What’s New with the Sanction?

WZA Miami Qualification

CrossFit Inc., & WZA jointly announced their sanctioning partnership for the 2019 Wodapalooza & CrossFit Games Season! This is definitely a very exciting time for the entire WZA Community, but you may be wondering, “how does this affect me and my chances for qualifying for WZA and additionally, the CrossFit Games?” Let’s take a look!

 

 

But first, what’s new?

  • Individual Qualifying Spots to the Games: One male & one female will earn a spot to the CrossFit Games, crowned to the winner of the WZA Individual Elite Division
  • Co-Ed Elite Team of 4 Division & One Team Spot to the CFG: To be eligible for a spot in this new division at WZA 2019, teams must apply online. Each applicant will be considered based on their athletes’ recent accolades. The top ten applying teams, selected at WZA’s discretion, will earn a spot to compete in Miami this January!
  • Master’s 50-54 & 55+ Division: Unrelated to the CF sanction, in an effort to be even more inclusive, has split the individual Master’s divisions up, and the top 5 in the 55+ divisions will qualify.

 

Besides the application for Elite Co-Ed Teams of 4, who gets invited?
Here it is, nice and simple per division:

Individual Elite Division –

  • All 2018 Individual Male & Female CrossFit Games Qualifiers
  • 2018 WZA Miami Indy Champs

*Please note, 20 spots will be awarded via the Online Challenge & Qualifier

If all 40 Individual CrossFit Games athletes have been invited and spots are still available, they will be awarded to the next finishers in line via the Online Challenge & Qualifier leaderboard.

Please note that all invited individual athletes have the option to compete as an Individual or Team of 3.

Elite Team of 3 (Same Gender) Division –

  • All 2018 Individual Male & Female CrossFit Games Qualifiers
  • 2018 WZA Miami Team Champs (1st place only)

Please note that 20 spots in this division are up for grabs via the Team Online Challenge & Qualifier

Important Notes on Elite Divisions:

  • All invited individual athletes seeking to compete as a team of 3, can invite any other two athletes of the same gender.
  • 2018 WZA Miami Team Champs earn a spot to defend their title, but all three athletes must be returning.

Master’s Divisions –

  • 1st place in their respective division at the CFG 2018
  • 1st place at WZA Miami 2018 in their respective division

Please note: If an invited master’s athlete is moving up, based on WZA’s age criteria and dates, they will be awarded a spot in their respective new division.

 

When is the deadline to accept my invite? How do I accept?

All athletes have until Friday, October 26th at 11:59PM to accept their invites. Athletes can accept their invitation by emailing [email protected].

 

What isn’t changing?

Team of 3 format
As referenced above, WZA will continue to lay host to its traditional divisions featuring teams of three of the same gender (MMM or FFF) including: Elite, Rx, Intermediate & Scaled Teams of 3.

 

How does it work if you’re not an invited athlete?

Anyone that is not receiving an invite in the elite team division for the reasons above MUST participate in the Team Online Challenge & Qualifier in order to be eligible to earn a spot, starting November 2nd through November 12th.

If looking to qualify for Elite or Rx, register for the Elite/Rx division. The top 20 teams will qualify for Elite, while 21st to 80th qualify for Rx.

If looking to compete in Intermediate or Scaled, register for the Intermediate/Scaled division. If your team finishes in the top 60, you qualify for Intermediate Teams at WZA Miami. If you fall below that, but complete all the workouts and submit the necessary videos, you’re eligible to earn a spot in scaled via Open Registration.

 

The rest of the competition

Team WZA is keeping WZA Miami the same way that you have come to know and love, with the same divisions, the same three days of competition, and more! While change is inevitable, the goal of WZA is to stay true to its roots of celebrating fitness, community, and life, and they intend to do so in Miami, this January.