Peninsula’s ‘Senior Games’ gear up for 2011

Sequim Gazette staff

The seventh year of the Olympic Peninsula Senior Games, formerly the Port Angeles Senior Games, sees a lot of favorites back from last year’s event, plus two new events — bocce and volleyball — during the Aug. 26-28 games.


From Olympic Games-styled events basketball, swimming and track & field, to nontraditional events like pinochle, indoor rowing and horseshoes, the games open 18 sports to men and women of ages 50 years or older by Dec. 31.


Athletes can participate in as many sports as time and scheduling permit.


All of the 2011 senior games events are open for viewing to family and supporters.


“We want everybody on the Olympic Peninsula to know that it’s for everyone (here) and that all are welcome,” said D Bellamente, director of the Port Angeles Senior Center and executive director of the Olympic Peninsula Senior Games.


She said the two new sports were added because of strong interest among peninsula residents, particularly at Park View Villas — the venue of the bocce event — and the local Sons of Italy group.


“We’re very excited to offer it,” Bellamente said. She noted that bocce players can stand or sit. “I don’t have to raise too much of a sweat if I don’t want to.”


Volleyball, the games’ second team sport after softball, was added thanks to interest and leadership from event chairman John Heilman.


“That’s what excited us about volleyball (is that it’s a team sport),” Bellamente said.


She said Games organizers hope to add badminton next year.


Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. Friday Aug. 26, at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. Bellamente said that Lance Von Vogt, head coach of Peninsula College’s championship men’s basketball squad, is taking the torch from the Port Angeles historical district to the senior center for the opening ceremony.


A “hoe-down” theme celebration banquet is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Park View Villas, 1430 Park View Lane, Port Angeles. Located between Eighth and G streets, the celebration requires an RSVP and $22 ticket. Entertainment includes Amanda Bacon and her supporting band.


Registration for the games and a $20 participation fee is required; fee includes a T-shirt.


Last year, 525 athletes competed in 20 events. Bellamente said the 2011 event aims at reaching 600 participants.


Find registration forms online at or call the Port Angeles Senior Center, the games’ headquarters, at 457-7004. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Registrations are due by Aug. 15.


Individual events also require additional fees, most of them $5.
Get a complete booklet, downloadable in pdf format, at

■ Fee: $5 per event
Held at the Clallam County YMCA, 302 Francis St., the basketball event features a free throw and “hot shot” challenges. In the free throw challenge, each player shoots 25 free throws. In the Hot Shot challenge, each contestant is allowed two one-minute rounds to make as many baskets from any of five designated spots, each varying in point value.

■ Fee: $5
Played at Park View Villas, this new event pits four-person teams against each other in double elimination brackets. Games are played on a striped lawn court with no sideboards. Play follows U.S. Bocce Federation rules with some minor variations. Sign up as a team of four or be placed on a team.

■ Fee: $8 (per event, includes shoe rental)
At the Port Angeles Senior Games, there are three ways to win in bowling: singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The competition, at Port Angeles’ Laurel Lanes, 108 W. Eighth St., guarantees bowlers at least three games in each event. The tournament is conducted in accordance with United States Bowling Congress rules. This event also features an optional practice on Friday (Aug. 26) from 1-6 p.m.; cost is $1.75 for shoe rental.

■ Fee: $8
Saturday’s bridge tournament at the Port Angeles Senior Center is Contract Bridge; players may sign up with a partner or request a partner when registering. Rules include six hands of play, players move five times and partners stay together. High scores move while low scores stay at table. Overall gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded. T-shirt is optional for $10 each.

■ $8
The games’ cribbage tourney is hosted from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Naval Elks Lodge, 131 E. First St. Participants are asked to bring a board. Qualifying rounds are eight games while the final round is six games. Scoring is based upon half of the player pool. T-shirts for this event are available for $10.
T-shirt is optional for $10 each.



■ Fee: $5
This 20-mile time trial begins at 10 a.m. with a venue check-in time set at 9 a.m. Riders meet in the parking lot of Olympic Christian School at the intersection of O’Brien Road and U.S. Highway 101. The event features individual starts, generally at one-minute intervals; men and women are scored separately. Medals are awarded by age group and gender, and to the three shortest overall times. The course is along smooth paved roads with very light auto traffic, heading south toward the peaks of the Olympic Range along O’Brien Road. Water and snacks at the start/finish station. An aid vehicle with cell phone patrols the course during the race. All riders must wear approved helmets. Drafting is not permitted.

