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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:

High-Risk Participation
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 air gun target shooting, trap shooting, archery, badminton doubles, basketball floor and foul shooting, billiards, bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, pickleball, 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.

Age Groups
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, 2019.

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 and 75-plus. The youngest member of the team as of Dec. 31, 2019, will determine the age division. No roster substitutions will be permitted after the registration deadline.

All team members, non-playing coaches and bench personnel must indicate all team and individual events that you are registering for on the original registration form. Team captains must complete and sign the Maryland Senior Olympics Team Roster Form.

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.

Refund Policy
Half of the registration fee and all of the additional fees will be refunded if registration is withdrawn in writing at least two weeks prior to the participant’s first competition date. No requests can be honored after that date.

Rules and Equipment
Participants are required to provide their own equipment for the events entered except where specified in an event’s special instructions. Here are the 2019 Rules from the National Senior Games Association.

Event Check-In
Upon registering, you will be provided with general information about your event. You will receive competition information via email a few days prior to your scheduled event. But 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 at the Maryland Senior Olympics office, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton, Md. 20906. It is the responsibility of the participant to pick up awards by appointment only. No awards will be mailed.

Stay Informed
The Maryland Senior Olympics is available on the web at www.mdseniorolympics.org, as well as www.facebook.com/mdseniorolympics and Twitter @mdsrolympics. You can find our in-house videos at www.youtube.com/MdSeniorOlympics and photos from MSO events at www.flickr.com/photos/mdsrolympics.

You can also email us at info@mdseniorolympics.org or call 240-777-4930.

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