Age group athletes, which include teens aged 14-17 and masters aged 35 and over, will see their competition increased for the 2021 CrossFit competitive season.
While the direct qualifying route to the CrossFit Games for age group athletes remains the Age-Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ), the number of athletes who qualify per division has been increased this year.
The top 10% of athletes in each age division (based on the total number of athletes registered per division worldwide) will have the opportunity to advance to the AGOQ. In previous years, this number was capped at 200 athletes in each division.
For the CrossFit Games, age groups will see the return of 20 qualifying spots for the top athletes in each age division. Previously, there were only 10 spots.
Age group divisions include:
- Boys and Girls 14-15 (Born on or between 07/15/2005 and 7/14/2007)
- Boys and Girls 16-17 (Born on or between 07/15/2003 and 07/14/2005)
- Men and Women 35-39 (Born on or between 07/15/81 and 07/14/86)
- Men and Women 40-44 (Born on or between 07/15/76 and 07/14/81)
- Men and Women 45-49 (Born on or between 07/15/71 and 07/14/76)
- Men and Women 50-54 (Born on or between 07/15/66 and 07/14/71)
- Men and Women 55-59 (Born on or between 07/15/61 and 07/14/66)
- Men and Women 60+ (Born on or before 07/14/61)
The Age Group Online Qualifier
Similar to previous years, age group athletes will compete in the AGOQ, an online event to determine who qualifies for the CrossFit Games.
Age-group athletes qualify to the AGOQ through the Open, where athletes in each division will compete against all other athletes in the same division worldwide. Based on their Open finish rank, the top 10% of athletes worldwide in each division qualify to the AGOQ.
This means that athletes are eligible to advance to the Age-Group Online Qualifier even if they choose to perform the scaled version of one or more Open events. Advancement is determined by placement on the overall CrossFit Games Leaderboard, where prescribed event scores are ranked higher than scaled scores.
The CrossFit Games Age Group Online Qualifier workouts will be released on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Age-group athletes will have until Monday, May 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PT, to submit their scores and/or videos for these workouts.
Invitations to the AGOQ will start to be sent by April 14, 2021. Should an athlete decline their invite, CrossFit, LLC does not intend to backfill that spot to the next athlete in line.
Age Groups at the CrossFit Games
CrossFit has upped the number of participating age group athletes at the CrossFit Games back to 20 per division for 2021.
“The top 20 men and 20 women in each age-group division (including teenage divisions) will qualify to compete at the Games. If age-group athletes ranked in the top 20 in any age division decline to compete at the Games, the next highest-ranked athlete in that division may qualify to compete,” the Rulebook reads.
Read the full 2021 CrossFit Games Competition Rulebook here.