The Outlier Open Intramural Competition is back!
The 2016 CrossFit Open is quickly approaching and we’re excited to see how our programming that has aimed to get EVERYONE ready performs. All of those AMRAP and EMOMs are about to pay off! With the breakout success of our first in-house Outlier Open Intramural in 2015, we are looking to bring it back better than ever for our athletes in 2016!
If you are new to CrossFit, the CrossFit Open is a 5 week challenge consisting of 1 weekly workout that allows athletes to see where they stack up in relation to the rest of the world. It’s also the first step towards making it to the CrossFit Games.
While few athletes stand a real chance at the next level (Brooke Wells as we all know is the exception to the rule), it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all strive to be a little better than yesterday. The Open workouts are tough, but they are written so that any and every CrossFitter can be successful. Meaning? There’s no excuse not to participate! And with our in-house intramural it’s a fun, collaborative competition to make the Open workouts a little more relevant to OUR community and provide a chance to get to know your fellow athletes better.
In short, the Intramural works like this:
- Your Fringe coaches will select 4 captains. They are Brian Whorley (Co-Captain, Dan Kelley); Jason Thornhill (Rolling Solo!); Alyssa Kelly (Co-Captain, Dustin Stull); Sydney Hampton (Co-Captain, Chris Collins)
- There will be a Secret and Unique draft on February 10 at 7pm (captains only)
- Each captain will have and manage a Facebook group for their team members
We will present the Captains with a list of athletes already registered for the Open on draft day. Each are allowed to “protect” two athletes–mostly spouses or best friends–for their team. The rest are thrown into a hat. Each team will be assigned one ‘Ace’ athlete (Brooke Wells, Cullen Ralphs, Mitch Stout and Matt Kitzi), and then we will have a very unique and secretive draft.
Immediately after the draft, the rest of the community is open for recruitment. Captains can bribe, coerce or otherwise attempt to sign up any member for their team. Members sign up officially at the front desk to indicate their intention to compete. Captains must report the recruitment of each athlete to the Captains Facebook group so two teams don’t lay claim to the same person.
Because scoring will favor the largest team, we have a recruitment limit to keep things even. Any team can recruit up to 25 members, but must then wait for other teams to recruit 25 members before recruiting more.We encourage teams to celebrate their spirit!
Above: Neil during 13.2! I can’t believe this will be our FIFTH CrossFit Open
We’ve put together some amazing events, including FNL editions to celebrate CrossFit Open Workout 16.1, as well as the final 16.5 workout. RSVP to them, they are definitely some of the most fun we have all year.
We encourage team spirit each week with team shirts, noisemakers, etc. There is no limit to your creative outlets. Extra points will be awarded to teams who show amazing spirit each week!
In the event we need to level outscoring/tie-break, we will add a sixth event of our choosing. Stay tuned!
The admission fee for the Intramural Open is $20 with CrossFit Fringe, OR the athlete’s registration on the CrossFit Games site should they choose to go “official.” As opposed to last year, we are offering the option to register with the box and NOT requiring you do it with the CrossFit Games site, though we still believe it should be optional. In registering with the box, we will take the money raised and use it as outlined below.
The winning team will be added to our new plaque along with a team photo immortalizing them on the walls of The Outlier – additionally the winning team will get to select what the admission collected in-house for Fringe goes towards – further details to be released later.
This is our second year doing this and we are even more excited! Coach Mitch Stout will be your go-to for judging and for all things Intramural. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to him, or get with us on Facebook or our Contact page.
Sign-ups are open NOW at the Front Desk
If you are paying CrossFit Fringe, bring $20 (cash or check) at time of sign-up.