Alabama Senior State Games Checkers Competition

Get ready for the Senior State Games. It's all happening June 12-14, 2015 in Alabama's Wiregrass area cities of Dothan and Ozark, and the counties of Dale and Houston.

Checkers Overview

Checkers is a great American past time for all ages. Originally derived from a game called draughts, the play of the game is very simple and straight-forward, but also very challenging. We are excited about hosting a checkers event in the first annual Senior State Games.

Don't miss the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony festivities on Friday, June 9

National Peanut Festival
5622 US-231
Dothan, AL 36301


3:00 PM - Gates open for the Alabama State Games Fan Fair festivities.

  • T-shirt pick up, fun activities, food and product vendors, music, Olympic Day giveaways and much more! 

5:00 PM - The Athlete Leadership Summit.

  • A platform for athletes, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers to learn the importance of academic excellence, good citizenship, responsibility, leadership and the concept of community. Past speakers include Former Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden, Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Chandler, Former Head Football Coach Pat Dye, Olympic Gold Medalist Harvey Glance, Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson, Former Alabama Football Player Siran Stacy, Team USA Handball, and Paralympic Athlete Maze Marshall. 

6:00-6:45 PM - Parade of Athletes begin to line up by region.

7:00 PM - Opening Ceremony Celebration show begins.

  • The Ceremony will take place in an Amphitheater, with limited seating available, lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed and recommended.
  • Parade of Athletes, live entertainment, t-shirt cannons, the Olympic torch relay and the lighting of the Olympic Flame, huge fireworks show, and so much more! Every registered athlete participating in the Opening Ceremony and the Parade of Athletes will receive a FREE Commemorative Opening Ceremony T-Shirt. Bring an American flag!

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Event Schedule

  • Friday, June 20, 2014
  • TBD - Competition Begins
  • 6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies-Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena

Venue Information

Gardendale Civic Center (Dogwood Room)
857 Main Street
Gardendale, AL  35071

(205) 631-5679

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Event Fees

Standard Registration



Event Registration - Includes entry into Opening Ceremonies


Received by June 6, 2014



Age groups are as follows:  50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

Age Determination Date:  December 31, 2014.

Event Rules


  • Each match will consist of best 2 out of 3 games. 
  • A timer will be used to start and stop each round of matches. Each round of matches will be started at the same time.

The Game

  • No pool checkers will be played. No flying kings, no swap out. 
  • Coin toss will determine the choice of colors. 
  • The player with the black checkers starts by moving one of his men. One space diagonally forward toward the red checkers. The other player then moves one of his men diagonally toward the black checkers. Can only move forward on the black squares. 
  • The object of the game is to capture all of the checkers of the opponent or to block their progress. More than one checker may be captured at one time. 
  • If a checker reaches the black line on the enemy‚Äôs side, it is crowned and becomes a king. A second checker is placed on top of the king to distinguish it from the other checkers on the board. A king can move backwards or forward one square at a time, except when it jumps over one or more checkers. Each player must take his/her jumps. 
  • If a player is at a standstill and cannot move, he/she forfeits his/her turn until an opening for a move is available. 
  • Match time will be called after 15 minutes with the player having the most men named the winner. 
  • Match starting time will be written down for each match. 
  • If both players have captured the same number of checkers at the end of the time limit, play
    can continue for an additional 3 minutes. 
  • Players must move within 60 seconds or forfeit their turn.
  • At the end of 3 minutes in overtime pay, player who has captured the most checkers wins.
  • In case of a draw-the game is replayed.


Alabama Nursing Home Association Senior State Games medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division.

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