Who is eligible to compete on a team?
The short list of the team eligibility requirements includes:
- You started training at this affiliate on or before Jan. 1, 2017.
- You train at this affiliate for more than half of your training sessions per week.
- You do not own a different affiliate.
To understand the entirety of the team eligibility requirements, read the excerpt from the 2017 Rulebook below. If you still have questions, email email@example.com.
Anyone who meets the team eligibility requirements can join a team, but in order to contribute to the team's score, the athlete needs to complete the Open division workout (Rx'd or scaled) and submit one of the top three scores among athletes of the same gender on the team roster. The young teenagers (14-15) and older masters divisions (55+) often do not complete the same version of the Open workout and therefore often cannot contribute to the team's total score. However, teenagers and masters are still welcome to join the team's roster.
1.12 - TEAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Athletes competing for a team must train primarily at that team’s gym (whether a CrossFit affiliate or not) for the duration of the CrossFit Games season. CrossFit requires that the majority of a team member’s training days and workouts take place at the team gym starting January 1. Team members are required to continue training primarily at the team location until the team is eliminated from competition or until the start of the Games. In accordance with this rule, creating a team consisting of athletes who train more at other locations than at the team gym is not acceptable. (See Section 1.13 - Team Eligibility Requirements - More Than Half Rule, for more detailed information.)
1.13 - TEAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS - MORE THAN HALF RULE
For team athletes to be eligible to compete in any stage of the CrossFit Games, they must adhere to the More Than Half Rule. The More Than Half Rule states that team athletes must train at the designated team location more than half of their training days per week, AND must train for more sessions at the team facility than at any other single location or combination of other locations. Therefore, for the duration of the CrossFit Games season, the More Than Half Rule requires:
• At least four (4) training days must be completed at the team gym if the athlete trains six (6) or seven (7) days a week.
• At least three (3) training days must be completed at the team gym if the athlete trains four (4) or five (5) days a week.
1.14 - TEAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS - TRACKING WEEKLY WORKOUTS
The More than Half Rule is evaluated on a weekly basis to ensure athletes are training regularly and consistently at their team location. Athletes CANNOT take the sum of all of their workouts for the entire season and then demonstrate that, over the course of the season and on average, they performed more than half of their training days at the team gym and more sessions at this location than anywhere else. Reasonable accommodations for temporary travel are permitted but must be documented in the athlete’s training journal or log. (For more detailed instruction, see Section 1.15 - Team Eligibility Requirements - Documenting Workouts and Section 1.18 - Teams - CrossFit Games Early Declaration Form.)
1.15 - TEAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS - DOCUMENTING WORKOUTS
All athletes and teams require a method for documenting their workouts and their compliance with the More Than Half Rule. This is especially true if there is any reason to question whether a member of a team meets the requirements. For example, an athlete who lives a long distance from the team gym, an athlete who coaches at a gym other than the team gym or an athlete who has recently changed gyms, must keep detailed records tracking the dates, times and locations for all of their workouts. CrossFit Inc. may, at any time during the CrossFit Games season, require an athlete to produce this documentation proving they have indeed met the team requirements. If the athlete cannot prove they meet all requirements as required by CrossFit Inc., the team and individual athlete may be subject to disqualification. All athletes shall provide the following documentation:
• Training Log - All athletes must keep a detailed record of their workouts in a training log.
• Photos - The athlete’s training log must be accompanied by supporting photographic evidence. An athlete must take date and time- stamped photos or “selfies”, including an identifying feature of the gym, for every training session. These photos are to be stored in a dedicated email or document folder to be retrieved as necessary.
Social Media - Date and time-stamped photos may alternatively be posted on a dedicated social media page (eg: Facebook, Instagram) as a chronological record of workouts.
Any athlete requiring assistance with documenting workouts should email firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR to the start of the season.
1.16 - AFFILIATES AND GYMS WITH MORE THAN ONE TEAM
More than one team may come from an affiliate or gym, as long as all members of each team consistently train at that physical location in accordance with all team rules. Team members may not switch between teams.
1.17 - TEAMS AT AFFILIATES AND GYMS WITH MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
For gyms or affiliates with multiple locations, EACH location must register its own team. Teams may not include athletes who work out more at other locations (as stipulated above) even if the other locations share a name, owner, membership plan or programming.
1.18 - COACHES OR TRAINERS COMPETING ON A TEAM
Being a trainer or coach at a gym does not automatically qualify that individual to compete for that gym. The trainer must train at the team location in accordance with all team eligibility rules. However, athletes who train at one affiliate or gym and coach at another (or others) must be careful not to blur the line between where they train and where they coach or they may have their eligibility as team athletes challenged, potentially resulting in the disqualification of the athlete and/or team.
1.19 - TEAM ELIGIBILITY FOR AFFILIATE LICENSEE OF RECORD (LOR)
The Licensee of Record (LOR) for an affiliate may not compete on any team other than a team from their own affiliate. The LOR for an affiliate may not be changed in order to allow the original LOR to compete for a different team. If an affiliate’s LOR is changed between January 1 and the close of the first Open workout, both the original LOR and the new LOR may only compete on a team from that affiliate during the CrossFit Games season.
Any athlete listed as an affiliate LOR at the close of the first Open workout may not compete for any team other than one from their own affiliate. Conversely, if an athlete becomes the LOR for a new affiliate after the close of the first Open workout, this athlete may remain on their current team. The athlete in this example will switch to their own affiliate team for the following Games season. If an affiliate LOR operates a CrossFit Kids ONLY Affiliate, with no adult members or classes, AND the LOR does not train at this affiliate, then the LOR may compete for another team, assuming they meet all team eligibility rules.
1.20 - TEAMS - CROSSFIT GAMES EARLY DECLARATION FORM
Any athlete who wishes to compete on a team in the upcoming season, but realizes they will not be able to strictly meet the team eligibility requirements, may petition to have their specific circumstances reviewed and potentially accommodated by submitting the CrossFit Games Early Declaration Form. Circumstances that may be appealed include, but are not limited to:
• missing the January 1 deadline to begin training at the team location due to work commitment or vacation
• traveling long distances to train at the team location throughout the season
• frequent travel during the CrossFit Games season
The CrossFit Games Early Declaration Form must be submitted to email@example.com no later than the date indicated in the announcement releasing the form for that season (posted on the CrossFit Games website). Early Declaration Forms must be filled out completely. The specific circumstances surrounding the athlete’s inability to meet the team requirements must be described precisely. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed.
Submitting the Early Declaration Form does NOT guarantee the athlete’s specific circumstances will be approved. However, if a team athlete’s eligibility becomes the subject of an investigation during the season, any information submitted on an Early Declaration Form will be considered in CrossFit’s investigation and final decision