The 2019 CrossFit Games are accompanied by many changes, and for now, it is known pretty clear what to expect for the 2019 season. However, the official schedule and the final rulebook release are still under question.
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In addition to the newly sanctioned events @CrossFit, Inc. announced details on the competition seeding at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2019 Games will open with elimination events to qualify 10 competitors for the finals later in the week. Overall competitor seeding at the Games will be determined by athletes' scores in the 2019 worldwide CrossFit Games Open. Athletes who do not participate in the Open (and thus do not receive an Open score) will receive the lowest seeding and will compete in the first qualifying heats at the 2019 Games. Higher-seeded athletes will compete in later heats. – Any athlete who qualifies for the Games as a national champion or with a top-20 placement in the 2019 Open can improve their seeding and possibly qualify for a bye out of the first qualifying elimination round by winning a sanctioned event, regardless of whether that sanctioned event occurs before or after the Open in the 2019 competitive season. – #CrossFit will continue to announce additional sanctioned events in the coming weeks. All changes to the #CrossFitGames season will be published in the official CrossFit Games Rulebook prior to the 2019 Open. #Fitness 📷 @alicia_a_baldwin @jensmith008 @brenditacastro
But still, there is a fair amount of information released.
2019 CrossFit Open
The CrossFit Open will be having two times of competition this year. The first time will be held at the end of February, and the next one in October. After this year, the CrossFit Games will take place in October only.
The Event Schedule of the 2019 CrossFit Games Was Sanctioned
For this season, we can expect to see a total of 16 sanctioned events, which are the qualifiers for the Games, aka the new Regional. Currently, 10 qualifiers are known officially for the 2019 CrossFit Games, and one for the seasons 2020.
However, the Downunder CrossFit Championship’s website shared a post on the 25th of October, saying “Your way to proving you way to the CrossFit Games in 2019. The Down Under CrossFit Challenge will be hosted in the City of Wollongong. This 3 day event May 17, 18, 19th will test the athlete in a variety of CrossFit style events.”
It will most likely be the qualifier for the 2019 CrossFit Games, but CrossFit, Inc. hasn’t announced it officially yet.
Sanctioned Events For the 2019 CrossFit Games
You can see the schedule of the sanctioned events that have been announced already, below.
- Dubai Championships — December 2018
2. Wodapalooza – January 2019
3. CrossFit Fittest In Capetown — February 2019
4. CrossFit Strength In Depth — February 2019
5. CrossFit French Throwdown — April 2019
6. Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge — April 2019
7. The CrossFit Italian Showdown — April 2019
8. Brazil CrossFit Championship — May 2019
9. The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — May 2019
10. Downunder CrossFit Championship — May 2019
11. Granite Games — June 2019
- The SouthFit CrossFit Challenge — November 2020
CrossFit Games Changes
The CrossFit Games will still take place in August in Madison, Wisconsin, according to the current change reports. And, at least for the next few years, the location and date for the Games will most likely remain the same, while back in June 2018, CrossFit HQ signed a contract to stay in Madison until 2021.
More than 300 individual athletes will be competing this year at the Games. There are 162 countries with affiliates currently, and the two top athletes who finish in their country will earn a spot to the Games, those who finish with the first place of Qualifiers earn a spot (16 qualifiers – 32 winners), and the top 20 earn a spot.
The full rulebook isn’t available yet, so it’s difficult to say officially how many athletes will be competing. However, it is clear that the number will be higher than previous years. Besides, the number above includes only individual athletes, without teams.