No excuses: Davie Senior Games registration open for 2024

Published 1:42 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Registration is open for the 31st season of Davie County Senior Games and SilverArts.

Senior Games is a state-wide program for adults 50 or older to stay healthy and active through sports and arts.

“There are always several questions about what all is included, and how does Senior Games and SilverArts work?,” said Carrie Miller, coordinator of the Davie Games.

To participate, you must have been a resident of Davie County for three or more consecutive months. For out of county exceptions, contact Davie Senior Services.

There is a $15 registration fee and all registration forms are paper. The $15 includes sporting events, two meals (opening and closing ceremonies), and several arts events.

The following sports are included:

Track and Field: Discus, Shot Put, Running Long Jump, Standing Long Jump, 50 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Run, 1500 Meter Run, 5K Run (Shamrock Run – $30 additional fee), 1500 Meter Race Walk, 1 Mile Silver Striders Fun Walk, 1500 Meter Power Walk, 5K Power Walk.

Individual Events: Basketball Shooting, Football Throw, Golf ($30 additional fee), Mini Golf ($5 additional fee), Softball Throw, Spincasting (local only sport).

Archery: Conventional recurve with site, Recurve with site-release aid, Recurve bare bow, Compound bare bow, Compound site.

Bowling ($7 per event): Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.

Cycling or Recumbent Cycling: 1 Mile, 5K, 10K.

Team Sports: Basketball

Swimming (limit of 6 events per person): 50 Yard Backstroke, 50 Yard Breaststroke, 50 Yard Butterfly, 50 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Backstroke, 100 Yard Breaststroke, 100 Yard Butterfly, 100 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Individual Medley, 200 Yard Backstroke, 200 Yard Breaststroke, 200 Yard Butterfly, 200 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Individual Medley, 400 Yard Individual Medley, 500 Yard Freestyle.

Tournament Sports: Bocce, Disc Golf, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Badminton Singles, Badminton Doubles, Badminton Mixed Doubles, Pickleball Singles, Pickleball Doubles, Pickleball Mixed Doubles, Table Tennis Singles, Table Tennis Doubles, Table Tennis Mixed Doubles, Cornhole Singles, Cornhole Doubles, Cornhole Mixed Doubles.

For sports, participants may enter in as many as they would like.

The following SilverArts categories are included:

Heritage Arts: Basket Weaving, Crocheting, General Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Knitting, Needlework, Pottery (thrown & hand built), Quilting (hand stitched), Quilting (machine stitched), Stained Glass, Tole/Decorative Painting, Weaving, Woodcarving, Woodturning, Woodburning.

Literary Arts: Essay (not autobiographical), Life Experiences (autobiographical), Poem, Short Story (fiction).

Visual Arts: Acrylics, Drawing, Digital Art, Mixed Media, Oil, Pastels, Photography – Digital, Photography – Film, Sculpture, Watercolor.

Performing Arts: Solos, Small Groups, Large Groups in the following categories: Comedy/Drama, Vocal, Dance, Line Dancing, and Instrumental.

Cheerleading – Small Group, Medium Group, Large Group.

“One of the most common misconceptions about Senior Games is that a 50-year-old man will be competing with a 99-year-old woman. This is not the case,” Miller said.

Participants compete with their age category, 50-54, 55-59, etc. until age 100+.

Participants will be broken down into categories between men and women, so the 50-54 aged men will play against each other and the 50-54 women would play against each other, continuing for each age group.

Age groups are determined by the age you will be by Dec. 31, so if you are 74 during the spring season, but you are going to turn 75 in November, you would play in the 75-79 age bracket during the spring, even though you are not yet 75.

Davie County Senior Games and SilverArts Registration will run through Feb. 23. Registration forms can be picked up at the Senior Services Main Campus, Senior Services Brock Campus, Davie County Recreation and Parks, Davie County Public Library, RISE Indoor Sports Complex, and Davie Family YMCA.

“As one can see, there is something for everyone 50 or older to become involved in, and you do not want to miss this season,” Miller said. “Grab a friend and join in the fun.”

To learn more, contact Miller at 336-753-6230 or