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Discussion: 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana Boasts Record-High Athlete Attendance

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June 12, 2019
Men's 55
24 posts
2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana Boasts Record-High Athlete Attendance
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - New Mexico has 13,712 reasons to be excited this summer.

That’s the number of athletes age 50 and over who will compete in 20 medal sports at the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana taking place in Albuquerque June 14-25. This represents an all-time high participation in the 32-year history of The Games, exceeding its past record of 12,000 athletes tallied in 2007 by 14%. Even before this increase, the Olympic-style event was the largest multisport event in the world for seniors.

June 13, 2019
Men's 55
24 posts
One of the Games marquee participants, Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, the 103-year-old world record holder in the 100-meter dash, who set the mark for her age group (a group of one for now) at the National Senior Games in 2017. Her time was 39.62 seconds.

“She’s back now,” said NSGA CEO Marc Riker. “… But she has competition. There is another 100-year-old woman in the race. It will be a showdown you don’t want to miss Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Out at the track at University of New Mexico.”

2019 National Senior Softball Team Participant List, 139 total:

103 Women's Teams
50+ 30 teams
55+ 24 teams
60+ 18 teams
65+ 17 teams
70+ 10 teams
75+ 4 teams

36 Men's Teams
50+ 6 teams
60+ 5 teams
65+ 10 teams
70+ 9 teams
75+ 5 teams
80+ 1 team
June 18, 2019
Men's 55
24 posts

2019 National Senior Games Results Medal Count to date:

You will find Results By Sports at the following link:

Softball results:
Women's 50's & 60's results:

The National Senior Games LIVE streaming:

June 18, 2019
Men's 60
1857 posts
The sports complex that is being used is spectacular. Easily in the conversation of top 10 in the country. If only they could figure out how to use the scoreboards.
Scores are posted almost instantly online. You can even get results text messaged or emailed to you.
Very impressive tournament. The question is where are all the men's teams?
June 19, 2019
10 posts
Men start on Friday..
June 19, 2019
Men's 60
351 posts
I would venture to guess one of the reasons men's teams are limited is the new way Senior Olympics rates teams. The teams are in the various 5 year span for ages. The difference this year than in the past is that all age groups have the same rating. There are no A,B or C divisions in each age group as in the past. basically, you could have teams rated by SSUSA as the OG Outlaws rated 60 Major playing a AA team without an equalizer.
I must also state that the NM Senior Olympics softball tourney is a joke. The pool games are 45 minute drop dead time. They use the worse ASA balls possible. The organizers change rules in the middle of the tournament. There is not sliding or running past a base. You must just run to the base causing collisions and opportunities for sprained knees and twisted ankles. In the 2018 Olympic games in Albuquerque the officials decided to make running to third on a fly ball or from first to third a force out. Anyway good luck to all the participants and hope you have fun.
June 19, 2019
4 posts
One of the classic match ups will be a SSUSA Major+ team playing an SSUSA AA team, let the games begin!
June 19, 2019
Omar Khayyam
1325 posts
What a terrible potential! Senior Games goal is to encourage participation in athletics by senior citizens. Can you imagine sending an average beer team to the Senior Games and encountering a powerful Major + team! That would be a turnoff!

Senior Games Softball has tried to get established in California. A friend of mine even volunteered to be the coordinator for Northern California one year. Then the details came out: team fees were almost twice as high as the normal tournament fees; players were charged gate fees (a la Big League Dreams) to play—a no-no for Senior Games which require no impediments to participation including such fees for players or fans; rankings were bizarre and thus did not ensure fair competition; field venues were not the best in the area; etc.

One can see why there is limited interest by men's teams in participating. My team has not attended for several years and we don't even consider it on our tournament schedule when making it up pre-season. Good concept; poor delivery by inexperienced management (my friend declined to coordinate it after his first year).
June 19, 2019
Men's 60
1857 posts
The National Senior Games are run like the Huntsman games. After three pool games everyone is sent to an A flight, B flight, C flight etc. They don't always get it right though. And there may be some sandbagging. Lol.
It's being run be USA softball. Formally ASA.
July 5, 2019
Men's 60
34 posts
I agree great fields in New Mexico best I have ever seen & comments around the park feeling was the same also great run tournament I hope people can & will read this before it gets deleted by Senior Softball as they are afraid of the truth as they make us play on terrible fields in Las Vegas & Bullhead City as They lost the fields in St George as they are trying too save a buck or two once they get there money from the teams they could care else about you or your team as where you play or your thoughts
There way or the Highway

OK so ahead and delete this message as I know the truth hurts

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