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The Team Loophole and the Rise of Super, Super Teams
Anytime a sport changes the rules, there are going to be some unintended consequences for better or worse; it’s just a part of making large scale changes to the qualification process. It’s unavoidable.One of these unintended consequences is the team roster loophole. Here it is from Section 4.05 of the Rulebook:
“A team’s six (6) members must comprise the four (4) athletes who competed at the Sanctionals competition on the same team, plus two (2) alternates (one man and one woman).”
“…the team may select only from among those six members to field a team at the Games.”
“If an athlete is listed on a Games team roster, that athlete is not eligible to compete on another team.”
Now for the important part.
“If a member of a team also earns a qualifying spot as an individual athlete and elects to compete as an individual, the team must use its alternate to fill the remaining team spot.”
Nowhere does the Rulebook state that an athletes who’s already qualified and accepted as an individual cannot participate on a team. Here’s the loophole that athletes and teams are taking advantage of.
Jamie Greene helped ROMWOD/WIT take home the WZA title. Regardless of whether it was intentional or not, Greene was a critical addition to ROMWOD/WIT’s Wodapalooza team, which was widely considered to decline their invitation. But after the Open, they accepted and added (their alternate) Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and now they’re good to go to Madison.
Rob Forte added current qualifiers James Newbury and Maddie Sturt to his Down Under CrossFit Championship team. Sturt and Newbury are both expected to go individual and it’s widely considered that their presence is there to secure a victory in Australia only to be replaced by one male and female alternate.
Yesterday, Mayhem announced a Mayhem Europe team comprised of Laura Horvath, Gabriela Migala, Kristof Horvath and Daniel Lundgren. They will be competing at Lowlands Throwdown at the end of May. Laura Horvath is the unofficial national champion of Hungry and expected to compete as an individual, but Migala is the fittest in Poland. This team can’t lose two athletes and remain eligible so it seems more likely that Horvath is the ringer.
The bottom line: Nothing these teams or athletes are doing is against the rules. On the contrary, it’s completely legal. But the ability to have the second fittest woman on Earth join a team with the intention of earning that team a qualifying spot only to back out and compete as an individual is probably not how the Gamesmakers intended it to play out.
WATCH: What’s Next for Noah Ohlsen
The Open has come and gone, and five weeks of giving it his all didn’t get him an invitation to the CrossFit Games. Ohlsen says he is happy with his effort and what he learned and he’s aiming to earn his spot elsewhere.
Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez cover all things Wrestlemania this week on Talking Elite Fitness. They share their CrossFit WrestleMania concept, match breakdowns and description and they discuss the news about Team ROMWOD/WIT and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.
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MAD HATTER GAMES — Trinity CrossFit is holding a fundraiser event on Saturday, May 18 at the Veteran Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center in Danbury, CT. Profits from the competition will be donated to Maddie O’Farrell, daughter of US Army Reserve Soldier/Bethel Police Detective Frank O’Farrell, who was recently diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.
MILLION METERS ROW — CrossFit Grow in Baxter, MN is holding an event to raise awareness around mental illness, depression and suicide. On Sunday June 9, athletes will row in 25-minute segments and will attempt to raise $200 either by flat pledges/donations or pledge per meters.
TYLER’S VOICE COMPETITION — The Tyler’s Voice CrossFit Competition exists to increase awareness of SATB2 and to support the SATB2 gene foundation. Organized and hosted by affiliate Mossy Creek CrossFit in Jefferson Coty, TN the
competition will take place on Saturday, April 27.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Happy birthday Dan Bailey • Thuri Helgadottir got 87kg/192 pound snatch PR for 4th at European Nationals • Zevia and Amy’s Kitchen is hosting a giveaway • Bethany Shadburne jerks 230 pounds for two • Cody Mooney does a 265 pound snatch + 2 overhead squat • James Townsend back squats 519
pounds for a 5RM • Cayla Harper has partnered withXendurance.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on Why She Withdrew from Asia CrossFit Championship — Yesterday on her Instagram, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet explainedwhy she will not be competing in China at the end of the month.
— “I am sorry to announce that Dave and I will not be able to attend the Asia CrossFit Championship in China this month. Without getting into too many details, we were unable to cover the cost for us to travel out there as well as deal with a tight scheduling conflict with USA Nationals. I am very sorry that my presence at this competition was announced before we could finalize the details.”
Fitness Scholarships with the OUT Foundation — The OUT Foundation is partnering with local CrossFit gyms to provide fitness scholarships to LGBTQ+ athletes. Enrollment is open now, and interested applicants are encouraged to apply before the April 30 deadline. Recipients will be chosen and notified in May, and the OUT Foundation will work with them to find a local, inclusive CrossFit affiliate where they can begin their fitness journey in June or July.
Down Under CrossFit Championship —Individual Event 4 of the Down Under CroosFit Championship has been released.
Bronson Lovell noticed that the church he had grown up in had been taken over by drug addicts and shanty tents. Last fall, he cleared it out and decided to convert it into a CrossFit gym to serve the community.
Once the space was in good enough shape to start running, Bronson reached out on social media asking for equipment. Aaron Hoff, Founder of Keala Foundation, saw the message and reached out to Bronson to see if he was serious.
He was, and the next thing Bronson knew, CrossFit had donated all the equipment they needed to open CrossFit Anahola. The box thrived with about 40 people joining their classes, five days a week, with kids classes two days a week. But in October, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands forced them to shut down because they lacked the proper permit.
Bronson and CrossFit Anahola packed up the equipment and drove it to Bronson’s home and started holding classes there, right in Bronson’s carport.
Now, the Keala Foundation is helping to raise funds for CrossFit Anahola to rebuild with the #GiveAloha campaign. Their goal is to raise funds for a forever home, get more equipment, provide vans for transportation and food for the kids, and funds for a larger coaching staff.
“For too long we have been losing a battle against alcoholism and drug addiction, watching families be destroyed and dragged through a hell that is unfathomable,” said Aaron Hoff, Founder of Keala. “Today we are taking a stand, uniting people in the community one by one, to truly make a difference. CrossFit Anahola is bringing light to a community that has constantly been forgotten.”