■ Fee: $5 for event plus $36 in greens fees (payable day of tourney)
Friday’s golf tournament at Peninsula Golf Course, 824 Lindberg Road in Port Angeles, is an 18-hole tourney with groups of four, although players can sign up as individuals. Play is by Calloway rules. Rounds take about four hours, with an awards ceremony following the event.

■ Fee: $5 per event
Recreational horseshoe competition is at Port Angeles’ Lincoln Park Friday morning. The competition includes singles and doubles divisions. Games are to 21 points or 15 minutes, whichever comes first. Scoring is three points for a ringer and one point within six inches of the pin. Participants must provide their own horseshoes.

■ Fee: $5    
Starting and ending at Hollywood Beach in downtown P.A., this event features a 3.6 nautical mile course with an on-water start for experienced kayakers only. Personal flotation devices are mandatory; wetsuits or drysuits are recommended. Boats 18 feet and longer are placed into a separate category.

■ Fee: $5 per event
This event features three divisions (singles, doubles, mixed doubles) and is hosted at the Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road. On Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 a.m., doubles play starts while singles play starts at noon. Mixed doubles starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Tourney format is double elimination. Rules follow USA Pickleball Association standards.

■ Fee: $10 for all three days
This event spans all three days with preliminary games on Friday, playoffs on Saturday and championship games on Sunday, all at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Play format is double pinochle with four hands of play, moving six times. Rules follow Hoyle format.

■ Fee: $5 per event
The Clallam County YMCA hosts racquetball from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Divisions include singles and doubles. Lensed eyewear is required; participants must bring their own racquets. The tourney is single elimination. Matches are best-of-three games to 15 points; tiebreakers go to 11 points. All matches follow United States Racquetball Association rules.

Rowing (indoor)
■ $5 per event
This Saturday event has both men’s and women’s divisions for 500-, 1,000- and 2,000-meter races. Races are at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

Run (5k or 10k)
■ Fee: $5    
This run along the waterfront trail near Port Angeles Harbor requires that participants have their race numbers worn on the front and visible at all times. This starts Saturday at 10 a.m.

■ Fee: $225 team fee (After Aug. 15 call for availability)
Softball teams vie for gold at Shane Park, 613 G St. between Seventh and Eighth streets, Port Angeles. Event includes a five-game guarantee. Divisions are coed (50+ men/45+ women) with minimum of three women per team; and 60+ men’s. First and second place teams get a trophy. Call event commissioners Ken Foster (683-0141), Dan Estes (417-4557) or Bill Whitten (681-2435) for team availability.

■ $5 per event
Returning to the senior games after a year off, swimmers compete in a number of events — backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, individual medley, freestyle relay and medley relay — at William Shore Memorial Pool, 225 E. Fifth St. in Port Angeles on Saturday. Warm-up is at noon and competition begins at 1 p.m. Swimmers must provide their own suits, caps, goggles, towels, etc. Starts may be taken from the water, a dive from deck or a dive from blocks.

■ Fee: $5 per event
Players may enter two events in the games’ three tennis divisions — men’s and women’s, doubles and mixed doubles. Play is at Erickson Park tennis courts at the corner of Fourth and Race streets, Port Angeles. A 10-minute warm-up period precedes match play. Tournament format is single elimination with a consolation bracket for the first-round losers. Matches consist of two sets using regular scoring; ties are broken with a 10-point match tiebreaker.

Track & Field    
■ Fee: $5 per event
All events are at the Port Angeles community track located on Viewcrest Avenue, between South Laurel and South Peabody streets one block south of Port Angeles High School. Track events include: 50-, 100-, 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter runs. Field events include discus, high jump, javelin, long jump, standing long jump, pole vault, shot put and softball throw. Participants may enter a maximum of six events and check in a minimum of 15 minutes prior to that event. See www.olympicpeninsula for a full track & field schedule.

■ Fee: $5
This Saturday event, held at Stevens Middle School, 1139 W. 14th St., has men’s doubles (ages 50+) and women’s fours (45+) divisions. Matches are in accordance with USA Volleyball rules except as modified by tournament director. All teams compete in round robin play, then single or double elimination. An optional practice is available from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
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