General Rules

Who Can Compete in the Ohio State Games

The Ohio Senior Olympic State Games are open to all athletes who are age 50 and over in the year of competition. Ohio welcomes both athletes who live in the state and those who live outside of the state at its State Games.

The State Games do not have qualifying criteria to compete. Athletes are encouraged, but not required, to participate in one of Ohio's regional competitions prior to competing in the State Games.

General Rules

Click HERE to view the General Rules that govern any Ohio regional or state event.

Sport Rules

The Ohio Senior Olympic State Games follows the sport rules as set forth by the National Senior Games Association.  The State Games makes every effort to follow the format and facility requirements as described by the NSGA.  Any alteration to a sport by the State Games is described in that year's registration material.  Click HERE to view the 2020-2021 NSGA Rule Book.

Athlete Code of Conduct

Ohio Senior Olympics expects that all athletes will conduct themselves in an appropriate and sportsman-like manner while competing in regional and state competitions.

To make certain that all athletes comply with the expectations, the Board of Ohio Senior Olympics approved an Athlete Code of Conduct that provides information about appropriate behavior and the consequences for behavior that does not meet standards established in the policy.

Athletes are expected to read the Athlete Code of Conduct BEFORE their competition to ensure each understands our expectations before, during and after competition. Click HERE to view the Athlete Code of Conduct.

Protest and Grievance Policy

The Board of Ohio Senior Olympics approved a Protest and Grievance Policy that went into effect Octoer 2019. The policy outlines the procedure for an event protest where athletes may dispute the results of their competition during the state games. Additionally, the policy outlines a grievance procedure where athletes may file a grievance about OSO operations or interpretations of OSO rules or policies. The OSO Board takes grievances seriously but to ensure fairness, grievances that don’t comply with the policy may be rejected. Click HERE to view the protest and grievance policy.

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