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Who Can Participate in the Ohio Games?

Any athlete, from any state or country can compete in Ohio Games sports and events. Only Ohio residents can become an Ohio Games State Champion and qualify for the State Games of America. Read below to learn more. NOTE: Athletes are required to provide their own injury insurance when they participate in the Ohio Games.

Who is Eligible for Awards?

Each Ohio Games sport or event will have its own awards criteria and categories. Only Ohio residents can be an Ohio State Games Champion, and qualify to represent Ohio in the State Games of America. Athletes from all other states may compete for "Out-of-State Awards" when applicable. Please refer to the individual sport and event pages to learn more about the awards and categories for each sport. 

See the State Games of America for more information on your event. The State Games of America is held once every 2 years. Not all sports are offered each year; see the site for details. All medalists from any Ohio Games sport (past and present) is eligible to compete in the any State Games of America (even future Games). You are not required to participate in the State Games of America. 


Only residents of Ohio may compete to become an Ohio Games State Champion. Placing first, second or third (out of all Ohio residents) in any category in your sport earns you the title of Ohio Games State Champion. Ohio residents include all current residents, college students and military personnel who have lived in Ohio for at least 30 days prior to the day of competition and meet the specific requirements for their sport of interest may compete. Additionally residents of Ohio attending college or serving in the military in another state are also eligible. 

Who Can Qualify for State Games of America?

Only Ohio Games State Champions qualify to represent Ohio in that sport at the State Games of America​​

Why All the Rules?

As a member of the National Congress of State Games, the Ohio Games abides by all rules and guidelines set forth by this governing body. Ohio Games sports and events serve as qualifying contests for the State Games of America, and must abide by the policies of this competition.