New First Responder Categories Added to the CrossFit Open Leaderboard
The CrossFit Games are back! And they’re bringing their first ever category: New First Responders. That’s right, the world’s best athletes will be competing against each other in a new competition called “New First Responder.” For those unfamiliar with it, here’s how it works:
In the event of an emergency (i.e. mass shooting, natural disaster, terrorist attack), the CrossFit Games organizers have decided to add a new category called “New First Responder” into the competition. Each team must consist of at least one person who has completed their training under the supervision of a certified coach or trainer.
These individuals will then compete against teams from all over the world in order to determine which team wins.
How does this work?
Well, let’s say your team consists of three members. One member is a certified coach and trained to teach others how to do CrossFit exercises. Another is a certified trainer who teaches the skills taught by the first person. The third person is someone who has never been trained in any way but wants to learn because they want to help out some friends or family member who may need it. They would qualify as a “New First Responder.”
The first event is a softball throw. The “New First Responder” member of the team has never been taught how to throw a softball before. They are the only one on their team competing in this event. It is up to them to throw the softball as far as they can.
If their throw is the longest, then their entire team wins. If they tie for the longest throw, then it’s the second longest throw that wins. The third longest throw doesn’t win anything. It’s all or nothing!
Softball Throwing Event
Does anyone see an advantage to having a “New First Responder” member on your team?
Certainly! But remember, you only need one person to have this title for their team to qualify, and there’s no restriction on which team member it can be. Of course, the “New First Responder” must be someone who is on the team. You can’t just add someone who doesn’t even belong to your team. This event is all or nothing, meaning that if you lose, then your entire team is out!
Who Should I Choose?
There are a few options here. You could pick the “New First Responder” and hope that they are the best thrower, but remember: there’s no second place with this event. If they throw too short, then your whole team loses. You could also choose the trainer and just hope that their trainee is the best thrower. The downside here is that you don’t really know how good of a thrower the trainee is going to be. Maybe they trained them well, or maybe they’re not even going to show up. Finally, you could pick the coach and try to come up with some kind of gameplan to maximize your chances of winning.
After the Event
If your team wins this event, then you will move onto Part 2! There are no more “New First Responders” in this event. Instead, you will be given a link to a free online test. This will test your knowledge of CPR, AED use, and First Aid.
Once again, the team that has the most points moves on.
Sources & references used in this article:
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- Chasing Rx: A spatial ethnography of the CrossFit Gym (MC Crockett, T Butryn – Sociology of Sport Journal, 2018 – journals.humankinetics.com)
- Geographies of (cross) fitness: an ethnographic case study of a CrossFit Box (SE Edmonds – Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health, 2020 – Taylor & Francis)
- The perceived demands of CrossFit (BN Bellovary – 2014 – commons.nmu.edu)