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2015 CrossFit Regionals To Be Combined!

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At the end of the 2014 CrossFit Invitational Games Director Dave Castro dropped a bombshell into what to expect for next year’s CrossFit season.

For the first time since the Open began back in 2011, we will see a reduction in’qualifying regions’. While there will still be 17 qualifying realms during the 2015 CrossFit Games Open, Regional events will be consolidated into what is being called in-house ‘Super Regionals’.

Castro used the example of NorCal and SoCal, which will both be combined into one California Region. Both qualifying realms will bring their top 20 male and female athletes to compete for five spots at the CrossFit Games.

This will extend to other regions with Canada West and North West combining, Canada East and North East combining, Asia and Australia and Africa and Europe among others.

Castro said that unlike the California example, in the case of Australia and Asia, the total number of regional competitors would be scaled a bit differently. While the numbers haven’t been made official, Castro mentioned that Australia would possibly bring 30 qualifiers and Asia would bring 10.

You can check out the full announcement below.

 

The idea of the reshuffle is to be able to have 40 incredibly strong athletes competing at the ‘regional’ level, compared to previous years where we saw larger numbers take part (48 in 2014, 60 in 2012).

As part of the announcement, Castro also said there would be some small changes to the CrossFit Open, including, for the first time, a scaled division.

There will also be the crowning of State and National champions after the completion of the Open, which is designed to isolate who has won each state and country.

At this stage the finer details are still yet to be finalised, including locations of ‘Super Regional’ competitions and the dates of the CrossFit Games Open.

More details about the changes to the 2015 CrossFit Regionals are expected to be announced later.

  • Kimberlee

    Wow. I’m speechless

  • Craig Howard

    Great ideas. The entire CFG process from media production to event management is incredibly expensive and labor intensive. A scaled division includes more of our members and generates more revenue for CF. Combining Regions will likely send better athletes to the Games and reduce costs for CF. These changes are a win-win-win for the CFG, the affiliates, and the fans. However, for many wanna-be Games athletes, things just got a little harder.

    • Del Lafountain

      It was only a matter of time. It will be interesting to see how they define “scaled” athletes.I’m pretty sure Masters will remain the same. At least that’s what DC said at our check in last year.

      • http://crossfitexcel.com Terry Dickman, (56/6’/200)

        Yep , sending Masters to Regionals would only increase cost and probably end creating more disparity (less qualified making it farther). The system they have now for Masters sends the best to the Games regardless of Region, something they should consider some day for the younger Individuals.

  • Laura Maxwell

    Hmmm..I guess we could call this “The Sam Briggs” rule…

  • Ellen Jersey-Girl Sturmfels-Ab

    I was kind of hoping for a slight change to the masters where those of us UNDER 55 are not required to compete at the same level as the “young” ones. If you’re a master, you’re a master…….or am I just feeling sorry for myself? LOL

    • Bill French

      I agree 100% Ellen!

  • Rich

    As the Crossfit world continues to evolve, it is quickly becoming apparent that the exceptionally talented weekend-warrior will no longer be a regionals level athlete, and that’s too bad. You basically need to own a gym and be a full-time Crossfitter

  • http://games.crossfit.com/athlete/116903 Jarrod Newman (45/5’11″/187)

    So if I’m reading this right, Regionals just became even more exclusive. For example, by only taking the top 20 athletes Cody Anderson would NOT have made it to Regionals in 2014 since he finished the NW Open in 35th or so. Also the Regionals stage is such a cool milestone for future games-bound athletes and now it’s even further from reach without anything to replace it and feed the fire of these up and coming athletes.

    I guess I’ll just wait and see how it ends up but I feel for the approximately 40+ athletes that will no longer have a stage in these combined regions.

  • jon z

    Disappointed…. the idea of regionals being attainable by nonprofessional athletes is the best part about it. Got it, the best of the best will win, but why shrink the number of people who can compete? Going to regionals was one of my proudest athletic moments and it makes me sad to think that fewer will go in the future

  • BPhilly

    Taking a cue from the Grid League. I like this idea. Makes regionals a more spectator friendly event. 6 heats for most Regional WODs? Snore. As a fan watching the event, I want to see the best from each region. Period. I don’t care about the people who just squeaked in despite holding a job and raising a family. I congratulate those folk and anyone who has made it to Regionals in the past; it is no small feat! However, to continue to professionalize and thereby legitimize the “sport”, Regionals needs to feature more elite athletes. Combining Regionals achieves this. We don’t see weekend warriors in the NBA or NFL. Why should we see them at Regionals? Again, no disrespect to anyone who has made it in the past, but if the “sport” wants to move forward we must start to look at it as if it was the NBA or NFL….minus the domestic abuse, naturally.

    • Roy

      But that’s not the best way to get the best. The open determining who makes it is terrible. I’m speaking for every single region…a top 10 open qualifier has finished in the bottom 5 in every region. Yet a bottom 5 open qualifier has finished in top 10.

      As much as you don’t want to agree, people call some BS in the open.

      There needs to be a live sectional or a live qualifier not just the open.

      • BPhilly

        Good point, Roy. I, too, like the idea of a live sectional. I can’t see CFHQ ever going back to those days, though. It would be a logistical nightmare costing them a lot of money to host, staff, and manage. With that said, I feel that another qualifier to Regionals would be a good idea.

    • AaronB

      There is another benefit to fewer individual qualifiers…it adds more athletes to the team competition series. If we read into the top Games competitors (i.e. Froning), moving into a team environment for Crossfit, I wonder if Castro wants to make the team competition as big…showing the strength of the community and the team spirit Crossfit builds.

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  • Steven Thunander

    Castro should also should have an online sectionals weekend, similar to the masters weekend. All those who qualify (100 per region) would compete in 6 workouts over a weekend that have to be filmed. Teams would also compete in team workouts similar to what we saw during the team series, again in one weekend. If castro was really sadistic, he could do this over two weekends with 12 workouts and 10 team wods! Then, hold the regionals all on the same day worldwide. Also introduce the masters level to the regional comps.

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  • Kieran

    Although this is a step in the right direction, it still doesnt end up with the 40 fittest males and females going to the games. The majority of competitors from USA and europe that fail to make the grade in their region still rank much higher overall than competitors in Asia for example..

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  • Leeroy

    @Keiran, whilst I agree I think it is important to have a wide range of regions represented to maintain interest/growth in Crossfit globally – that’s like saying the Olympics should be stripped down to only the best athletes and smaller countries not awarded the privilege of representing their country. Ultimately the fittest will still win whilst giving the less competitive regions at least something to cheer on and maintain an interest in the games….

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