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Old 09-13-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
Jeremy Lockhart
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Input from competitors

For those of you who have competed at the local level:

What are some things about the events you have attended that made it enjoyable?
What are some things about the events that you thought were done poorly?

Just trying to gather some feedback on what people are looking for in CrossFit competitions as the sport progresses.

Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Re: Input from competitors

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For those of you who have competed at the local level:

What are some things about the events you have attended that made it enjoyable?
What are some things about the events that you thought were done poorly?

Just trying to gather some feedback on what people are looking for in CrossFit competitions as the sport progresses.

Thanks!
Organization and judging standards across the board are probably the two most common and irritating things when done poorly, hence the competition would be way more enjoyable if these were worked out effeciently
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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Re: Input from competitors

If your competition includes teams, try to make sure most of the events involve teamwork and working together. I've been at competitions where many of the team wods had everyone working at different stations simultaneously, your scores were combined in the end, but what you were doing had no effect on what anyone else was doing. Honestly, you never had a chance to even look up and see what your teammates were doing, so it didn't really feel like we were working together.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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Organization and judging standards across the board are probably the two most common and irritating things when done poorly, hence the competition would be way more enjoyable if these were worked out effeciently
What would you say are the most common things that are unorganized at events you've been to? Registration? Scoring?
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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Re: Input from competitors

Have a dedicated judge that follows you through the workout. May seem straightforward but I went to one where judges stayed at their stations.

I'd agree with organization and judging for sure. I was at one event where the first workout my judge was off somewhere. The workout started and I stood there waiting for my judge. He came running eventually and if it was all volunteer I wouldn't complain... But I paid 90 bucks to come to your stupid event and its not even organized? Plus if your going to charge money like that... Make really cool shirts. Been to some events where I actually just throw the shirts out. Or make an option where you can sign up for cheaper and not get a shirt. Guaranteed if your the average box owner your shirt will be kind of *** and some people won't like it, at least allow them to not get it. Or just don't make any.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:59 PM   #6
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Re: Input from competitors

From an organizational standpoint, I like to see competitions where the start times and heats are published in advance. I would like the schedule to be posted, and hopefully the schedule adhered to. I would also like results to be posted and updated.

I would like workouts to have a good variety light, medium, heavy, short, medium long, simple and complicated movements.

I would also like a designated warm up, competition, and spectator areas.

Finally: No port-a-potties! I hate those.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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Re: Input from competitors

I can agree with the others.

1. untrained volunteer judges that do not want to "no rep" participants. Its a terrible feeling seeing someone with a great judge get no repped multiple times only to watch someone in another heat get away with murder!

I would rather have the judges rotate to a different team or individual after every event.
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Finally: No port-a-potties! I hate those.
Michael, where exactly do you propose that people go to the bathroom? Most affiliates only have one or two toilets.
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What would you say are the most common things that are unorganized at events you've been to? Registration? Scoring?
Most common are probably just not moving through everything efficiently and taking way to long than the posted schedule...long story short you need LOTS of volunteers to help out with everything such as keeping the judging updated, getting the weight changed for heats and workouts, a coaches meeting before event with judging standards clears up a lot as well.....one the best well run events I was at head two head regional judges judging the judging going on and would make spot on corrections, because lets face it for a community event you cant have games caliber judges(which still fail at times as well)
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