The Catacombs Games

Beach party anyone?

Beach party anyone?

We are excited to announce the 4th Annual Catacombs Games! If you have been a part of our community for long, you know this is one of the highlights of our year. Much of the CrossFit world is dug in and focused on the CrossFit Open. The Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition comprised of 5 different workout completed over 5 weeks. Some Catacombs athletes will choose to compete in the Open but everyone should be a part of the Games. While the rest of the CrossFit world is steeped in competition, we are focused on building community.

What are the Catacombs Games?
The Catacombs Games are a 5 week team competition and potluck extravaganza within our community, focused around building camaraderie and having fun.  Athletes are divided into 4 teams, and win points for team spirit, tasty food, and participation in the workouts. The better the spirit, better the food, and more athletes to workout, the more points your team gets. You do not have to be signed up for the official CrossFit Open to join the Catacombs Games, but if you are, we will have official judges to submit your score.  The Catacombs Games are for everyone and our goal is 100% participation. For 5 weeks in February and March, Catacombs is going to be the place to be on Friday nights. 

When does this go down?
The Games begin February 22nd and will run every Friday night from 5 PM to 8 PM for 5 weeks. You do not have to attend all weeks; we know that some of you have a life outside the gym :)

We will post a heat schedule and sign ups in Zen Planner each Friday morning so you can commit to your heat. We won't know the workout until the night before, so we can't really plan out the heat timeline in advance. There will be no regular 5/6 PM classes on these Friday nights, but plenty of opportunity to get your workout in. We will also run the Open workout during regular group classes. Following the Friday night heats, we will share food and drinks potluck style. This is a family friendly event and often the kids have the most fun of all. 

What are the rules?
Each team gets points based on the number of team members working out that day, team spirit (energy, costumes, etc.), and the tastiest food. The winning team, wins the Catacombs Games Cup! And everyone has a ton of fun in the process. Pretty simple, right?

Scoring:
-1 point for every athlete who does the workout in a class
-2 points for every athlete who does the workout during the Catacombs Games in the evening 
-5 points for best tasting food (weekly themes TBD)
-5 points for best Team Spirit (based off cheering and costumes)

The team with the most points at the end of the 5 weeks, wins the Catacombs Games Cup! 

The Workouts
Each week, CrossFit HQ releases the workout on Thursdays at 6 PM in a live feed with much fanfare. We will watch these announcements and workout demonstrations together in the Catacombs lobby and all are welcome (bring snacks and a chair). We will know when you know what's to come. As always, our coaching staff will put our heads together and design modifications for these workouts that will work for anyone and everyone. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED by HQs shenanigans. Your coaching staff will make sure that we have a great workout option for you.

How do I get on a team?
It is a very complicated process to sign up for the Catacombs Games. Sometime between now and the start of the Games, all interested athletes must write their name and email address on the sign up sheet in the Catacombs lobby. That's it. No intake workout, no money to pay, no online signup. Just write your name and email address (bonus points for penmanship). Team captains will meet on and draft their players from the sign up sheets with the goal of building the most enthusiastic teams ever. Captains will be in charge of getting their team spirit in order, organizing potluck efforts, and working with the coaching staff on logistics.  

This is an amazing aspect of our community, and we hope everyone will participate. Questions? Dustin is the Head Gamesmaster but ask any of the coaching staff and we are happy to help.