It’s that time of year again, the CrossFit Open is just around the corner! Just like last year, we’ll be doing the weekly Open WODs on Saturdays starting on February 24th and finishing on March 24th. We’ll change up a few things, but for the most part everything is going to stay nearly the same.
Registration for the Open ends February 26th, so head on over to the CrossFit Games site to register for the open. Once you’ve registered, make sure to join the CrossFit South affiliate and team!
Signing up for the CrossFit Open is completely optional, but you’ll need to be registered for it to participate in our Saturday Battle Royale.
You might think to yourself, I’m not going to win, I’m not going to Regionals, I’ve only been doing this for a year, I’m not ready yet! So why are we encouraging everyone to sign up for the Open?
By paying your $20 registration fee, you’re probably going to be more likely to show up for the workouts. We’ll be having a multi-team in-house competition, so your team needs you! It’s a great box bonding event and you’ll probably meet different members and make new friends! This fun little competition also will help you get over any nervous jitters so maybe one day soon you can sign up for a bigger competition.
It’s like signing up to run a 5K or a half marathon, or whatever. Why should I have to pay to run on the road, I could do this on my own, I’m not going to win, etc. No pessimism! People sign up for road races all the time with no intention of winning, but to them, it’s a personal goal and ultimately will rank as a personal achievement.
Life is about determining what constitutes your own success. To some, it’s about proving to that you can give your all in the face of odds which make most people want to quit.
Year to year, the workouts stay the same but also change. By registering, you get to submit your scores to the global leaderboard to see how you compare to your previous years, as well as how you compare to everyone else around the world. To us coaches, it’s a great moment to watch athletes do stuff they’ve never been able to do before and accomplish things they never thought possible.
Team Battle Royale
This year, we’re going to have multiple teams. Teams will be lead by a coach or two, and participants will be randomly assigned to teams to avoid any favoritism. Your team leader will help arrange strategies, both for the workouts as well as how to get the most points to win each themed week! The final number of teams and their make up will be determined by February 21st, the day before the Open officially begins, so make sure you’re registered by then!
Each week will have different themes with many points up for grabs. And every WOD will culminate with a pot luck after the last heat. The first heat each week will begin Saturday at 11am. Registration for heats will open up after each workout is announced, and I’ll provide scaling options and tips on how to conquer the workouts.
Here are the weekly themes!
Bonus points are possible if:
1) the team’s costumes are coordinated (e.g. “big cats”: tiger, lion, leopard…);
2) there’s an imaginary animal in the team;
3) you bring animal theme food (e.g. monkey bread, pig’s in a blanket, puppy chow…).
The soundtrack will be animal related too! Let your spirit animal guide you through the WOD and have fun!
+1 point: Every member of a team that completes an Open workout and SUBMITS their score will earn one point. We encourage you to do the WOD at the Battle Royale on Saturdays, but if you’re out of town you can do it when you get back. Just find a judge! Maximum one point per athlete per workout.
+1: The top three male and female athletes for each workout will earn one point for their team.
+1: One point will be awarded to any team who has a member willing to do the Open workout in a head-to-head format with another participant on Thursday night following the workout announcement. Must plan and RSVP before the workout is announced.
+2: One athlete each week will be designated “Spirit of the Open” and will earn two points for his or her team. This athlete will not necessarily be the athlete with the best score but will be someone who persevered in a workout or is otherwise deserving of this honor.
+5: The team with the most noise, pride, and presence at each Battle Royale will receive five bonus points for their team. The best turn out or the most creative way of following the week’s theme will get you the best odds of winning these points!
Arbitrary points: If I like what I see I might give bonus points for creativity as outlined above in each theme. I’ll also take away points for being grumpy!