With the CrossFit Open right around the corner, it is strongly encourage that members consider taking the online judges course! Even if you don't decide to judge in an upcoming competition or judge an athlete who is registered for the Open at CrossFit Beyond, the course itself will at least help you to be a better athlete. It will help you to think about form and technique. Being self aware of your own form and technique is a valuable skill to have as a CrossFit athlete, so if for no other reason but that, members should really take the course.
The course takes you through the basics of being a good judge. After each module, there are a series of written and multiple choice questions, filmed scenarios and freeze-frame judgment calls that will challenge and support your ability to judge human movement in real time. The course is not easy, but should benefit all potential competition judges and even anyone interested in the subtleties of human movement and performance.
**Take notes and record your answers on a piece of paper. If you miss one question you will have to start over. Having the answers that you have already answered correctly written down, will get you back to the spot where you left off much faster!!!
The cost for the course is only $10.
The course could take 2+ hours to complete so make sure you do it when you have a good chunk of time available.
The 2014 edition of the CrossFit Judges Course was released on January 15, 2014.
The course is mandatory for anyone who plans to judge at Regionals. It is also required for Affiliate Managers who will be validating scores during the Open.
The intent of the course is to set expectations for judging athletes during competition and to review common movement standards. The course will also have revised scenarios where you will watch short segments of a workout and be asked to provide the correct score.
All Regional Judges and Affiliate Managers, including those who passed the course last year, will have to take the 2014 edition of the CrossFit Judges Course. Those who took the course in 2013 will have the US$10 registration fee waived for this year.
If you plan on doing your Open workouts at an affiliate, you are encouraged to use a registered judge, but it is not required for most participants. Only athletes who plan on advancing to Regionals are required to use a registered judge. Those athletes will also need to submit a video of one of their workouts at the end of the Open, and to claim any prize money if they take the top score worldwide. Again, most participants in the Open will not need to video their workouts.
The Judges Course is available here.