Just a few weeks back, Dave Castro announced a few changes coming in the 2018 CrossFit Games season, most notably 1) the number of athletes on a team reduces from six to four, 2) Europe is getting a second regional, 3) California and the West regionals are being combined, and 4) Latin America is getting their own regional but only one spot at the Games.
OK, so what’s new?
We now know how this is all going to play out.
- The Australian Region has been renamed to Australasia. Not kidding.
- Californians will compete at the West Regional.
- Central and North Europe will compete in the Europe Regional and South Europe, Africa and the Middle East will compete in the Meridian Regional.
- There are now 18 regions (up from 17) and these are the new ones: South Europe, Central Europe, North Europe, Central America, South America (formerly Latin America) and the West Coast (encompassing California and the North West).
- For the complete breakdown of how many spots each region will get at Regionals, read this.
- Each Regional will feature 40 men, 40 women and 30 teams.
Why all these changes anyways?
The simple answer is to balance out the number of competitors vying for a spot at Regionals. As FloElite has repeatedly pointed out, there has been a growing imbalance between the number of open competitors across the globe. Take NorCal for example, which had 5,250 female athletes vying for one of 20 spots at Regionals. In Europe, that number rises to 21,750.
In CrossFit’s own words: “We have made these changes so that each Regional is backed by approximately 40,000 Open participants.”
They’ve done something like this before, most recently in 2015 when they dropped from 17 Regionals to 8.