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There Will Not Be Age Group Competition at the 2020 CrossFit Games

There will not be a live competition for the CrossFit Games age groups.

It was announced on Thursday, April 30th that the 2020 CrossFit season for age group athletes has come to a close earlier than expected: the “Online Qualifier marks the end of the 2020 season for age group athletes.” This includes Masters and teen athletes, who will no longer be competing at the CrossFit Games.

The age group online qualifier (AGOQ) took place from March 12-16 when it was still expected the Games would take place in Madison, Wisconsin as normal.

But according to this announcement, there will no longer be “an in-person competition to crown the fittest in the CrossFit Games Age Groups.”

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The conclusion of the 2020 Age Group Online Qualifier marks the end of the 2020 season for age group athletes. Below is a brief recap. The Qualifier The 2020 Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) took place March 12-16. During that time, lockdowns and restrictions began to interfere with some athletes' ability to participate in the event. At that time, the plan was to run the Games as scheduled. There was an option to delay the competition. Ultimately, the decision was made to proceed with the competition in the interest of hosting age group athletes at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison. Following the conclusion of the AGOQ, a review was conducted comparing how many athletes submitted workouts for all events in 2019 versus 2020. The comparison is available on the Games site. Link in bio. While there was a slight decrease in score submissions this year, the emerging global situation made it clear that extending the score submission window or delaying the competition would not improve athletes’ ability to participate. Penalties The video review process for validating and assessing score submissions concluded yesterday, April 29. Details for each penalty assessed are available through the article in bio. With these penalties applied, scores and rankings have now been adjusted, and the Online Qualifier Leaderboard is complete. Congratulations to all participating athletes on your placements. Season Ends On April 16, it was announced that the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games would not be held in Madison, and all options were being evaluated for a change in format in light of the current constraints. This year, there will not be an in-person competition to crown the fittest in the CrossFit Games Age Groups. Prize money will not be issued. The age group competition will resume when the season resets in 2021. — #CrossFitGames #CrossFit #CrossFitMasters #CrossFitTeens #Fitness Images captured by @melkzdeck

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2019 vs. 2020

A review was conducted following the close of the 2020 AGOQ to determine the difference in submission numbers from the year prior. Here are some of the quick hits of what they found:

  • Submissions were down in every age group except:
    • Women (50-54) — increase of 24 submissions.
    • Girls (16-17) — increase of 1 submission.
    • Girls (14-15) — increase of 27 submissions.
  • The largest drop off in submissions were in:
    • Men (40-44) — decrease of 47 submissions.
    • Men (60+) — decrease of 42 submissions.
    • Boys (14-15) — decrease of 38 submissions.

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[Related: Listen to Justin Bergh discuss the future of the CrossFit Games.]

2020 CrossFit Games

It was announced on April 16th that the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games would “not be a public event” and that they would no longer take place starting July 29th in Madison, Wisconsin but instead in Aromas, California. Although CrossFit has shared this location change, a new date has yet to be confirmed.

“This year, there will not be an in-person competition to crown the fittest in the CrossFit Games Age Groups. Prize money will not be issued.The age group competition will resume when the season resets in 2021.”

For the age group athletes that did complete their submissions, the video review process to assess penalties was finished on April 29th. Standings can be viewed via the online qualifier leaderboard, which given the latest news rom HQ, one might now consider the unofficial placings of the CrossFit Games Age Groups. 

Editor’s Note: BarBend was one of several media outlets that live streamed the individual and team competitions at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. BarBend and CrossFit are independent organizations and maintain editorial independence unless otherwise specified on collaborative content.

Feature image from CrossFit Games Instagram page: @crossfitgames

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