New partnerships imply no journey to the CrossFit Video games finale for some athletes.
Shortly after switching the placement of the 2024 CrossFit Video games from Madison, Wisconsin to Fort Worth, Texas, CrossFit HQ has shifted gears but once more by making vital adjustments for the upcoming season. Nonetheless, not like the choice to host the game’s preeminent occasion at Dickie’s Enviornment subsequent 12 months, selecting to overtake the Adaptive and Age-Group divisions will possible be met with extra criticism than pleasure.
On Oct. 10, 2023, CrossFit HQ delivered a press release detailing main adjustments for the 2024 season.
“CrossFit is worked up to announce three new partnerships that can assist develop the CrossFit Video games championship competitors and create new alternatives to shine a highlight on athletes throughout all divisions. WheelWOD Video games, Pit Teen Throwdown, and Legends Championship will host the adaptive and age-group championships for the 2024 CrossFit Video games season.
The change will dramatically enhance the variety of masters and teenage athletes competing within the finals, practically double the variety of divisions for adaptive athletes, and provide an opportunity for CrossFit to evolve its competitors mannequin to make the CrossFit Video games internationally scalable sooner or later.”
Though the partnerships will give extra athletes an opportunity to take part, taking away the chance for opponents within the Adaptive and Age-Group divisions to share the identical stage as the highest Individual and Team performers within the championship spherical represents an apparent downside.
As a substitute, qualifying Masters athletes (ages 35-65+) will transfer by way of the web Quarterfinals and Semifinals earlier than advancing to the Legends Championship for an in-person Closing. Whereas the 2023 Legends Championship will happen in Tempe, Arizona from Dec. 7-10, it’s unclear if the 2024 version will occur in the identical location.
Athletes within the Teenagers division (ages 14-17) will observe the normal CrossFit Video games levels (Open, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals) earlier than wrapping up their season on the Pit Teen Throwdown. The 2024 version will nonetheless happen in Three Rivers, Michigan, which has hosted the annual health competitors for a number of years.
Per the CrossFit press launch: “The Pit Teen Throwdown gives a extremely aggressive enviornment for world-class athletes to check their talent, energy, and stamina in opposition to their friends,” CrossFit HQ wrote within the press launch. “Large names within the sport have competed within the Throwdown prior to now akin to 2023 Rookie of the Yr Olivia Kerstetter and 2022’s second-Fittest Girl on Earth Mal O’Brien.”
The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games, which occurred in August, topped a number of new champions within the Teen division, together with:
- Maria Granizo (14-15 Women)
- Jeremie Jourdan (14-15 Boys)
- Lucy McGonigle (16-17 Women)
- Ty Jenkins (16-17 Boys)
Shifting ahead, although, proficient kids like Granizo and Jourdan should accept showcasing their strength, agility, and health on the Pit Teen Throwdown slightly than at what needs to be a jam-packed Dickie’s Enviornment.
In the meantime, the complete Adaptive athlete season will probably be run solely by WheelWOD, a company that brings greater than a decade of expertise internet hosting annual competitions. The brand new partnership is not going to solely broaden the variety of aggressive divisions from eight to fifteen, however it’s going to additionally permit athletes from all 15 to have an opportunity to advance to the in-person ultimate.
The present Adaptive divisions embody:
- Imaginative and prescient
- Seated With Hip Operate
- Seated With out Hip Operate
- Quick Stature
- Multi Extremity
- Decrease Extremity
- Higher Extremity
Contemplating solely three divisions (Multi Extremity, Decrease Extremity, and Higher Extremity) moved on to the ultimate at the latest CrossFit Video games, the brand new format needs to be considered positively from a participation perspective — particularly with WheelWOD providing further divisions akin to Sensory (which incorporates each imaginative and prescient and listening to) and extra particular Higher and Decrease Extremity classes as outlined by an athlete’s “factors of contact” with their related limbs.
With the 2023 WheelWOD Video games going down in Raleigh, North Carolina from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Adaptive athletes can get a touch of what subsequent 12 months’s competitors may appear like. Nonetheless, CrossFit HQ stated the dates and site for 2024 will probably be shared at a later time.
Regardless of shifting instructions in such appreciable vogue, CrossFit Normal Supervisor of Sport and Training Dave Castro believes the adjustments “will profit every division in vital methods, most significantly greater than doubling qualifying spots for masters and teenagers and permitting each adaptive division a spot on the in-person championship.”
Solely time will inform whether or not the athletes affected share the identical sentiment. Nonetheless, there’s little doubt that the 2024 CrossFit Video games will look fairly completely different, and after delivering substantial bulletins in successive months, don’t be shocked if extra adjustments are unveiled shifting ahead.
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