Q1: How do I register and is there a fee?
To register, go to the Register page on the Crosstown Throwdown website and follow the instructions. The early registration fee is $25.00 for the online competition (early bird registration through July 14th, goes up to $30 on July 15th). If you qualify for the live event, you will need to re-register and pay an additional entry fee of $70 which includes a t-shirt and food. We will be using Breeze Scoring’s professional registration, scoring, and leaderboard services.
Q2: How long will registration be open?
Registration will close on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 5 pm Mountain Time. This is also the deadline for submitting a score for the first online workout.
Q3: Who is able to register?
If you want to compete and are at least 13 years old, you may sign up! You don’t have to be a local! We have 14 different divisions for men and women: Open Rx, Open Scaled, Teens, Masters 35-39, Masters 40-49, Masters 50-59, and Masters 60+. Adaptive athletes are welcome to register in the Scaled division.
Q4: Will scaling be allowed?
We will have numerous divisions with appropriate scaling for each division. Divisions are as follows:
- Teen girls 13-18
- Teen boys 13-18
- Open Scaled women
- Open Scaled men
- Open Rx women
- Open Rx men
- Masters women 35-39
- Masters men 35-39
- Masters women 40-49
- Masters men 40-49
- Masters women 50-59
- Masters men 50-59
- Masters women 60+
- Masters men 60+
Persons aged 35 and up may choose to compete in either the Rx, Scaled, or the appropriate Masters division. Additionally, if you will be turning 35 years old at any point during the series, you may choose to enter in the Masters 35-39 division. A master may compete “up” in a “younger” masters age group, but may not compete “down” in an “older” group.
Please note that if you enter the competition in the Scaled division, you will not receive any extra points for performing a workout at a heavier weight, higher box, or harder progression than the one posted. Also, no cash prizes will be awarded this year in the Scaled division.
Q5: Should I sign up for Scaled or Rx?
It can be very confusing trying to decide whether to sign up for the Rx or Scaled division. Here are guidelines to help you determine which division you should select. If in doubt of whether you should register as Rx or Scaled, ASK YOUR COACH! If you’re still in doubt, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for Teens if you are 13-18 years of age.
Sign up for the appropriate Masters division if you qualify based on your age as of August 11, 2018. If you qualify for one of the Masters divisions, but want an extra challenge, you may register in the Open Rx division or you may compete in a younger masters age group.
If you will turn 35 before August 11, 2018, you may register for the 35-39 age group. If you fall into the 35-39 age group, but the qualifications for Open Scaled (see below) apply to you, please register in the Open Scaled division.
Sign up for Open Scaled if (1) you are 19-39 years of age, and (2) ANY of these statements are true for you:
- I have difficulty performing full range of motion on squats and push-ups.
- I frequently modify workouts to accommodate physical limitations (for example, substituting step-ups for box jumps or less weight overhead).
- I need assistance on or do a scaled progression for three or more of the following movements: pull-ups, dips, handstand push-ups, and/or rope climbs.
- I frequently substitute single-unders for double-unders and/or knee raises for toes-to-bar.
- I frequently use less than a 20/14 medicine ball for wall balls.
- I performed the majority of the 2018 CrossFit Open workouts as Scaled.
- I am an adaptive athlete.
Sign up for Open Rx if (1) you are 19-34 years of age, and (2) ANY of the following (a) through (e) are TRUE for you:
(a) I ranked in the top 100 men/women in my State in the 2018 CrossFit Open.
(b) I can perform butterfly pull-ups.
(c) I can perform ring muscle-ups.
(d) ALL of the following are TRUE for me:
- I can perform full range of motion on squats and push-ups.
- I can perform the benchmark workouts “Fran” and “Grace” as Rx’d in under 10 minutes.
- I performed the majority of the 2018 CrossFit Open workouts as Rx’d (if applicable).
- I am proficient at double-unders, toes-to-bar, rope climbs, and wall balls with a 20/14 medicine ball.
- I can perform at least some but not necessarily all advanced skills such as relatively heavy clean and jerks and/or snatches, dips, handstand push-ups, overhead squats at 65/95, handstand walk, muscle-ups, pistols, chest-to-bar pull-ups, etc.
(e) None of the above (a) through (d) are true for me, but I want to challenge myself anyway and sign up for Rx.
