Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE CORNHUSKER STATE GAMES?
The Cornhusker State Games is Nebraska's amateur sports festival. The sports offered provide a broad appeal to athletes of all ages and abilities, ranging from highly competitive Olympic sports to those that are more recreational and geared to participation. There's something for everyone!
The Cornhusker State Games, organized in 1985, has become a midsummer tradition attracting thousands of Nebraskans to Lincoln from throughout the state.
The main mission of the Cornhusker State Games is offering good, wholesome family-oriented activities and abundant fun. Beyond that, the organization takes pride that its competition exposes a multitude of Nebraskans to the benefits of physical fitness, well-being and good sportsmanship.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE 2013 CORNHUSKER STATE GAMES BE HELD?
July 19-28. Most events will take place in Lincoln, but there are also events being held in Omaha, Kearney and Grand Island.
WHO CAN COMPETE?
All Nebraskans! Athletes must, however, reside in Nebraska for at least 30 days prior to competition and have amateur status in the sport in which they enter. High school athletes may enter, provided they abide by the rules of the Nebraska School Activities Association. College athletes are eligible under national collegiate rules. Special Olympics and disabled athletes also have the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports.
Residency Policy Update: The National Congress of State Games, the membership organization of the Cornhusker State Games, has recently amended its residency requirement to allow non-resident participation in State Games events by residents of states that have no State Games program and residents of states whose State Games program does not offer their sport of choice. The Nebraska Sports Council, in order to foster State Games interest in non-member states, has agreed to allow non-resident participation in a limited number of sports on this basis.
HOW DOES ONE REGISTER?
We encourage everyone to register online. You can register for a sport by going to the Sport Listing and selecting a sport. There is also a printable entry form on each sport page which you can fill out and mail or fax to the Cornhusker State Games office.
WHAT ALL DOES THE ENTRY FEE COVER?
All individual participants will receive an athlete packet, which includes: an athlete t-shirt, an athlete pass to SportFest and the Opening Ceremonies, a copy of the award winning Nebraska Sports Council Yearbook, coupons and handouts from our partners and, of course, FUN!
ARE THERE AWARDS?
Athletes in all competitive events vie for custom cast Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals with Olympic-style neck ribbons. Finishers in some non-competitive sports will receive a commemorative medallion. Some sports also offer prizes such as gift cards or free product provided by our partners.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Safety of the athletes is of paramount concern to Cornhusker State Games organizers. All efforts will be taken to protect the health of those enjoying the competitions, and rules of safety will be strictly enforced. Medical personnel at competition sites will be directed by the medical committee and radio communications will be coordinated by amateur radio clubs. The medical staff has the authority to intervene in the competitions in the interest of safety.
Standards of Sportsmanship
It is the philosophy of the Cornhusker State Games that all who take part should do so in the spirit of fair competition and good sportsmanship. It is expected that all participants -- athletes, coaches and fans -- adhere to the principles of good sportsmanship. The Nebraska Sports Council Board of Directors reserves the right to deny participation to anyone whom it determines to have violated the principles of good sportsmanship, or for any reason it deems to be in the best interest of the Games.
Any disputes or protests should be resolved at the event site by competition officials. It is the responsibility of the Sport Director to handle these matters within the framework and rules of the sport. In extreme cases, appeals or requests for ongoing sanctions may be presented in writing to the President of the Nebraska Sports Council Board of Directors for possible mediation. A decision by the Board of Directors or its appointed committee will be final.
There will be a $15 fee for all returned checks. In the event of a returned check, athletes will not be allowed to participate until the entry fee and returned check fee have been paid in cash or money order.