It's time to take on 16.1! You've done all the prep you can do to ready yourself as an athlete, but are you ready to take on the Open as a judge? To help give you all the information you need, check out this blog from the archive!
Judging in CrossFit Competitions and the Open
In CrossFit competitions, every athlete is paired with a judge. The judge is there to count the athlete’s reps and rounds completed and make sure that their athlete hits the movement standards required in the workout (or calls 'No Rep' if they don’t). Just like any other CrossFit competition, everyone signed up for the Open will have a judge for Monday's Open WODs.
Things I have learned from being a judge
Know the workout, know the movements.
We will be demo-ing the movements before the workout begins and CrossFit HQ will also be posting a video detailing the standards for the workout.
Stand where you can easily see your athlete hitting movement standards and make sure your position is not in the way of other athletes.
You can’t see someone’s toes hitting the bar from across the room and you can’t tell if someone is hitting depth in their squat if you’re standing in front of them. Standing close and to the side is typically your best bet.
Be confident in calling No Reps and be sure to give a reason for the No Rep.
Speak loudly and clearly when you call a no rep and immediately after, state the reason. “No Rep. Depth.” “No Rep. Chin wasn’t over the bar.”
Sometimes you need to be cruel to be kind
Chances are high that you will be judging your friend. Chances are also high that, even though they're trying their hardest, you might need to No Rep them. I promise you, this doesn't mean that they'll never speak to you again! Rather, they're more likely to appreciate you doing your job and making sure they're doing the workout properly.
Encourage your athlete, but make sure it doesn’t affect your ability to count accurately.
In the larger competitions, judges are limited to counting and timing and that’s it. For our smaller affair, we want you to cheer on your athlete, encourage them to get back on the bar and high five them once the workout is done, but only if you can manage to keep counting at the same time! Although any athlete will appreciate the encouragement, they won’t appreciate an incorrect score.