Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation?
The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1982 to host the first sanctioned state games of the commonwealth. It operates with the mission of promoting personal development, education, physical fitness, teamwork, and sportsmanship to Massachusetts citizens of all ages and abilities. The Foundation is recognized nationwide for holding high-quality, Olympic-style events through the Bay State Summer and Winter Games, as well as educational programs including the Kids Fitness Challenge, High School Spirit Program and Future Leaders Scholarship. With more than 65,000 people from 300 cities and towns directly participating in its programs each year, the Foundation is an integral part of the lives of citizens across the commonwealth.
Who can compete in the Bay State Games?
The divisions and eligibility requirements vary for each competition. Please check sport specific pages for eligibility information.
When and where are the Bay State Games held?
The Bay State Summer Games are annually held during the month of July in locations across Eastern and Central Massachusetts. The Bay State Winter Games are annually held during February in the Berkshire Region of Massachusetts.
How do I register?
Please visit the sport specific page for information about registering. Athletes are encouraged to pre register for the competition as early as possible to ensure they are able to compete. Athletes are also encouraged to register online, and will save money if they do so.
What is the cost to register?
Registration fees vary depending on sport. The Bay State Games prides itself on producing high quality competitions for an affordable price. For select sports athletes are required to pay a tryout or qualifier fee and a separate finalist fee if they qualify for the finals.
Is medical coverage provided at events?
For select events the Bay State Games will provide medical coverage. All athletes are required to provide their own personal medical insurance.
What is the refund policy?
No refunds will be given if events are cancelled due to inclement weather or because an individual or team cancels without notice. Athletes who miss the competition due to illness or injury may receive a deferal certificate that can be used as a credit for future Bay State Games participation provided that they provide a physicians note verifying the injury. There will be no cash refunds of entry fees for athletes who miss the competition due to illness or injury. If an athlete cannot participate in the Finals in a team sport due to an illness or injury, the athlete’s finalist fee will be refunded only if that athlete is replaced on the team roster. A written request for refunds of team sport Finalist fees must be received prior to the start of the competition in the participants sport.
What is the refund policy due to inclement weather?
Sports utilizing outdoor sites are subject to inclement weather. Competitions will be conducted unless Bay State Games staff declare conditions potentially dangerous or a threat to bodily harm. Due to facility and scheduling conflicts, the Bay State Games has little or no rain dates. Inclement weather may force changes in the tournament format or number of games each team plays. With few exceptions, games lost due to inclement weather will not be re-scheduled, they will be cancelled. There will be no refunds given if events are cancelled due to weather.