The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
2010 Scoring System Announced
This year's Games will use the placement equals points system.
Many of you just saw Dave Castro brief the world on what the 2010 scoring will be. In case you missed it, here are the details.
Every scoring system has pros and cons, but some systems are better suited to certain competitions. The 2010 CrossFit Games are about the athletes. They have all qualifed in extremely demanding circumstances. They have beat out some of the biggest names in CrossFit history. Many have dominated their Regionals. Now the question becomes, how do these beasts compare to each other. And for that, their relative performance is the best indicator of their relative fitness. Finish closer to the top than your peers over the course of the weekend and you end up on the podium.
Points will be awarded for placement in each event: the winner will receive one point, second place two points, and so on. The competitor or team with the lowest number of points at the end of the competition will have proven adept at each and every task, and those athletes will be declared the world’s fittest.
This system is particularly useful for CrossFit competitions because we are not testing seven or eight competitors in one event. CrossFit competitions test a number of athletes across broad time and modal domains. We want to find the athlete who lacks weaknesses, and so we seek out those weaknesses with single movements, couplets, triplets, chippers and any combination of movements that will test the work capacities of our athletes. The system also allows us to score workouts based on time and weight, which is useful in CrossFit events where loads are just as important as times.
The main problem with proportional scoring is that the margins of difference between different workouts are not equally significant. That means that a 10 second margin on one workout doesn't necessarily equate to a 10 second margin in another workout. Trying to manage those variations necessitates an extremely complex scoring system that would detract from the competition.