State Senior Games
As noted in the previous section, there are varying qualification standards for certain events and competitors. However, for the majority of events, competitors must go through a qualifying set of state level games in the year prior to the National Senior Games to be eligible to compete in the Games. The National Senior Games are held on odd numbered years, while state qualifying competitions are held in even years. Currently, the NSGA is comprised of 49 member states, as well as Washington, DC, each of which has a contact that can be found at the following link: http://www.nsga.com/media/documents/13-sum-st-games.pdf. Qualifying events are held for residents of each state, with the only exception being North Dakota, in which there are no qualifier games; residents of North Dakota who wish to participate, compete, and qualify may do so through South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Minnesota.
Again, it is important to check specific qualifying standards for each sport and work with the state member of NSGA to determine how an individual or team can best qualify to participate in the National Senior Games.
The major objective of the NSGA is to encourage seniors to invest and engage in healthier lifestyles through improved health and wellness education, physical activity, and nutrition. Getting prepared for and participating in competitive athletic events pushes seniors to consider these factors in all aspects of their daily lives, from opting to take a walk around the neighborhood instead of watching television to buying fruits and vegetables at the grocery store instead of unhealthy processed foods.
The Games themselves continue to be a tremendous success, hosting over 10,000 competitive athletes in seven of its last eight iterations. To gain more in depth knowledge of the Games, and to get involved in any way, from participation to advocacy to volunteerism, visit the NSGA website here: http://www.nsga.com.