes age 50 and over, culminating at the yearly Florida Senior Games State Championships.

Beginning in January of each year, approximately 21 local senior games competitions around Florida begin the qualifying process for the state championships. Local senior games events run from January through March and September through November.

To compete in the 2014 Florida Senior Games State Championship, senior athletes must qualify at one of Florida's local senior games competitions during 2014.

Each of the local senior games competitions are sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the official sports promotion and development organization of the State of Florida. The Foundation and Florida Senior Games State Championships, are a member of the National Senior Games Association.

Florida Senior Games State Championships
Go to Florida Senior Games Website

Over 1700 senior athletes competed in the 2013 Florida Senior Games State Championships. Even more are expected to compete in 2014.

To compete in the 2014 Florida Senior Games State Championship, senior athletes, age 50 and above, must qualify at one of Florida's local senior games competitions.

For General Information concerning schedules and competition, please contact the FSF office at games@flasports.com or call toll free 1-866-FL-GAMES (354-2637)

National Senior Games

The next Summer Games will be in 2015 in Minneapolis. Qualifying was held at the 2014 State Qualifying Games.

Click here for National Senior Games Website

Held during odd-numbered years, the Summer National Senior Games offers competition in 18 sports. Participating athletes must be 50 years old or older and must qualify in an NSGA-sanctioned State Senior Games in order to compete.

Many sports require qualifying at one of the Sanctioned Florida Local Senior Games Qualifiers. Please see the sport specific pages of the national rule book for qualifying rules.

The Florida Sports Foundation defines an “OPEN” event as one in which an athlete is not required to participate in a Sanctioned Florida Local Senior Games Qualifier. Archery, Billiards, Bocce Ball, Lawn Bowling, Pickleball, Race Walk, Road Race and Shooting are considered “OPEN” events.

The Florida Sports Foundation defines a “LIMITED” event as one in which an athlete may not find suitable opportunities for qualification at a Florida Local Senior Games Qualifier. Softball and Volleyball are considered “LIMITED” events. In order to qualify in a “LIMITED” event, one must register for that event at a Sanctioned Florida Local Senior Games Qualifier. If competition is not available, an athlete may request to be included as qualified by the Florida Local Senior Games Qualifier for which they registered.