That’s right, it’s that time of year: time to try and join an elite number of athletes from around the world competing for the title of Fittest Man and Woman in the World. First stop – the Open Qualifiers.
The CF Open Qualifiers will be taking a different approach this year. Instead of a single event held for each region, athletes all over the world will be performing the same six workouts over the course of six weeks (one workout per week) and submitting their scores to CFHQ.
Here’s a longer description in the words of CFHQ:
“The CrossFit Games Open Qualifiers is a six week, worldwide competition in the sport of fitness. The Open is the first step in the CrossFit Games season and takes place from March 15 until April 24. There is one workout per week for six weeks, and athletes compete to qualify for the CrossFit Games.
There are four categories of competition happening simultaneously: Men, Women, Teams, and Masters. The team competition is not separate; all team members are already competing as individuals. The Masters category has eight separate competitions (four age groups each for men and women). For more information, see the Competition Rules.
The workouts are varied and no one knows what they will be from week to week until they’re announced. The workout for each week is announced each Tuesday at 17:00 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) and all competitors have until the following Sunday at 17:00 PDT to perform the workout and enter their results online.
There are two ways to compete in the Open. The Compete Anywhere option allows anyone in the world to participate by simply submitting their performance results online, along with workout videos to validate their performances. The second option is to Compete at Registered Affiliates where affiliates host and validate athletes’ workouts.”
What you need to know:
(1) In order to be eligible, you must register as an athlete and submit your score for the first workout by the end of the first week (i.e., by 8:00pm EST, Sunday, March 20) – there is a one-time $10 cost for registering;
(2) You will need to perform each of the 6 workouts (one per week between March 20 and April 24) either (A) at a registered affiliate, or (B) on your own by videotaping the workout and submitting the video to CFHQ;
(4) Think this year’s Open Qualifier is missing the thrill of open-style competition from years past? Well, so did our friends out at Potomac CrossFit, and so they are hosting a once-per-week 2011 Sectionals competition billed as the Nova Open.
“Open to all athletes (affiliated and non-affiliated) participating in the Crossfit Games Open Competition.
Held every Saturday, starting at 10am from March 19 – Apr 23.
Heat times will be determined based on the WOD announced by Crossfit HQ and by the affiliate of the athlete. All athletes must arrive NLT 10am.”
If you wish to participate in the Nova Open, you will still need to register with CFHQ, but you may then register with Patriot CF to compete in any (or all) of the Nova Open competitions. To register for the Nova Open, click on the graphic above, or HERE – Patriot is charging $20/workout, although they are offering discounts the more workouts you sign up for at a time.
Sound off in comments if your interested in competing, or if you have any questions or concerns.