Breaking: 2021 National Senior Games Postponed to 2022

The 2021 National Senior Games presented by Humana has been postponed to 2022.

Due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution, NSGA has made the decision to postpone the National Senior Games to May 10-23, 2022. “In consultations with our host region and with our association Members and athletes, it became clear that having several more months of economic recovery and time for the pandemic to subside made postponement the obvious decision for all,” NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker said.

Adjustments to the qualification and registration process that NSGA adopted in response to the pandemic remain in place for The Games in May of 2022. Click Here for the qualification and registration adjustments. In addition, NSGA has extended the qualifying period through December 31, 2021. Athletes who meet the sport/event qualification standards at a qualifying state senior games in 2021 will qualify for the National Senior Games in May of 2022.

Qualified athletes will be eligible to register for their sport/event during the Priority Registration Period. The number of registrants may be limited for certain sports during the Priority Registration Period. Athletes age 50+ by December 31, 2021, who are unable to qualify may register for sports/events during the Open Registration Period provided that the sport/event has not reached registration capacity.

NSGA supports our Member Organizations (qualifying State Senior Games) in their decisions regarding the conduct of sports/events in 2021. COVID continues to impact each state differently so the ability to stage events this year may vary by state or region. The state qualifying senior games are independently managed and directly communicating with athletes about the status of their events in 2021. NSGA encourages you to directly contact the senior games office(s) in any location(s) where you plan to participate in 2021. A directory of the state qualifying senior games with contact information is available at under the STATE GAMES tab.

Our staff is working diligently with local organizers in Greater Fort Lauderdale to finalize venues, general competition schedules and housing options. Registration for the National Games is expected to open in late summer of 2021, with exact dates for each registration period to be announced on and in our monthly e-newsletter The Long Run. Qualified athletes will also receive qualification emails with registration details after information is fully confirmed.

NSGA’s guiding principle is to act in the best interests of our athletes, State Senior Games, partners and staff. By postponing the Games to 2022, our hope is that COVID fears will be greatly reduced and more athletes will be comfortable with travel, training and participation.

Read the NSGA Postponement Media Release here.