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CrossFit Season 2022 Rulebook – What Changed for Everyday Athletes

Some minor changes that you should know about.

CrossFit Inc. has released the 2022 Rulebook, its annual Competition Rulebook for the upcoming CrossFit season. There are some minor differences compared to the previous rulebook.

As revealed previously, the CrossFit season kickstarts with the Open on the 24th of February, a Thursday. This is the chance for everyone to test their fitness level and compare with people around the globe.

Although the rulebook revolves around elite athletes and the different CrossFit competitions throughout the year, there are a few clauses worth looking into for everyday athletes.

2022 Rulebook – Foundations and Equipment-Free Events

The 2022 CrossFit Open remains a three-week-long competition. Officially there will be workouts 22.1, 22.2, and 22.3. In 2021, the same was prescribed, but Dave Castro threw a curveball and added an extra workout at the third week, so be prepared for anything.

The Open continues to be the first step of the CrossFit season. Athletes who wish to participate in any CrossFit sanctioned event in 2022 must compete in the Open as well as submit their score to HQ.

Anyone around the globe who is 14 years old or older can compete in the Open. Adaptive divisions, introduced for the first time in 2021, remained and are divided into the same 8 categories: upper extremity, lower extremity, neuromuscular, vision, short statute, seated with hip function, seated without hip function, and intellectual.

The introduction of two new categories of workouts is also kept: foundations and equipment-free. These options will remain, alongside the Rx’d and Scaled events. Check out the official dates of the CrossFit season.

Read More: 6 Exercises You Need to Do Now to Prepare for The Open 2022

2022 rulebookSource: Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Costumes Banned

Some people do the Open just for fun, while others take the idea of “fun” and take it to a whole new level. We’re talking about people dressing up in costumes while performing the events from the Open.

Source: Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

This time we probably won’t be seeing any of it. According to the 2022 Rulebook, under the equipment category, clause 9, athletes’ attire will be taken seriously this time.

“No attire shall interfere with a judge’s ability to determine whether the required movement standards and expectations for range of motion are being met,” the rule states.

Although we might still see some people with a painted face or with swimsuits over their normal trunks, we will not be seeing any more T-Rex from Indonesia.

2022 Open Leaderboard

If you perform your workouts at an affiliate during the Open, scores submitted will become immediately available – previously, affiliate managers had to validate scores to be able to see them on the leaderboard.

Affiliate managers still have to validate scores before the deadline (Wednesdays at 5 pm PT). Any score unvalidated at that time will be removed and the leaderboard will be updated accordingly.

This year, a registered judge will be an extra option for people performing the Open events and submitting them to the leaderboard. A registered judge is someone who has completed the 2022 Online Judges Course.

Athletes may choose freely any of the workouts to perform. For example, you may choose to do the foundations version of the 22.1 event, but switch to the equipment-free version on 22.3 workout.

However, to remain in the respective leaderboard (scaled, foundations, or equipment-free), the athlete should perform all workouts in that specific category.

If you Rx’d most of the workouts, but not all of them, you might still get invited to participate in the Quarterfinals. “Athletes are eligible to advance to the Quarterfinals, 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 2022 Rulebook states.

New Team Names

According to CrossFit, the way team names are formatted for the Affiliate Cup and on the leaderboard will be changed “so we can make sure each team’s home gym is recognized and celebrated.”

The 2022 Rulebook explains that team names will list the team’s affiliate first and then any descriptor or custom name. For example CrossFit ABC: Heavy Hitters.

Teams CrossFit Games
Teams competing at the CrossFit Games

You can check out the main takeaways from the 2022 Rulebook here.

If you want to read the full 2022 Rulebook for the upcoming CrossFit season, click here.

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