Semifinals Athletes Will Do Two Workouts Programmed by CrossFit
The announcement that Eric Roza would transition from CEO to Chairman of the Board for CrossFit dominated the news this week, but “The Hopper” email sent out on the same day dropped a few important details about the 2022 Games season.
In case you missed it: CrossFit will program two individual and two team events across all 2022 CrossFit Games Semifinals.
Tell me more: At the end of the 2021 season, CrossFit asked for community feedback and among other suggestions, consistency across competitions was one of the key responses.
- From the email: “In response to that feedback, CrossFit has decided to program two individual and two team events for all 2022 CrossFit Games Semifinals. Additionally, CrossFit has provided specific parameters for the remaining workouts that will be programmed by Semifinals event organizers. We will work closely with each event team to review and amend their programming before the workouts are finalized.”
Why this matters: Between 2009 and 2018, athletes qualified for the CrossFit Games through the Regionals system. During this time, athletes who advanced from the Open competed against one another in the same workouts (although they were spread out across several weekends around the globe). By creating shared workouts across the Semifinals, CrossFit is returning to a system that more closely resembles Regionals.
- From the email: “[The common workouts] will increase consistency and support cross-competition comparisons in the Semifinal stage of the CrossFit Games season. The change is designed to create a more level and comparable test for all athletes hoping to qualify for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.”