Dave Castro’s Programming Legacy: Regionals

January 12, 2022 by and
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Continuing our tribute to Dave Castro’s lasting programming influences of the sport, we shift focus from the global net cast by the CrossFit Games Open, and narrow in on Regionals - the arena where CrossFit Games dreams came true from 2011-2018. 

Within that eight year timespan, the Regional format changed three times to better accommodate the burgeoning regions outside of the United States, and each time the test that decided who would earn the title of “games athlete,” evolved to filter accordingly. 

The importance of Regionals programming and the evolution of its presentation cannot be overstated. It is the forerunner for almost everything off season competitions, Sanctionals, and semifinals have become. 

  • Beyond the immediate impact, Regionals also served as an intermediary step for programming elements to make their way to the Open and the community at-large. In many cases, once something made its presence felt at Regionals, the clock was running for everyone to prepare accordingly, because it was only a matter of time before it showed up in the Open, and in affiliates everywhere.

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