How do I qualify for Regionals?

Step 1: Register for the Open

Open registration starts on January 12 at games.crossfit.com and continues through February. 

Step 2: Compete in the Open

The Open starts Thursday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m. PT, and continues through Monday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. PT. One workout is released each Thursday at 5 p.m. PT, and you have until the following Monday at 5 p.m. PT to complete the workout and submit your score.

You can perform the workout at a participating CrossFit affiliate in front of a registered judge, or film your performance and submit a link to the video with your score each week for online review.

To be in contention for Regionals, you need to be competing with the Individual Division and Team Division. To do so, you need to be completing the same version of the Open workout each week. This is not always the case for Teenagers (14-17) and Masters (35+). Those teenagers and masters who want to be moved into the Individual Division must contact support@crossfitgames.com before the close of Open Workout 17.1.

Step 3: Earn a top-spot in your region in the Open

Each region sends their best Individual Men, Individual Women, and Teams to Regionals. The number of qualifying positions varies from region to region.

  • 20 men, 20 women, 15 teams qualify from each USA (10) and Canada (2) Region
  • 30 men, 30 women, 20 teams qualify from the Australia and Europe Regions
  • 10 men, 10 women, 10 teams qualify from the Latin America, Asia, and Africa RegionsThere are 17 regions in the Open: Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada East, Canada West, Central East, Europe, Latin America, Mid Atlantic, North Central, North East, Northern California, North West, South Central, South East, Southern California, South West. 

Step 4: Submit video of an Open workout to CrossFit Games Staff 

If you earn a qualifying spot, you will receive an email from CrossFit Games staff asking you to submit a video of a specific Open workout performance. CrossFit Games staff will review your performance to make sure you met the movement standards. Athletes who meet the standards will receive an invite to Regionals.

The qualifying positions will be backfilled, as athletes in qualifying position remove themselves from contention so to compete on their affiliate's team or fail to meet the movement standards in the submission videos. Any athlete in or near qualifying position should closely monitor their email to watch for an email from CrossFit Games staff.  

Step 5: Complete all Regional registration tasks

CrossFit Games staff will lead you through the requirements. Monitor your email, and respond in a timely manner.

Step 6: Show up for Athlete Check-in one-day prior to Regionals

Regionals start on Friday morning and continue through Sunday evening. Athlete check-in happens at or near the venue on Thursday. You will receive more detailed information from CrossFit Games staff, but please plan to allocate the extra day for check-in.

Rulebook

Information regarding the qualification process for Regionals can be found in the  2017 Rulebook sections 2.02 - 2.07. 

2.02 - QUALIFYING FOR REGIONALS - SUBMITTING VIDEOS 

At the end of the Open, the top athletes in each of the 17 Open regions will be required to submit a complete video of one of the Open workouts. This workout will be selected by CrossFit Inc. after the close of the final Open workout. The required video will be verified by CrossFit Games staff prior to sending out Regional invitations for individual athletes and teams. 

By Open Region, the following athletes will need to submit videos: 

  • The top 25* men and women in Asia, Africa and Latin America 
  • The top 35* men and women from Canada East, Canada West and all U.S. Open Regions 
  • The top 45* men and women from Australia and Europe 

*Athletes ranked outside of this number in their Open region will be required to submit video if they become eligible to receive an invitation to Regionals. Failure to provide video as required will result in the invalidation of the athlete’s score(s) for the requested workout(s).  

At any time during this process, CrossFit may request additional videos from any athlete.

The request for videos will be made March 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. The selected athletes will have until April 3, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT to submit their video. The video may be the original video captured during the Open, or the athlete may repeat the designated workout and submit video of this performance. In either case, the video submission deadline must be met. All video submissions must adhere to standard Open video submission guidelines. Any specific submission guidelines will be clearly communicated to the designated athletes via email. 

2.03 - QUALIFYING FOR REGIONALS-VIDEO REVIEW PROCESS 

Submitted videos will be reviewed and either validated or invalidated. Athletes may receive an invitation to Regionals if their score is validated or modified. If an athlete’s score is modified, the athlete’s overall rank in their Open region will be recalculated with this new score. If the athlete remains ranked high enough following this recalculation, they may receive an invitation to Regionals. The submitted video(s) must demonstrate the athlete has the work capacity required to achieve their original posted Open score(s)

If a video is invalidated, the individual athlete’s overall placement on the Leaderboard will be adjusted to reflect the removal of their score for that workout. In addition, the athlete’s score for this workout may not contribute to their team’s score in this workout, resulting in a recalculation of that team’s final placement on the Leaderboard if necessary. 

