A Young Sport Growing Up: Implications of CrossFit’s Worldwide Ranking System

November 17, 2022 by and
Photo Credit: Dave Risdon (@crispydudes)

CrossFit HQ has introduced a basic structure for the new worldwide athlete ranking system, which will ultimately determine where 43% of the individual CrossFit Games field comes from in the 2023 season.

Last week, we gave an overview of the new ranking system as it currently stands, and what we know so far. Now, we will take a look at what it means, and why it matters.

Remind me: The 2018 CrossFit Games season set a pace for the sport of CrossFit that, unbeknownst to the community at the time, would be chased for years after. After a complete format overhaul in 2019, a global pandemic in 2020, a reset in 2021, and staff changes in 2022, CrossFit HQ is setting the foundation for what they are calling a cornerstone seasonal format in 2023.

It's important to remember that there have only been 15 CrossFit Games seasons and, to use a football analogy, we’re still in the leather helmet phase of our young sport. The establishment of a consistent framework could be an important step for the longevity and continued growth of the Sport of Fitness. 

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