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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do I need to be fully immunized for COVID-19 before participating in the games?

Do I Need

No.  Although we encourage immunization, we will not enforce immunization to participate.  We will not have a mechanism to verify immunization. 

  • What age do I have to be to participate?

What age

You must be 50 or more by the end of the calendar year of the games you plan to participate in. The only exception to this is basketball. We welcome players aged 40 or over for the basketball events. 

  • Is the 2022 SOSG Track & Field a State event?

Is the 2021

No. When you register for the 2022 SOSG Track & Field, you are registering to compete in a regional competition. 

  • Is SOSG (Southern Ohio Senior Games) a State qualifier for Nationals?


No. Every year in September and October, we host a high-quality regional competition that is not a qualifier for the National Senior Games. If you wish to qualify for Nationals you must register to compete with the Ohio State Senior Olympics or other state qualifying event.

  • Do I need to have experience in a sport before signing up to play?

Do I need

No.  You may enjoy coming out to the games, volunteering or watching different events before deciding what you would like to do.

  • Are competitors from out of state permitted to participate?

Are competitors

Yes!  We welcome all competitors throughout the US and have had a few international competitors.  There are no additional fees to compete for out of state or international competitors.  

  • What is the level of competition I will face?

What is the level

The SOSG is open to men and women of all skills levels.  You will find those of average (and perhaps even below average) skills.  And you probably also find competitors who are very skilled and may even be state ranked.

  • Do you win anything? Are there cash prizes?

Do you win

You always earn bragging rights!  The top three finishers in their gender/age group will receive gold, silver or bronze medals.  There are no cash prizes.

  • What are the Track & Field events?

What order are

Men and Women’s High Jump

Open Pit for football and softball throw (Men and Women)

Open Pit for Long Jump Running and Long Jump Standing (Men and Women)

Open Pit for Shot Put and Discus (Men and Women)

Open Pit for Javelin

1500M Run and 1500M Racewalk and 1500M Powerwalk

100M Dash

400M Dash 


50M Dash

200M Run

800M Run

Awards Ceremony

  • Do you have all the implements for Track & Field?

Do you have all

Yes. We have all the equipment you need for all ages and both genders. You are always welcome to bring your own equipment to use for the competition if you would like. 

  • How do you run your Pickleball Tournament?

How do you run

The brackets begin with the age group closest to your competing age.  For doubles or mixed doubles, you will compete in the age division of the youngest player on your team.  If you lose you will be moved to the losers bracket and play one game to 11.  We will provide awards for your age division and overall.  

  • I want to compete in the 5K or 10K run or the 10K cycle. Do I need to separately register for those events?

I want to compete in

Yes. There is a separate registration fee for those events that are in addition to the SOSG events. Please register for those events under Run for Your LIFE at

  • How many shots will I get for free throw and the 3-pointer shots in basketball?

How many shots

You will receive 25 shots for each that you choose to participate in. Spot Shot will be conducted in accordance with generally accepted rules.

  • Is there an extra fee for bowling?

Is there an extra fee

Yes.  The extra fee for bowling is $5.50.  This fee is paid on the day of the event and does not need to be included in the registration fee.  

  • If I register as part of a team, does my team member have to register too?

If I register

Yes.  All team members must register separately. 

  • If I am traveling from out of town or I want to stay all night or visit one of your best restaurants while I'm visiting, what should I do? 

If I am traveling

When we receive your registration, we will mail you a package about out of town restaurants and accommodations.

  • Can you explain the registration fees?

Can you explain

Registration is $28 and includes a shirt.  

  • What is the deadline for registering?


You must register by August 19, 2022.

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