Note: If an athlete who is required to submit a video for review is also a member of a team ranked in the top 35 on the Leaderboard, validation of this athlete’s video submission will be required for this workout’s score to count toward the team’s score. 

2.04 - REGIONAL INVITATION PROCESS - INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES 

The video review process will be completed by April 10, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. Only at the end of this week-long review period will the final Open Leaderboard standings be set and invitations for regionals sent. Regional invitations will be emailed to the top male and female athletes in each Open region no later than April 17, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. 

By Open region, athletes will be invited to their Regional in the following manner: 

  • 10 men and 10 women from Asia, Africa and Latin America 
  • 20 men and 20 women from Canada West, Canada East and all U.S. Open Regions 
  • 30 men and 30 women from Australia and Europe 

Athletes must accept their invitation to regionals by April 21, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT, or forfeit their individual spot. By this deadline, athletes must also declare whether they will compete as an individual or, if applicable, as a member of a team at the regional competition - they must choose one or the other. Upon completion of the individual athlete invitation process, final individual athlete regional rosters will be posted on the CrossFit Games website. 

The team Leaderboard is unofficial and subject to change until all individual athletes have completed the video review process and either accepted or rejected their invitation to compete at regionals. 

Individual regional athletes who do not qualify for the Games at regionals are eligible to rejoin their team roster and compete for their team at the Games (should that team qualify for the Games) as long as the athlete has continued to meet all team requirements throughout the season. 

If a significant amount of invited athletes choose not to compete as individuals, CrossFit Inc. may, at its sole discretion, invite additional athletes based on the order of their finish in the Open.

2.05 - REGIONAL REGISTRATION PROCESS - INDIVIDUALS 

Once Individual athletes have officially accepted their regional invitations, they will receive an email from CrossFit Inc. containing instructions on how to register for the regional competition and pay the US$200 Individual athlete fee. Each athlete’s name will be listed on the Leaderboard for their regional once they have successfully completed the registration process. 

Upon completing registration, the athlete will receive information concerning their allotted Regional spectator tickets. 

One week prior to the start of their regional competition, each athlete will be emailed an athlete information packet providing event-specific details such as exact dates and times for on-site athlete registration, athlete briefing times, daily schedules, heat schedules, a venue map, parking information and passes for athletes, as well as specific venue and competition guidelines and rules. 

2.06 - REGIONAL INVITATION PROCESS - TEAMS 

Athletes who accept the invitation to compete as individuals at their regional will have their contributing Open scores removed from their team’s score. The Team Leaderboard will then be re-sorted and, beginning on April 24, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT, the top teams in each Open region will be invited to compete at their respective regional. 

Teams will be invited to their regional in the following manner: 

  • 10 teams from Asia, Africa and Latin America Open Regions 
  • 15 teams from Canada West, Canada East and all U.S. Open Regions 
  • 20 teams from Australia and Europe Open Regions 

Teams may select four (4) men and four (4) women for their regional roster. Only team members who meet all team eligibility requirements and who competed for that team during the Open are eligible for selection. All regional team members are required to have entered at least one valid score (prescribed or scaled) during the Open. That score is not required to have contributed to the team’s score. A score of "0" is not considered a valid score. 

Note: During the regionals, only three (3) men and three (3) women will be checked in on site and permitted to compete. Alternates will not be involved in any way in the registration process, nor will they be eligible to compete at regionals. The extra man and woman may be used as alternates should a team member be unexpectedly injured or forced to withdraw PRIOR to arriving at the regional competition. 

2.07 - REGIONAL REGISTRATION PROCESS - TEAMS 

Once a team has officially accepted their invitation to regionals, the team manager will receive an email from CrossFit Inc. containing instructions on how to register for the regional competition and pay the US$400 team fee. 

The team manager must submit the team roster of four (4) men and four (4) women by May 2, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. No roster changes will be accepted after the deadline. The team name will be listed on the Leaderboard for their regional once they have successfully completed the registration process. 

Upon completing registration, the team manager will receive information concerning their allotted Regional spectator tickets. 

One week prior to the start of the team’s regional, each team manager will be emailed an athlete information packet providing event-specific details such as exact dates and times for on-site team registration, team briefing times, daily schedules, heat schedules, a venue map, parking information and passes for team athletes, as well as specific venue and competition guidelines and rules. 

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