Calling all CrossFitter’s, join us for “Friday Night Lights” a 2011 CrossFit Games Open Qualifier

Calling all CrossFitters….Competition season is upon us and CrossFit Scottsdale is proud to announce that we will be hosting “Friday Night Lights” a 2011 CrossFit Games Open Competition held every Friday night for 6 weeks at CrossFit Scottsdale at 6pm. This six week local competition is the first step in qualifying for the 2011 CrossFit Games in Los Angeles.

A 2011 CrossFit Games Open Qualifier

Opening Ceremonies will be held on March 18th, the open competition will run through April 22nd where Scottsdale’s very own Mayor Jim Lane will participate in the closing ceremonies. This competition is open to the public and all CrossFitter’s from around the state are encouraged and welcomed to participate. Registration opens on February 15th The cost to participate in the competition for the entire 6 weeks will be $99, or you can choose to compete on a weekly basis for $25. We are capping athlete registration at 150 people per event. The goal of “Friday Night Lights” is to find the fittest in Arizona as well as foster an inclusive competitive fitness atmosphere amongst local affiliates and garage gym’ers where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to compete.  We want you to come and bang with the best of them, bring your friends and family to support you and have fun.

There will be 3 divisions for the “Friday Night Lights” 2011 CrossFit Games Open Qualifier, Prescribed (RX Gamers hoping to have high enough scores to advance to Regionals as an individual or for their affiliate cup team), Masters (age 45+) and a Scaled division to allow for maximum participation, energy and new competition on a weekly basis. Certified and expierenced coaches will judge the competition to count reps, adhere to movement standards, validate and submit scores to CrossFit Headquarters. CrossFit HQ is developing a comprehensive website to handle the technical requirements of the worldwide Open. That website will go live the week before the competition. It will have reporting capabilities to show world wide athlete rankings week to week.

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman has raised two goals for the CrossFit Games process. He wants to find the fittest man and woman in the world, while making the process as inclusive as possible. In his words, the goal is to “dig to the bottom of the well, and come up with the best. Participating in “Friday Night Lights” is the first step in this intense and extensive process.

If competing isn’t your thing, there are several ways for you to still be involved in this process. We are currently looking for judges and volunteers to help with the event series. If you are interested in participating as a judge or volunteer please send an email to Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those companies interested in marketing their services or products to CrossFit competitors, affiliate members and fans.

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So what happens after Friday Night Lights?

This year, there are 17 Regionals throughout the world. The top 60 men and 60 women from each region during the World-wide open will advance to their respective Regional competition. Similarly, the top 30 affiliate teams in each Region will advance to Regionals. For each age bracket of the Masters, the top 20 men and top 20 women worldwide will advance to the Games with no Regional competition.

Attention Team CrossFit Scottsdale:

As a school, we’ve had great experiences in the past competing in local competitions and preparing for the CrossFit Games, last year we had 15 athletes compete in the sectionals event in Sothern California, 3 of our top athletes moved on to become Regional Qualifiers and we sent a 6 person affiliate cup team to compete at the Regional level. We’ve seen that competitions are a lot of fun and bring out the best in us in terms of athleticism, school spirit, teamwork and camaraderie. Everyone who has competed in the past has enjoyed it, and gets inspired to step up their training regardless of their experience CrossFitting and their individual fitness level

If you want to compete on the CrossFit Scottsdale affiliate team, you must compete at “Friday Night Lights”.  HQ will select our team based on our gym’s highest finishers. Our ‘Official’ team will include our 3 highest ranking men and 3 highest ranking women scores from the open.  There is no limit to how many athletes we can register for eligibility on our team.   Everyone competes first as an individual. The team score is compiled from the best performances among the team members. You are competing first as an individual and second as a team member. Your scores count for both. Who’s in?