Note: If NONE of the above (a) through (e) are TRUE for you, you should register as SCALED.
We use the honor system when it comes to determining whether an athlete is Rx or Scaled. However, the event director reserves the right to move athletes from the Scaled to the Rx division based on an analysis of their results in the online qualifier workouts!
Please note: there will be swag prizes for the Scaled division–no cash awards.
Q6: Can I get a refund if I am unable to complete the competition due to illness or injury?
No refunds are allowed after the first online workout is announced on Saturday, July 14th 2018. No exceptions.
Q7: How will this series be run?
Starting July 13, 2018, we will post a workout every Saturday for three weeks. Workouts will be posted on the Crosstown Throwdown website by 8 am and will include workout details, movement standards, and a printable scorecard. Competitors will have until 5 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday of the following week to submit their results. The online workouts will lead up to a final live event to be held on August 11, 2018 at CrossFit Station. Not everyone who participates will qualify for the live event. Approximately 130 of the top finishers across all divisions will be invited to participate in the live event.
Q8: How do I submit my results?
Everyone must perform the online workouts under the observation of a judge who will count your reps and verify that you met the standards of movement. Your scores must also be validated by a CF Level 1 coach or a judge who has passed the CF judge’s course. We will have a link on our website for a downloadable scorecard for each workout. Completely fill out this scorecard and keep it throughout the competition in case of inquiry.
We will be using Breeze Scoring’s leaderboard system this year. You will submit your own scores for each workout. To submit a score for a workout, click on the appropriate link on the Online Competition page on the Crosstown Throwdown website to be redirected to Breeze Scoring’s site.
After the deadline passes for entering a score for a specific workout, you should NOT alter your original score for that workout!
If you are in the running to qualify for the live event, you may also be required to video your performance in the third online workout. When you enter your score for this workout, you will also submit a link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo.
Q9: How will the series be scored?
First place in a workout will earn 100 points, second place 95 points, third place 90 points, etc. If there is a tie, all competitors in that tie will receive the same number of points. For example, if two athletes tie for third place, each of them will receive the same points. The athlete with the highest overall score will be the winner.
If two athletes have the same number of points for their overall ranking, the higher ranking will go to the athlete with the highest place finish in any event. If two athletes have the same number of total points and the same highest place finish, they will be tied.
Scoring is cumulative from week to week. At the end of the online portion, your overall place in the online workouts will be used to determine whether you advance to the live event.
At the live event, scoring will be similar. Cumulative event scores will be calculated and the athlete with the lowest total will be the first place finisher, the next lowest total will be second and so on, in each division and gender category.
Q10: What if I miss one of the online workouts?
You do not have to submit a score for each online workout in order to continue in the competition. If you miss one or more of the online workouts, there is a chance that you may still qualify for the live event based on your overall ranking. If you do not enter a score for a workout, you’ll receive a “zero” score and the lowest ranking in your division for that workout.
Q11: What if I forget to enter my score before the deadline?
- Your score for the 1st online workout is due by 5 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
- Your score for the 2nd online workout is due by 5 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
- Your score for the 3rd online workout is due by 5 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
Late scores will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to enter your score before the deadline. (In some very rare circumstances, the event director may allow a late score, but do not count on this!)
If you forget to enter your score for a workout, it’s not the end of the world. You may continue in the competition. You’ll receive a “zero” score and the lowest ranking in your division for that workout, but there is a chance that you may still qualify for the live event based on your overall ranking.
Q12: Will you post standards of movement?
Yes, we will post standards of movement for all exercises when we post the weekly workout.
Q13: Do I need to submit a video to validate my results?
If you are in the running to qualify for the live event, you may be required to video your performance in the last online workout. When you enter your score for this workout, you will also submit a link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo.
You do NOT have to video the first two online workouts. A video of the last online workout is required ONLY IF you are trying to qualify for the live event.
Q14: How should I video my performance in the last online workout?
Standards for video submissions will be included with the last online workout announcement. Prior to starting the workout, you should film the plates, barbells and other applicable equipment so that loads can be clearly seen. All videos must be uncut and unedited. A stopwatch or clock should be in the frame throughout the entire workout. The video must be shot from an angle so all exercises can be clearly seen meeting the movement standards.
