CrossFit Open FAQ

Q: The Leaderboard keeps changing. Why is that?
Q: I entered my scores, but it’s not posted on the Leaderboard yet. When will my score be posted?
Q: There is an issue with my affiliate not being able to verify my score. Who should I contact?
Q: I don’t have an affiliate. Can I still enter the Open?
Q: How are video submissions judged for accuracy?
Q: How are scores entered?
Q: I tried to enter my score in the minutes before the timelimit and the website was really slow.
Q: How come person XXX ranks above me and I beat person XXX in 4/5 WODS?
Q: Person YYY scaled 4/5 workouts and I didn’t. Yet person YYY still beat me. How does this happen?
Q: What is the Masters Qualifier, and how does it work?
Q: Is the Masters Qualifier selected by Region?
Q: I am not sure if I should do the Open. Is it really worth it?
Q: Somebody I don’t know in my box judged me. Is that legitimate?
Q: What do the scores mean?
Q: What is the deadline for entering my scores?
Q: Is there a mobile app that I can use to submit scores?
Q: Do I register for the Open as either Scaled or Rx?
Q: Do the WODs favor a specific skill set or body type?
Q: Is it fair that people over 55 get to lift less weight?
Q: If I am using Kilos, what is the allowed conversion to pounds?
Q: If I am using a 20kg bar, do I need to add weight to make it equal 45 pounds?
Q: Do I need to make a full effort if it’s a 2-part workout?
Q: Is there a scorecard that I need to fill out?
Q: Do I need to video every workout?

 

Q: The Leaderboard keeps changing. Why is that?

A: The Open is a relative scoring system. You are scored relative to how other people performed, so the Leaderboard will keep changing until all scores are submitted and validated, and that is after Wednesday. You have to submit your score by 5:00pm California time on Monday. Then affiliates have 48 hours to validate submitted scores. In truth, it takes until Thursday for the Leaderboard to stabilize.

Q: I entered my scores, but it’s not posted on the Leaderboard yet. When will my score be posted?

A: Scores need to submitted by Monday at 5:00pm California Time. (note: I can never remember if it’s Pacific Standard Time, PST, or Pacific Daylight Time, PDT, so I just call it California time, or I call it “best time zone in the world”). After you submit your scores, your coach has 48 hours to validate. Then it can take a bit for the entire database to be updated, resorted, etc. In summary, it can take up to 5pm on Wednesday for your score to be posted on the Leaderboard.

Q: There is an issue with my affiliate not being able to verify my score. Who should I contact?

A: Your best bet is to email: support@crossfitgames.com

Q: I don’t have an affiliate. Can I still enter the Open?

A: Yes. There is a very clearly described process for videoing your workouts and submitting them. Note: follow the instructions carefully. If you do not show your weights or the height of your box jump, your video will not count.

Q: How are video submissions judged for accuracy?

A: When you submit a video you place yourself at the mercy of the masses… Not really. Any CrossFit certified judge can watch your video and vote whether it is Valid, Valid with Penalties, or Invalid. Literally thousands of people love to watch each rep of your video and judge it for accuracy.

Q: How are scores entered?

A: The athlete enters their own scores online before the deadline which is 5pm CA time on Monday. You can enter your score at games.crossfit.com, or you can enter your score through the Games mobile app.

If the WOD was done at an affiliate, the affiliate owner has 48 hours to verify the result against their records. Only then does your score appear on the leaderboard.

If the WOD was not done at an affiliate, a link to the video of the WOD must be submitted.

Judges can check the validity and pass judgement online.

And gross issues (greater than 5 reps etc) will be made aware to the Regional Director for final assessment.

Q: I tried to enter my score in the minutes before the timelimit and the website was really slow.

A: Unless your name is Mat Fraser, and you are trying to snake some guy named Rich Froning for the win – submit your score WELL before the deadine. Sure, entering your score early might give your buddy Steve a shot at redoing the WOD and scoring 1 more rep than you, but is if waiting until 4:59pm on Monday if you find out the site has significant delays due to everyone else submitting their scores at the last minute too?

Q: How come person XXX ranks above me and I beat person XXX in 4/5 WODS?

A: Take a look at the explanation I wrote for Open scoring. It explains how points are allocated for each WOD. If you only beat person XXX by a little bit in 4 WODs and they destroyed you in the 5th WOD, then it’s very likely that they will rank above you.

Q: Person YYY scaled 4/5 workouts and I didn’t. Yet person YYY still beat me. How does this happen?

A: This is very controversial, and I attempted to explain the math behind it in this article. Synopsis: The Open is about cumulative points. Whoever has the least points ranks higher whether they have Scaled a few WODs or not. Another option – sort the Leaderboard based on Rx only.

Q: What is the Masters Qualifier, and how does it work?

