Registration is now open for the Florida International Senior Games & State Championships scheduled in Polk County Dec. 1-9.
The 21st annual Games are a qualifier for the 2013 National Senior Games to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summer of 2013.
The Florida International Senior Games offers three ways to register. The easiest way for athletes to register is online at www.flasports.com. Also available on www.flasports.com are PDF documents athletes can print and mail back to the Florida Sports Foundation. Finally, the games registration books have been printed and mailed to prospective athletes who have qualified at a Local Senior Games competition.
Entry fees vary and registration deadlines vary by sport.
The games offer 23 sports for competition. Two of the sports, softball and the 10K road race, will be held on dates in November. Softball will be played Nov. 3-4 and the 10K is Nov. 17. Both sports are qualifying events for the National Senior Games.
Of the more than 20 sports, the following are required to have a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games - badminton, basketball shooting, 3-on-3 basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field. Non-resident athletes are not required to qualify at a local Senior Games qualifier for any sport.
For a listing of the nine local Senior Games qualifiers that remain this fall, beginning with the Pensacola Senior Games on Sept. 12 and end in November with the Golden Age Games in Sanford, please check www.flasports.com.
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Schedule of Glorida Senior Games State Championships
Badminton, Sunday, 12/2 Kelly Recreation Center, Lakeland
Shooting, Sunday, 12/9 Simpson Community Park, Lakeland
3-on-3, Saturday, 12/8 Simpson Community Park, Lakeland
Billiards, Friday, 12/7 - Sunday, 12/9 Indigo's Bowling, Billiards & Games, Winter Haven
Bowling - Individual, Saturday, 12/1 & Sunday, 12/2 AMF Lakeland Lanes
Bowling Team, Saturday, 12/1 & Sunday, 12/2 AMF Lakeland Lanes
5K & 10K Time Trials, Saturday, 12/8 West Pipkin Road & County Line Road, Lakeland
20K & 40K Road Race, Sunday, 12/9 Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland
Men's, Tuesday, 12/4 Huntington Hills Country Club, Lakeland
Women's, Wednesday, 12/5 Huntington Hills Country Club, Lakeland
Horseshoes, Wednesday, 12/5 Rotary Park, Winter Haven
Pickleball, Saturday, 12/1 Monday, 12/3 Kelly Recreation Center, Lakeland
Powerlifting, Saturday, 12/8 and Sunday, December 9 The Lakeland Center
Race Walk / Power Walk
1500 Meter, Sunday, 12/9 All Saints Academy, Winter Haven
5K Race Walk & Power Walk, Saturday, 12/8 Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland
Racquetball, Saturday, 12/8 & Sunday, 12/9, Lakeland YMCA
Road Race 5K, Saturday, 12/8 Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland
Road Race 10K, Saturday, 11/17, Peggy Brown Center, Lake Mirror, Lakeland?Shuffleboard, Saturday, 12/8 & Sunday, 12/9 Lake Parker Park, Lakeland
Softball - Saturday, 11/3 & Sunday 11/4 Auburndale Softball Complex, Winter Haven
Swimming, Saturday, 12/1 & Sunday, 12/2 Gandy Pool, Lakeland
Table Tennis, Monday, 12/3 & Tuesday, 12/4 Simpson Community Park, Lakeland
Tennis, Tuesday, 12/4-Sunday, 12/9 Beerman Family Tennis Center, Lakeland
Track & Field, Saturday, 12/8 (Field Events only) Tenoroc High School, Lakeland
Sunday, 12/9 (Running Events) - All Saints Academy, Winter Haven
Volleyball, Saturday, 12/8 (Men) & Sunday, 12/9 (Women) Polk State College, Winter Haven