Florida Senior Games Ready to Kick Off
2 Dec, 2021
EVENT:The 2021 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana,is an Olympic-style competition for athletes age 50 and over. Celebrating its 30th year in 2021, the Florida Senior Games, is a program of the Florida Sports Foundation, the state's lead organization in promoting and developing Florida’s sports industry and tourism opportunities.
COMPETITION DATES:Saturday, December 4 through Sunday, December 12. Pickleball will be played Friday, December 16, through Sunday, December 19, 2021.
LOCATIONS:Competition for 22 sports and events will be held at 14 different sites throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Events will also be hosted in Highlands and Pinellas counties.
REGISTRATION:Online registration, competition and hotel information can be found at the individual sport pages of www.floridaseniorgames.com. Athletes who have previously registered for the Florida Senior Games through the FUSE Sports registration system can go directly to http://florida.fusesport.com/registration/1467 to register.
Registration was made available for competing athletes, beginning September 1, and continues through November 15, 2021. Registration fees vary by sport. Over 600 athletes have already registered with the registration deadline over three weeks away.
EXPECTED TO COMPETE: Approximately 2,500 athletes age 50 and over are expected to compete in the 2021 Florida Senior Games. In previous years, athletes from over 200 Florida cities, over 40 states and Canada competed.
ECONOMIC IMPACT:Since the 1999 Sunshine State Games and the Florida Senior Games State Championships transition to the Florida Sports Foundation, amateur sports opportunities have been provided for more than 500,000 athletes of all ages through the annual Olympic-style Sports Festivals. The in-state Amateur Sports programs provide almost $10 million annually in economic impact to more than 25 local communities.
GETTING TO THE FLORIDA SENIOR GAMES: Florida residents must qualify at one of 21 Florida Senior Games Series Qualifiers. Series Qualifiers are held January through April and September through November. Athletes residing in Florida must finish in the top five of their age group in their sport to qualify for the Florida Senior Games. Out-of-state athletes are not required to qualify.
SPORTS OF THE FLORIDA SENIOR GAMES: Senior athletes have the opportunity to compete in 21 sports at the 2021 Florida Senior Games. Certain sports and events require a qualifying performance at a Florida Senior Games Series Qualifier while others have no qualifying standards and are open to all senior athletes wishing to participate.
Archery, Badminton, Basketball (3-on-3), Dominos, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Power Walk/Race Walk, Racquetball, 5K Road Race and Volleyball are open competitions with no qualifying performance required.
Sports needing a qualifying performance includeBasketball Shooting, Bowling, Team Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Pickleball, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, and Track & Field.
NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES QUALIFYING: The 2021 Florida Senior Games IS A QUALIFIER for the 2022 National Senior Games being held in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, May 10-23, 2022
Sport Schedule of the 2021 Florida Senior Games (Schedule Subject to Change)
Archery, Saturday,12/4 – Fort Lauderdale Archers, 9:00 a.m.
Badminton, Sunday, December 5 - Shula's Athletic Club., 9:00 a.m.
Shooting, Saturday, 12/4 –David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 8:30 a.m.
3-on-3, Saturday, 12/4 – David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 3:00 p.m.
Bowling, Individual,Saturday, 12/11 (M/W Doubles & Mixed), 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12/12 (M/W Singles), 10:00 a.m. – Strikers Family Sports Center
Bowling, Team,Saturday, 12/11 (Mixed Team), 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, 12/12 (M/W Teams), 1:00 p.m. – Strikers Family Sports Center
5K & 10K Time Trials, Tuesday, 12/7 – Fort DeSoto Park, Tierra Vierde, 8:00 a.m.
20K & 40K Road Race, Saturday, 12/4 (20K Road Race), Brian Piccolo Park, Fort Lauderdale; Sunday, December 5 (40K Road Race), Brian Piccolo Park, Fort Lauderdale
Dominos, Sunday, December 5 - Jim Ward Community Center, Plantation, 12:00 Noon
Golf, Monday, 12/6 – The Club at Emerald Hills, 8:00 a.m.
Hammer Throw, Friday, 12/10 – Ansin Sports Complex, Miramar, 5:45 p.m.
Horseshoes, Friday, 12/10-, Ed Wright Park, Clearwater, 10:00 a.m.
Pickleball, Thursday, 12/16–Sunday, 12/19 – Country Club of Coral Springs
Thursday, December 16; Men’s Singles – All Ages, Women’s Singles – All Ages
Friday, December 17; Women’s Doubles – All Ages, Men’s Doubles – Age 70 plus
Saturday, December 18; Men’s Doubles – Ages 50-69
Sunday, December 19; Mixed Doubles All Ages
Powerlifting,Sunday, December 12 – Auxiliary Court – North, Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, 9:00 a.m.
Racquetball, Saturday, 12/4 & Sunday, 12/5 –David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 9:00 a.m.
5K Road Race, Power Walk, Race Walk, Saturday, 12/11 – Vista View Park, Davie, 8:00 a.m.
Shuffleboard, Saturday, 12/4 – Sebring Recreation Club, 9:00 a.m.
Swimming, Saturday, 12/11 & Sunday, 12/12 – Coral Springs Aquatic Center, 10:00 a.m.
Table Tennis, Monday, 12/6 (50-69 age groups) & Tuesday, 12/7 (70+ and up age groups) – Broward County Table Tennis Club, 9:00 a.m.
Tennis, Saturday, 12/4-Thursday, 12/9 – Tennis Center of Coral Springs
12/4-5, M/W Singles, 11:30 a.m.; 12/6-7, M/W Doubles, 8:00 a.m.; 12/8-9, Mixed Doubles, 8:00 a.m.
Track & Field, Friday, 12/10, Hammer Throw only, 5:45 p.m.; Saturday, 12/11 (Field Events), 8:00 a.m.; Sunday 12/12 (Running Events/1500 Meter Power and Race Walk), 9:15 a.m. – Ansin Sports Complex, Miramar
Volleyball, Saturday, 12/11 & Sunday, 12/12 – David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 8:00 a.m.
The 30th Annual Florida Senior Games are a program of the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the State of Florida. The 2021 Games are presented by Humana and in conjunction with the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.
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