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Registration Information and Forms

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Thank you for your interest in the 2012 games. Registration forms are organized by athlete, non-athlete, and volunteers. Please complete all forms that pertain to your status.

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Registration Forms

Athlete registration

(All forms in this section must be opened, printed and completed before your registration will be processed)

Non-athlete registration

(All forms in this section must be opened, printed and completed before your registration will be processed)

Volunteers


General Information

Who Must Register
All athletes, coaches, support staff, and traveling volunteers must register. Each individual registering must complete a separate registration form.
Eligibility
All Veterans, ages 55 or older, who currently receive inpatient or outpatient, care from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Registration Deadline
Completed registration packets must be postmarked on or before: February 29, 2012
Please return completed packets to:
Administration Subcommittee
2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games
St. Louis VAMC
1 Jefferson Barracks Dr 128/JB
St. Louis, MO. 63125
Fax: 314-894-6114
If your packet is incomplete, you will be contacted to re-submit missing documents, which will delay your registration. Please enlist the help of your coach before mailing your packet.
No late registration packets will be accepted!
Events
All athletes must enter at least two but no more than four events, excluding exhibition events. Complete the event selection VA Form 0926b in the registration packet. Events include cycling, bowling, checkers, croquet, dominoes, golf, horseshoes, 9-ball, shot put, discus, javelin, air rifle, shuffleboard, table tennis, and swimming.
Event Rules
Coming soon.
Classification
All age classifications will be determined by the athlete's age as of May 31, 2012. There are seven age classifications: 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85+.
Athletes will compete by gender in the following events: cycling, bowling, horseshoes, shot put, discus, javelin and swimming.
Visually impaired athletes will have a separate division in the following events: bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and golf.
Air Travel
Athletes should plan to arrive and depart from the St. Louis Lambert Airport, approximately 20 minutes from the hotel.
Several of the major airlines are no longer providing oxygen in-flight. Only approved personal oxygen concentrators (POC) will be allowed and must be provided by the traveler. It is likely that all airlines will be implementing this policy.
It is essential that when making air transport plans this change be taken into consideration and appropriate action taken to ensure no issues at time of travel.
Note: Eligible veterans may qualify for a POC at VA expense through prosthetics service with appropriate medical justification. Please contact your local VA to determine eligibility.
Wheelchair Travel
It is often helpful when traveling with a wheelchair or scooter to call the airline in advance and inform them of your needs. Let them know if you will need an aisle chair, arm rest removed or require harness belt or chest strap. Provide written, equipment handling instructions.
Hotel
Hotel reservations and payment are the responsibility of the traveler. Specific hotel information will be forwarded to athletes after acceptance of registration.
Transportation
The games' organizers will provide transportation for arrivals on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 between the airport and hotel. Representatives of the games will greet you at the airport. Transportation for all National Veterans Golden Age Games sponsored events and activities will also be provided from the hotel. If traveling by air, check with your local air terminal for the latest update on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements regarding carry-on items. Athletes traveling with oxygen will need to make arrangements with the airlines regarding the transport of oxygen. Coordination of oxygen services are the responsibility of the athlete.
Transportation will be provided to the airport for departures on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
Weather
St. Louis weather in May is usually warm and sunny with occasional showers. Temperatures average from the mid 80s during the day to mid 70s at night. The hotel rooms and areas for indoor events are all air conditioned. Items to consider bringing include a light jacket, umbrella, sweater, hat, swimsuit, sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher recommended) insect repellant, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing for warm temperatures.
Medical
Medical assistance will be provided 24 hours a day as part of the 2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games. Emergency medical treatment will be available at the host hotel. First aid and patient stabilization will be provided at the events and activities. Ambulances will be called if emergency care is needed. Medical assistance is not intended for pre-existing conditions. Athletes must bring with them enough medication and medical supplies to last throughout the games. There are no provisions for providing replacement medications and medical supplies.
Personal
When traveling it is recommended all health and insurance information is included with personal travel documents. Important documents should be carried with veteran or escort on the plane and not placed in luggage.
Confirmation of Registration
Once your completed application has been received and accepted by the 2012 games office, a letter of confirmation will be sent to you. Included with the confirmation letter will be a form for you to complete regarding your travel itinerary. The travel itinerary form must be returned by April 15, 2012.
Wall of Heroes
The National Veterans Golden Age Games traditional “Wall of Heroes” will continue at the games in St. Louis! Please send a photograph in with your registration packet. We would like our presentation to depict: "then and now" photos should include a current photograph and one of the athlete preferably in military uniform. Please note that wall of heroes photographs will be returned in your registration packet.
Miscellaneous
Arrival date is Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Registration for the games and events will be on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Each state will be assigned a specific time for registration, please check with your coach.
Opening ceremonies are at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
National Senior Games
The 2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games is a “qualifying” year for the 2013 National Senior Games. This will allow those athletes who finish in first, second or third place in their respective qualifying events and meet National Senior Games standards to become eligible to compete at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, OH in 2013. The qualifying events include: golf, bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard, table tennis, shot put, discus, javelin and swimming (50 yard freestyle and 50 yard backstroke). The National Senior Games uses the rules provided by the governing body of their respective sports, the rules are not adapted in any way. Veterans who qualify for the 2013 National Senior Games will be responsible for all costs/expenses related to their participation in the 2013 National Senior Games.
For more information, contact the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games office, Administration Subcommittee.
2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games,
St. Louis VAMC,
1 Jefferson Barracks Dr 128/JB
St. Louis, MO. 63125
By e-mail at: nationalveteransgoldenagegames2012@va.gov
By telephone toll-free at: 1-888-374-3046 (please leave a message)

Lodging Information

Lodging
The 2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games will be held in St. Louis, MO. After receipt of your completed registration packet, you will receive a letter of confirmation with further instructions for making hotel reservations. A base rate of $104.00/night plus taxes $18.45 per night and round trip portage fees of $8 has been negotiated.
Arriving 5/30/12 and departing 6/6/12 total is 7 x $122.45 plus $8 = $865.15
You will be responsible for making your reservations by contacting the host hotel. Hotel information for reservations will be listed on your confirmation letter. Please only request an accessible room if you truly need one when making reservations. The selected hotel is ADA compliant in all rooms. You will not be able to make hotel reservations prior to the receipt of your letter of confirmation.
Hotel reservation deadline: Monday, May 7, 2012
Meals
Meals beginning with breakfast on 5/31/2012 through dinner on 6/5/2012 are furnished at no cost to all 2012 NVGAG Veteran athletes.
Transportation
Travel to and from the St. Louis Lambert Airport and competitive events will be provided. If you need wheelchair/scooter assistance, please annotate on the registration form to ensure proper transportation can be arranged.

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