Dave Castro Reveals First Event of 2017 CrossFit Team Series

Dave Castro has announced the first event for this year’s CrossFit Team Series. In a video shared on his Instagram page, Castro lays out four envelopes, each containing details about the Team Series events. He then dramatizes the opening of the first envelope using a large knife to reveal the event.

The first event is set to be as follows,

  • 9-15-21
  • Synchro Thrusters
  • Synchro Burpees

Men will use a 95 lb barbell, while women will use a 65 lb barbell, and there’s no timecap.

Movement standards for the thruster are set as usual, and involve the athlete fully completing the squat, then finishing with a locked out position overhead upon standing up. Burpees must be performed with the athlete perpendicular to the bar, and the chest/legs must make contact with the ground. The athlete must then jump over the barbell with two feet, as stepping, or one legged jumps are not permitted.

This event is somewhat similar to the first event from the 2016 CrossFit Team Series, which used similar rep formatting. Last year, athletes performed a 21-15-9 synchronized burpees, synchronized overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.), and synchronized chest-to-bar pull-ups.

In July, CrossFit HQ announced that there would be a few changes to this year’s CrossFit Team Series. If you missed the original announcement about the changes, then check out some of the major changes below.

Team Composition

Teams can now compete with two men, two men, or with a mixed gender pairing.

More Age Divisions

As opposed to the previous three years that utilized three age groups. This year, the Team Series will offer similar age groups to the CrossFit Open, which include: Open (all ages), 14-15, 16-17, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60+.

When It Starts, Finishes, and Submitting Scores

The team series will take place in late September and span over two consecutive weeks (Start: September 20th – End: October 2nd).

There will be a live announcement releasing the first two sets of partner workouts on Wednesday, September 20th, and then teams will have until Monday, September 25th to submit scores. Workouts following will be released every Wednesday, and must be completed in a similar format as the first week.


Prizes for all divisions and overall standings are listed as followed: First $10,000, second $5,000, third $3,000, fourth $2,500, fifth $2,250, and sixth-10th $2,000, $1,750, $1,500, $1,250, $1,000, respectively, and so forth.

To review the other changes, then check out our article linked above that covers all of the changes in detail.

Feature image screenshot from @thedavecastro Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

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