The CrossFit Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition. We do it every year. It’s fun. Last year, over 70 gyms copied our “Intramural Open” idea. This year, that number will top 300.

Last year, over 75 Catalyst family members tried their hand at CrossFit “competition.” This year, there’s a new SCALED division, so we expect even more.

Our goals at Catalyst: to educate and inspire. Competition helps with the ‘inspire’ part: the pressure to perform pushes you to train harder; the social boost of dozens of your best friends cheering for you will help you reach a higher plane. Heck, watching your teammates GO is inspiring.

Can we bring that worldwide thrill home? Can we deliver all the fun of competition without causing any anxiety attacks? We think so.

In 2015, we’ll still have our competitive team, the Green Army. We’ll still try to qualify for Regionals. But through the Open, we’re going to have four intramural teams competing. And you’re going to be on one of them.

The Four Intramural teams don’t have names yet. But their Captains will be chosen this week.

Yep, we chose the FUN bunch to Captain, not our traditional top scorers. We want you to sign up this year; are you really going to say no to BOO? I don’t think so.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the Open can be done at games.crossfit.com, and choose CrossFit Catalyst as your Affiliate.

DRAFT

Coaches and Green Army members will be ‘drafted’ onto an Intramural team. They won’t lose their spot on our Regional team, and their points will still count toward our Affiliate score worldwide, but we want to ensure even distribution of our most competitive athletes.

Following that draft, every other athlete registered for the Open will be drawn from a hat. Team Captains will rotate draws, and then notify the athletes of their team. The ‘Draft Party’ will take place the week before the Open begins (Feb 20-26th sometime.)

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That’s where you come in. You’ll be courted by one of our Team Captains to join their team – probably more than one. Pick the funnest team!

POINTS

+1 Point – Attendance: every member of a team that completes an Open workout at Catalyst each week earns one point. Maximum one point per athlete per workout. This goes for Rx AND Scaled competitors!

+1 Point – Top 3: every male AND female member who places among the Top 3 at Catalyst for each workout (Rx only) gets an extra point for their team.

+5 Points (team) – Spirit: The team with the most noise, pride, and PRESENCE each week will receive 5 bonus points.

+5 Points (bonus) – 6th workout: see below.

WORKOUTS

In 2015, athletes competing in the Open will have only four days to complete each workout. We haven’t yet set our schedule for competition. The Open will have five workouts; we have a BONUS tournament planned, which may take place at any time DURING the five weeks or up until a week after the last.

As usual, you can be tested at any CrossFit Group time on predetermined ‘test days.’ You’ll need a punch card or unlimited membership, and we’ll have a special 5-punch card available. The sixth event will be a freebie for anyone registered on any Intramural team.

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PRIZES

We’ll have some random draws each week for prizes, including gear, supplements, and training packages. The top team will also earn a GRAND prize. Details released soon!

 Our focus is on FUN. We want participation because it will make you fitter, and it will get you high-fives and you’ll be happy and love life more and glow and stuff. 

Register online at the CrossFit Games site, and let’s start this party!