How to earn a spot to the CrossFit Games 2019?

The current season of the CrossFit Games is a bit chaotic and there is a lot going on over two dozen events. The official rulebook was released (download the PDF here) and we know the process how athletes can earn a spot. Here’s the short version how to get to the CrossFit Games 2019:

  • Win your country in the CrossFit Open
  • Top 20 worldwide in the CrossFit Open
  • Age group online qualifier
  • Win one of the official sanctional events
  • 4 invites directly given by CrossFit HQ

There is a lot going on. If you want to make sure you don’t miss an important event, make sure to check out the CrossFit Games season schedule.

If you spot a mistake or if you feel like one of the points need more clarification, make sure to get in contact.

National champions

Once the leaderboard is set and citizenship has been verified, CrossFit Inc. will notify individual athletes that they have qualified for the Games.

Section 4.02 in the rulebook

This means that in May 2019 we will know the names of the national champions of each country participating in the Open. There is one caveat though: if a national champion declines, the spot will not be backfilled.

Top 20 worldwide in the Open

The video review process for individual athletes who finish in the top 20 overall worldwide after the Open will be completed no later than April 29, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PT. … CrossFit Inc. will email the men and women in the top 20 overall worldwide

Section 4.03 in the rulebook

Again, in May 2019 we will know the names of 20 male and 20 female athletes going to the CrossFit Games. There are some caveat though:

  • if an athlete is also a national champion or declines the invitation, the spot will be backfilled to the next athlete
  • if the athlete already won a sanctional event, the spot will not be backfilled

Age group online qualifier

… the top 10 men and women in each age-group division (including teenage divisions) will qualify to compete at the Games …

Section 2.06 in the rulebook

Again, there is a backfill process: if any athlete in the top 10 declines the invite, the next athlete in the division will get the invite.

Invitation from Sanctional Events

In 2019, there will be 15 Sanctionals from which the top male and female athletes and teams* (from the elite or Rx’d division equivalent) may receive invitations to compete at the Games.

Section 4.04 in the rulebook

There is also a backfill process: in case the winner already has an invite to the CrossFit Games, the invite will go to the second-place athlete. If someone wins multiple sanctional events, the backfill process will follow the chronological sequence of the events.

Invitation by an at-large bid

CrossFit Inc. reserves the right to invite four individual athletes to compete at the Games. The means by which an athlete can earn one of the four at-large bids is solely up to CrossFit Inc.’s discretion.

Section 4.06 in the rulebook

This is basically the wildcard for HQ to invite any individual they seem fit. It might come in handy if a fan favorite somehow misses to qualify for a spot or maybe for some high profile athlete from other sports to get a chance to compete in the CrossFit Games.

If you spot a mistake or if you feel like one of the points need more clarification, make sure to get in contact.

3 Replies to “How to earn a spot to the CrossFit Games 2019?”

  1. what happens if an athlete gets a ticket from a sanctioned event and is national champion? does the invite go to whoever came 2nd at the sanctioned event instead?

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