The 2018 Maryland Senior Olympics will be held from May 2 through Oct. 1 at venues in Montgomery County, Howard, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City and Frederick counties. This year is a qualifying year for National Senior Games, held June 14-25 in Albuquerque, N.M. We’re featuring over 140 events in 23 sports on the state level, including non-qualifying participatory sports billiards, bocce, croquet, disc golf, La Milla de Mayo, and lawn bowling.
To participate, you must be aged 50 and above. The Maryland Senior Olympics are open to both Maryland residents and out of state athletes. Registration deadline for most of our events is two weeks prior to your event; Aug. 6 for our pickleball events or earlier if capacity is reached. Get everything you need to know about MSO and registration through our 2018 Information and Registration Guide. You can download the guide or request one via mail by emailing us your name and address at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 240-777-4930.
Please be sure to read the General Information for Participating prior to registering with us.
RULES AND QUALIFICATIONS
The 2018 Maryland Senior Olympics follow the same basic rules and qualifying procedures as the National Senior Games Association. The complete and updated rules for the 2018 National Senior Games have been posted. The difference you can expect from the Maryland games and the National games is that we may not offer all the same qualifying sports.
However, there are significant changes in basketball, bowling and doubles partners.
General Information for Participating
Things you need to know as a competitor and participant in the Maryland Senior Olympics:
The Maryland Senior Olympics Commission requests that every participating athlete consult his or her physician to evaluate their physical condition and determine your safe level of competition. To assist in this endeavor, the Commission rates the various events within MSO as high and medium risk. Participants may enter as many sports as their schedule will allow:
These events require an extensive level of physical fitness and training. Do not engage in these events unless:
1.) You are actively participating in an event of this nature on a regular basis (a minimum of three times a week for at least one year);
2.) Your doctor’s consent has been given if you have been diagnosed as having high blood pressure, heart disease, respiratory conditions or orthopedic disorders. High-risk events include all aquatic events, badminton singles, all cycling events, racquetball, tennis (singles), all team sports, and all track and running events: 100-, 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter events, along with the 5k and 10k long-distance races. You can participate in just two high-risk events per day, except in swimming and track and field.
These events require less extensive physical conditioning but have some risk due to their highly competitive nature. Do not engage in an event of this caliber unless:
1.) You have been actively involved in a similar event for the past six months;
2.) You have your doctor’s consent if you have been diagnosed as having high blood pressure, heart disease, respiratory conditions, or orthopedic disorders.
Medium-risk events are archery, badminton doubles, basketball floor and foul shooting, billiards, bowling, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis, tennis (all doubles), and all field events—discus, high jump, javelin, pole vault, running long jump, shot put, standing long jump, triple jump, and all race walks.
Gender and age group competitions will be conducted in men’s and women’s divisions in each of the following age groups: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99 and 100-plus. If participant numbers are insufficient, age groups may be combined for competition purposes. However, medals will be awarded within each division and age category. For all competitions, your age group is determined by your age as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Team Sports Competition
Three team sports are included in the Maryland Senior Olympics: 3-on-3 half-court basketball, softball and volleyball. All team sports competitions are divided into age groups: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-plus and for basketball only, 80-plus. The youngest member of the team as of Dec. 31, 2018, will determine the age division. Roster substitutions should be made prior to the registration deadline.
Cancellation and Rain Dates
MSO officials reserve the right to cancel any event due to insufficient registration and/or combine age groups if fewer than five people sign up in an age group. If an event is canceled, every effort will be made to contact all persons affected prior to the start of the Maryland Senior Olympics. In the event of inclement weather or unusual and extenuating circumstances, MSO officials reserve the right to cancel or postpone events to a later time or date.
Note: The $5 online and $10 mail-in processing fee is non-refundable.
Refunds (less a $15 processing fee) must be requested in writing no later than two weeks prior to your first event. No refunds will be issued after that date.
Rules and Equipment
MSO follows National Senior Games Association rules for our qualifying events. To view, visit www.nsga.com under National Games. Participants are required to provide their own equipment for the events entered with some exceptions, contact us for details.
During the registration process you will be provided with general information about your event. You will receive competition details via email a few days prior to your scheduled event. Every athlete must check-in with the event coordinator 30 minutes prior to each sport at the event location. Any athlete not reporting to an event on time may be disqualified. There will be no switching of events on day of competition. Participating in an event that you are not pre-registered for will result in disqualification.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented to the first-, second- and third-place Maryland finishers in each age group for each event. Out-of-state finishers that place in the top three also receive medals. Ribbons are given to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishers. Ties will be broken by standards governing each individual and team competition. Awards will be presented shortly after each event at the event site or may be picked up by appointment at the Maryland Senior Olympics office, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton, Md. 20906. No awards will be mailed.
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