Q15: Will there be prizes?
We will award cash prizes to first place winners in the Rx divisions. Dollar amounts will be determined by event coordinators based on the amount of registration fees collected. Swag prizes will be awarded to winners in the Scaled divisions and to other top finishers in the Rx divisions.
Q16: I don’t want to compete, but I want to be involved. How can I help?
We’ll need many volunteers at the live event to help with judging, athlete check-in, tabulating results, moving and staging equipment, coordinating with vendors, and more! Please go to the Live Event page on the Crosstown Throwdown website to sign up.
Q17: I don’t like the female style shirts. Can I order a men’s style?
Yes. During the registration process for the live event, there is a comment box where you can indicate the style of shirt you want.
Q18: How many people will qualify for the live event?
Tentatively, up to one hundred and thirty (130) participants will qualify for the live event across all divisions as follows:
- Men/Women Open Rx – 15 each
- Men/Women Open Scaled – 15 each
- Boys/Girls Teen – 5 each
- Men/Women Masters 35-39 – 10 each
- Men/Women Masters 40-49 – 10 each
- Men/Women Masters 50-59 – 5 each
- Men/Women Masters 60+ – 5 each
Exact numbers may vary based on the number of registrants in each division and the number of athletes we can accommodate in each heat at the live event.
If two or more athletes are tied for the last qualifying spot in their division for the live event, the spot will be awarded to the athlete with the highest place in any workout. If it is still a tie, we’ll look at next highest place, etc. (Just like how they break ties in the CrossFit Games.)
Q19: Will my ranking in the three online workouts be used to calculate my final placing at the live event?
Yes. If you qualify for the live event, your overall place in the online workouts will count as your position going into the live event. For example if Don finishes in the online competition in 7th place with 196 points he will go into the live event in 7th place with the points placed valued as per the end of the online competition. It will also be used to determine what heat you are in during the live event.
Q20: How do I enter my score for an online workout?
We’re excited to be partnering with Breeze Scoring this year for scoring. All scores will be entered via their site. Go to the Online Competition page on the Crosstown Throwdown website and click the link to be redirected to the Breeze Scoring site. This is where you will enter your scores for all of the online workouts.
Q21: I’d like to help judge at the live event. In addition to the usual power and prestige, will I get anything else for serving as a judge?
We appreciate our judges! Judging is hard work! We are working on trying to sweeten the pot a little for our judges this year. Judges must be pre-approved and will be required to attend a meeting prior to the live event. To Sign Up as a Judge Go Here
Q22: I’m an adaptive athlete and would like to participate. Which division should I enter and how will adjustments to the workout be determined?
Adaptive athletes should enter in the Scaled division. For each online workout, adaptive athletes should contact email@example.com for specific movement substitutions.
Q23: What happens if the analysis of my video for the third online workout determines that my performance is invalid?
The event director reserves the right to disqualify anyone from the live event if an analysis of their video submission for the third online workout determines that their performance was invalid due to not meeting the standards of movement or other workout requirements.
Q24: I qualify for one of the masters divisions, but consider myself a “Scaled” master. I’m confused whether I should sign up for Scaled or Masters. Which division should I select?
Generally, if you qualify for one of the masters divisions, you should compete in your age division. In past years, the number of athletes in the masters categories has been significantly less than in the Scaled category, which improves your chances of qualifying for the live event. The exception to this is the 35-39 age group. If you are 35-39 years old and meet the requirements of the Open Scaled division, you should register in the Open Scaled division.
Q25: Will I get a refund if I don’t do the on-line or live event?
No Refunds will be given after the first online workout is announced (July 13, 2017). No refunds will be given for the live event after the registration deadline. We wish we could invite all participants to the live event, but the Throwdown has become so popular we are no longer able to accommodate everyone. Even if you don’t move on to the live event, we’re confident that you’ll have a great experience performing the online workouts with your friends and taking part in a great fitness competition series right here in the Treasure Valley.
Q26: When will I know if I qualified for the live event?
The 3rd online workout score submission date is August 1st 2018. August 2nd athletes will be invited by email. A new registration fee of $75 is due August 4, 2018 by midnight. To register for the live event click HERE. If you decline the invitation we will contact the next person in line. Live event participants will receive a shirt and a meal.