CrossFit Games 2023 Team Quarterfinals: Eligibility, Important Dates and Advancement to Semifinals

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The 2023 CrossFit Games season is underway and it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. With the individual standings finalized, the team and age group quarterfinals are about to begin. We’ve scoured the CrossFit Games website and the 2023 CrossFit Games rulebook to bring Morning Chalk Up readers this comprehensive guide to all things Team Quarterfinals.

Note: This is strictly a resource, all questions regarding invitations, eligibility or otherwise should be sent to [email protected]

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How are open scores determined for teams?

Prior to the CrossFit Open 23.1 deadline (February 20, 2023), any number of individual athletes could be added to an affiliate’s team roster.

Team results are determined by summing the performances of the top two men and top two women in the prescribed version of each Open test from the team’s open list. That’s why you’ll see individual athletes contributing to the team’s score, even if they don’t plan to progress any further during the season on that particular team.

New this year, there is no residency requirement for team eligibility, athletes were only required to complete any open test at the team’s affiliate. The location of the partner determines the team’s competition region.

Which teams advance to the quarter-finals?

After the CrossFit Open, the top 25% teams (or at least 50) in each region are eligible to compete in the online Team Quarterfinals. This top 25% is “based on the number of athletes registered on a continent as of the end of 23.1” (Section 2.01 of the Regulations)

Region Top 25% Cutline
Africa 14th (50th)
Asia 19th (50th)
Europe 68th
North America East 91st
Western North America 68th
Oceania 42nd (50th)
South America 29th (50th)
2023 CrossFit Games Team Quarterfinals Cutlines | Credit: CrossFit LLC

Who can compete in a team in the quarterfinals?

New this year, each team’s official roster for competition is determined during registration for the quarterfinals. Team managers must select a minimum of two men and two women and a maximum of three men and three women (two optional alternates) to be eligible for the remainder of the season.

Requirements for all athletes in the competition team:

  1. Added to the team’s open list before the end of 1/23
  2. Grade submitted for all open tests
  3. Completed all open tests in the partner team

It is worth noting: Athletes competing in individual or age group quarterfinals are also eligible to be one of these designated team members, but may not compete in both individual and team semifinals.

In each phase of the competition, the same two men and two women start the race must complete it. Substitutes may not be used for any reason (including injury) for the remainder of the quarter-finals after a team has completed its first Test.

Important Dates for the 2023 CrossFit Games Team Quarterfinals

It is opening It is closing
Registration Monday, March 20 at noon PT Thursday, March 30 at noon PT
Floor plans posted Monday, March 27
Training started Wednesday, March 29
Final workouts 1 and 2 Wednesday, March 29 at noon PT Thursday, March 30 at noon PT
Practices 3 and 4 are coming up Thursday, March 30 at noon PT Friday, March 31 at noon PT
Finalized ranking Monday, April 10 at 5:00 PM PT
Invitation to semi-final and acceptance Wednesday, April 12 Friday, April 14 at 5:00 PM PT

Teams are encouraged to submit practice results as early as possible before the deadline, as it may take several hours to upload a video.

Unofficial results are revealed in the team quarter-final standings one hour after the submission deadline; all results remain unofficial until the rankings are finalized.

Team Quarterfinals: Must Haves

  • $100 Registration
  • Invitation email from CrossFit
  • A competitive team of 4-6 eligible athletes
  • Registered judge (passed 2023 judge course)
  • Valid video submissions

One big thing: Team quarter-final practices do not need to be completed at the team’s affiliate to be valid. According to the 2023 CrossFit Games Rules, Section 2.06 “The only requirement is that teams complete the tests together.”

Send a video

Top 40-50 teamsdepending on the region of the competition, must provide video of their performances.

Any team that cannot provide a valid video upon request will have their score removed from the leaderboard.

See Section 2.08 of the 2023 CrossFit Games Rules for details.

How it works?

  1. get ready: Teams must have a registered judge, designated competition team members, all necessary equipment, space and video requirements ready before Thursday.
  2. work: Once a team has registered, they will be able to submit a score and video for each training session during the respective submission windows. Workouts can be completed in any order as long as the specified time limits are met.
  3. Sending: There are two training sessions every 24 hours from Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31. There are no late shipping exceptions.

There are no cash prizes in the quarter-final phase of the competition.

Advance to the semi-finals

Once the quarter-final seeding is finalized, the top teams in each region will be invited to compete in one of seven semi-final competitions hosted around the world. Invitations will be sent by Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

Top 40 teams in the following regions will receive an invitation to the semi-finals:

  • North America East
  • Western North America
  • Europe

And top 20 teams will be invited from the regions below:

  • Oceania
  • Asia
  • South America
  • Africa

Teams must accept their semi-final invitation until Friday, April 14th at 5:00 PM PT.

  • In the event of a team withdrawal, CrossFit does not guarantee that the team semifinals will be filled.
  • However, “If a significant number of invited teams choose not to compete, CrossFit may, at its discretion, invite additional teams based on their order of finish during the quarterfinals (Section 4.05 of the Rules).”

Each semi-final event will host teams and individual competitors. Athletes who qualify in both divisions must choose one to compete in the semifinals.

  • Age Group Athletes who are also on the Competition Team roster may compete in both the Online Age Group Semi-Finals and the In-Person Team Semi-Finals. (Section 3.08 of the Regulations)
  • Note: It is possible for an athlete on a team’s competition roster to compete in an individual semifinal, then compete on the CrossFit Games team (if qualified).

All questions regarding invitations, eligibility or otherwise should be directed to [email protected]

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