There Are a Ton of Changes Coming to the 2018 CrossFit Games Regionals

Over on the official website of the Reebok CrossFit Games, a new article has been posted detailing several changes we can expect for the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Regional format.

Firstly, there will be nine regional events instead of eight. The number of United States Regionals will be reduced to five. European athletes will be divided between the Europe Regional, which combines the Central and North Europe Regions, and the Meridian Regional, which combines South Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

The article describes the new Regions as follows. (We’re quoting from the site here.)

  • South Central will include Texas through Mississippi and will only include U.S. States.

  • West Coast will include California as well as the North West states from Washington to Wyoming. Alaska and Hawaii are also included.

  • Central America will include Mexico through Panama and the islands to the east.

  • Europe North will include Aland Islands, Bulgaria, Belarus, Bouvet Island, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Slovakia, Sweden and Ukraine.

  • Europe Central will encompass Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Croatia, Isle of Man, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Moldova, Macedonia, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia and Kosovo.

  • Europe South will include Andorra, Switzerland, Cyprus, Spain, France, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Italy, Jersey, Monaco, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Turkey and Holy See (Vatican).

This visual representation makes things a little easier to understand.

The caption on the Instagram post simplifies the changes into these bullet points:

  • Latin America will have a Regional competition.
  • Europe divides into two.
  • Competition lines have been redrawn.
  • Team competition moves from six competitors to four.

The change in the number of competitors per team is an important one, too. At the beginning of November, Dave Castro announced some of these changes and noted that the change in the number of competitors should make for more exciting competition and result in groups that are closer to “super teams.”

The 2018 Open Season should kick off in February or March next year.

Featured image via @mathewfras on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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