Following are the qualifying procedures and rules of competition governing the 2021 Oklahoma Senior Games. The Games are held during the months of September and October in Oklahoma City, Yukon, Muskogee, Norman, Bixby Perry and Tulsa.
A. AGE FOR COMPETITION AT OKLAHOMA SENIOR GAMES
Age divisions for all singles competition will be determined by the athlete’s age as of December 31, 2021. Age divisions for all doubles and mixed doubles competition will be determined by the following age categories and will apply to both men and women for all individual, doubles and relay competitions: 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; 90-94; 95-99 and 100+
All team sports are divided into the following categories for both men and women:
50+; 55+; 60+; 65+; 70+ and 75+ (80+ division will be offered for Basketball 3 on 3)
Sport Directors reserve the right to combine age groups. It is the responsibility of the athlete to provide appropriate photo identification proving age and residency upon request. The Oklahoma Senior Games reserves the right to offer 40-44 and 45-49 age group divisions for badminton, cycling, table tennis, tennis and other competitions. Divisions under 50 do not qualify participants for the National Senior Games competition.
B. DOUBLES PARTNERS
Teams for doubles/mixed doubles events must consist of two Oklahoma residents to be considered an in-state doubles team. Teams consisting of one in-state player and one out of state player will be considered a non-resident doubles team.
Badminton, Bowling, Cornhole, Pickleball, Racquetball, Table Tennis and Tennis doubles partners must be of the same gender. Note: These events have a separate mixed doubles competitions.
event. Golf Croquet and Shuffleboard doubles may be of mixed gender. All doubles and mixed doubles pairs must compete in the age division of the younger partner as of December 31, 2021. Athletes may compete with only one partner per event.
Rosters will be limited to 10 for 3 vs 3 Basketball; 10 for volleyball and 12 for 5 vs 5 vs 5 Softball. Please see your specific sport for residency definition. Age divisions for all team competition will be determined by the age of the youngest team player as of December 31, 2021.
TEAM UNIFORMS: Team clothing (shirts, pants, shorts) must be of like design and color. Teams must have both “home” and “away” uniforms with permanently attached numbers on front and back. Sponsors may be added to the jersey but cannot interfere with number placement.
D. DETERMINATION OF WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES
2021 is a year in which to qualify for NSGA competition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 10-23, 2022.
Athletes who HAVE qualified in the Oklahoma Senior Games in 2018 and/or 2020 are already qualified and are welcome to compete in Oklahoma again in 2021. For adjusted qualification information for nationals:
Depending upon the sport, the top one, three or four place winners in each age/skill division qualify to compete in the 2022 National Senior Games. Athletes must qualify in each event (singles, double, mixed doubles) in which they wish to compete in the 2022 National Senior Games. Doubles partners who qualify together are not required to play together at the 2022 National Senior Games. Please check the OSG website for information on ways to qualify for national competition in “limited” sports events or by meeting Minimum Performance Standards at NSGA.com.
E. PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES
Professional athletes shall not be eligible to compete in the Oklahoma Senior Games in the sport in which they are or were a professional until 20 years after the date they last competed as a professional. They may compete in other sports in which they have not competed professionally.
F. UNIFORMS AT THE OKLAHOMA SENIOR GAMES
All athletes must wear athletic type clothing and shoes that are usual and customary for the sport in which they are competing. Street type clothing and shoes that are inappropriate may cause disqualification. Event Directors have authorization from the Oklahoma Senior Games to make this determination.
G. OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS
Out of state individuals and teams are welcome to compete at the Oklahoma Senior Games. The Oklahoma Senior Game’s definition of the state of residence of an athlete is the state in which the person resides for at least six months out of the year.
H. EVENT ENTRY LIMITS
Athletes may enter as many sports or events within a sport with two exceptions. In Archery, athletes may enter only one event. In Swimming, an athlete may enter a maximum of six individual events.
I. REQUIRED CREDENTIALS
Any player unable to provide the required credentials on the playing field shall be declared ineligible to compete until he/she can produce them. A manager may request verification of a player’s eligibility. Should a player play and be unable to provide the required credentials, he/she or his/her team will forfeit all games in which the player participated. A valid government issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license, shall be the only age and residency proof accepted.
J. CODE OF CONDUCT
Participation in the Oklahoma Senior Games as a player, coach or spectator is a privilege to be attained by meeting the standards of good sportsmanship and appropriate conduct as defined in this rule and in the rules governing each individual sport. Athletes are bound to the virtues of fairness, integrity, responsibility and respect as they participate in the Oklahoma Senior Games.