A: Old people get a special benefit in the Open called the Masters Qualifier. Don’t complain that you are 35 and have to compete against Ben Smith – we would LOVE to be…. 35 again…. At the end of the Open, the top 200 people in each Age Group (40-44, 45-49, etc.) are selected to do 4 additional workouts. Their place in the Open also counts as 1 workout. The 5 new scores (Open finish and 4 new workouts) are used to determine which 20 people get a slot at the Games. Hint: if you are in the Top-20 from the Open, going into the Masters Qualifier, it is highly likely that you will be going to the Games.

Q: Is the Masters Qualifier selected by Region?

A: No. The Masters Qualifier is for the worldwide Top 200 finishers in each age group. Your region means nothing for the Masters Qualifier.

Q: I am not sure if I should do the Open. Is it really worth it?

A: OK, nobody asked me this question. It’s a chance for me to plug my own version of “Top 10 Reasons to do the CrossFit Open.”

Q: Somebody I don’t know in my box judged me. Is that legitimate?

A: Technically you need to be judged by a certified Judge, but let’s get real. The open for 99.9999999% of us is only about us doing the work and pushing ourselves to be better than we were yesterday. That said, if your best buddy doesn’t hit full extension on their Overhead Squat – NO REP THEM! If you know that you didn’t hit depth on your wallball or you missed the target – NO REP YOURSELF! The standards are there. Use them. If you get 1 extra rep that maybe, possibly, shouldn’t have counted – ain’t nobody going to die over it. Be honest. Be cool. Go HAM.

Q: What do the scores mean?

In each individual WOD        1 (18), John Hurley, 4 (216), 6 (315), 2 (333), 3 (518), 2(144), 1 (05:57)

In WOD 1 – I got 216 reps and came 4th overall

In WOD 1a – I lifted 315lbs and came 6th overall

In WOD 2 – I got 333 reps and came 2nd overall

In WOD 3 – I got 518 reps and came 3rd overall

In WOD 4 – I got 144 reps and came 2nd overall

In WOD 5 – I got a time of 5:57 and came 1st overall

The sum of my overall positions gave me 18 points overall, and that put me in 1st place for the Open

Q: What is the deadline for entering my scores?

The deadline is 5pm California time. For the first two WODs of the Open California is on regular time. for the last 3 California is on Daylight Savings time. I would take the time to explain just how stupid this time change thing is, but let’s keep it real – KNOW THE TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHERE YOU ARE AND CALIFORNIA. Or just entre your scores early.

Q: Is there a mobile app that I can use to submit scores?

Yes, if you have an iPhone. the App is IOS only. There is no Android or Windows Mobile app.

Q: Do I register for the Open as either Scaled or Rx?

No. You enter the Open. Full stop.

Then each week you enter your score and indicate if you did the WOD Scaled or Rx.

Q: Do the WODs favor a specific skill set or body type?

Yes, absolutely the Open WODs favor someone who has an excellent CrossFit skillset.

Look, some of the workouts are unfair. Tall people do wall ball better. Short people do burpees better. Big guys lift easier. Crossfit is about facing the challenge in front of you, not seeking a different challenge that suits better. The best athletes seem to always do well – emulate them, do your best and don’t worry that your physique doesn’t suit a WOD. That said, there is no end of discussion on many online forums that will dissect each Open and determine if it favored gymnasts or weightlifters or whatever.

In the end, the best CrossFitter wins.

Q: Is it fair that people over 55 get to lift less weight?

…Yes, the age breaks are big (Open, Masters etc). There are none in real life. The couch that needs to be moved doesn’t care how old you are.

Q: If I am using Kilos, what is the allowed conversion to pounds?

Workouts are posted in pounds (lbs). Unless HQ stipulates a Kg conversion, you MUST have at least that poundage on the bar. (2.204lbs = 1 kg). 225lbs is NOT 100kgs.

Q: If I am using a 20kg bar, do I need to add weight to make it equal 45 pounds?

No, HQ considers that a 20kg bar counts as 45lbs. However, HQ does NOT consider that a 20kg plate is 45lbs.

Q: Do I need to make a full effort if it’s a 2-part workout?

You must make a full effort. You and your judge will know when you are making a full effort. in 2015 people were disqualified for not making a full effort in 15.1 so they were fresher for 15.1A.

Not to mention – you owe it to yourself to give it all you’ve got.

Q: Is there a scorecard that I need to fill out?

Yes, for each WOD, HQ makes a scorecard.

Make sure you read what the Judge has written on the card. That is your official record. It is what the Affiliate Manager will be comparing to your entered score. It is not unknown for the Judge to miscount rounds and/or reps.

Q: Do I need to video every workout?

If you think you are a chance of going to Regionals – video every workout (regardless of whether you have a qualified judge count for you). If you are not at an affiliate – video every workout.

All results on the leaderboard are considered accepted once the validation deadline passes. Just because Joe in 200,000th place submitted a bogus video doesn’t mean he will be disqualified. It is possible that online judges won’t get that far down the list before the deadline passes. It’s a community, Joe is only fooling himself. Build a bridge and get over it.