2020 CrossFit Open Ultimate Guide

The 2020 CrossFit Games Open begins October 10th!

It’s about that time again for a brand new CrossFit Games season.

The 2020 CrossFit Games Open kicks off on October 10, 2019, with a special live announcement for Open Workout 20.1 taking place at 7 p.m. CST in Austin, Texas. Reebok CrossFit Games veterans, Rich Froning and Scott Panchik will be on site participating in CrossFit Open Workout 20.1, and the live stream coverage will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. CST.

How to Watch CrossFit Open Announcements

Below, we’ve included how to watch articles for each CrossFit Open Workout, and we’ll be updating this page as details are shared on a week-to-week basis. 


CrossFit Open Workouts and Dates

The 2020 CrossFit Games Open runs for five weeks starting on October 10th and extending through November 11th. It is also worth noting that this is the second Open in 2019. Each week we will be providing updated details surrounding the workout announcements, which we’ll link below in our table. You can also check out more about the 2020 CrossFit Games Open on the Open website.

What will remain constant throughout the five Open Workout weeks, is the Open submission deadline. The Open submission deadline is the Monday following each workout released, and the deadline time for workout submission is 5:00 PM PT. See below for more details! 

Open Workout Start / Deadline Submission Dates
CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 Start: October 10th / Deadline: October 14th, 5 PM PT
CrossFit Open Workout 20.2 Start: October 17th / Deadline: October 21st, 5 PM PT
CrossFit Open Workout 20.3 Start: October 24th / Deadline: October 28th, 5 PM PT
CrossFit Open Workout 20.4 Start: October 31st/ Deadline: November 4th, 5 PM PT
CrossFit Open Workout 20.5 Start: November 7th / Deadline: November 11th, 5 PM PT


Changes to the 2020 CrossFit Games Open

This season there have been several changes made to the 2020 CrossFit Games Rulebook. In the 2020 CrossFit Games Open there have been three major changes in the rulebook worth highlighting. 

Open Workouts Video Submission and Scoring 

There will still be four possible outcomes in the judging and scoring of online video submissions:

  1. Good Video
  2. Valid With Minor Penalty
  3. Valid With Major Penalty
  4. Invalid


What’s different this year?

The second outcome which reads, “Valid With Minor Penalty” section. This section has updated the wording from,

“The athlete demonstrates 1 to 4 “no reps” that may be removed from the athlete’s final score as required. This penalty is used for video submissions for which the score needs to be adjusted by fewer than 5 reps. If the score is posted in the form of a time, the total time to complete the workout will be adjusted accordingly”


 “The athlete demonstrates a small number of “no reps” that result in a faster time or higher score for a given workout. A minor penalty will be applied, and a score adjustment will be made to the athlete’s final score. If the score is posted in the form of a time, the total time to complete the workout will be adjusted accordingly.”

New Leaderboard: Open Affiliate Leaderboard

An Open Affiliate Leaderboard will be added this year. This will become active once members from affiliates have registered for the Open. Unaffiliated gyms will not be included.

There will still be a country leaderboard this year, which was a new addition last season. 


Qualifying For The Games Through the Open: National Champions

There was not a spot back filled when a National Champion declined his or her invite to the Reebok CrossFit Games last year. This year, there will be a back fill opportunity for a National Champion spot ONLY if the athlete chooses to compete as a member of a team at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Qualifying For The Games Through the Open: Top 20

Similar to last year, the top 20 athletes on the men’s and women’s CrossFit Open leaderboard will instantly receive invites to the CrossFit Games. If someone finishes as a National Champion and within the top 20, then they will retain their National Champion status and their spot on the main leaderboard will move to the next athlete in line. 

How Athletes Are Preparing

As athletes are gearing up for the start of a new CrossFit Games season, it has been interesting to watch how they are handling the shortest off-season ever. We’ve caught up with a few CrossFit Games competitors to discuss off-season mindsets, training plans, and expectations for the 2020 season. 


It’s important to note that this article and guide will be updated frequently to accommodate for announcements, changes, and news related to the 2020 CrossFit Games schedule and season. 

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