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2012 Rulebook

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Complete rulebook in Word format

Event Specific Rules

General Rules

These pages state the rules of the National Veterans Golden Age Games and will be utilized during all National and Local Veterans Golden Age Games competitions. Modifications and variances of these rules and regulations are permitted as outlined in the rules or by the National Veterans Golden Age Games Program Director.

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible, athletes must be 55 years of age or older and currently receiving care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Athletes must be either inpatients of a VA Medical Center or receiving care/services on an outpatient basis. Veterans who receive healthcare at a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will have first priority.

Registration for Events

Athletes must register prior to the start of each event. Athletes may register in a maximum of four and a minimum of two National Veterans Golden Age Games events. Athletes may enter no more than two Swimming events which will count toward two of the maximum of four events that an athlete may enter.

Age Groups

Each event will have seven age divisions for participation:

  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85-Up

Athletes may request to compete in a younger age division. At the discretion of the National Meet Director, an age division with only one entry may be assigned to compete with athletes in another age division however medals will be awarded in original age division entered. In most events, men and women will compete in the same divisions. There are designated events which men and women will be assigned separate categories, these events are identified below:

  • Cycling
  • Bowling
  • Shot Put
  • Discus
  • Javelin
  • Horseshoes
  • Swimming Events


The National Veterans Golden Age Games Meet Director will select all medals to be awarded at the national level. Medals for First, Second, and Third Place will be awarded in each event and age/gender divisions. In addition, the NVGAG host committee will award certificates to each athlete in recognition of their involvement in the National Veterans Golden Age Games.

The George Gangi Inspirational Award will be determined by vote of the National Program Director, National Meet Director, National Public Affairs Coordinator, and Sponsoring Organization Representative (if appropriate).

Modification of Rules and Adapting of Events

Events which permit rule modifications and special adaptations are outlined within the rules printed in this rulebook. The National Veterans Golden Age Games Meet Director may modify event rules with concurrence of the National Veterans Golden Age Games Program Director and Local Site Coordinator.

National Officials may modify rules if necessary due to facility and/or equipment availability including weather factors. This modification will involve concurrence of the rule change with both the National Veterans Golden Age Games Meet Director and National Veterans Golden Age Games Program Director.

When possible, National Officials will allow athletes to become familiar with the event areas and equipment. The opportunity to warm up prior to the event may be given at the discretion of the National Officials.

National Officials may make adaptations for an athlete's disability. The only time this may occur is when the adaptation would not give an athlete an unfair advantage over other athletes. (Examples: In Table Tennis, a competitor who has had a stroke may need to move closer to the table to complete his/her serve; or in Checkers, a competitor with a hand disability may need assistance in moving the playing piece).

Visually Impaired veteran athletes with a corrected vision of 20/200 or less will be allowed to enter the Visually Impaired events. This must be verified and documented at the time of registration by a qualified VA Visual Impairment Service Team Coordinator. These veterans will compete in separate divisions for Bowling, Horseshoes, Golf and Shuffleboard.

Spectator Coaching

Coaches and spectators on the sidelines will not be allowed to advise or coach any athlete during competition. If, after asking a coach/spectator not to coach a competitor and he or she continues to do so, the official will ask the coach/spectator to leave the tournament area.


National Officials have the right to disqualify any athlete from competition. The competitor will forfeit the right to any awards for unsportsmanlike conduct or tactics detrimental to the competition.


All appeals of event rules must be made at the time the action being appealed occurs. The appeal will be made to the National Official, and in all cases, the Official's decision shall be final.


All official protests must be received in writing on the appropriate form, and will be reviewed by the National Meet Director and attending National Officials and a final decision will be rendered.

Tie Rule

Ties during the Cycling, Swimming, Bowling, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin and Air Rifle will not be broken. Competitors who tie during these events will be awarded duplicate medals.


Program Director: Dewayne Vaughan

Meet Director: Amy Will

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