The short list of the team eligibility requirements includes:
You started training at the team location on or before January 1, 2021.
You are an active member of the team's CrossFit affiliate.
You live within 100 miles of the CrossFit affiliate you are representing.
You do not own a different affiliate.
To understand the entirety of the team eligibility requirements, read the excerpt from the 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 two 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.
1.14 - AFFILIATE CUP TEAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Athletes competing for a team must be active members of that team’s CrossFit affiliate for the duration of the CrossFit Games season. Team members are required to continue being active members of the team’s CrossFit affiliate until the team is eliminated from competition or until the start of the Games.
In addition to being active members of the team’s CrossFit affiliate, team athletes all must live within 100 miles of the CrossFit affiliate they are representing.
Should there be any doubt that an athlete or team is not meeting the requirements or intent of the Affiliate Cup competition, CrossFit, LLC may, at any time during the CrossFit Games season, require athletes to produce documentation proving they have indeed met the team requirements.
This documentation should include proof of the following:
The athletes live within 100 miles of the affiliate (power bill, cable bill, driver’s license, etc.)
The athletes are active members of the affiliate (signed waivers, client management software, whiteboard pictures, social media posts)
The athletes are regularly training at the affiliate (social media posts, whiteboard pictures, workout tracking software, etc.)
If a request is made, CrossFit, LLC will provide details as to when the documentation will need to be provided. If athletes cannot prove they meet the requirements stipulated by CrossFit, LLC, the team and individual athlete may be subject to disqualification.
Any athlete requiring assistance to determine their eligibility for a team should contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to joining the team.
1.15 - AFFILIATES WITH MORE THAN ONE AFFILIATE CUP TEAM
More than one team may come from a CrossFit affiliate as long as all members of each team consistently train at that affiliate in accordance with all team rules. Team members may not switch between teams.
1.16 - ATHLETES WHO WORK OUT AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
CrossFit athletes who work out at multiple locations must choose the location they work out at most for their team affiliation, even if a separate location shares a name, owner, membership plan, or programming.
Team managers with athletes who train at multiple locations or maintain multiple memberships at different affiliates may contact Games support at email@example.com for assistance with selecting a team roster.
1.17 - 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 Jan. 1 and the close of the first Open event, both the original LOR and the new LOR may only compete on a team from that affiliate during the CrossFit Games season.
As stated above, athletes listed as affiliate LORs at the close of the first Open event 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 event, 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.
EXCEPTION** If an affiliate LOR operates an affiliate that has no adult members or classes and offers only CrossFit Kids programming AND the LOR does not train at this affiliate, then the LOR may compete for another team, assuming they meet all team eligibility rules. This particular LOR should keep in mind that they cannot be the affiliate manager for these particular gyms and compete on a different team. They will need to assign a different affiliate manager (See Section 1.26 - Open Events - Validating non-video submissions for more detailed information.)