BREAKING: 2024 CrossFit Games Season Dates Announced
CrossFit HQ has announced the schedule for the 2024 CrossFit Games season, including the major changes to the Age Group and Adaptive divisions and to the number of qualifying spots at both the Quarterfinal and Semifinal stages.
- In case you miss it below, the top 25% of athletes who compete in the Open will have the opportunity to move on to Quarterfinals. In previous years it was the top 10% who moved on.
- At the Semifinal stage, the top 40 men and women from Quarterfinals in each region will compete. This represents a significant change from 2023 when 60 men and women competed in the Europe, North America East and North American West events, while 30 each competed in Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania. This represents a 33% decrease in Semifinal spots in Europe and North America, and a 25% increase in Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania.
Save the date, The Open: The 2024 CrossFit Open begins on Thursday, February 29, 2024. For those of you counting down training days, that’s 114 days.
- Workout 24.1: February 29 – March 3
- Workout 24.2: March, 7 – March 11
- Workout 24.3: March 14 – March 18
The number of athletes participating in the Open has been on an upward trajectory after a dip in participation a few years ago. In 2021 there were 263,529 athletes registered, in 2022 the numbers reached almost 300,000, and last year, 323,014 individuals competed worldwide.
Quarterfinals: This stage of competition will include seven regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America East, North America West, Oceania and South America.
- The Individual and Age Group athletes will be doing the same workouts, therefore, if an athlete wants to try to qualify for either one they just need to do the workouts one time.
- A change from the previous season: The top 25% of individuals and teams in each region will advance to the Quarterfinals with a minimum of 50 athletes from each division. Formerly, only the top 10% advanced.
- Top 25% of each age group from each region will also advance to Quarterfinals with a minimum of 200 athletes from each age group
Save the date, Quarterfinals:
- Team Quarterfinal: April 3-8
- Individual Quarterfinal: April 17-22
- Age-Group Quarterfinal: April 17-22
Semifinals: At this stage of the competition there are still several unknowns regarding venues and dates, but general details have been released.
- What we do know is the top 40 Individual men and women and the top 30 teams from each region will compete in person at Semifinals for a spot at the Games, a significant change from last year when the top 60 individual men and women from North America East, North America West and Europe qualified for the Semifinals competition.
- It’s worth noting that 2023 CrossFit Games competitors Bethany Flores (52nd in North America West), Rebecca Vitesson (55th in Europe) or Jelle Hoste (44th in Europe), both would have failed to qualify to Semifinals last season had only 40 qualifying spots been available.
- Top 200 athletes from each age group will advance to a virtual Age-Group Semifinal that will then determine who will go to the Games.
- Top 20 athletes from each adaptive division will advance from the Adaptive CrossFit Open by WheelWOD to the virtual Adaptive CrossFit Semifinal also by WheelWOD.
Save the date, Semifinals:
- Age-Group Semifinal: May 8-13
- Adaptive CrossFit Semifinal by WheelWOD: May 8-13
- Individual and Teams: TBD
One last thing: It’s important to note the number of Games qualifying spots out of Semifinals, the venues, dates, and number of qualifying spots by region for individuals and teams are still TBD.
CrossFit Games: As we learned earlier this year, the Games have a new home in Fort Worth, TX, from August 8-11, 2024, and the Age Group and Adaptive Games competitions will be held at separate dates and times.
- Top Individual men and women and Teams will compete at the Games in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Masters athletes will advance from Semifinals to the Masters CrossFit Games hosted by Legends.The number of qualifying spots will depend on the age group. The location and competition dates are still TBD.
- The divisions will be as follows:
- Men and Women 35-39 (40 men; 40 women)
- Men and Women 40-44 (40 men; 40 women)
- Men and Women 45-49 (40 men; 40 women)
- Men and Women 50-54 (30 men; 30 women)
- Men and Women 55-59 (30 men; 30 women)
- Men and Women 60-64 (20 men; 20 women)
- Men and Women 65+ (20 men; 20 women)
- Top 30 boys and girls from the teen divisions will advance from Semifinals to the Teenage CrossFit Games by Pit Teen Throwdown, three times as many as past years when only 10 from each division were included at the CrossFit Games. The competition will be held in Three Rivers, Michigan. Dates and location are still TBD.
- Teen division includes:
- Boys and Girls 14-15
- Boys and Girls 16-17
- There will be 15 adaptive divisions, as compared to eight in the past three seasons, for the Adaptive CrossFit Games by WheelWOD. The top 10 athletes from those divisions will qualify for the Games (up from just five in the past three seasons). The date and location is still TBD.
- Adaptive divisions are below:
- Upper Impairment 1 point of contact
- Upper Impairment 2 points of contact
- Lower Impairment Above Knee
- Lower Impairment Below Knee
- Lower Impairment Minor
- Seated Without Hip Function
- Seated With Hip Function
- Seated Quadrapalegic
- Neuromuscular Major
- Neuromuscular Moderate
- Neuromuscular Minor
- Standing Diagnosed
- Visual Impairment
- Short Stature
Worth noting: The announcement of the season’s schedule and structure comes later than last year when CrossFit revealed the season’s structure on October 11.
- Further, CrossFit released the Open and CrossFit Games dates even earlier in August last season, and in 2022 the Open dates were announced in July.
The bottom line: At first glance, the most significant change for individuals this season is the qualifying spots out of Quarterfinals being reduced from 60 to 40 at the three major Semifinal competitions—North America East, North America West and Europe—so Quarterfinals will be that much more competitive in 2024.
Other than that, this year looks quite similar to last. And considering one of the major priorities for the PFAA (Professional Fitness Athletes’ Association) is for CrossFit to create a more consistent and fair experience for the athletes so they know what to expect each year, this has to be seen as a win for the athletes.
However, if history predicts the future, this could all change again come 2025.