Bowling Tournament

This year's Bowling Tournament will be on Sunday, April 8th held at Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville. The 2018 CT Masters' Games is a qualifier for the 2019 National Senior Games. 

Please contact the office at 860-788-7041 or 

Awards- The bowler with the highest single game of the day will win free entry ($45 value) for the 2018 CT Masters' Games! Prizes will be awarded to both male and female participants in the following age groups: 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80+. 

  • Tournament Date: Sunday, April 8th
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, March 26th
  • Entry Fee: $20.00 per athlete
    • $15.00 for second event
    • $10.00 for third event
  • Tournament Director - Shawn McDowell

Sport Details

***NEW CT Masters' Games Age Groups (non-qualifying for the National Senior Games)

  • 30-39, 40-49

Age Groups (qualifying age divisions for the National Senior Games)

  • 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94

Please Note:

  • Age divisions for all doubles competitions will be determined by the age of the youngest participant as of December 31, 2018. For example, a doubles team consisting of one player age 65 or older and one player age 63 will compete in the 60+ age division.

Events Offered: Singles (3 Games), Doubles (2 Games), Mixed Doubles (2 Games)

  • Age divisions for all doubles and mixed competition will be determined by the younger age of the two players as of December 31, 2018
  • Athletes may compete with only one partner per event (doubles & mixed doubles).
  • The Connecticut Masters' Games Administration has determined that doubles teams made up of one in-state (Connecticut) and one out-of-state athlete will be considered an in-state (Connecticut) team.
  • Tournament Schedule 
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Check-In
    • 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Singles Warm-Up
    • 9:15 AM: Singles Start Time
    • Doubles - will begin after the completion of Singles Tournament
    • Mixed Doubles - will begin immediately following the completion of the Men's and Women's Doubles Tournament
  • Tournament Rules
    • This tournament will be conducted in accordance with American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress rules, except as modified herein
  • Tournament Format
    • All formats will be scratch - Singles (3 Games), Doubles (2 Games), Mixed Doubles (2 Games)
    • Awards will be presented for 1st through 3rd place for each event within each age division

In an effort to help save you money and continue to increase our participation, we are again offering the “Bring a Buddy” Program. The “Bring a Buddy” Program allows current athletes to bring a "buddy" at half of the entrance fee. A “buddy” is a person who has not competed in the CT Masters’ Games in the last three years (2015-20167). We’re not only meeting our aforementioned goal, but it also made the "Games" more affordable for all athletes. The Buddy Program does not apply to Cycling and Softball due to associated costs. See below for details. 

“Bring a Buddy”: Any athlete who registers for a sport will save money e.g:

Individual Sport:

  • Athlete #1 Bowling Fee $20.00
  • “Buddy” Badminton Fee $10.00 (1/2 the price)
  • Total $30.00
  • Each participant pays $15.00
  • Please Note - the Buddy Program does not apply to Cyling or Golf due to associated costs. 


In order to qualify as a “Buddy” athlete, the “Buddy” cannot have participated in the Connecticut Masters' Games in 2015, 2016. and 2017

Buddy Program Online Registration:

  • When registering online, athlete #1 needs to register for their event first and pay the full amount. 
  • Athlete #1 will give their ID number that is provided during registration to athlete #2.
  • Once athlete #2 has athlete #1's ID number, they will enter the number in registration when it asks for the Buddy ID number.
  • Athlete #2's registration fee will be half off the posted amount.


  • The “Buddy” program applies only to like sport registrations (Individual or Team) e.g. a Badminton individual sport athlete may not bring a softball team as his/her ”Buddy”
  • The "Buddy" program does NOT apply to Cycling, Golf, or Softball because of the associated costs to run the events!

Looking for a doubles or mixed doubles partner? Click here to find a partner today!

  • The Partner Finder page allows you to create an online profile to assist you in finding a partner and allows you to view players looking for partners.
  • We ask all participants to use the Partner Finder page when looking for a partner.
  • Questions – please contact us at (860) 788-7041 or

How to Qualify

To participate in the National Senior Games, you must be 50 years old and qualify the year before through a NSGA sanctioned State Qualifying Games. You may qualify through the state you live in, or any state which allows out-of-state competitors; however, you should contact these States directly for qualifying information.Qualifying standards differ depending on the sport/event and you should read more information about qualifying in the 2019 National Senior Games Rulebook posted under the link, 2019 NSGA Rulebook. Typically, the qualifying standards do not differ drastically from year-to-year.
In most sports, the top 4 finishers in each age group qualify for Nationals, as well as those who meet the Minimum Performance Standards (in applicable sports). The exceptions are Tennis (only the top 3 finishers for each age group qualify), Golf (you must meet the Minimum Performance Standards) and Triathlon (all finishers qualify). For team sports (basketball, softball, volleyball) the top 3 teams in each age group qualify. 
No matter what place an athlete finishes, they may also qualify in the sports which have Minimum Performance Standards (MPS), by meeting or exceeding the MPS for the age-division they are competing in at the State Level. (Ex. An athlete is 54 in 2016 and competes in the 50-54 age division at their State Games, but will move up to the 55-59 age division at Nationals. They must meet the MPS for the 50-54 age division to qualify for Nationals.
Registration for the 2019 National Senior Games WILL OPEN FALL 2018.  Qualified Athletes will be able to register for the 2019 Games when the state(s) they qualified in are listed on the NSGA website. States are listed when all their results are submitted to NSGA and verified.  We will send an e-blast to qualified athletes, when the results have been uploaded.  In addition, NSGA will send out one postcard by mail to their address of NSGA record with the same notification.  Information about online registration will be shared in these communications.

Who: The Connecticut Masters’ Games is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition and the Olympic spirit.  The event assists in the development of physical fitness and promotes positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.

What: The Connecticut Masters’ Games (formerly known as the Connecticut Senior Games) are the largest amateur multi sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut for master athletes.  We are now celebrating our 39th year of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit.  This event is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association.

Where: The “Games” will be hosted by the City of New Britain in 2018. Competitions will also take place around the state of Connecticut at top college, high school and municipal venues.

Participants: More than 1,500 participants, 300 volunteers and over 2,500 spectators will take part in the 2018 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 30 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 45,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.   


  • To promote better overall health and fitness among citizens.
  • To recognize & reward Connecticut Master and Senior residents who have chosen to participate in the healthy, wholesome activities that reflect positively on them, their families and respective communities.
  • To provide a unique forum which embodies the Olympic spirit of competition.
  • To inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities by Connecticut amateur master athletes. 
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