The Games will take place in Birmingham, AL.  CLICK HERE to learn more about Birmingham.
We will begin mailing and emailing registration information in the Fall of 2016. Please continue to check our website at for updated information.
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.
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
CYCLING 5K, 10K (Time Trials), 20K, 40K (Road Races)
GOLF 54-Hole Scratch Play
HORSESHOES Singles, Non-Ambulatory Singles
PICKLEBALL Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
RACE WALK 1500, 5000 Meter
RACQUETBALL Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
SHUFFLEBOARD Singles, Open Doubles, Non-Ambulatory Singles, Non-Ambulatory Open Doubles
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)
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
VOLLEYBALL Team Volleyball
Hotel information will be available in November.
Registration will not open until the Fall of 2016. Once open you can register for the 2017 National Senior Games. Please note to participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify in 2016 through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games.
Once registration opens in Fall 2016 you can download a paper registration packet by Clicking Here, emailing Please note that paper registrations incur additional administrative fees.
Final registration deadline is Saturday, April 2, 2017 11:59PM CST. The early registration discount is through Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:59PM CST. After that date, fees will increase.
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.
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
There is no longer a rule limiting the number of out-of-state athletes on rosters.
Saturday, April 2, 2017


The next National Senior Games will be June 2-15 in Birmingham, AL. Qualifying for The Games will take place at 2016 State Qualifying Games.
To participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old in 2016 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 the 2017 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. 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). 

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, 2017.
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, Triathlon and the following Non-Ambulatory Sports - Bowling, Horseshoes, and Shuffleboard are considered "limited" events. Please refer to Rule "D" in the 2017 National Senior Games Rulebook on 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.


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.
Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Race Walk, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, and Volleyball.
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. In November, the website will include booking options and venue/mapping location information.
Yes, you may recognize sponsors on uniforms and team equipment. You may not display sponsor banners at any event-related function.